The Coach Pitch League is for girls in K, 1st and 2nd grade. It is an instructional league that emphasizes having fun while learning softball fundamentals. This is a coach-pitch league, and all parents are asked to participate in some manner (managing, coaching, coordinating team activities, etc.). Games and practices are intended to be fun for all players, no matter what their talent level, and should build a foundation for all kids moving up to the next level of AHYAA softball.
Season Schedule; Practices & Games
Teams are normally formed in mid to late April, with practices beginning as soon as teams are formed. Games generally begin in mid-May, and continue through the end of June. There are no playoffs in the Coach Pitch League.
The timing of games and practices varies, and depends on what fields are available (we use only Arlington Heights Park District fields), as well as the weather. The coaches of the teams determine how often and where practices occur, but for the Coach Pitch League you can expect 2-3 practices/games per week. Count on about 60-90 minutes for practices. Games may run a little longer, but will be completed within 2 hours.
As noted above, all parents are asked to participate in some manner. For a complete list of volunteer positions click here. At the Coach Pitch level, the most important volunteer positions are the manager and coaches. Managers generally run the teams, and coaches help out at games and practices. Each team needs a manager (or co-managers if anyone wants to split the job with a friend), and can have any number of coaches (but at least 3 are ideal). When registering your daughter, please consider managing/coaching a team.
CPS teams are formed by the league. We always attempt to group players by school. We do our best to honor friend and manager requests but they are not guaranteed. When we don’t have enough manager and coach volunteers we are forced to form teams accordingly. Additionally, once registration closes in March team formation begins, and friend requests are not guaranteed.
All players will receive a game jersey, a headband, and a pair of socks. The league also supplies each team with batting helmets, infielder face masks (all infielders are required to wear face masks while playing the field), catcher’s equipment, and bats. Players must supply their own gloves, softball cleats, and pants/shorts. Many players also bring their own batting helmets, face masks, and bats. The Coach Pitch League uses 10" "softcore" softballs.
Questions & Comments
If you have any questions or comments about the Coach Pitch League please contact:
League Rep. – TBD
Softball Commissioner - Dan Blumenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 987-9712 (cell).