Windy City Ice Fastpitch


Private Tryouts

10u looking for Utility / Pitcher


12u Looking for a Utility / Pitcher

14u looking for Catcher and Pitcher

18u looking for Pitcher



Please Contact Bill Graffeo at 708-829-4411 or


email at


We are based out of Crestwood, IL. We are searching for ATHLETES who want to play at a high level of softball and have the desire to obtain their goal of playing softball in college. We have a very competitive schedule throughout the fall and summer seasons.  Our goal is to develop quality student athletes, while making sure we develop great young ladies before they enter COLLEGE LIFE. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me at any time for a tryout as I want to fill this spot before our summer tournaments start!




Windy City Ice Coaching Staff 2015-2016



10U Coaches  Al Davila & Pete Fudacz


12U Coaches  Ben Velez  & Art Gazda


12U Coaches  Jerry LaMaster, Herb Wilson & James Madrigal


14U Coaches  Randy Justin, Tracy Terrell and Mike Justin


14U Coaches  Chris Gorski, Dave Whiting, & Brian Pratscher


16U Coaches  Jenny Venak, Dana Cumming &  Beth Thornburg

                                Manager Bill Graffeo


16U Coaches  Dan Krumrie


18U Coaches  Franchesca Graffeo & Bob Mackarola

                                Manager Bill Graffeo


18U Coaches  Fred Barrios





Girls Softball “A” Travel Division


Windy City Ice Fastpitch Softball is starting its 20th season in 2016.  The Windy City Ice is an “A” travel softball organization.  Windy City Ice teams consist of young ladies who have committed themselves to playing the game of softball with the goal of playing in junior high, high school, and college.  The coaching staffs of all the ICE teams pride themselves on developing the girls’ softball skills, knowledge of the game, strong work ethics, and positive attitudes.


            We are committed to making this program a way for the girls in the south side area to play class “A” travel fastpitch softball against teams from other areas.  Our goal is to field the strongest teams from the Cook County area, but we do allow girls from outside Cook County to play on the teams.  This sheet lists important information regarding the Windy City Ice Fastpitch Travel Program.  Please read this carefully and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask for more information.




            We will have regular practice sessions during the fall, winter, and early spring.  We expect all players to participate in these sessions.  For the most part, the player’s fees will pay for the cost of these sessions.  Naturally, conflicts do arise and we expect each player to notify the manager about these conflicts.  Remember, these sessions are geared towards making each girl a better player and the team stronger.


            During the regular season, players are expected to make ALL practices, weekday games, tournaments, and Nationals at the end of the season.  We usually roster 12 or 14 players on each team, so that each player will get playing time throughout the season.  For those parents and players who are playing travel softball for the first time, please realize that weather, the travel time, and “softball weekends” are all part of the program.




            Based on last year’s schedule, expect to play approximately 40 to 80 games per team, which will include up to 8 or more tournaments depending on the age of the girls.  Each team should expect to play in several ASA, PGF, NSA, and USSSA qualifying tournaments which are important if the team plans on playing in any year-end National tournaments, as each team did during the 2015 season.  You will be expected to cover the cost for any lodging and transportation for all tournaments requiring an overnight stay, including the National Tournaments, as those costs are not covered by the Player Fee.  Each team should expect to have at least two tournaments that will require staying overnight at the tournament site.






Player fees for the 2015-2016 season are as follows:


10U - $900.00

12U & 23U - $1,200.00

14U, 16U, 18U – 1,600.00


            Player fees will cover league and tournament fees, uniform expenses, training sessions, rental fees, team equipment, insurance, and various other club costs.  We have arranged for indoor batting practice for all teams and gym time for conditioning, fielding, and throwing practices.


A $450.00 non-refundable deposit is required after a player has been notified that she has made the team, to be received no later than August 19, 2015. The remaining balance is payable in installments.


            10 U              12U & 23U          14U, 16U & 18U

Aug. 20th           $450.00           $450.00                  $450.00

Sept. 15th           $150.00           $300.00                  $400.00

Oct. 15th             $150.00           $300.00                  $400.00

Nov. 15th            $150.00           $150.00                  $350.00                                                            

Total Fees       $900.00           $1,200.00              $1,600.00


All checks should be made payable to: Ice Fastpitch Softball





            Sponsors are welcomed.  A family can lower the amount of money they have to spend “out-of-pocket.”  The player will receive 70% of the sponsor fees this will be applied to the player’s fees. The other 30 % goes to the Ice fastpitch for organizational cost. Most companies will use this donation as a tax write off. If you don’t ask, you will not receive. The worst thing that could happen is you hear a no.  


If you have any questions, please contact:

Bill Graffeo – (708) 829-4411 –

Windy City Ice Captures the 10U Metro State Championship

14u takes 1st place at the USSSA NIT in East Peoria-6/28/15

14u earns Runner up in 16u B NSA World Qualifier
10U Brings home the Gold in the first place finish for a ASA National Qualifer

The Windy City Ice will be out at Standard Bank Stadium again this summer supporting the Chicago Bandits and Windy City ThunderBolts in their second annual Battle of the Sexes game on Wedneday, July 22nd for the rain date.

Windy City Ice – Blue Captures USA / ASA 18 U “A” Bid By Taking 1st Place In their first Tournament of the fall season

Windy City Ice 10U Captures First Place in Great American Blast                  World Series Qualifer

Windy City Ice 14U takes 3rd place NSA qualifier Kankakee IL

Windy City Ice – Blue Captures Chicago Metros 2014 Championship

Windy City Ice – Black Captures PGF Summer Heatwave 2014 Championship

Windy City Ice – Blue Captures NSA State 2014 Championship

12U ICE Captures 1st place in NSA Qualifier -Munster, IN

Windy City Ice – Blue Captures Miami University Team Camp 2014 Championship coach by Tiyona Marshall and  Jenna Jones Miami Players

12U ICE finishes 3rd in NSA State Championship 2014

12U ICE takes 2nd Place in NSA Decker Tourney - Kankakee, IL

Windy City Ice – Blue Brings Home 2nd Place finish in USSSA State

Windy City Ice – Blue Captures ASA / USA 16 U “A” Bid By Taking 1st Place In Rise of the Neons Tournament they will be heading to Salem Virgina July 27th

12U ICE earns World Series Berth taking 2nd in NSA Qualifier - Crete, IL

Windy City Ice – Blue Takes 1st place in PGF Bash Summer Classic Right off the BAT in first touney of the summer!!

UK & Bradley Welcomes Ice


Windy City Ice takes a  road trip to University of Kentucky to participate in their Prospect Camp. Two  freshman, six sophomores and three juniors attack the new softball complex at  UK. All the girls were at their best through the entire camp. They were at the top of their game, which allowed them to shine on the field. This put  their efforts at the top of 89 girls that were there. As a matter fact  they did so well that Coach Lawson invited them to come to the next camp which  will have a 30 girl limit. The UK Lady Wildcats took a liking to the Ice  players and made them feel right at home. The players and coaches gave the  girls great advice which allowed them to perform even better throughout the two sessions. All this allowed them to give their best at the plate and in the  field while doing all the different drills. After the camp was over, we drove  around the big and beautiful UK campus. We finished up at the bookstore  and then we headed to the hotel took showers. We went out and had a  great Mexican meal and a lot of fun conversation. We finally decided we had  enough for one day, so we went back to our rooms and crashed for the  evening. 


We then got up early the next morning had  breakfast and took road trip to Bradley University. There we met Coach Chris  Malveaux who took us around campus. I think the girls were very impressed with  everything at Bradley from the alumni Hall down to the quad. The athletic  building was something to see with all its bells and whistles. We ended the tour  at the softball field where Coach Malveaux gave his little talk about the love of the game. He told the girls he will be coming to see our teams at the St.  Louis showcase II the first week of November. He also plans on doing a camp for  the Ice organization in October. All in all I think these 11 girls had a great  weekend and put 960 miles under their belt along with the belly buster  burgers from the Burger Barge in Peoria.


The girls and I want to give a big thanks to  Laura Graffeo and Patrick Haase for chaperoning this Ice event.

Windy City Ice 16U Rocks ASA Northern National

Windy City Ice 16U Invades Rochester, Minnesota for the ASA "A" NORTHERN NATIONALS. They compiled an 8 - 2 record and finished in fifth place out of 67 teams. This was a great team effort in all aspects of the game. The pitching was outstanding lead by Courtney Schwenkel, Annalisse Scott and Lauren Stoch. The girls gave up 22 runs, 18 were earned runs giving them a team ERA of 1.8 while throwing 4... shutouts. One of the most memorable games of the weekend was thrown by Annalisse Scott. She pitched a gem of a game for our third win Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bats 3 to 1. This propelled us to one of the final 8 teams left in the tournament. The defense played stellar behind these pitchers. Jenna Haase caught all 10 games.  She did a remarkable job behind the plate, framing pitches and blocking balls and the icing on the cake was throwing out would be base stealers.  The outfield consisting of Samantha Berghoff, Keagan Helson, Erin Schaffrath, and Kayla Izzo made the spacious green outfield look like a tiny playpen. Any ball hit into the air had little or no chance of finding any open green space. These girls were on the top of their game with communication and superior effort.  I can't recall a tournament where a group of outfielders played so well the entire weekend.  The left side of the infield had two Shepard Astros who took charge of the infield, lead by Skylor Hilger and her ESPN moments in every game. The hot corner was patrolled by Breanna Graffeo. She made mincemeat out of would be bunters and slap hitters all weekend long, not to mention picking off hot shots to her left and right. The right side of the infield was a pair of Oak Forest Bengal girls, Alyssa Kolecki, and Taylor Sterkwitz. They formed a brick wall that nothing could get threw! They made all their plays seem routine because of their silky smooth efforts.  A final note for the weekend was the girls offensive production. You may recall the girls giving up 22 runs in the tournament, while the ICE bats produced a mere 60 runs over the 10 games. I could go on and on about each player and their solid at bats.  Each girl had moments at the plate throughout the entire tournament with their monstrous, big time, come through hits. The girls seem to thrive when there were two outs and the chips were down coming up with big time RBIS. Well that's the best I can paint the picture for this weekend and how this team brought HOME the hardware!
I want to personally thank all you young ladies for all your efforts, hard work and outstanding attitude throughout the whole weekend! You have made the Windy City Ice organization very very proud!!

Windy City Ice

New for 2013-2014 season Ice Fastpitch will become the new Windy City Ice

The Ice organization has been around and very strong for 17 years. We are adding the Windy City name to represent our area on a national level.  The goal of our organiztion is to get our young players recognition all over the nation.  As many great coaches say "Let's step it up" and that is our goal and commitment to all atheletes and families in our organization.

New for 2013-2014

We are lookin to secure teams in the 10u 12u 13u 14u 15u 16u 18u and are looking for interest in a 23u team.  We have quality coaches for all age levels.  We are also looking to put together a spring team for those 8th graders and other players that choose not to play high school ball.   

Welcome to the Ice Fastpitch Softball website

Ice Fastpitch is an "A" travel softball organization. In 2014 the ICE organization will begin it's 18th season with teams at the 10u,12u,14u,16u and 18u age groups. The Ice teams consist of young ladies who have committed themselves to playing the game of softball with the goal of playing Jr. High, High School, and eventually College softball. The coaching staffs of all the ICE teams pride themselves on developing the girls' softball skills, game knowledge, strong work ethic, positive attitudes and sportsmanship.


The goal of our organization is to provide a safe and productive environment that enables young ladies to learn and apply the principles of teamwork, discipline,  dedication and sportsmanship.  We facilitate the development of strength and character in every girl that participates. Participation in our organization is open to all girls that want to compete at the highest levels of "A" travel softball.


The Ice organization will also work collectively with your daughter and family to receive the exposure she needs to find a College or University that coincides with her area of education and at the level of competition she would excel in as a college softball player.


All ICE Fastpitch teams look forward to a 2012 season full of tough compitition and fun.


Coaches Corner:  


The Ice Fastpitch organization has secured practice times with private hitting coach Bill Casey and pitching coach Amanda Scott to work with Ice players. Both of these coaches are at the top of the list as instructors in the Chicagoland area.


ICE Fastpitch Softball is looking for qualified coaches at all levels.  If you are interested in helping coach a team, please let us know at

Ice Fastpitch goes to the Carrie Underwood concert

Thank You President/Coach Bill Graffeo. The Girls had a Blast!!!

Ice Teams Proving To Be A Force Every Weekend

Ice Teams Have A Strong Fall

Congrats to Ice 12u, 14u and 16u teams with thier top finishes and bring home National bids to Sunnyvale Ca, Rochester MN, Chattanooga Tennessee, Bloomington IN, and Kissimmee FL. The Ice teams have been pounding the dirt with several top finishes in ASA, PGF, NSA, USSSA and College Exposures.  Keep up the great work Girls you made us proud. 

Practice Games

If you have a fastpitch softball team and would like to get together for a practice game, please go to the Ice Teams page and send us an email to the appropriate manager.










Ice Fastpitch Softball It's Away Of Life.

"Winning isn't everything, attitude is"
"Softball is for everyone. Fastpitch is for athletes"

"It's not how good you are. It's how bad you want it"

"Winners are born, Champions are made"

"Softball, it's more than just a game"

"If you don't play Fastpitch, don't say you play softball"

"If you face a worthy opponent acknowledge their skills and show them yours"
"When the game is over, leave it on the field"
"Attitude is everything"

To contact any of the Ice Fastpitch managers, go to the Ice Teams page, you will find their contact information there.

Windy City Ice Fastpitch

Pitching and Catching Practices are Mondays

Speed And Agility every Tuesday and Thursday

Coaches, players and parents due to the fact that we are not having the bodies showing up for speed & agility. We are changing the time to 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This will be starting tomorrow Tuesday the 17th and also thursday the 19th. We will be having one class and afterwords if they'd like to stay till 8 PM to do some glove work. These Classes will continue on Tuesday and Thursday until the end of March.

Ice Fastpitch Spaghetti Dinner

Family and friends of the Ice family showed up in droves for the 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner held on Febuary 28th at the Crestwood Biela Center. Everyone enjoyed the all you can eat Spaghetti, meatballs, live Band, dancing and raffles. Each team worked hard to put a basket together to raffle off. All the Raffle winners love there Ice Baskets. especially the $800.00 diamond earrings give away by the 14U team.


The 16 u Teams step up their game in the guest invite game. Jalyn Stepney and Jill Ackermann both received  a New Xeno. In the Ice Meatball competition the Graffeo family was unsitted  by the Buis Family . The judges had a hard time picking one meatball because everyone did a great job cooking their best family recipe.  The Buis family deserves high praise for their award winning meatball and will be up to the challenge next year. A side note Jenna Haase tied with coach Bill for second place. She has been working very hard to take home the meatball challenge Campionship. This is the 3rd time in a row she has taken 2nd place.

The Blend had another strong performance while pleasing all ages with their smooth Rock'n Roll!!


A BIG THANKS go out to the Spaghetti Dinner Committee, All The Sponsers, all the Ice teams and Parents of the players that made this a great event!!!


Hope to see you next year!!!

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