Values & Philosophy
The Mirage organization emphasizes fundamentals, individual instruction, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the well-being of every player.
We feel it is our job and responsibility to prepare girls to play at the college level. Many of our players, both on their own and with our help, are presently playing in college softball programs.
The Connecticut Mirage was founded in 2002 by Dave Bornstein and has grown to become one of the premier girls fastpitch organizations in Connecticut.
The Mirage teams have won numerous travel tournaments throughout New England and over 100 Mirage players have gone on to play at the collegiate level.
The team name was inspired by the famed Las Vegas luxury hotel and the purple, teal and white uniforms were inspired by the 2001 Maryland Legends. Today, the Mirage uniform colors are widely recognized throughout the travel ball circuit.
Comments From Parents
“As the parents of a player from Western Massachusetts, our daughter’s choice of softball travel teamsin our immediate area is limited. We feel extremely fortunate to have discovered the Mirage organization and our daughter has flourished under the tutelage of experienced, dedicated coaches. The chemistry between teammates, parents and coaches has been excellent and has led to a strong, supportive atmosphere for all.”
“The level of coaching expertise available in travel, exceeds any other opportunity that may be available in other programs. This has been my daughter’s chance to build her confidence in a sport that she loves to play with the hopes of playing at a higher level.”
“Travel Ball really teaches the girls how to play the game and to be on top of their game. It gives the girls that want to excel a chance to compete and doesn’t hold them back like little league does. They learn so much more about the game; develop their skills, their knowledge of the game, and are just so much more comfortable playing than girls that don’t play Travel Ball. The difference is HUGE!”
Mirage Board of Directors
Founder & Director
Dave Bornstein, the Mirage Founder and Director, began his softball coaching career with the Newington Little League from 1996-98 then moved on to coaching in the Northern Connecticut Girls Softball League from 1999-2000. His first travel ball coaching experience was with the Connecticut Eliminators from 1999-2001 before he founded the Mirage in 2001.
The Mirage coaches are experienced, including former Mirage and college players.
Our teams practice year round and we host organizational practices and skill days where older players mentor and work with younger players.
We guarantee all players two starts on Saturday during pool play.
Mirage teams will typically consist of 11 or 12 full-time players and may include one “roster player”. Roster players practice with the team and may fill in for a full-time player who misses a tournament due to injury or other absence.
All teams within the organization are age appropriate for continuity. We try to build teams with girls who are the same age and grade level.
Mirage tryouts are typically held in early August. Most teams participate in leagues or tournaments in the fall and practice during the winter at the Fastpitch Nation facility in Bloomfield, CT.
The team tuition is determined by the manager of each team and will vary based on practice time, tournaments, uniforms, equipment, insurance, etc. Payments are collected over time.
Many Mirage teams particpate in fundrasing campaigns that are organized by their team. These events can help reduce cost of tuition. In addition, any girl can be sponsored to help with her tuition.
Want to Join The Mirage?
We're always looking for talented, hardworking players who have a desire to play at an elite level and aspire to play in college. We host tryouts in August each year and will also schedule 1:1 tryouts as necessary. Please check out our team openings or contact us if you are interested in learning more about potential opportunites.