Join us as we celebrate our 25th year of excellence with the 2020 Elaine Sortino Softball Schools.  Together, Coach and Denise built something powerful and inspiring. Denise is committed to continuing to provide this experience and to keeping Coach present on the field by sharing stories of her essence and greatness to the next generation of players. This School will be instructed by coaches who have been directly influenced by Coach.  It is the best and most anticipated week of our year!  The Softball Schools are a well-oiled machine that utilizes each moment to become what was most important to Coach…Be 1% Better Every Day!

Elaine Sortino made winning a habit at UMASS.  In her 34 years at the helm of the Minutewoman Softball Team, Sortino established herself as one of the nation’s most successful collegiate softball coaches and helped to put UMASS softball on the map.  In the 2013 season, her 1,185 wins ranked seventh all-time among active Division I coaches. She won 23 conference titles and led UMass to three trips to the Women’s College World Series.  In 2004, Sortino was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  The NFCA also names UMASS Softball the 34th best softball program all-time.

In Honor Of Coach

10.28.49 - 8.18.13




July 6-8, 2020

July 8-9, 2020





Softball Training:                  Planet Fastpitch - Uxbridge, MA   

30,000 square feet of training space. Indoor dirt field in the dome, sport science lab, batting cages, open training spaces, strength & conditioning zone, media room and more.  No rain.  No sunburns. Less walking and more training.  AND parents do not need to help move bags into dorms!

Residence & Classroom:     Bryant University   (This is not a function of Bryant University.). 


All Elaine Sortino Softball School/Planet Fastpitch instructors are current and former collegiate players, as well as college and high school coaches, National Professional Fastpitch players and Olympians, all of whom are hand picked to ensure the highest quality of professional softball instruction. In choosing this softball school, athletes benefit from learning from a team of coaches who are current with cutting-edge techniques and who have competed at the elite level.

2020 Staff Roster:  Denise Davis, Brandice Balschmiter, Kerri Jacklets, Olivia Gamache, Ellen McDonnell, Emily Gray, Madison Fluke, Julia Handfield, Sydney Greeno, Hayleigh O'Connor, Meg Gurska & more with special guest appearances!

Here is what is MOST special about all of the instructors…

We were all influenced by Coach.  She inspired us to dream bigger, to fight harder, to invest more and to love the game.  

We all “grew up” at Coach’s summer schools. 

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