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 Florida Storm National-Shepherd, a team competing in the 18-Under division. Based out of Florida, Head Coach Jerry Shepherd breaks down what you can expect to see from his 2021 roster.
Team: Florida Storm National-Shepherd
Home State: Florida
Head Coach: Jerry Shepherd
Team Twitter: @FlStormNational
Team Facebook: Florida Storm National-Shepherd
Previous GOLD Nationals Experience: First-time Participant.
What year was the team/organization founded: "The Storm organization was formed almost 30 years ago."
How long the team has been together: Two years.
Noteworthy events and recent tournaments: 2021 Storm Showcase 18U- Champions.
Returning players from 2020: Nine.
What are some of the strengths your team will bring this season: "Two of our main strengths are pitching and hitting."
What is a primary focus your team has as you prepare for the 2021 GOLD Nationals: "Our primary focus is on working hard to prepare ourselves to compete at our best."
Why do you like playing USA Softball and participating in the GOLD Nationals: "We like playing USA Softball because we get to play teams from all over the United States and they always have great locations for tournaments."