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GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL CAMPS | NEW!

5th-8th Graders

One day – two great camps! All Skills Camp will focus on improving the fundamentals of the game including throwing, catching, fielding, hitting, and baserunning. The first half of the camp will focus on offensive instruction, and the second half of the camp will focus on defensive instruction.

Pitching/Catching Camp will focus on enhancing fundamentals of both positions. Learn new drills from local coaches and high school pitchers. Pitchers should come prepared with a catcher or parent willing to catch for them. Catcher’s gear not provided for drills, participants should bring their own set.

Camp | Time | Fee (R/NR)

All Skills Camp | 9a-12p | $52/$78

Pitching/Catching Camp | 12:30-2p | $32/$48

Date: April 22
Location: Zahnd Park – Field 1 & 2 (In case of inclement weather, camp will be held at Leonhard Recreation Center)
Deadline: April 10
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984


GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL

Ages 6-12 (as of January 1, 2023)

  • Deadline to Register: March 27
  • Coaches Meeting: March 28 @ 6pm at Leonhard Center
  • Coaches Contact: Week of April 3
  • Practices Begin: Week of April 10
  • Games Begin: Week of April 24

The Champaign Park District has joined the Greater Champaign County Girls Softball League. The league is an instructional girls fastpitch softball program that is designed to enhance players’ skills while enjoying recreational play. Teams will play home and away games against other teams in the area such as Mahomet, Urbana, St. Joseph, and Fisher.

AgesLeague Description
8 & Under*Coach-pitch/11" ball; pitching distance 35'
10 & Under*11 ball"; pitching distance 35'**
12 & Under*12" ball; pitching distance 40'

 

*Age as of January 1, 2023. Players may “play up” and register for an older league, with CPD approval.
**Both player and coach pitch

In case of inclement weather, call the Rainout Line at 217-805-4100 or check our website.

Practice/Games: Practices start the week of April 10. Participants will practice or play 3-4 days a week, Monday-Friday. Schedules will vary depending on the game schedule. Practices are held at neighborhood fields including: Dodds 3-Plex, 4-Plex, Johnston, Dexter, Centennial, and Zahnd Park. Game dates and locations TBD. Games are scheduled depending on field availability. Home Games are held at Dodds Softball Complex. Some short travel may be required (i.e Mahomet, St Joseph, Tolono etc.)

Tournaments: U8 end of season Jamboree will be held the week of June 12, location TBD. U10-12 end of season tournament will be held June 19-23 in St. Joseph.

Program Fees (R/NR) (includes a team shirt)

U8: $82/$123
U10: $108/$158
U12: $140/$190

Deadline: March 21

Volunteer Coaches: If interested in coaching, contact volunteer@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926 by April 3 at 6p.

Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984


GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL – 14U

Ages 13-16 (as of January 1, 2023)

  • Practices Begin: Week of May 8
  • Games Begin: Week of May 22
  • Coaches Contact: Week of April 24

The league is an instructional girls fastpitch softball program that is designed to enhance players’ skills while enjoying recreational play. Teams will play home and away games against other teams in the area such as Mahomet, Urbana, St. Joseph, and Fisher.

In case of inclement weather, call the Rainout Line at 217-805-4100 or check our website.

League Description
12″ ball; pitching distance 43′

Fee (R/NR): $140/$190, includes a team shirt
Deadline: April 17
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984


U14 TRAVEL SOFTBALL TEAM | NEW!

Ages 12-14

This Travel Softball team provides an opportunity for Champaign Park District players to play softball at a higher level of competition. Teams will play tournament & double header-style games, primarily against dedicated travel-softball teams. All players must attend one of the designated tryout dates/times available to participate. Players who make the team will play in organized tournaments instead of CPD’s recreation league. Games will mostly be played on weekends & within Central Illinois.

REGISTER TO TRYOUT ($0 FEE). Pre-registration NOT required but avoids long wait times.

Th, July 20 | 5:30-7:30p | Dodds, 3-Plex
Sa, July 22 | 10a-12:30p | Dodds, 3-Plex
Sa, August 5 | 10a-12:30p | Dodds, 3-Plex

First round pick participants will be notified if they make the team by Tuesday, August 8, 2023 via email & will have 48 hours to confirm their spots. All participants will be notified of final team picks by Friday, August 11, 2023.

Fee (R/NR): $0 to tryout/ $650 for the season
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984


Pitching Clinic Video

Don’t miss one of the most popular videos on our YouTube Channel, Windmill Pitching! At over 20,000 views, this great 10:36 video provides a clear overview of fast-pitch softball windmill pitching drills and tips.

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