2018 New Hampshire High School Gatorade Player of the Year
"Going into the Diamond Gems organization, I had a goal which was to have the opportunity to play softball in college. My experience included an incredible coaching staff and a group of talented and passionate teammates, all with similar goals and aspirations. The training I received was beyond what I was expecting, and I was able to go into the school and summer seasons ready. I was able to meet every goal I had aimed for by the end of the summer season, thanks to the help from the coaching staff and Jim Rines who takes our goals seriously.
Playing softball was only half of the journey to meeting the goal to play in college. Coach Rines ensured that I was reaching out to coaches and contacting who I needed to contact in order to meet the set goal. He would introduce himself and the players of my team to the appropriate colleges and make sure we each got our deserved exposure to our prospective colleges. I'm grateful for the experience I had with the Diamond Gems organization and the showcase team I was on. The friendships I made, the connections to coaches, and the offers from some of my top schools made the fall to summer season well worth it."
Middlebury College Class of 2023
"After spending six years in one ASA organization, I made the decision to join Coach Rines and Coach Makris at the Diamond Gems. I had an interest in pursuing a college softball career, and I knew that the Diamond Gems would provide a different level of commitment and exposure. Joining Coach Rines with the Diamond Gems provided me the opportunity to attend multiple college showcases both in the fall and summer. These showcases allowed me to play in front of coaches that I had previously contacted as well as create new opportunities with schools I had not even thought to approach. These premier showcases are geared to allow coaches to evaluate athletes and are invaluable in conjunction with attending college camps and contacting coaches directly. Coach Rines supported my efforts by constantly reaching out to these coaches and facilitating their evaluation of me. Equally important during the past year was the high-level technical coaching by Coach Rines and Coach Makris to further develop my game. My experience with the Diamond Gems was amazing and critical to me being able to solidify a verbal commitment to Middlebury College this summer. I look forward to finishing high school and having an exciting college softball career."
Post University Class of 2022
The Gems organization has given me the opportunity to play at higher levels, as well as to make long-lasting friendships with athletes and coaches alike. Coach Jimmy, Coach Mak, and the rest of the coaching staff at the Diamond Gems make it a mission to ensure that every athlete is exposed to the highest level of play. This organization has such a great passion for the athletes, guiding the way to their college softball careers. The network and exposure Coach Jimmy has with college coaches are phenomenal and are necessary for athletes who wish to pursue a college softball career. Throughout my college search, Coach Jimmy helped me identify schools that were a good fit for me. He made sure that I kept in regular contact with coaches from the colleges in which I was interested, and he supported the decision I made to play softball at Post University.
Through the Gems, I have grown as a player and perfected my talents through the training the organization has to offer. I put in as much work as the coaches have during training and practices, and that really helped me become the player I am today. I have been with this organization for over 5 years. Without the exposure and coaching staff the Diamond Gems has to offer, I would not be as devoted to this sport like I am. I look forward to continue playing with the Gems family on the 18+ team in Summer 2019.
Southern Connecticut State University Class of 2022
"Playing for Jim Rines, Coach Mak, and the Diamond Gems organization for the past four years has been nothing short of amazing. The time and effort that Coach Jimmy and his coaching staff put into the players for their development as both players and teammates has been tremendous. This dedication by Coach Jimmy and Coach Mak allowed me to play and compete at a high level.
Coach Jimmy’s extensive network of softball organizations and coaches afforded me the opportunity to compete in showcase tournaments all along the East Coast. With his guidance, I was able to meet college coaches and showcase myself to schools from all over the country. Coach Jimmy and Coach Mak helped me achieve my goal of playing college softball at Southern Connecticut State University, where I am pursuing my degree in health science to become an occupational therapist.
I have formed great friendships with players, coaches and families through the Diamond Gems organization. I look forward to continuing these friendships and improving my skills with the 18+ team during Summer 2019."