Monday November 29th, 2021

2021 Free Agent Chris Terry




Chris Terry

USSSA Playing History


Interview conducted on 10/22/2020

Who are you playing with in 2021, and who have you played with in the past?
2021 – Free Agent –

2020 CheapSuits (A)
2019 – Nightmare (AA)
2018 – Newbreed (M) and Racks (M)

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Any IF or OF position. Best in IF: 3B, SS or 5M

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Bryson baker. The guy is always on base and very versatile in IF.

Why do you like the game of softball?
Softball allows you to compete most weekends (Apr-Oct) with the best players in the country. The offseason festival tournaments (Nov-Mar) are a time to play with friends and family.

What is your height and weight?
6'3 225 lbs.

Where do you call home?
Sacramento, California

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Summer – Ocean (San Francisco) and Camping (Sierra Nevada's)
Winter – Mountains (Sierra Nevada's)

What do you do for a living?
Hiring Supervisor – California Franchise Tax Board (Pay Your Taxes!)

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball in High School and College.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing softball when I was 13 years old. I played in a local charity tournament called the Michael Valle Softball Tournament (Pittsburg, Ca) as a substitute for one of my four brothers. I didn't realize that adults played competitively (since I was only 13). I wore a tuxedo to the tournament. Yes, that's right, a tuxedo. I had a blast playing that weekend. I still wear a tuxedo every Sunday to that tournament (18 years and counting). I carried the tuxedo over to competitive tournaments (E-C division) shortly after high school and was picked up at 18 on a local C team (T&D/Worth). I started college ball shortly after and stopped playing. They won NSA C Worlds that year. After college, I won a few world tournaments (E,D,C) with a Northern California team (Junkies/Demarini) and was picked up by Classic Glass/Easton in 2012. Been playing in the Conference for the past 8 years.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The most surprising difference between Conference and non-Conference play is definitely the pitching. Having a great pitcher on your team is a difference maker. They can speed up or slow down the game considerably.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Dameon Smith is a player/manager/coach; all-in-one. He has been playing the game for a long time and is one of the smartest ball players I've ever played with. Also, Tim Barnes (Coach). Tim treats all his players the same (no matter what name it says on the back of your jersey). He holds his coaches and players accountable. Seems to get the most out of his players year-in, year-out. A great guy on and off the field.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
The best advice for a young player is to never give up. It only takes one player, a coach, or a manager to hear about what you can offer a team and you will get your shot.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Two-finger overlap (24.5-25.5oz)

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Try to hit 1-2 times a week with fielding taking up half of those hitting sessions.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball: Oakland Athletics
Basketball: Utah Jazz
Football: Oakland Raiders
Hockey: Philadelphia Flyers

I can sit and watch sports all day

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
My favorite non-World tournament is the Michael Valle Tournament held in Pittsburg, Ca. This tournament brings together family and friends from all over looking to have a fun weekend on the diamond. Ages range from 13-75. Men hit the 16" mush softball and women hit the 11" softball to level the playing field.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Oklahoma City, OK) – AAA Stadium for Dodgers. Played the ASA Super there with Racks a few years ago.



3 responses to “2021 Free Agent Chris Terry”

  1. ruudog says:

    This guy is a monster and a gentleman on the field.. I have had the pleasure of playing with and against him.. Awesome pick up for any team!! I would like to see him on Precision,with a fellow Raiders Nation brother Brett McCollum. Even though he forgot as the best upcoming player (JK)..Best of luck my brother next year
    .. your brotha Rudy Lopez…

  2. Sam says:

    Dong on Terry!

  3. chris that team you played Oklahoma was TAI elite from so cal me jimmy salas and chris hansen was on the team …

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