As we near the start of the 2020 USA Softball GOLD National Championships, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Meet the OK Diamond Girls ‘02, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Oklahoma, Head Coach Joy Marie Galliart breaks down what you can expect to see from her 2020 roster.
Team: OK Diamond Girls '02
Home State: Oklahoma
Head Coach: Joy Marie Galliart
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: 2018 and 2019 GOLD Nationals Participant
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What year was the team founded: “OK Diamond Girls ’02 was first founded in the fall of 2013 when we were a first year 12U team. We have had the same head coach and head assistant coach since that time. While some players have come and gone, we have five core players who have been with us since we were 12U.”
Returning players from 2019: 7
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: 2018, 2019 USA Softball GOLD Nationals; 2018, 2019 Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships; 2017, 2018, 2019 Various USSSA World Series events, 2017, 2018, 2019 Colorado Sparkler with a 7th place finish in 2018.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: “We have a solid team defensively, great team chemistry due to so many of them being together for so long and have the ability to have strong offensive outputs to support our pitching staff.”
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 GOLD National Championship: “With everything that has happened this spring and early summer, we are enjoying being back at the ballpark and having some opportunities to compete locally and regionally. We are continuing to stress fundamentals and individual work to continue to make our team as strong as possible.”
What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at GOLD Nationals: "It's definitely a benefit for us to have the opportunity to play in such an elite tournament so close to home. We are certainly excited to get the chance to close the story of our team at the Hall of Fame Stadium.”