Here are just some of our Shining Stars’ stories
Congrats to Kiana for being named to the 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Softball Team!
Tia has verbally committed to play ball at UVA – congrats Tia!
Blake was named 2014 First Team All District – Congrats!
Jacqueline was named 2014 Second-Team All-District – Congrats!
GREAT FEEDBACK FROM OUR ALL-STAR ALUMS AND PURE PERFORMERS
2008 Northern Virginia All-Region Selection; Former Virginia Tech Club Softball Player
“For five years now, Anya has taught me so much, not only about softball, but about life in general. I’ve learned how to perfect my swing and become an absolutely confident batter, and have been able to share my knowledge she has taught me with other teammates. I’ve also learned how to live a healthier lifestyle, including performing specific exercises and eating proper food to keep my body natural and strong. I was even able to bounce back from a labrum and rotator cuff surgery in a few short months using her advice and in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation. I would without a question recommend Anya to anyone who wanted to advance their softball skills, improve their speed and agility, expand their knowledge of the human body, or just learn how to shop healthily. Having the privilege to work with Anya has been truly inspiring and has changed my life to become a more confident and healthy person.” -Jam Mowery
2010 National District Pitcher of the Year; Former Grinnell College Softball Player
“Coach A — I just wanted to write to say thank you. All of the years and time and effort you put in has not gone unnoticed or unthanked, and I wanted to let you know that. Personally, I have really appreciated everything you have done, not only for the organization, but for our team in particular. You have taught me so much about softball, and I will always think of you when I look back on these years of my life. You will always be a strong woman role model for me because you have really made your own path in life and been successful at it. Thank you for all the amazing times I’ve spent under your teaching and everything I’ve learned — from softball basics to working on intensity. So thanks a lot Coach A, for everything.” -Hannah Bauman
Former Georgetown University Softball Player
Anya is a great teacher and an amazing person. I learned a lot from her and she really improved my skills, helping me to get to the level I’m at today. She’s an extremely knowledgeable coach whose lessons are great and very well run.
— Callie Eward , former Georgetown University Softball Player
Shippensburg University Softball
Jenny Peel (above), was Pure Performance’s very first customer in 2005! All those private lessons paid off as she has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Shippensburg University. I’m so proud of Jenny for working so hard to reach her goals!
“I started working with Anya when I was 10. I had lessons every week throughout the year. My goal was and is to compete at the highest levels of softball. I was able to make a very competitive Vienna Stars team and contribute to both the offense and defense of the team. Having the continued lessons and hitting reps has made me a strong hitter and I am able to work under pressure because I have had good training.” -Jenny Peel
From Jenny’s Parents:
“Our daughter has pursued Softball with a passion – with a desire to compete at the highest levels. We have been fortunate to have found Anya Adams in Arlington to offer lessons. Having a professional trainer that’s able to serve as a role model and provide excellent training and guidance has been invaluable to our players’ development. Whether it’s the physical or mental part of the game – Anya covers everything. Anya always brings new material and is transferring knowledge – always a positive experience and always more to learn!” – Tim and Gigi Peel
“I began taking hitting lessons from Anya when I was 10 years old. While my raw swing was successful at the 12U level, the mechanics Anya taught me allowed me become an elite hitter and eventually play in college. Hitting is my favorite part of softball and my endless work in the cage with Anya allows me to step up to the plate every time confident that I will get a hit.
I play Division-III softball at Bowdoin College in Maine. Because I lived so far away from the schools in the north that I was considering, my video was an integral part to how I was recruited. College coaches recognized the refinement of my swings and mechanics immediately. Because they were able to scrutinize my swing through my skills video, coaches were impressed with the solid mechanics of my swing, which I attribute to my years working with Anya..
Anya is one of the most direct people I know. If I am in a hitting slump, she is able to look at one swing and tell me exactly which parts need work. Working with Anya every week for years allowed me to become the elite athlete that I am today.
I have mimicked the softball skills and coaching style that I observed in Anya as I work with younger softball players. Not only do I use skills drills that she taught me, I aim to exude the overall coaching style of professionalism and expertise that I see in Anya. Any child that has the opportunity to work with Anya is truly lucky.”
-Katie Kaufman, Bowdoin College