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A premier softball organization that provides athletic skills training to youth under the age of 18. Our teams are dedicated to practices, skills clinics, strength training, national/international competition, and academic achievement. We provide our participants with college exposure through tournaments, showcases, recruiting camps, evaluations, and direct contact with college programs to increase their probability of both academic and athletic scholarships. We are also determined to help the community and local recreational youth leagues with training, equipment, support and opportunities for the disadvantaged.


The CALIFORNIA THUNDER originated in the early 1990’s and had immediate success, including an ASA national title, under Tom Tucker. The program had its struggles in the late 1990’s, but was revitalized in 2001 by Manager/Coach Valerie Van Kirk; former Cal State Fullerton NCAA National Champion (1986). The California Thunder Organization has developed into a highly competitive TRAVEL BALL ORGANIZATION. We have had teams participate in PGF in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. Our teams have had 6 top 10 finishes in PGF, including 5th in 2017.

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