(Signed in Poland 2021) Two-Way Softball Player with Experience as an Instructor & Coach, Looking for a Winter 2021-2022 Team
Name: Carissa McBirnie
DOB: January 5, 1995
Date Available: October 31, 2020
Positions: Utl, 1B, 3B, SP, RP
Positions (alt): OF, C
College: AIB College of Business; Dordt College
Ken Roseberry (Assistant Coach, Dordt University): email@example.com
I coached Carissa for two years at Dordt College (now university) in Sioux Center, Iowa. She worked hard on the game, has very good velocity with her pitches, is great at fielding her position, and is a strong hitter. I attest to her character and coachability through my experience working with her. She is a good teammate and person as well, very personable girl. Her success was limited by circumstances I won’t get into. She is a dedicated person/athlete and she has been ready to continue advancing with her competitive softball career. I am sure she will be an asset for any team lucky enough to have her.
- Extend my softball career
- Use overseas as a stepping stone into a professional league in the U.S.
- Experience new cultures and meet new people
- Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game globally
|2 Years||Assistant Coach||Ohio Stingrays 10u||Youth (travel team)||Analyzing players and developing their individual positions to help strengthen areas that are needed to be focused on. Helping to advance their skills and improve on new ones as well. Developing self confidence and respect for the game and others was also very important.|
|2 Years||Instructor||D-Bat Columbus||Youth, High School||Teaching young athletes new softball or baseball skills and improving the skills they may already possess. Also helping them to develop good character, respect, and confidence within themselves.|
|6 Months||Practice Instructor||Travel 16u Team||High School||Designing indoor drills and layout a plan for each practice. Developing each player in their individual positions and helping them build and develop new skills.|
These Testimonials Have Been Verified
Carissa played for me for several years in a very strong club program in the Midwest where she was one of our primary pitchers. Then I had the pleasure of coaching her again in college at AIB, an NAIA program in Des Moines, Iowa before the school closed. She has always carried herself with nothing but class and brings with her a passion and work ethic that earns the respect of her coaches and teammates. She showed great poise and control on the mound and transitioned from a fairly dominant power pitcher to a pitcher with explosiveness and movement. She would represent any team well.
I had the pleasure of coaching Carissa McBirnie in 2014-15 at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. During our time together, I never questioned Carissa's commitment to the game, her teammates, and coaches. She was a determined pitcher/1st basemen for us, with natural power and a will to get better. More importantly, her commitment in the classroom was evident and exemplifies her strong work ethic. I saw a lot of growth in Carissa that year, she came into our program with raw athletic ability. Her game improved with instruction and her dedication to elevate her game.
I am more than happy to recommend Carissa to your program and believe she would be a great addition to any team.
When Carissa pitched at AIB College of Business, she was relatively new to full-time pitching responsibilities. She is strong and powerful and worked very hard. With continued work and coaching, she began to throw two great breaking pitches including the rise ball and screwball. Her change-up was one of her BEST pitches. She could throw her change-up at two speeds with a downward break. Her pitching precision improved throughout my time with her. Her velocity grew as she became more conditioned. One of her strengths was when there is a gameplan and she prepares ahead for the hitters--she can be highly focused. She works well with catchers and by the time she left AIB in 2015, she was extremely powerful and effective.
Playing Preferences Europe (Summer), Canada (Summer), Asia (Summer), Australia (Winter), New Zealand (Winter), Latin America (Winter), South Africa (Winter)
Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with teammates in a shared bedroom, Living with a host family
Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season
Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit