Written by Gregory Giaconelli Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
The Long Island Thunderbolts will be holding tryouts for the 2013-14 season for Girls Softball ages 10U-18U at Syosset/Woodbury Park.
The Long Island Thunderbolts is an organization that was established in 2010 and was founded by Coaches Carmine Mazzaro and Peter Janowsky. Their first year started out with just one team and they have now grown to five, as they look to expand on that. The club’s mission is to teach their players the game of softball one pitch at a time. They will accomplish this through discipline, respect for each other, integrity and poise as each player pushes and encourages one another to strive for greatness on and off the field.
There is a misconception among many that the Thunderbolts are named after a weather pattern. However, the truth is, the team got its name from women who became factory workers on Long Island, who gave their contribution during the WWII era. They worked together as a team much the same way as the Long Island Thunderbolts do today, where the team comes first.
“Some girls want to play and some are college driven” said Janowsky, 18U Head Coach. “We take pride in teaching, respect, education and integrity.” The major attribute of this organization is to help the girls develop as players and get them ready to pursue an opportunity to play softball in college. They also assist the players with the recruitment
While the Thunderbolts are a softball club first, their goal is to promote life skills such as education, discipline, self-esteem and confidence all through athletics and social events.
The club’s motto is The Thunderbolt’s ACE’s. The A stands for Athlete; where the club does its best to help each athlete reach her full potential. The C represents Community, where athletes are encouraged to give back to the community by donating their time and helping to raise money for various charities on Long Island. Finally, the E stands for Education, where a well rounded athlete must possess solid classroom skills and grades to continue to be a part of the organization.
The coaching staff for the Thunderbolts combines for 15 years of experience with their five squads. The staff is led by Coach Mazzaro, an ASA Certified Coach, who has been coaching the game itself for over 12 years and coached in over 900 games. The co-founder of Long Island Thunderbolts has taken teams to NY State Finals, Pony Nationals and FAST Nationals in Florida. The success of the organization has produced younger coaches, who have and still are playing for the club.