Plans in works for softball trip

Plans are in the works for the Wapakoneta High School varsity softball team to travel to Florida in 2013.

Redskins varsity softball coach Bill Sammons presented plans for the team to play in a tournament at Cocoa Beach during spring break next year to Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a recent board meeting.

He anticipated between 14 and 16 players making the trip, with those going being high school  juniors and seniors or other members of the varsity team.

Sammons said another trip would be planned in two years so that younger members of the program could go and not be left out. Previously, the team has taken other trips, the last of which was four years ago to Walt Disney World.

The trip proposed for 2013, is scheduled for March 27 through March 31 and would include opportunities for the girls to practice, play games and bond as a team, Sammons said.

“It’s one of the best training facilities in the U.S. and hosts top notch tournaments,” Sammons said.

According to, facilities include six lighted NCAA fastpitch fields with four more to be added, a 30,000 square foot indoor training facility, and All Star Player Resort.

New components of the facility also are under construction.

According to the facility’s website, staying in the resort gives teams the ability to practice, train, play, eat and sleep all in one complex with no need to travel between different fields, a hotel and restaurant. Three nutritious meals are provided at the All Star Cafe. The all-inclusive approach keeps traveling expenses to a minimum.

The beach is 10 miles away.

The nearly inclusive trip is to cost between $700 and $800 a person, with efforts being made to reduce airline costs.

“We will be raising money several different ways and they will have many opportunities to raise money for the trip,” Sammons said.

To date, $8,000 is in the team’s account, which has already been raised, with approximately $11,000 needed.

He estimated four players per one chaperone during the trip.

Sammons said they would either be insured through the school or Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA).

Efforts are expected to be made for the board to approve the trip as soon as possible to help reduce costs, but would not be required until November.

“I wanted to let you know ASAP about the plans,” Sammons told the board.