The unprecedented move to unite the two largest softball organizations in the country has begun. Mentioning Firecrackers and Batbusters in the same sentence almost feels unnatural unless you’re talking about championship-type play, but for Batbusters and Firecrackers presidents, Mike Stith and Tony Rico, a shared vision made the conversation a lot easier than anticipated.
To best understand the gravity of this joint venture you’d have to understand the history of these two organizations. The Firecrackers began their rise back in 1990 while the Batbusters were formed a decade prior, in 1979. This was a time of very few recruiting opportunities, no showcases, no friendlies, and a monopoly of the best players playing on a handful of teams. The best of the best were consistent and always clashed on the biggest of stages. The Batbusters and Firecrackers were there, year in and year out. As the game has evolved so have the organizations, their leaders, and their leaders’ visions for the future of softball.
With a historically competitive relationship, these two powerhouses had no real interest in a “friendship,” but with the ongoing shifts in softball’s cultural tides, an invitation to meet up was extended. Like many great “meetings of the minds,” it began at lunch. Being the two largest and fastest growing organizations, Tony and Mike connected with intent to share thoughts on their roles as heads of these organizations and to be a sounding board for each other and their growing brands.
Neither expected the almost immediate synergy they would feel. The connection was there, the communication was great, and there was buy-in amongst their organizations coaching staffs. It became very apparent that the two are stronger as a combined unit and it wasn’t long before they started to explore the possibilities of how to best move their respective organizations, along with their families, in the right direction, for the right reasons.
The Mission of BBFC is simple: “Our mission is to combine the success of our organizations and provide a new standard of softball events for our players, teams, and communities.”
The BBFC Events are designed to provide the best possible experience for the players, starting with particular attention to the family needs. Firecrackers President, Tony Rico, says, “We want to restore balance and help guide our teams. We are looking forward to the players feeling what this mission is all about and joining us in thinking outside the box.”
The first of two scheduled BBFC Events, the Southern California Showcase, kicks off this weekend at Rosetta Canyon Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. The Space Coast Experience in Viera Beach, FL will take place this December 1-2.
For full BBFC Event details visit the website at www.BBFCEvents.com