The South Florida Contenders was formed in 2001 as a non-profit softball travel team organization to give players a chance to compete at a more advanced level. The original teams were 12U and 14U. Now softball remains primarily an 18U team whose objective is to get the girls ready to play at the collegiate level. At least 2-4 exposure or showcase tournaments are attended each season in an effort to have the girls seen by college coaches.
In 2002, the baseball side of the Contenders was established. It began with a single 12U team and now more than ten years later has 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. In much the same way as softball, baseball aims to give players a more instructional and competitive environment then basic rec-ball.
Overall, the Contenders' philosophy is to build our teams through dedicated, hard-working families. We strive to nurture the whole child; not just baseball talent, but school-work, respect and character are important lessons taught through baseball. We love to win, but are not a win at all costs program!
Richard Cerda played for the Contenders from 2002-2010. Richard was on the first Contender baseball team. He played high school ball at Braddock High. Richard joined the coaching staff in 2009. Richard is the son of Head Coach Peter Cerda.