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 St. Louis Heat 03 – Leigraf, a team competing in the 16-Under division. Based out of St. Louis, Head Coach Ted Leigraf breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2020 roster.
Team: St. Louis Heat 03 – Leigraf
Home State: Missouri
Head Coach: Ted Leigraf
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time GOLD Nationals Participant
What year was the team founded: “We are in our 10th season! We began in 2011 as the Missouri Heat and later became the St Louis Heat.”
Returning players from 2019: 9
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: “2019 - 8th of 98 teams at PGF Midwest Regionals; 2018 - 4th of 90 teams at USA Softball "A" National Championship; 2018 - 17 of 76 teams at World Fastpitch Championship; 2017 - 5th place at WFC Futures; 2016 - Great Lakes National Champions.”
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 GOLD National Championship: “Our primary focus as we prepare for USA Gold Nationals is to continue to face the challenges of 2020 and teach our athletes to overcome adversity.”
What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at GOLD Nationals: “The benefit of playing with USA Softball is the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the country.”