- Bridgeport Bombers "The Best Travel Baseball/Softball Club in Chicago"
- 2007 Triple Crown State Champions
- 2009 NIML Champions
- 2005 CABA State Champions
- 2009 Runner-up CABA State Championship
MARUCCI!!! Official Bat of THE Bridgeport Bombers!!
The Bridgeport Bombers would like to announce an agreement with Marucci to be the official bat of the Bridgeport Bombers. With that being said, we will be offered the opportunity to buy what many say is the best bats on the market today at reduced prices.
This weekend (Feb22-23) and next weekend (March 1-2) we will have demo days so you can try the bats out and pick the one that is right for you. The BBCOR bats will not be in till next weekend March 1st. BBCOR are the high school bats. Payment needed at time of order.
One cage at the Ultra-Exlusive Bombers Training Academy will be used to allow you to try the bats out and find which one is right for you.
Bridgeport Bombers families should have received an email with the prices and a catalog.
The Bombers continue to strive to differentiate our club from others.
Bombers Coaches Attend UIC Clinic.
The Bridgeport Bombers coaches were invited to attend a coaches clinic organized by the UIC coaching staff this past weekend. The clinic was great! The information and drills given to the coaches have already been implemented to help improve our players. The highlight of the camp was a hitting dicsussion led by Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets and a UIC Alum. However, the highlight of the clinic was seeing Bridgeport Bomber Hall of Famer Ricardo Ramirez helping Granderson with Hitting Clinic. Keep working Rica!!!
The clininc gave us many drills and techniques to work with our players. The Bombers would like to thank UIC and Curtis Granderson for taking the time out to help us with our player development.
Bombers Wish Sam the Best!!
The Bridgeport Bombers family would like to send a big thank you to Sam Palace for working with our kids from November though Janaury. Sam is leaving us early as he was invited to big league camp with the Washington Nationals.
Sam has been with us for the past three years and his experience and his ability to relate to the kids is the best. Sam has given us some great ideas for training and practice that we have implemented. Sam is a perfect fit in our BOMBERS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM initiative that was started this year.
We wish Sam the best and will watch his progress this year. GOOD LUCK SAM!!
Accelerated to Analyze Bombers!!
February 26, 2014
With many successful high school and college pitchers, Accelerated has contacted the Bridgeport Bombers to analyze our pitchers. The analysis will be part of a larger study in conjunction with Rush Hospital and Accelerated. The study will be an attempt to update world famous Dr. Andrews study completed in the past.
The pitchers will be selected by Founder & President Pete Shimkus in conjunction with his coaches. "This partnership with Accelerated will not only help our players in performance but also will provide key data points for the study that will help all pitchers." - Pete Shimkus
The accelerated video analyis is just another program offered by the Bridgeport Bombers to help our players develop. The analysis will occur on February 26, 2014 from 5:30-9:30 at the ultra-exclusive Bombers Training Academy.
Larry Ray Softball Slapping Camp
February 14, 2014
Larry Ray will be coming to run a Slapping Camp at the Bombers Training Academy on February 14 from 4-9pm. We are very lucky to get a coach with his background to come work with kids in Chicago.
For more information on the camp please contact Janet Galvin (Director of Softball Operations for the Bridgeport Bombers) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Ray's BIO:
A 30-year veteran of coaching, Larry Ray returns for his 21st year as top assistant to Mike Candrea at Arizona.
This will be his 11th-consecutive season after a five-year hiatus during which Ray guided the University of Florida softball team through its inaugural four seasons.
With Mike Candrea on leave to coach the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, Ray - in his second stint as interim head coach - accomplished the feat that had eluded his 2004 club: earning a trip to Oklahoma City for the Women's College Word Series. In the Tucson Super Regional, Ray conquered the team that had dealt him a punishing blow in the `04 Tucson Regional, Oklahoma. A 5-2 victory in deciding game three sent the Cats back to Oklahoma City for the 20th time.
Eight years ago, Ray led Arizona to a sparkling 55-6 record and a Pac-10 Championship. The Wildcats' 53-4 regular season record is one of the best in program history, as UA has lost less than four regular-season contests just twice since the NCAA adopted fastpitch softball as a championship sport.
During his 2004 season as head coach, Arizona's offensive attack took on Ray's emphasis of finding a way on base and blazing through the base paths, 60 feet at a time. Arizona's 129 stolen bases remain its highest tally in the category since 1998. In fact, the `98 team's 136 swiped bags are the only higher team total in the program's 25-year history.
Between his work at Florida and the two campaigns at Arizona, Ray holds a 265-131 (.670) career record in six years of competition as a head coach.
A renowned instructor of slap-hitting, Ray's tutoring has coached some of the best slappers in collegiate softball history. His guidance of Caitlin Lowe helped the four-time first-team All-American land the role of leadoff hitter for the U.S. Women's National Team
Another one of Ray's acclaimed slappers, Autumn Champion - the 2004 national batting champion - completed her eligibility with the fourth-highest batting average in Arizona history. During the 2006 campaign, Champion became just the seventh player in program history to accumulate 300 hits in a career. Of her 314 base knocks, only eight went for extra bases.
That's the beauty of Ray's craft - opponents know what's coming and they still can't stop it. This was no more evident than in Oklahoma City during the 2006 Women's College World Series. Among Lowe, Champion and Adrienne Acton - Arizona's three slappers - the trio compiled a .344 batting average over six games against the nation's best pitchers.
Perhaps even more telling than the fact that Ray's pupils scored 15 of UA's 24 runs, is that they reached base on a combined seven infield errors by opponents flustered by the prospect of yet another infield single.
Before returning to Arizona in 2002, Ray established the UF program and guided the Gators to a 169-106 record in his four years of competition. Florida made the post-season tournament and was ranked in the Top 25 in two of the four years during his tenure.
UF's 1998 campaign brought Ray considerable regard. Ray led Florida to a 47-22 season, claiming the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, the SEC Eastern Division title and earning the Gator's first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional Championships. For his efforts, Ray earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. After a year of recruiting and developing team processes for the new Florida program in 1996, Ray led the Gators to a 42-25 inaugural season record (16-8 SEC) in 1997, including a third-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division and a trip to the SEC Tournament Championship game. Florida also split with nationally ranked rivals Florida State and South Florida and defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State, while playing a challenging schedule that included five Women's College World Series teams.
Bombers Training Academy - "Train with a Purpose"
10th Annual Bombers Banquet Date Announced!!
March 29, 2014 – 06:00 PM
The Bridgeport Bombers would like to announce the date of our Annual Bridgeport Bombers Banquet for March 29th, 2014 at 6pm at Delasalle High School. This event has grown significantly over the past years to the point where Delasalle ran out of tables last year for people wanting to attend.
The banquet is mandatory that all players and families attend this event. However, you dont have to dance. We will have food,drink, and music for all. At the event we will announce all players and coaches to a spectacular laser, light, smoke and music show. We will announce new inductees into the "Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Fame". Speeches will be made. We will laugh and cheer, and sometimes cry!!
Our eagerly anticipated picture slideshow recapping the 2013 season(yeah I bet your smiling now)will be shown. See the actual pictures that Bridgeport cant stop talking about!! We will have raffles, prizes, and a few other surprises to make this an event you wont want to miss. We are currently in the early stages of planning this event so additional details will be sent as we get closer. Also, if you have any ideas to make the event better please send me an email and I will pass your suggestions on to the Bridgeport Bombers Elite Executive Planning Committee.
We will be requiring 2 parents from every age group to be on the Bridgeport Bombers Elite Executive Party Planning Committee. If interested, please send email to me. If not we will randomly pick the committee. So if you want to be part of the planning committee for the biggest party of the year, email me.
Bombers Development Program Released!!
The times and dates for the Bombers Development Program have been added to the calender by age group. The Bombers Executive committee is making it a priority this year to improve its player development program. As you can see from the amount of practice time alone, our club will move to the head of the class.
The first week of practice we will be taking quantitative measurements on all our players that will be saved in a player profile for each of our kids. These measurements will then be taken again the first week of April, prior to our first games.
All practices and development will occur at the ultra-exclusive, state of the art, Bombers Training Academy.
The Beginning of Bombers Softball!!
Bombers Headed to Cooperstown Dreams Park
The Bombers have received their invite to attend the Week of August 2nd to Cooperstown DreamsPark.
The Bridgeport Bombers twelve year old team will be the 8th Bomber team (2006, 2008,2009, 2011,2012,2013(2)) that will attend the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament.
For those that dont know about the Tournament it is considered the greatest expereience for a 12 year old player. The Bombers past teams that went there still rememeber the fun that they had and considered that one of their greatest trips of all time. Over 3,000 teams get turned down a year to attend Cooperstown Dreams park. The Bombers cherish their invite every year.
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Cooperstown Dreams Park
Bridgeport Bomber Trevino Commits to Villanova
Congratulations to Trevino Rodgriguez and his family on his verbal commitment to Villanova! Trevino has worked very hard over the past 2 years to develop into a D1 player. His hard work has paid off! Looks like the Bridgeport Bombers are turning into a college pitching factory !
Great Job Trev!!
Bomber's 10U Softball Coaches Announced!!
The Bridgeport Bombers Softball Program is pleased to announce that we have named Alex Garza and Francesca (Frankie) Castagna as Co-Head Coaches for the 2013-14 10u Team.
"The Bombers are excited about having Frankie and Alex as part of our organization." - Pete Shimkus (Founder & President)
Frankie is a sophomore at Lewis University and is studying to be an Athletic Trainer. Frankie is a member of the Lewis Flyer Women’s Softball, where she is currently an infielder. Frankie has had a successful softball career. She is a 2012 graduate of De La Salle where she was a member of the Basketball and Softball teams. Frankie is the recipient of many awards and honors during her career at De La Salle. In her senior season, Frankie was selected to the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) all Conference Team, and received the Brother I Austin Award for Academics and Athletics. Frankie was also named the Illinois High School (IHSA) Division I, Do What’s Right Sportsperson of the year award! Frankie formerly played travel softball for the Chicago Rockets and Chicago Outburst.
Alex is currently attending Harold Washington College and is majoring in Criminal Justice. Alex has also had a successful softball career to date. She has been playing softball since the age of five. Alex is a former member of the De La Salle Softball program where she was named to the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference teams during her sophomore and senior seasons. In 2012 Alex was selected to participate in the Chicago Sun-Times All Star Bandits Game. She was a member of the Chicago Rockets Softball team where she played shortstop and outfield.
Frankie and Alex not only excelled on the field, they also excelled in the classroom helping their teammates receive academic awards from the IHSA in 2010 and 2012.
The Bridgeport Bombers Softball program is excited to have these young talented coaches. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge, talent and energy to our program.
They will be assisting Janet Galvin, The Director of Softball Operations with player development and will be responsible for the weekly practices and tournaments for the 10u team. The Bridgeport Bombers Softball Program welcomes Frankie to its Coaching Staff.
Please welcome Frankie and Alex to the Bridgeport Bombers Team!
Janet Galvin-Director of Softball Operations!
August 12, 2013
The Bridgeport Bombers are excited to announce Janet Galvin as Director of Softball Operations. Janet will be responsible for player development for the softball division of the Bridgeport Bombers. In addition, Janet will coach our 11U team.
"The Bridgeport Bombers are excited about the development of our girls softball program and feel lucky to have Janet." - President Pete Shimkus
Janet will also be developing camps and clinics for all to help develop their softball skills. Camps and clinics will be held at the new Bombers Training Academy (bombersacademy.com). Watch website for dates and times.
Janet comes to the Bombers after a successful career in both fast pitch and 16” softball. Janet attended Lourdes High School where she participated in a variety of sports. In 2005, she was inducted into the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (CGAC) Hall of Fame. After Lourdes, she attended Lewis University on a softball scholarship and played softball and volleyball. While at Lewis, she set several records that remain unbroken to this day. At Lewis, Janet was a 3 time MVP, and was selected to the Great Lakes Valley All Conference teams several times. In 1992, she was inducted into the Lewis University Hall of Fame. Janet alsohad a tremendous career playing 16” softball playing for many great teams such as Desparados-Rose n Crown, Shinnicks-Bad Attitude, and Wilson. In 2008, Janet was inducted into the 16” Softball Hall of Fame.
In addition to her stellar playing career, Janet has coached and managed many softball and volleyball teams for the past 30 years. Janet is the former Director and Head coach of the Chicago Rockets Softball team. Janet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bombers.
Janet is currently employed by the City of Chicago. She and her husband, Jim, have two children, James who is studying to be a Chiropractor at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield Missouri and daughter Julie is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, Indiana.
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