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AF Sets DFW Organizational Tryouts Aug. 15-16

By Tim Soefje, 08/10/15, 4:00PM CDT

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The American Freedom Fastpitch Softball Club's Dallas/Ft. Worth teams annual all-teams' organizational tryout is set for the weekend of Aug. 15-16 at Five Star Sports Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Dr, The Colony, Texas 75056

The American Freedom programs in El Paso/Southern New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas/East Texas will post their organizational/team tryouts separately here and on social media.

Please check here often for updates, at www.fastpitchsoftball.net, and on each AF team's individual Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. The schedule for the AF's Dallas/Ft. Worth organizational tryouts will be:

SATURDAY, AUG. 15:
9:00 - 12:00 a.m. - all 18u Gold and 18u "A" teams (primarily 2016s, 2017s, & elite-level 2018s. Committed players are encouraged to tryout.)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. -  all 16u teams, including the 16u AF Futures (primarily 2018s, 2019s & elite-level 2020s)

SUNDAY, AUG. 16:
9:00 - 12:00 a.m.. -  all 14u teams, including the 14u AF Prospects (primarily 2019s, 2020s & eliete-level 2021s)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - all 12u & 10u teams (all 12u and 10u eligible)

Please arrive early so we may get started on time. The American Freedom's Dallas/Ft. Worth area teams are looking for players in all age groups and at all positions. 

The American Freedom after consultation with numerous college coaches continues to encourage players to compete in their age group at the "national level," and discourages the practice of "playing up" on second- and third-tier teams that only compete locally.

The American Freedom Dallas/Ft. Worth will field multiple teams in most age groups, including two 18u Gold teams and two 18u "A" teams. We also field marquee "national recruiting" teams at the 16u and 14u age group, including the 16u American Freedom Futures and 14u American Freedom Prospects. Many of our teams are coached by experienced, non-parent coaches, including all of our 18u AF teams, 16u AF Futures and 14u AF Prospects.

For a complete list of teams, please check this website. We are potentially adding teams in some age groups over the next week or two. In most younger age groups, there is a team in your geographic area appropriate for your experience level.

The American Freedom was founded in 2006 as just one team. We have grown quickly to become one of the largest, most successful, and most respected "national" travel clubs in the country. We compete at the highest level in the most prestigious invitational tournaments and college showcases in the country.

In 2014, our American Freedom Gold team took 5th place overall at the PGF Platinum National Championships in Huntington Beach, California. The American Freedom is among only a handful of programs in the country to send three teams to the 2015 PGF National Championships, including our AF Gold, AF Gold (Colorado), and 14u AF Prospects.

The American Freedom now includes teams in Dallas, Ft. Worth, El Paso/Southern New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas/East Texas. We expect to add other AF programs in other regions in 2015-16.

Many of our teams' non-parent, experienced coaches are former NCAA college coaches and high school coaches. All AF teams commit to competing at the top national/regional level appropriate for their age groups. 

We have achieved our successes because we were founded on one simple principle:

"To compete as a national-level program committed to helping every player who remains committed to our philosophy get recruited to the 'right fit' for that player without regard to division of play."

In short, we believe we can be successful at the national level AND remain loyal to our players. We remain committed to player development at all age groups. We also believe a club should focus on college recruiting that makes sense for our players and their families.

Numerous players have come into the AF program from other travel teams, flourished, and now compete at the highest levels of college softball. Our AF alumnae have competed in the SEC, PAC-12, Big XII, American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Sunbelt, WAC, Atlantic 10, Southland, Missouri Valley, Lone Star, Heartland, Great American, and other top conferences.

In 2015 alone, more than 200 different NCAA Div. I and II college coaches watched our AF Gold, 16u, and 14u teams.

Our model works. The American Freedom Gold (Soefje) currently ranks No. 3 overall in North Texas, No. 10 in Texas, and No. 51 nationally on the 2015 Triple Crown/US National Rankings, which has become the sports' official, BCS-type ranking system.

The American Freedom program currently ranks 2nd in North Texas and 9th nationally among all travel clubs in the country on the Triple Crown/College Player Index (CPI). The CPI tracks the nation's best travel clubs' actual placement of players in college softball programs during the last 5 years. The AF is among the youngest programs in the national Top 50. 

Our AF teams annually earn berths and invitations to the nation's top college showcases and national tournaments, including PGF, Triple Crown Nationals, Colorado Fireworks (Super 64), Boulder Independence Day, Ronald McDonald, Surf City, Top Gun, and others.

Our American Freedom Summer & Fall Exposure Invitational tournaments have become two of the best showcase events in the Southwest, featuring more than 24 top travel clubs from six different states competing at one, 4-field complex. More than 30 college coaches, including most of the region's top NCAA Div. I mid-majors, recruited the event again this summer.

The American Freedom also has become a leader and innovator in hosting college clinics open to all players on all travel teams. Our AF/NCAA Div. I & II College Clinics have become two of the best events of their kind, featuring more than 25 college coaches and attracting more than 200 elite-level travel players from almost every major travel club in the Southwest.

The American Freedom program also has become a regional leader in hosting on-campus, college round robins. Last year alone, our AF teams in the 14u, 16u, and 18u Gold age groups competed in on-campus round robins at numerous Big XII, Conference USA, Sunbelt, Southland, NCAA Div. II and JUCO campuses.

For more information about the American Freedom, please visit our website at www.americanfreedomsoftball.com. For more information about this AF all teams' organizational tryout in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, contact the AF coach in your age group. For more information about upcoming tryouts in your area, contact the appropriate American Freedom program director below.

Tim Soefje,
Founder/National Program Director
Head Coach, AF Gold
americanfreedomgold@yahoo.com
(972) 922-8866 (cell)

Rone Robinson
Executive Director &
National Director of Player Development
3245 Main Street, Suite 235
Frisco, Tx. 75033
rone.robinsonrr@gmail.com
(214) 334-5019 (cell)

Matt Baldner
Program Director - Colorado
Founder/Business Manager RMGFA
mbaldner@steelestreet.com
(303) 588-4511 (cell)

Mark Mattox
Program Director - El Paso 
Head Coach AF Gold (El Paso)
americanfreedomgoldep@gmail.com
(404) 824-7166 (cell)

Mike Clay
Program Director - Ft. Worth/West Texas
Head Coach AF Gold (Ft. Worth)
michaelclay9105@aol.com
(817) 946-6645 (cell)

Stan Hankins
Program Director - Oklahoma
Head Coach AF Gold (Oklahoma)
americanfreedomok@gmail.com
(405) 534-9010 (cell)

Mike Catron
Program Director - Arkansas/East Texas
Head Coach 14u AF (Catron)
mcfflfdemt@aol.com

(903) 841-1061 (cell)