The Iowa Blitz is a fastpitch softball organization designed to provide players eligible for high school competition another avenue outside of the high school competition to receive exposure and recognition from collegiate programs, primarily within the region, but also, on a national scale. While the program is designed to help young athletes who have a desire to play at the collegiate level, it is not exclusive to those athletes alone. The Iowa Blitz has become recognized as a strong showcase program from the state of Iowa.
Here is the plan to get the practices rolling for the upcoming Spring/Summer Season!
10U = First practice is Wednesday Jan 12. After that = Wednesdays - East side 6-7:30. Sunday - East side 12-2pm.
12U Iowa Gold = Friday 7pm-8:30pm and on the East side on Saturdays 8-10am.
12U Group = First practice is Tuesday Jan 11 - 5:30-8:30pm West side and then on Sundays from 2-6pm. After the first week and going forward players will be split into two groups after night 1 and half will arrive early. The other half will arrive at 7pm. Same on Sundays.
14U Group - First practice is Monday January 10, 6-9pm. And then on Sundays from 4-8pm. Players will be split after the first practice into two groups. We may add a Tuesday practice once we figure out everyone's schedules.
16U/18U (High School) Spring Only and those just getting in extra work = Start date will be Sunday, Jan 9, 10am-12pm. Also Thursdays 7:30-9pm. Looking for Parent voluntary coaches to help out this Spring.
16U Summer teams:
All 16U eligible summer players and former 18U NE Gold 515 players will practice on the following days and times beginning Wednesday Jan 18 from 7:30-9pm and on Saturdays from 8-10am.
18U Summer teams
All 18U eligible players returning and newer will practice on the following days and times beginning Tuesday, Jan 11. Tuesdays - 8:30-10pm and Sundays 2-4pm.
Please remember to get registered for the upcoming season prior to starting practices. If you need a little more time in making your initial down payment, please contact Joe Carter to set up an alternate payment schedule. You must have registered and paid the initial down payment or have spoken with Joe about an alternate payment plan before starting practices. For easy reference if you have not registered yet, here is the registration link:
If you have any questions please contact Joe.
Iowa Blitz Fastpitch
Below are a couple of camps that these coaches asked me to get out to all of you.
- It is probably too late for the Dec 12 camp, but there are two more dates that are available. Just click on this link
Indian Hills Community College Camps
Here is what I have sent out with a small description and links!
We have a hitting league which the athlete would join us for four Sundays this Winter to learn to hit like a Warrior from some of the nation's best!! These days will include small group instruction, one-on-one coaching with head coach Lindsay Diehl and current IHCC Warrior players, and mental training and routine development for each hitter.
Date: January 16th, 23rd, 30th, and February 6th
Time: 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Sign up: Hitting League
We have a pitching and catching camp where the athlete would join us on Saturday, January 29, 2022 to learn to pitch/catch like a Warrior from some of the nation's best!! This days will include small group instruction, one-on-one coaching with head coach Lindsay Diehl and current IHCC Warrior players, and mental training and routine development for each athlete. Catchers be sure to bring your own catching gear. For the pitchers, a catcher will be provided. Please bring tennis shoes.
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Pitching Camps (Pitching instruction with Cassandra (Darrah) Allen)
Time: Grades 3-7 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM OR Grades 8–12 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Catching Camps (Catching instruction with Assistant Coach Jenn Marshall)
Time: Grades 3-7 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM OR Grades 8–12 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sign Up: Pitching/Catching Camp
Finally we have a one day camp where we will prepare you for an elite level competition and allow you to experience first-hand how we teach, practice & play the game here at Indian Hills! This a great opportunity to learn from the best, concentrating on infield/outfield work and hitting.
Grades 3 – 7
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Grades 8 – 12
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022
Time: 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Sign up: One Day Camp
If you have any questions or need help with anything please do not hesitate to reach out!
Thanks, Jenn Marshall
On behalf of the Ryan and Angie Hesseltine family, The Iowa Blitz/Iowa Gold is honored to announce the following winners of this year's Aliya Hesseltine Honorary Scholarship award. Due to our fundraising efforts, mainly through the February Indoor event we hold each year in Aliya's name, we offered a record number of scholarships (5) and had a record number of applicants (14) to choose from. This year's applicants were asked to write a 500-word essay tying in what the term "Conquer from within" means to them. A panel of 7 judges reviewed the applications and were moved by what they read and the thought that was portrayed by these applicants in their essays. This year was extremely tough with so many applicants, and nearly all applicants received votes. That said, these five stood out.
Congratulations to following:
Aliyah Hesseltine Scholarship Winners from L to R: Stella Umphreys, Emma Mostek, Chloe Dougherty, Ryan Hesseltine (Kneeling) Kate Kriegel, Kailee Pollard