SPARTA, NJ -  Nor'easters, heavy rain and cold temperatures could not deter Sparta Softball's preparation for the upcoming 2018 season. While the weather outside was frightful, the softball skills being honed indoors was delightful for the Sparta Diamonds and Recreational teams.

During the winter, Sparta Softball utilizes their indoor facility for clinics, team training sessions and one on one skill refinement, all working towards continuing the success of recent years.

The Sparta Diamonds will again field one to two competitive teams at every level from 8U-14U, looking to build off the tremendous achievements in 2017. Last year, Sparta was able to send multiple teams to the Babe Ruth state & regional playoffs, winning a state title and making the Final Four at the World Series in Florida at the 10U level.

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With rosters stacked with talented players, the Diamonds will compete at multiple tournaments all over New Jersey and challenge other local teams during the Northwest Jersey Spring League season/playoffs. Lori Rispoli, Sparta Softball president states the objectives of the program clearly.

"Each year we face challenges on and off the field, but the coaches and players put a lot effort into their preparation, and the goal is to play hard, have fun and success will come along the way," Rispoli said.

The challenges for town Recreational softball programs are dwindling numbers and girls getting pulled in many directions during spring/summer months.

Recreation softball organizer Rob Gilmartin said, "Sparta Softball has done well in maintaining our numbers by keeping the girls interested in softball year-round and by partnering with neighboring towns to provide a deep bench of teams at each division."

The Sparta Softball board, parents and coaches continue to refine their approach and work towards maximizing the experience for everyone during the course of the season. Sparta hosts two big tournaments each year that continue to draw top talent from all over New York and New Jersey.

The Sparta Warm-Up Tournament in mid-April and the Schools Out Tournament in late June always are must see softball events. Be sure to stop by and catch the action throughout the regular season and at the tournaments, as the girls make plays on the field rival that of the pros.

As one Sparta coach said during sign-ups,"Sparta Softball is not only about wins and losses; it's all about these young girls and providing them an opportunity to go out and play, succeed and fail but all along enjoy themselves and the sport of softball.”

So as the warm weather approaches come out and see the future stars of New Jersey softball and support the hard work & dedication of these young ladies. For more information, go to