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At the 14u level the team will focus on readiness for high school tryouts. Like our 12u team, we have the same simple philosophy: refine fundamentals, get stronger, get faster, repeat. As we employ our philosophy, we have created an atmosphere that promotes teamwork, friendship and good sportsmanship. In addition, our athletes build confidence, work ethic and establish self-accountability.
Our roster is comprised of dedicated athletes primarily in 8th and 9th grade and born in 2006 or younger. All our athletes have prior travel softball experience. Our athletes and their families have established a tight bond based on love for the game, teamwork and friendship.
Coach Emilio Perez has many years of experience playing, coaching and training athletes. He has coached softball at the recreation, all-star, select and travel team levels. Coach Perez is supported by a group of fantastic assistant coaches who invest heavily in the athletes.
The team primarily competes in tournaments in the DMV area during the fall, spring, and summer. The team will travel to other states based on sensibility and costs associated. In addition to tournaments, the team competes in numerous scrimmages throughout the year. The scrimmages are a cost effective way to get live playing experience. Scrimmages are typically run during scheduled practice times or on the weekends. During the season, the team typically holds practice two days a week. Practice is held at or near Colin Powell ES. On the non-practice days, most Xplosion players take private lessons, perform physical training or play an additional sport. The Xplosion has a private indoor training facility across the street from the Chantilly Costco, which is used during the off-season and during inclement weather. The facility has batting cages, pitching/fielding space and state of the art strength/fitness/agility equipment. All Xplosion athletes participate in a rigorous off season training program, which is run by professionals from XLR8 Sports Performance.