2017 Free Agent infielder Justin Charles

Justin Charles

Interview conducted on 7/25/2016

Who are you playing with in 2017?
2016 West coast United (Police Softball)

2017 Free Agent – [email protected]

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
SS 2B utility best spot is middle infield

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Brett Helmer

Why do you like the game of softball?
Played baseball my whole life so it's the closest thing to it .

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There is a ton of great players coming up its hard to choose only 1.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Youngster. My team always refers to me as that because I'm young just coming from baseball and bring a spark to the team.

What is your height and weight?
5"10 175lb

Where do you call home?
Elk Grove, California

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I like to attend sporting events and hangout with family and friends.

What do you do for a living?
I work for the state of California

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball at Elk Grove high school . Then continued my baseball career for 3 years at Fresno state and finished my last year of playing at cal state Stanisluas.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing softball after I got done playing college baseball. Really enjoyed it , started playing police softball and really excelled and are looking to play at a high level.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Never have played the conference level yet hoping to get the chance .

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning the MVP of a police softball tournament going 41-45

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
My coach right now has a good passion for the game and has really taught me a lot about softball

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Standard baseball grip and I use a 26oz

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I like to take BP a few times a week and take ground balls

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
My favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals and I like football

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Always using the same bat

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Hip hop

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Not able to answer that yet

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Midnight madness fun experience

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
BLD in Las Vegas great fields fun environment

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
in and out never gets old

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Someone falling as they try and advance a base

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Winning a gold medal when I was 16 years old for the USA junior national baseball team and winning MVP of the games.


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