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The Echoes Way

For 20 years people have often asked about the name Echoes.  There were many names suggested, but the final two came down to “Silver Bullets” or Echoes.  Coach White was the tie-breaking vote and we became Echoes, which by ancient folklore, were “sirens” that drew seamen into rocks of destruction.  The name was suggested by Coach White’s wife, through her completion of crossword puzzles and also of the song by the same name by artist, Pink Floyd.  Roger Watters of Pink Floyd has stated the intention of the song was to recognize "The potential that human beings have for recognizing each other's humanity and responding to it, with empathy rather than antipathy." 

Echoes' was formed by Tim White in 1985.  Coach White was always trying to obtain, analyze, apply and improve upon the available information on the fundamentals of throwing, pitching, hitting, catching, and every aspect of the game, while mentoring the young women of Echoes' through very difficult life situations and applying these lessons on the field and off.  He was a firm advocate that self-esteem must be earned; it is not something that can be provided by a players’ Dad or Mom, it cannot be stolen, purchased or traded, and when it was attained, it cannot be stripped or taken from you.   This philosophy went into each training drill, talk, and lesson provided by Coach White!  Many of these qualities have been carried on and reinforced by the new leadership at Echoes, Tony and Judy Larry.

Echoes' has a long-standing tradition of instilling values and character in female student-athletes to develop self-esteem, through the teaching of fundamentals of fast-pitch softball.   The coaches and players possess a love of the game and a desire to develop the best possible fast-pitch softball players, and more importantly, human beings. 

In 2001, Echoes' expanded to include additional teams, including one team in each age division.  In 2007, Coach Larry opened the Diamond indoor facility located at 707 North Frontier Road in Papillion.

Without the dedication and commitment of many former Echoes players and parents bringing this facility to reality would have been impossible.

Through hard work, perseverance, respect and consideration for each other and all others with whom they encounter, the Echoes' began a tradition that continues to this day. More than 80% of Echoes' female athletes have gone on to receive college scholarships (NAIA through Division I), many hold graduate degrees, teach, coach, and are entrepreneurs.  

Echoes Code of Conduct

Echoes Softball Association

Parents Code of Ethics

 

Encourage good sportsmanship by demon positive support for all players, coaches, and officials  game, practice or other youth sport events. 

Place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of any personal desire to win

Insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.

Demand a drug and alcohol free sports environment for my child and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events including between games and in the ballpark parking lot.

Remember that the game is for the children and not for adults.

Do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.

Use only positive support for coaches/team on the internet or texts.

Contact coach in person, face to face, with any confrontational matters.

Ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of age, race, sex, religion, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience within my personal constraints by assisting with coaching, being a respectful fan, providing transportation or whatever I am capable of doing.