The Maryland Black Ice Softball program was established in 2008 with 9 dedicated young ladies. These players paved the way for hundreds of young athletes to improve their skills, create a team environment and make it to the next level. The philosophy of the Maryland Black Ice program is to have a small organization to maximize its resources and increase time developing each player on and off the field.
Black Ice founder Keith Calta had a vision to create an environment in which players could develop and reach the next level if they had the desire to do so. He believed learning from experienced, in-house coaching and developing relationships with college coaches, current and past college players. These players and coaches visit our fields on a regular basis sharing their knowledge of the game with camps and one-on-one lessons.
Coach Keith believed so much in learning from experienced college coaches and players he formed the MBI Camps LLC - Maryland Black Ice camps. MBI Camps host some of the finest colleges in the country and players from the East Coast visit each year.
Keith hails from Williamsport Pa, home of the Little League world series. He attended the University of Maryland on a Football scholarship and played on the 1976 undefeated team which went on to play in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a degree in engineering and retired from TE Connectivity after 33 years.
His daughter Sarah Calta was on the first Maryland Black Ice team. Sarah went onto Maryland to earn a softball scholarship. She made the 2016 All Big Ten softball team and was honored with 4 consecutive all-conference academic teams. Sarah currently owns 100 Percent Chiropractic in Rockaway New Jersey.