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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between softball and hardball?

There are several key differences between softball and hardball: Hardball uses a smaller 9 inch ball, hardwood bats, and pitching is overhand. Softball uses a 12 inch ball (11 inch for the junior divisions), aluminum or composite bats, and pitching is underhand (windmill).

What are the differences between softball and slo-pitch?

Softball and slo-pitch are very similar with the exception of pitching style. Slo-pitch uses a lob type pitch where the ball has a high arc and lands on the plate. Softball (or fastpitch) uses a straight pitch that crosses the plate and is caught by the back catcher.

What are the fees to play?

T-ball and Coach Pitch divisions are $140 per player. Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget divisions are $160 per player. Additional siblings receive a $20 discount per child.

What do the fees cover?

Each player receives a team jersey and ball cap. Teams are provided with balls, bats, basic catching equipment, and field equipment (bases, pitching rubber, etc). The fees also cover field rental costs for all games and practices.

What equipment do I need to provide?

Each player must provide their own glove, helmet with full face guard (including a chin strap), appropriate full-length athletic pants (no zippers, snaps or buttons, no jeans), full-length socks (no ankle socks), and footwear (no metal cleats). No skin may be showing below the waist, or the player will not be allowed to take the field.

How do you keep the costs so low?

We depend on sponsorship and an annual fundraiser (where the players participate in selling chocolate bars) to cover the bulk of the costs to run our organization.

When does the season start?

Our seaon starts the second week of May, beginning with a Meet the Coach night on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the division. We then have a practice night on the Wednesday and Thursday. Games start the following week.

When and where are the games?

All house league games start at 6:30 p.m. Some special games start at 8:30 p.m. Locations vary by division. See your specific division schedule for exact details.

Locations
Division Playing Days Locations
T-Ball Tuesdays and Thursdays Lincoln Park and Churchill Park
Coach Pitch Mondays and Wednesdays Soper Park
Mite Tuesdays and Thursdays Soper Park
Squirt Mondays and Wednesdays Lincoln Park and Victoria Park
Peewee & Bantam Tuesdays and Thursdays Lincoln Park
When time do I need to be at the game?

Players should arrive at least 20 minutes before game time in order to warm-up properly.

When will I know the schedule?

The schedule, rules, and any other information for the season will be given out at "Meet the Coach" day, May 7th or 8th, depending on your division.

How are the teams chosen?

T-ball and Coach Pitch teams are selected by a committee of executive members, based on equal numbers of boys and girls, and ages.

For all other divisions, we host an evaluation day, where all players are assessed on different skills. We then have a "draft", where coaches select players from each rating level in order to keep the teams even and fair.