USA Softball JO Cup Team Preview: EC Bullets Heggood/Backes

Feb. 07, 2020, 1:32 p.m. (ET)

As we near the start of the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take the fields in Spartanburg, S.C.

Meet the EC Bullets Heggood/Backes, a team based out of Peachtree, Georgia competing in the 16-Under division. Head Coach Chris Backes breaks down what you can expect to see from the team. 

Team: EC Bullets Haggood/Backes

Hometown: Peachtree, Georgia

Previous JO Cup Experience: 7th place finish in 2019 14-Under division

Head Coach: Chris Backes



Twitter: @ECBULLETS04



How long the team has been together: "We have been playing together since 2015, many of the girls have been together since t-ball."

Noteworthy events and finishes in recent tournaments: 2019 Sparkler Jr - Powerpool, 2019 JO Cup - 7th place

Returning players from 2019: 10

What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "We have a really strong pitching rotation anchored by some of the best talent in the 2022 and 2023 classes. As a team, we have always focused on a "Homegrown vs. Store Bought" culture. We are trying to build something bigger than a softball team and feel strong that developing from within vs. always looking to add the "next best" player will pay off in the long run. Our goal is for our players to be able to look back on their time spent playing softball as a highlight growing up and the only way to do that is create an environment that they can all look forward to being together on the field. We also are loaded with power at the plate, which never hurts!"

What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 JO Cup: "We are looking to play the best competition we can leading up the the JO Cup. That includes playing a strong spring schedule in the 18U division before heading out the the West Coast to play in the Zoom into June event in Southern California and the Sparkler in Colorado. Our girls have been going to lots of camps this winter trying to get better in every aspect of the game."

What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at the JO Cup: "Last year was our first JO Cup, and it was without a doubt one of the best events we have ever played in. From the communications leading up to the event, the competition, the fields, and the officiating - everything was first class. We are excited to be invited to participate again!"