Our Company

Black Cat Fastpitch, LLC is named after owners Leigh Elko’s and Jennifer Mineau’s cat, named Salem – who is in fact a black cat. She’s full of spunk, has an independent and strong presence, a curious personality, and makes decisions after long periods of scent related research. We base our company on these characteristics and qualities – both in providing instruction to youth athletes and in developing each athlete into a confident, persevering, and self-aware young woman. We believe that addressing multiple aspects of athletic development beyond physical skills is of utmost importance, and frequently touch upon topics such as mental health, character, teamwork, emotion regulation, academics, and more when providing instruction in individual and group settings.

Black Cat Fastpitch, LLC is built on the ideas of commitment, integrity, and simply “doing the right thing” when it comes to training today’s athlete. Just as we expect our athletes in training to exhibit the aforementioned qualities, we make it our responsibility to provide our athletes with the best and most research-based methods. Both Coach Elko and Coach Mineau are certified Tincher Pitching Instructors, which is the only trademarked organization in the country devoted to the scientific research and development of fastpitch pitching and female athletes. We also conduct in-house correlational studies to find patterns among athletic development, pitching movements and hitting flaws. We are experts in knowledge in the biomechanics of young ladies associated with softball performance and teach techniques that have been scientifically backed as appropriate for the female body.

We take pride in bringing youth fastpitch players a unique approach to instruction through the use of multidisciplinary tools such as resistance bands, training balls, balance tools, written worksheets, notetaking, and more. We spend immense time tailoring our camp and clinic curriculum to suit the needs of the athletes, from Little League and Recreation camps and clinics to high-level instruction at the PGF, Gold, and A-levels. We have dedicated our careers to making softball instruction safe, fun, and effective, and love the flexibility and freedom of owning our own company.