The DSA Stars rooted from a vision implemented by Gregg Cowan. Cowan, along with Standard opened up Diamond Sports Academy – a fully functional training facility located in Covington which consists of hitting, pitching, catching and fielding training for baseball and softball, as well as strength training and exposure camps, in the back of Cowan’s business office and thus the DSA Stars were born.
It doesn’t though.
Anyone familiar with the world of travel softball knows just how expensive it can get. The DSA stars have put an emphasis on making playing for their program highly affordable. Standard and Stacey McDonald, whom he considers his comanager, has been instrumental in this process.
“Numerous hours each week are spent organizing fundraisers, schedules, etc. and each year have been fortunate enough to offer families a 100% funded opportunity through sponsorships and too many fundraisers to name,” he says.
“If you make it affordable, folks sure are more happy and apt to abide.”
Versatility, togetherness, as well as a constantly growing sense of mental toughness have all been vital in the DSA Stars 12u fast pitch softball team not only on, but off the field. Throughout all the injuries encountered, close games, and sometimes playing at the 14u level, the 12u Stars have displayed unwavering persistence as they continue to prevail and build their momentum throughout the season.
The DSA Stars will look to ride this wave of momentum straight into Myrtle Beach, SC as they participate in the stop there, Jennie Finch Experience at the Ripken Complex at the end of July. Standard and his team looks forward to competing, having fun as well as having the opportunity to meet arguably the most famous softball player in Finch.
“We realize the days of high school ball and be- yond for some are on the horizon, but I’ve learned to do the best to create memories while we can,” Standard said.
“I applaud not only our supporters, but also any player or parent out there who dedicates themselves on a daily basis to the kids (who) our future!”