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Shooting Stars Showcase

Potomack Lakes Sterling, Virginia
2-4 July, 2021
Unprecedented Format
Showcase Camp, Showcase Warmups, and 4 Guaranteed Games
UPDATE: We will be issuing invitations in January.  To be considered, please fill out the form below or contact Shawn Gallagher and Brian Thompson at shootingstarsshowcase@gmail.com

Our Unique Concept

Focused Time & Reps for Showcasing
One Complex
No Bad Game Times
We proved our showcase concept in 2019 and repeated success despite the pandemic in 2020.  100% positive feedback: 
  • Ask any of the college coaches who were there.
  • Ask any of the teams who played.
  • Ask the multiple players who were confirmed as recruited from our event.
The Shooting Stars Showcase is different.  Run by the non-profit Ashburn Shooting Stars, there is no desire to make money.  We put the players first!
Our goal is to keep it small to ensure college exposure for every player.  There will NEVER be a second complex; the entire event will be at Potomack Lakes, 4 fields all in one complex so coaches will be in the same complex as all teams. 
We limit the total number of teams to 16 so there are no bad game times; no getting an 8AM or 8PM start that no college coach will attend. 
In 2019 and 2020 the Shooting Stars zeroed-out profit to keep costs to players attending the camp and teams playing in the showcase to an absolute bare minimum to run this kind of event.  We even issued campers partial refunds when we were over budget! 
14u, 16u, and 18u teams get three showcase games on Saturday and blind draw single elimination bracket on Sunday. 
Instead of coaches spending all day to watch a PSA get one or two balls hit to them, colleges will be integrated into warmups.  On Sunday morning, all teams will have dedicated time for reps with college coaches during their warmup routines.  College coaches get to pick the drills to search for the kind of player they are looking to recruit.  During this time, there will be no games played so colleges can focus on getting a lot of reps. 
We stand against the commercialization of youth sports.  Our showcase will NEVER be stay-to-play.  There will NEVER be gate fees for families to watch their children play softball.  







Bad Game Times

Fall 2020 Schedule

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In order to maximize college attendance during the pandemic, please see our live streaming:

Saturday, 17 October, 900-1200 
Individual camp with instruction from college coaches
Saturday, 17 October, 1230-630 
Showcase Games Featuring Highly Recruitable Players
Sunday, 18 October, 830-930 and 1040-1140 
College Coaches provide instruction during warmups followed by showcase games
Sunday, 18 October, 1130-1230 
Colleges can see teams in bracket play - a 14u Division and a High School Division

College Coaches for Summer 2021

We will announce the college coaches working the camp and warmup routines only as they have committed to attend.  We will invite far more coaches for the weekend.  
We do not play the false advertising game - we pledge full transparency at any point.  For more information on exactly where each college stands (ie expected turnout, including additional colleges not working the camp), contact Shawn Gallagher (atomic175@gmail.com, 240-320-2467) and Brian Thompson (btthompson32@gmail.com, 703-408-7052)

College Coaches Who Attended in Fall 2020

...and former NPF player Sydney Broderick!

College Coaches for Summer 2020

Shown below are the colleges who had committed to attend in 2020 prior to the NCAA extending the dead period until August.

College Coaches who Attended in 2019

...and former NPF player Sydney Broderick!

Teams Accepted in 2019 and 2020


News and Updates

1 June 2020
We were forced to cancel the Summer 2020 Showcase due to the NCAA extending the dead period until August and Loudoun County prohibiting all tournaments until August.  We still will play in Fall 2020!  Details coming soon...
Updates on the tournament will appear here and on social media
Facebook:    Shooting Stars Showcase
Twitter:        @s_starsshowcase

18u/16u and 14u Divisions - Teams May Apply Here

We will consider team applications primarily on two factors: 1) performance against national-level teams; and 2) recruitable players.  We encourage coaches to submit with their application key wins against national teams, schedules, finishes in national tournaments, and references from college coaches who are following your team. 

Cost for the Showcase is $750 per team.  Cost for the camp is $125 per player.  Profit to the Ashburn Shooting Stars is zero.  This is the bare minimum cost to run this kind of event.  In the spirit of transparency, our final balance in 2019 was $47.60, which we simply carried into 2020. 

**You may also contact the Director of the Ashburn Shooting Stars, Shawn Gallagher (shootingstarsshowcase@gmail.com or 240-320-2467) or the Tournament Director Brian Thompson (btthompson32@gmail.com, 703-408-7052) for more information prior to applying. 

Players: register and pay here for the Shooting Stars Showcase Camp
Teams: once accepted, pay here for the Shooting Stars Showcase
Teams:  Apply here for an Invitation to play in the Shooting Stars Showcase

Contact: Shawn Gallagher

Director, Ashburn Shooting Stars

shootingstarsshowcase@gmail.com240-320-2467 or

Brian Thompson, Tournament Director btthompson32@gmail.com


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