California Flames Fastpitch Softball: Welcome

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****Welcome to the CALIFORNIA FLAMES Website****

California Flames is a competitive travel softball organization. We are proud to represent the Southern California ASA, AFA and USSSA assocations in the San Fernando Valley area, California.

The California Flames has been in existence since 1999. Our first generation California Flames 10u transition to 18u Gold in 2007. In 2008 the original 1999 California Flames 10u now attend colleges through-out the USA.

Our second generation 2012 California Flames 12u will transition to 18u Gold by 2016. Our team goal is to attain maximum college exposure for each FLAME player.    A FLAME player is one that is determined, dedicated and focused on being a team player. She is a player that strives to be the best that she can be on and off the softball field. At the same time she is an individual that strives to excel in the classroom as well.



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2012 LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The California Flames 12u is looking for highly motivated fast pitch players for 2012 travel ball and beyond.  To qualify for our 12u team your age 12 or under as of January 1st 2012.  We are located in San Fernando Valley.

Our program is directed toward giving players the opportunity to improve their skills to a collegiate level.  This is a great opportunity for pitchers looking for a team that will give them lots of pitching time.   

All positions are open.    Please email us your info at californiaflames@yahoo.com  or call Linda at 818-599-5932.   We're looking for experienced players.   

Where Are We Going?

Burbank ASA Fall Ball  -  August 24th - December 1st

USA ATHLETICS Friendly - Whittier - Sept 1st

Ladyhawks Friendly - Rosemead - Sept 22nd

American Pastime Friendly - October 28th

Additional Schedule To Be Posted Soon



THINK LIKE A CHAMPION

Some champions are born and some champions are made.   A champion may be someone who always places first in competition. A champion may be someone who comes out on top, overcomes obstacles and beats the odds. An amazing athlete is someone who performs at their personal best because of the amount of training they've endured, the sacrifices they've made and the focus they had to have to get where they are.

Champions think big. Champions work toward big goals. Champions are focused. Champions are disciplined. Champions think like champions. And the one thing that all champions have in common - they have the mind-set of a champion - they want to win, they want to be the best - they all have THE EYE OF THE TIGER!!


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EYE OF THE TIGER

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HOW DO YOU SPELL SUCCESS?

Some say success is difficult to define.   As a coach, success is having former players come back to visit me years later to share their college experiences, or to tell me their success in reaching a particular goal or just to reminisce about the good times past. It is this constant feedback that helps me to define or redefine my yearly approach with my most valuable charge, your children.     

To me, success is made up of many things.    Two of these are truth and the real meaning of athletics.  As we know all too well, very few athletes go on to greater rewards in the sports arena. When they leave to go about their daily lives, they need tools to guide them, tools that will follow them through the rest of their lives.  What they take from the athletic arena most often is directly related to what we, as coaches, have given them during our brief association.   

Winning games seems to be the sole measure of success for many people. However, my definition of success is not confined to “the final victory.”   For if it were, there would be an enormous number of unsuccessful teams since there is only one winner at the final moment of truth. 

 Do I believe that losing games mean the Flames is an unsuccessful team?  No, not at all.   My Flames will never give in to defeat.  They’ll fight the battle hard to the very end.  I can best compare my Flames to Champions.  Champions know how to handle losing better than the average competitor.   When they lose, they will not become distracted or demoralized.  Instead, they turn the loss to their advantage by learning from it. This is a valuable life lesson.  

Parents,  please remember that a loss does not define our little athletes.  Rather, it teaches them what not to do the next time around.  We will continue to inspire our Flames to never give up.  It is this mental skill we wish to accomplish. For if they don’t give up, just keep trying, staying focused and challenging the obstacles, they will then execute the skills necessary to win games. 

I would like my Flames to have a sense of accomplishment knowing they have done their very best job .I would want them to play hard knowing they can learn from their mistakes and apply these lessons to the next game and subsequently to their life. Finally, I want them to enjoy what there are doing, to look forward to every practice and every game. 

My final measure of success is very simple.   If your child is crying at the end of the season not wanting it to end, then the season was a success. If she can’t wait for the season to be over, it has been a failure.   No other criteria comes to mind.  It's not about wins.  It's about mastering the physical and mental skills which result in wins. Success on the field will continue to translate to success throughout their lives.  It is my sincere hope parents support and encourage their child in this, my philosophy of coaching.     

 

 

Linda Rotunno

California Flames     

 

 

 

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.” - Henry Ford

  



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THE REASONS WE COACH

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Helping them achieve their goals, feeling their racing hearts in the last inning when the score is tied, seeing their smiling faces when they achieve the win – are all the reasons I do what I do – They bring meaning to my life – They are my inspiration -They are my passion!! 

WE GO FOR THE COMPETITVE CHALLENGE ...WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF

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"WHAT IS COMPETITIVE GREATNESS? IT'S BEING AT YOUR BEST WHEN YOUR BEST IS NEEDED. IT'S ENJOYING THE CHALLENGE WHEN THINGS BECOME DIFFICULT, EVEN VERY DIFFICULT. TRUE COMPETITORS KNOW IT'S EXHILARATING TO BE INVOLVED IN SOMETHING THAT'S VERY CHALLENGING. THEY DON'T FEAR IT. THEY SEEK IT. IS IT FUN TO DO THAT WHICH IS ORDINARY, EASY, SIMPLE, SOMETHING ANYONE CAN DO? NOT AT ALL. YET MOST OF THE TASKS WE DO IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES ARE VERY SIMPLE. ANYBODY COULD DO THEM. THEY WILL NOT PRODUCE THE JOY THAT COMES FROM BEING INVOLVED WITH SOMETHING THAT CHALLENGES YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT. COMPETITORS LOVE THAT CHALLENGE. THEY KNOW IT OFFERS THE CHANCE TO PRODUCE THEIR VERY FINEST. IT BRINGS FORTH THEIR COMPETITIVE GREATNESS."

......John Wooden

From The Players of the California Flames 18u Gold

"Rotunno!!  Guess what ..I just hit my first college HOMERUN out of the park to straight away center!!  (I'm) off the bench -- I was patient like you said!! Wow - I felt so good to prove myself!! 

Daisy Beltran"

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From The Parents of the California Flames 12u

"I love that quote Linda. And those are the famous words of Franklin Roosevelt during one of his speeches. I think that quote is good for us parents because if we don’t shake our pessimistic outlook, it will be tough to build a strong team. We are the leaders in our daughters lives and we need to build that confidence in their daily lives, if we teach them fear, they will not advance in life and that’s the last thing I want for Izzie!!! Forgive me for doubting, forgive me for losing Faith, I’m kicking myself and thank you for bringing me back to the true meaning of what we are building.....Megin Soriano"

"Thank you Linda you're taking our family to a whole new level...we're SO IN! ...Sandra Bruning"

"Thank U sooo much for all the support with Nautica today!  She's already talking about next week.  We truly appreciate the confidence you had in her today!!!!  Thank u!! ....... Obe Aceves"

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From the Parents of the California Flames 10u

"Hey Linda thanx for helping Amanda become a better player.  I really appreciate it!!!  Last nites game was great.   I hope she grows to be more stronger and stronger and to make us proud :) .....Martina Flores"

"Linda thank you for the helpful hints and mostly the encouragement you give the girls.  I am very thankful for all your hard work.  Go Flames! .... Doug Seavey" 

"Hi Linda, What a great game tonight, thanks for your love of the game the girls are getting better and that's all I see in the dugout .....Elsa Jimenez"

"Thanks Linda.  We really do appreciate your and the coaches efforts.

Jenna is now getting a level of coaching she's yet to have had in the past.  I agree that having lessons is fine when a dad is the manager, but now that she's got you, Daisy, Shannon and Jessica, you can see what she does different in games vs practice/cages and help her get better "between the lines.....Bob Aholt"

"Thats why they learn so much, because they have a coach who loves the game as much as the girls and who sees beyond just teaching. Thanks Linda for all you do. Your the best! .....Megin Soriano"

"Because of your inspiration and passion, the girls have learned and improve themselves sooo much. you are the eyes and they're your tigers. GRRRRRRRR!!!! GO FLAMES!!! .....Boui Lim"



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