As we near the start of the 2021 USA Softball GOLD National Championships, we're highlighting some of the teams who will take to the fields in Salem, Va.
Meet Illinois Bash Gold, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Chicago, Head Coach Jim Goranson breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.
Team: Illinois Bash Gold
Home State: Chicago
Head Coach: Jim Goranson
Team Twitter: @IL_Bash
Team Facebook: Illinois Bash Softball
Team Website: www.illinoisbash.com
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: 2019 GOLD Nationals - Top 32, 2013 GOLD Nationals - Top 20, and 2012 GOLD Nationals.
What year was the team/organization founded: The team/organization was founded in 2008.
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: Veteran's Day Tourney - USF/Tampa, Xtreme Dimensions Showcase - New Jersey, Power 50 Tourney - Orlando, Triple Crown Sports Nationals - Reno, and Oklahoma National Qualifier - Oklahoma City.
Returning players from 2020: Six.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "Our main strength is being fearless on the field. We play free and unique softball, taking extra bases and throwing behind runners. We enjoy playing differently from other teams, allowing our team to stand out."
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "Our primary focus is to play together as one unit, while holding each other accountable and pushing one another to be the best that we can be as a whole."
Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "Playing USA Softball and being involved in GOLD Nationals is an experience that our teams have never taken for granted. We enjoy good competition and playing against teams from all across the country.