About Spice Fastpitch
At Spice, we are committed as coaches and organizers to foster a positive, team-oriented, athletic experience for players and parents. At Spice, we embrace and foster a culture which is:
Welcoming - We create a supportive environment for players and families
Player-focused - We value and respect players as people first and players second, leading to high retention rates year after year
Encouraging - We celebrate multi-sport athletes, Little League and MS/HS ball
Competitive - We field highly competitive teams at all levels (A/B) and age groups
Affordable - We consistently offer lower fees than many similar clubs, with scholarships available on a needs basis
Engaging - We ensure families feel connected to their teams, coaches and other parents
Future-Driven - Current UW players help prepare Spice athletes for the next level, both physically and mentally
The Seattle Spice Fastpitch Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the following mission statement: To provide an opportunity for girls to play competitive fastpitch softball in an environment based on teaching the proper skills and always with the spirit of true sportsmanship. In support of this mission, Seattle Spice has defined three objectives:
1. To promote amateur fastpitch softball for girls and provide a venue for those who wish to play at the select level.
2. To provide a fastpitch club (SPICE) within the spirit of true sportsmanship.
3. To educate (USA/NSA rules) and train each player in the proper skills of playing fastpitch softball.
All of our staff are volunteers interested in seeing the development and growth in the skill and maturity of these fine young athletes. We continue to primarily serve the Seattle metropolitan area and our reputation has attracted players from the greater Puget Sound area.
Spice provides opportunities for young women to improve their athletic softball playing skills and achieve a higher level of competitive play. Spice will not discriminate or deny participation and membership because of race, religious preference, color, and nationality or ethnic heritage. Members are joined together in a spirit of friendliness and good sportsmanship to share in the pleasure of playing fastpitch softball. Spice delivers a quality competitive program at a reasonable cost.
In 1999, Queen Anne Little League coaches Hal Abbott and Anton Gielen coached the Emerald City All Stars, a team that combined players from Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Northwest and RUG little league softball teams. The Emerald City All Stars competed in a 12U tournament in 1999 setting the stage for the inaugural Seattle Spice team.
Seattle Spice Fastpitch Club was founded in 2000 with a single 14U team. Coaches Hal and Anton aimed to create opportunities for young softball players in the city, giving them a chance to enhance their skills without having to leave the immediate area for higher level play.
Over the years, Seattle Spice has met this goal and has consistently provided competitive softball experiences for players aged 9-18. Initially geared toward players residing in Seattle, the team has grown to attract players from King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties – and beyond. Spice rosters have included many players who have continued to play into their collegiate years. We have also been fortunate enough to have some of our Spice veterans return to coach other teams.
Coaches: Mike Stewart, Damien King, Lane McLaughlin, Terry Kellum,
Rob Brewer, Brandon Hardenbrook, Ramon Perez, Brian Beaky