CALIFORNIA STING: History

A Brief History of the California Sting
The California Sting, formerly known as the Sacramento Sting, was formed by Fred Roberts, Sharon Schreiber and Charlotte Darnell in 1993 fielding one team in the 16U division that Winter. That team played its first summer season in 1994 completing its entire schedule with just nine players.

In 1994, Bill Schimpf assumed the positions of Sting President and head coach of the newly-formed Sting 14U team. In 1995 this
team became the first Sting team to qualify for the ASA National Tournament. The Organization had grown to encompass teams in the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U divisions.

Coach Schimpf's 14U team again qualified for the ASA National Tournament the following year, finishing 8th in the nation for 1996. The Sting's competitive growth continued in 1997 as two teams qualified for ASA Nationals and with the 10U team winning a berth to the ASA National Invitational. This young team finished fifth in the nation and was one of the top-ranked 10U teams in the country throughout that year.

By 1998 the California Sting had expanded to field seven teams in five age divisions becoming the premiere and largest girl's competitive fastpitch organization in Northern California. Sting teams in four age divisions (10U, 12U, 16U & 18U) qualified for their respective ASA National Tournaments with Coach Schimpf's 16U team achieving a strong seventh place finish during his fifth trip in a row to this prestigious event.

The following year saw Sting teams reach even greater heights as both the 18U and 16U teams finished fifth at ASA Nationals. Numerous players from these teams were awarded college softball scholarships in 1999 and 2000.
The young Sting 12U team also qualified for ASA Nationals in 1999 and competed to a respectable finish.

During the year 2000, the Sting added an 18 Gold team under coach Schimpf, earning the veteran coach his 7th consecutive berth to ASA Nationals. The Sting 12U team finished seventh at ASA Nationals this year, the best finish ever for a Sting 12U team. Our 14U and 16U teams both qualified for the NSA World Series posting winning records in the tournament.

The entire Sting Organization looks forward to the future and the opportunity to add to its
storied history.