Welcome to Explosion-Hopkins 14 & under Softball Website.
Our goal is to educate and train athletes that have the drive and passion to compete at the College level in the future. We recruit players that have the same goals, ambition and work ethic and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure the unity of the team. A players parents are instrumental to the stability of the team by supporting the coaching staff with regards to the structure and discipline of our program as well as our fundraiser efforts.
Each and every player on the Explosion-Hopkins 14 and under team will have "fair" opportunities throughout the year to EARN playing time. As a team, we will be hosting many "friendlies" throughout the year to raise money to compete in the Hawaii Invitational Tournament in mid-July, 2016 if we are unsucessful in qualifying for the Premier National Championsip Tournament.
Head Coach: Rick Hopkins
Rick's pedigree runs deep in the Softball Community. His father, Nick, is an ISC Hall of Fame Softball player and Rick was the batboy for these teams for 12 years. After Rick retired from the Chicago Cubs, he played 6 years of Men's Professional Fastpitch. He started coaching girl's travel softball 16 years ago and is also a softball hitting instructor. His 12U team won ASA Nationals in 2002, was a 3rd place finisher in 2003 and followed with a 2nd place finish in 2004. Rick's daughter, Kylene, played softball at Michigan State University & graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2014 and his son, Jason, played Golf at Wagner College in New York and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Physics.
We will be practicing at Citrus Hill High School, 18150 Wood Rd., Perris, CA 92570 from 8:30am to 12:30pm on Weekends only