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2014 Fall - 2015 Spring/Summer Softball Season Tryouts

The NJ SPARKS out of Pequannock NJ are proud to announce tryouts for our 15th year of competitive softball.  Teams are formed to play for the 2014 Fall travel/showcase season, have 8 weeks winter training in January to prepare them for the 2015 Spring-Summer travel/showcase season.  All teams reasonably priced.  No pre-registration required.  Please come 15 minutes before tryout to register.  Tryouts will take place at either Greenview Park (12 Robert Place, Pequannock NJ 07440)  or Hillview Fields (16 Atwood Drive, Pompton Plains NJ 07444).   For directions please click Here.

  For general questions or about a particular team please Email Joe Lamanna at jlamanna2@optonline.net

18U Showcase  Softball Tryout Dates
We are happy to have Jim Brain return as our 18U College Showcase coach.  Team will play a competitive Fall and Summer Showcase schedule to include but not limited to Kyle Miller, Blue Chips, TNT, Pennsbury, Tradition, Delaware and NE Finest Invitationals.  We are seeking dedicated players who desire to continue their softball playing careers into college.  Excellent training and direction. 

Saturday, August 9th 10am Greenview Park

Sunday, August 10th 12:30 Greenview Park

Sunday, August 17th 12:30 Greenview Park

16U Softball Tryout Dates
The 16U Team will play a competitive 16/18u Pony/ASA/Showcase tournament schedule.  

Wednesday, July 30th 6:15pm Greenview Park

Saturday, August 2nd 12:30pm Hillview Middle School 

Sunday, August 3rd 12:30pm Hillview Middle School

Sunday, August 10th 10am Greenview Park 

Sunday, August 17th 10am Greenview Park - If necessary

14U Softball Tryout Dates
The 14U Team will play a competitive Pony/ASA/USSSA tournament schedule.  

Sunday, July 27th 10:00am Greenview Park

Wednesday, July 30th 6:15 pm Greenview Park

Saturday, August 2nd 10:00am Hillview Middle School

Sunday, August 3rd 12:30am Hillview Middle School

12U Softball Tryout Dates
Two 12U Teams will play a competitive tournament Pony/ASA/USSSA tournamentschedule.

Sunday, July 27th 12:30pm Greenview Park
Sunday, August 3rd 10:00am Hillview Middle School

10U Coach/Manager Opportunity
An opportunity exists for a 10U coach/manager for a 10U Sparks team.  If interested please contact Joe Lamanna at jlamanna2@optonline.net

** Congratulations 12U NJ Sparks for placing in 2014 Pony Nationals top 12 teams! **  
We wish all of the girls the best of luck as they move to the 14U Level in the 2014 Fall- 2015 Spring/Summer Season.

2014 NJ Sparks - top 12 team at Nationals!

Home of the 2009 Pony National 16U Champions
Who are the New Jersey Sparks?
The New Jersey Sparks are a travel softball organization based out of Pequannock NJ established in 2002.  The New Jersey Sparks are a non profit 501(c)(3) Charitable organization.  We strive to train and develop players in the sport of softball while emphasizing, teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie. We compete at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U levels and play an "A" level schedule. Our 18U showcase team concentrates on college showcase tournaments.  In 2012 the 18U Showcase team participated in Pennsbury, Newtown, TNT, Tradition, Delaware Invitational College showcases, Tom Doyle, Triple Crown World Series among others.
The New Jersey Sparks host several competitive fastpitch Softball Tournaments throughout the year.  From one-day friendly tournaments to Pony Qualifiers, each one provides your club with an "A"' level of competition and an atmosphere of sportsmanship.  The 2013/14 New Jersey Sparks consists of 7 teams.  The 2013/14 season is defined as teams playing in Fall of 2013 through Summer of 2014.  All teams play a competitive tournament schedule.
The fall for some teams is used for league play, scrimages and a few tournaments.  This is where each group really comes together as team. The girls get comfortable with each other and it allows the coaches to work individually with each and get them prepared for a more rigorous tournament schedule the following spring and summer.  All teams participate in winter training at an indoor facility.
Here are the teams and team managers.  For a list of manager email and phone numbers please go to the contact menu.

President - Joe Lamanna
Vice President - Alex  Alex Borovskis

2013/2014 Sparks 18U Select - Manager: Jim Brain
2013/2014 Sparks 16U/18U - Manager: John McClain
2013/2014 Sparks 16U  - Manager: Mike Brizek
2013/2014 Sparks 14U - Manager: MaryAnn Goodwin
2013/2014 Sparks 12U Red - Manager: Brian Cucci
2013/2014 Sparks 12U White  - Manager: David Nafie
2013/2014 Sparks 10U  - Manager: Ed Shalongo

NJ Sparks College Commitments
Special congratulations to many of our 18U NJ Sparks on their recent College Softball commitments. Great job Ladies!
Bridget Carr – Rutgers
Taylor Alexander - Lynchburg
Stephanie Mancuso – Alvernia University 
Rachel Curtiss – Ave Maria University
Dana Torcia - Alfred University
Paige Johnson - California University
Gina Martucci - Smith College
Sarah Saunders - Wesley College
Stephanie Huang - Rutgers
Alyssa Schwed - Dominican College
Chelsea Batelli - William Paterson
Courtney Borovskis - Ramapo College
Briana Giovenco - Shippensburg University

Is There a Spark in you?

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2014 12U Red win Pony National Qualifier Tournament
After making the finals in their last two Pony Tournaments, Sparks 12U Red won it all at the Hudson Valley Hurricane Pony Qualifier on 6/22/14.

16U Pony National Champions
Select Colt 16U Softball Nationals July 26 - August 2nd, 2009. Pony Nationals were held in Akron, OH by the Akron Racers. The tournament included 70 teams. The championship game score was 4-1 NJ Sparks 16U, NJ over the Maryland Stars 16U Black, MD in the final game.

16U Sparks win Rockaway Pony National Qualifier Tournament  

14U Sparks win Rockaway Pony National Qualifier Tournament 

 Sparks 12U Red Triple Crown Champions
Summer Shindig, New Windsor, NY

Remembering John Natoli 
John Natoli, an assistant coach with the NJ Sparks, passed away at the age of 49. John was with us for several years donating his time at the 10, 12, 14 and this fall the 16U level. John was always a shinning light in the organization and could always draw a smile from the girls and fellow coaches and parents alike. He could light up a dugout, field or room just with his presence. His genuine selflessness and great sense of humor were unique and very special to all of us who knew him. We will miss him tremendously but will remember him with a smile the way he would he want us to.  Heres to you John.