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USA Softball JO Cup Team Preview: Firecrackers DFW 14U Gold

March 06, 2020, 12:13 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 Firecrackers DFW 14U Gold, a team based out of Rowlett, Texas competing in the 14-Under division. Head Coach Sam Ulmer breaks down what you can expect to see from the team. 

Team: Firecrackers DFW 14U Gold

Hometown: Rowlett, Texas

Head Coach: Sam Ulmer

Previous JO Cup Experience: First-time JO Cup Participant



Twitter: @FCDFWUlmer



How long has the team been together: "The team was founded in 2017 as the Texas Travelers in 2017, and in 2019 team moved to the Firecrackers DFW Organization." 

Returning players from 2019: 9

Noteworthy events and recent tournaments:

- 2019 Fall ASA National Qualifiers (2nd and 3rd Place Finishes)

- 2019 USSSA South Nationals (4th place)

- 2019 USSSA OKC Challenge (3rd Place)

- 2019 USSSA Battle of DFW (1st Place)

What are some of the strengths of your team: "Solid defense and hitting and team unity."

What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2020 JO Cup: "Stamina and consistency."

What are some of the benefits of playing with USA Softball and at the JO Cup: "USA Softball should be the pinnacle of the sport. This is the US Olympic Team’s home organization. Playing at the JO Cup is where our girls get to face some of the toughest competition in the nation."