The Virginia Lady Eagles softball organization was founded in 1990 with the goal of helping softball players obtain college scholarships. There were few travel teams back then and opportunities for girls were limited. Our first team was an 18U team that was funded by candy sales and car washes. We grew to two 18U teams and two 16U teams and enjoyed early success, but running four teams was expensive. In order to travel and expose our girls to college coaches, we began raising funds through bingo. Thus, Virginia Lady Eagles, Inc was incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We added more teams and at one point funded Red and Blue 18U teams, Red and Blue 16U teams, a 14U team and a 12U team. We are currently funding two 18U teams, a 16U team, a 14U team and a 12U team.
Incorporation required that the organization be run by a Board of Directors. The original Board was composed of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Bingo Chairperson, and Managers from each team.
In 1999, we took our 12U team to NSA Nationals and finished tied for 11th place in a field of over 100 teams. The following year, our 12U team finished 3rd at Pony Nationals. In 2001, both our 12U and 14U teams finished 3rd at Pony Nationals. In 2002, our 14U team finished in 5th place at Pony Nationals, our 16U team finished in 3rd place, and our 18U team co-hosted the ASA “A” Nationals in Salem, Virginia.
Since then, VLE teams have continued to place well in major tournaments, winning several state and regional championships, including a second place finish in the ASA Nationals. VLE has developed the reputation as a well run, well coached organization that produces quality players. We have developed good relationships with colleges and universities that seek players from our organization.