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 Royals 03, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Tucson, Head Coach Ray Camacho breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2020 roster.
Team: Royals 03
Home State: Arizona
Head Coach: Ray Camacho
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time GOLD Nationals Participant
Facebook: Tucson Royals 03 Fastpitch Softball
What year was the team founded: 2015
Returning players from 2019: 14
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: 2020 USA Softball AZ Welcome Back Tournament –– 1st; 2020 USSSA Super Bowl Saturday 18u –– 1st; 2019 TCS Don Battles On –– Undefeated Showcase; 2019 Tucson Invitational Games 4-6-3; Fall Fiesta 18u –– 1st; 2019 USA Cool Country State A –– runner up; 2019 USA AZ Future Star –– 1st; 2018Triple Crown Softball World Series –– top 20 finish; 2018 USSSA Phoenix Open –– 1st; 2018 USA Preps 14u Champions –– 1st
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: “Royals 03 has a very strong defense to back up our rotation of four pitchers, all of whom have unique strengths and work well together. The majority of our players have been together since the team’s inception in 2015. The players are aware of their teammate’s strengths and weaknesses and never stop working for the win, no matter what the circumstances. Our team is unstoppable.”
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 GOLD National Championship: “As a first time team we are looking to win games, but also to provide our players with a positive experience and exposure."
What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at GOLD Nationals: "USA Softball has provided our players with strong competition, always propelling them to the next level of play. We have experienced a wide variety of tournaments at all levels and know when we are attending USA Softball tournaments, we are always challenged. We look forward to having an enriching experience at the USA Softball Gold National Championship.”