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Character:
The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person... "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.â??
-Helen Keller

Attitude:
A state of mind or a feeling, disposition...  "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
-Winston Churchill

Strength:
The quality or state of being strong (mentally or physically)...  "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Excellence:
The state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority.  "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.â??
-Aristotle


The reputation of the Case Batbusters Organization comes from our commitment to the players and the belief that the organization exists for the players...not the coaches.

Case Batbusters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1989 by Bob Wenk and Jim Dolan to help dedicated players improve their softball skills, develop character and earn college scholarships.  After coaching girls youth softball for many years, Bob and Jim saw the Southern California travel ball world going in a new direction.  They felt there was a better way to do things and founded the Case Batbusters.

Jim Dolan helped to form the team and organization to be one of the most successful and well-known travel-ball organizations in the country.  Jim Dolan retired from coaching several years ago and left the reins of the organization to Bob Wenk.

Prior to the official creation of the Case Batbusters in 1989, Coach Wenk had been involved with youth softball for more than a decade.  In 1984, Coach Wenk wrote Coaching Youth Softball (one of the first comprehensive books specifically designed for coaching girls fastpitch softball).  While the game has changed tremendously in the 30 years since Coach Wenk wrote Coaching Youth Softball, and many techniques have changed, Coach Wenk's methods and philosophies regarding coaching girls fastpitch softball remain more relevant than ever.

Character and discipline are essential parts of playing for the Case Batbusters Organization, but so are enjoying playing the game and competing at the highest level.  More than 200 players have earned college scholarships as a result of playing for the Case Batbusters.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Case Batbusters head coach Jim Dolan, along with assistants Cliff Murphy, Bob Wenk and manager Dexter Porter as the 2003 NFCA Travel Ball Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2011, Coach Wenk was honored by the NFCA as a member of the Easton Victory Club for his 1,800th career victory.  Coach Wenk is also proud to say that he has coached four players that have gone on to play on the US Olympic Team and managed 6 ASA National Championship teams.

A NEW ERA FOR CASE BATBUSTERS

After more than 30 years of dedicating himself to the development of young ladies through softball, Coach Wenk decided it was time to retire and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.   In 2012, Scott Barker was handed the reins of the Case Batbusters.

The climate, attitude and direction of Southern California travel softball has changed dramatically in recent years.  Travel softball has become big business with some organizations having more the TWO HUNDRED teams nationwide.  Several Southern California organizations have 40, or more, teams in their organization.  Players are required to attend specific hitting coaches, pitching coaches, training facilities and speed/agility programs.  Many individuals are making a very lucrative living off of the dreams of girls to play softball in college and obtain a scholarship.

Athletic scholarships should not be the reason an athlete plays a sport.  There are intangibles gained (work ethic, confidence, physical/mental toughness etc.) that are even more important than athletic scholarships.  There is also the fact that girls occupying their weekends and summers competing in softball tend to stay away from drugs/alcohol and the general party crowd.  These intangibles are the reasons most parents used to get their children into sports.  Today it seems the primary reason for involvement in youth sports is to obtain a scholarship.

This attitude is breeding an entire generation of players that have no idea about sportsmanship and competition.  They spend the last 4 years of their travel softball career simply trying to impress college coaches.  In many cases, they don't know anything about the colleges watching them to play.  All they know is it's a possible scholarship opportunity.

While it is the Organizations goal for every Case Batbuster to obtain a scholarship, it is also a fundamental belief that if we teach our players properly, the scholarships will come.  Inevitably, the same things we teach our players to play the game the RIGHT WAY are the qualities college coaches look for in prospective players.

It is our goal to carry on the great tradition of the Case Batbusters Organization and to take the organization into the 21st Century.

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