“Several interested and supportive families have come together for the purposes of providing an opportunity for their daughters to gain a taste of interscholastic sports as they begin their preparation for their athletic lives at Joel Barlow High School,” said Andy Acocella, one of the founding parents of the program.
The Falcons will kick off their inaugural season in the spring of 2013, as the team will compete against other area middle schools in southwestern Connecticut and other surrounding towns. The middle school softball program is a non-sanctioned and informal league of middle schools that have decided to provide players with an opportunity to compete.
Acocella has connected with and spoken to several of the participating middle school coaches, who have welcomes the Falcons as middle school programs continue to grow throughout Connecticut.
The team is not supported by the Region 9 school district, John Read or Helen Keller Middle Schools, but rather will be wholly funded by team parents, who will be responsible for costs of insurance, uniforms, game umpires, etc.
The team will not formally represent either of the middle schools, but will be comprised of players from both, and thus players from the towns of Redding and Easton.
“The players that will make up the team gained their start in the Redding-Easton softball program, many having graduated into a more competitive environment in travel ball and prefer not to wait for the summer seasons to play softball at a higher level,” said Acocella who helped develop the Redding-Easton program and currently coaches and manages the 14-and-under Brewster Rockets, an elite softball team based in Brewster, N.Y.
The team will tryouts in January and will begin training in February, as many of the expected players have begun their 2013 training with their established travel programs. The Falcons’ coaches will expect that those trying out will come to the first session with their personal training well under way.
Interested families should contact Acocella, head coach and team manager at [email protected] to express their daughters’ interest in trying out for the Falcons. A parental meeting will be held in advance of tryouts to provide a complete understanding of the program and the 2013 season.