Windy City Ice Fastpitch
12u, 14u & 16
Looking for Pitcher & Utility Player
18U looking for Middle Infielder
For a private tryout please
call Bill Graffeo
Windy City Ice Coaching Staff 2020-2021
10U Coaches Danielle Gorajski & Ken Leonard
11U Coaches Patrick Haase, Letty Perez & Jenna Haase
12U Coach Ben Velez, Cara Velez & Manager Bill Graffeo
14U (Blue) Coaches Bob Mackorla, Kathy Ogean & Manager Bill Graffeo
14U (Gray) Coach John Conway
16U Coaches Bill Maniatis & Jim Carter
16U Coach Ray Richter
18U Coach Bill Fitzgerald
WINDY CITY ICE FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
Girls Softball “A” Travel Division
Windy City Ice Fastpitch Softball is starting its 30th season in 2020 - 21. 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. Below 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 players' 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 15 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.
TOURNAMENTS AND GAMES
Based on a typical 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 2019 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 2020-2021 season are as follows:
8U & 10U - $1,400.00
12U - $1,700.00
14U, 16U, 18U – 2,100.00
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 $650.00 non-refundable deposit is required after a player has been notified that she has made the team, to be received no later than August 20th, 2020. The remaining balance is payable in installments.
All checks should be made payable to:
Ice Fastpitch Softball
There will be NO Refunds given at Anytime.
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
13U Ice Blue places 9th in 14u USA / ASA Nationals in Kansas City. Congrats to all of these young ladies and their efforts this season. The pitchers, lead by Sarah Kreamelmeyer, Sasha Esparza, Keira Clancy and Mel Andrysiak, kept the team in games and gave them an opportunity to win. The Defense came up with big plays time and time again. In the box, the girls' swings improved every practice, so much so that, as a team, they hit over 30 homeruns, 8 triples, 72 doubles, and 198 hits.
Their second year in 14U should be something special!!
2020 USSSA State 3rd place finish was a great battle from the beginning to the end.
14U Gray Champions at 2019 All American League Invite Slugger Dome in Peoria, Il.
14U Gray Take 2nd place at 2019 Blizzard Blowout. Slugger Dome Peoria, IL.
16u Blue Taking on 2018 Heartland Shootout in Iowa
16U Blue Fall 2017 King of the Hill Champions in Salem,WI
12U Blue ASA National Qualifier First Place
Congratulations to the Windy City Ice 12u Blue on their 4th Place USA Northern National finish along with a fantastic season from start to finish!
Torgerson's 10U Team Powers thru Nationals in Sandusky, Ohio
Big Bash Summer Bash 12U Champions
These young ladies went 7-0 this weekend in the Stingrays Showdown.
2017 Battle of the Bats 12U ASA Qualifier Champs
USSSA 11U Ohio Nationals Runner-Up
Wasco Diamonds Memorial Classic USSSA Elite Select Qualifer
2017 Spring Swing ASA Qualifier 12U Champions
Ice 14U Gray won 1st place in the Live the Dream Fall Tournament USSSA World Series Qualifier in Lincolnwood, IL. The team went 5-0. They showed great determination with a come from behind bracket win in the first round that sparked the team. The offense was anchored by home runs from Alyssa Darnell and Kali Davis. Lizzy Sopczak batted .800 in bracket play going 8 for 10. Jessica Post had the game winning double with 2 on base in the come from behind victory. Audrey Minnich was 3-0 with 2 earned runs in 11 innings in bracket play. The outfield defense was outstanding with Alyssa Rygula leading in center field, Bella Cook in left and Maddie Fox in right. Alyssa Thomas rounded out the great defense and keyed 2 excellent double plays. Rachel Minnich delivered her first RBI for the team.
14u Blue takes 2nd in Game Day Stars N Strikes 4th of July tourney in Lockport. The girls racked up 44 runs averaging over 9 runs per game. Home runs by Madyson Brown and Ashley Mazur. Allyson Terrell, Katie Justin and Abby Remblake hit over .500. Great pitching by Madison Glatz, Ana Sutko and Gia Cozzi. Great defense by the entire team. Great team effort.
Windy City Ice 14u Blue takes 1st place in the PGF Regional qualifier in Elk Grove. Outstanding pitching from Madison Glatz, Ana Sutko and Gia Cozzi along with outstanding offense and defense from the entire team brings home the bid.
18U Blue takes 2nd place at the PGF Battle of the Borders 2016
The 14u Windy City Ice (Black) won the Game Day USA Swim-N-Slide Summer Classic in the Wisconsin Dells in undefeated fashion by slaughtering the 14u Bartlett Hawks 9-1 in the championship game. The strong pitching of Katelyn Whiting (3-0, save, 1 ER in 13 2/3ip) was backed by a dominating offensive attack that averaged 9.2 runs per game in the tournament. Aundrea Jenkins and Armani Bibbs consistently sparked the offense with their speed and their bats as they combined to hit .586 at the top of the order. Maddie Otstott (8 RBI), Emily Gorski (7 RBI), and Emma Cunnea (4 RBI) provided timely hits to drive in runs. Other strong offensive production was provided by Carolyn Yusa and Andrea Bussie who both hit over .500 in the tournament. Lastly, the strong outfield defense of Summer Loyd and Morgan Fitzgerald threw out 7 runners in the tournament. The Ice showed their toughness by battling through 95 degree temperatures on Saturday to put them in good position heading into Sunday where they took home the title.
We are based out of Crestwood, IL. We are searching for ATHLETES who want to play softball at a high level 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, Bill Graffeo, at any time for a tryout.
10u Blue 2016
Windy City Ice NSA Great American Big Blast 10u Champion
Windy City Ice 10u @ National Qualifier
Windy City Ice 10u @ 2016 Sparks Tournament
Windy City Ice 10u - Romeoville Big Bash