Name: Amaya Ross
School: Trinity Christian Academy
Sport: Varsity Softball
Parents: Michele and Gerard Ross
2019 (sophomore year)
Times-Union All-Decade softball team
2019 Times-Union All-First Coast First softball team
2019 Miracle Sports 4A All-State First softball Team
2019 Florida Dairy Farmers Class 4A Top 3 softball player
FloSoftball: Ranked 36th in nation for 2021 class
TCA Varsity Volleyball “Most Blocks” award
2019 Times-Union: Ranked 8th among all NE FL high schools for volleyball blocks (75 total)
2018 (freshman year)
2018 Times-Union All-First Coast softball team
2018 MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Match
TCA Varsity Volleyball “Most Attacking Kills” award
2017 (8th grade, softball)
2017 Times-Union All-First Coast team
2017 Miracle Sports 4A All-State Second Team
2017 Miracle Sports Athlete of the Week
2017 USA Elite Select Futures All-American
2017 USA Elite Select 30 All-American
2016 USA Elite Select Futures All-American
2016 USA Elite Select 30 All-American
2015 USSSA World Series Defensive Tournament MVP
What is your main position, and what other positions do you play? Main: Shortstop/Second Base
Describe your career at Trinity (JH, JV, Varsity), coaches, and team success during that time.
6th grade: Middle School/Moved up to Varsity after middle school season – IMSC Champions
7th Grade: JV/Varsity – District and Regional Champs, Final Four State appearance
8th Grade: Starting shortstop on varsity – District and Regional Champs, Final Four State appearance
9th Grade: Varsity – District and Regional Champs, State Runner Up
10th Grade: Varsity – District and Regional Champs, State Champs
11th Grade: Varsity – season cut short due to COVID-19
When did you start playing softball?
I started playing T-ball at age 3 and played baseball at Orange Park Athletic Association (OPAA) until I turned 9. I then switched over to softball and joined the Jacksonville Storm 10U team, where I met three of my current teammates: Morgan McMillian, Alexis Crews, and Reagan Griffis.
Why do you attend Trinity, and in what grade did you begin?
I’ve attended Trinity since Pre-Kindergarten and have been here my entire life. My father played football and graduated from Trinity; he and my mother wanted my sister and me to have a Christian education.
Where else have you played softball?
Along with Trinity, I’ve played travel softball for the Jacksonville Storm, Jax Fusion, and (currently) the Gold Coast Hurricanes.
What other sports do you play?
I also play volleyball for Trinity, and I have played basketball and baseball in the past.
Describe your academic success and personal fulfillment at Trinity.
I’ve had straight A’s my entire academic career with a 4.57 GPA. I was a member of the Beta Club and National Junior Honor Society in elementary school and junior high. I and am currently a member of the National Honor Society, TCA student government, and vice president of student council, and I serve as treasurer for TCA's Class of 2021.
Where do you plan to play college softball?
I am committed to play collegiate softball at Florida State University.
What college teams have shown interest in you?
Along with Florida State, I was recruited by UCLA, Duke, Virginia Tech, Alabama, and Florida.
Do you have any siblings who play sports?
I have one sibling, my little sister Ariel Ross, who is in 7th grade. She plays volleyball for Trinity. She was a starting outside hitter on JV in her 7th-grade year and was selected team MVP by her coaches both years she has played volleyball at TCA. She also plays club volleyball for Jacksonville Junior Volleyball Association (JJVA) 13’s national team.
How much have your parents helped you in your softball pursuit?
My parents have invested and sacrificed so much in order for me to pursue my softball career, and I would not be where I am today without them.
Whom else would you like to thank for your success?
First and foremost, I would like to give all the glory to God because He is the one responsible for my success. I would also like to thank all of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for their constant support. They have been there for me every step of the way and are my motivation and inspiration.