USA Softball JO Cup Team Preview: Windermere Wildfire Paulson

Feb. 10, 2020, 5 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 Windermere Wildfire 18U - Paulson, a team based out of Windermere, Florida competing in the 18-Under division. Head Coach George Paulson breaks down what you can expect to see from his team. 

Team: Windermere Wildfire 18U - Paulson

Hometown: Windermere, Fla.

Previous JO Cup Experience: First-time JO Cup participant

Head Coach: George Paulson

Website: windermerewildfire.com 

Twitter: @PaulsonWildfire

 

 

How long the team has been together: "This team has been together since 14U, 3 years. The Wildfire Paulson started in 2009."

Noteworthy events and finishes in recent tournaments: USA Softball Nationals 2019 - 4th; Scenic City; Atlanta Legacy; Diamond 9 Fall; ProSwings

Returning players from 2019: 15

What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "This team is built on believing in each other as a team and not individuals. They have bought into that 100%. Their collective strength is their desire to compete. We have solid pitching and solid hitting, but their attention to doing little things right, understanding their role that day, and really embracing what being a good teammate is, that is what makes this team special."

What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 JO Cup: "We ask three things of our players: 1. Be a good teammate; 2. Compete; 3. Get better. Our preparation all summer will be focused on these three things, The JO Cup provides the platform to play quality competition at an awesome venue."

What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at the JO Cup: "We have been playing USA Softball since 2010. The tournaments have always provided quality competition, are well run, and have given the players the opportunity to travel and play different teams across the country. JO Cup takes it to the next level playing proven teams that have had a lot of success nationally. Also, JO Cup is recognized as one of the top tournaments and is well attended by college coaches for recruiting."