2023 Ken-Rock Boys & Girls Youth Softball at Sportscore 1

Opens January 1, 2023

The Ken-Rock Community Center is the oldest youth softball program in the state and plays softball games at beautiful Mercy Health Sportscore 1,  one of the finest softball/soccer complexes in the United States. Ken-Rock is a member of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA).

Information about the Season

Season: Practice begins the week of May 8. Practices will be held a neighborhood parks.

Opening day: The Season will open on Wednesday, May 31. Our leagues run through the week of July 19.

Site and Game Day: All games are played on Monday & Wednesday nights at the Mercy Health Sportscore 1 1288 Elmwood Road.

Rules

Ken-Rock believes in full participation. All players will bat throughout the game and play at least two consecutive innings on defense (six outs).

Costs

Softball registration fee is: $90 per player.

Includes: Shirt, Major League Baseball replica cap, pants, socks and end of season award.

League Information:

League Information for Ken-Rock Softball 2023

Please note: Age is determined as of August 1, 2023.

Advanced 6 Year old's may choose T-ball or Coach Pitch League

League Age Description
T-Ball 4,-6 Year Olds League Description: T-Ball is an instructional league to teach the fundamentals of softball. Teams will be attired in   MLB cap, jersey, pants and socks. Games will be held on Monday Nights. T-Ball Rules 2023
Coach Pitch 6-8 Years Old League DescriptionCoach Pitch is an instructional league to teach 6-8 year old players the fundamentals of softball. This is a coach pitch league.  Teams will be attired in cap, jersey, socks and pants. These are training leagues, and the development of a player's skill and personality must remain the prime goal of the coach, rather than the winning. A Tee is used when needed for any player that may need the hitting tool. Games are played on Monday & Wednesdays.  League Rules 6-8 year Olds
Pee Wees 9-11 Years Old League Description: Beginning with Pee Wee Softball 9-11 years old players, the players are playing real softball in accordance with The Rules of USSSA as well as specific Ken-Rock rules that are in place to supersede the USSSA rules where appropriate such as pitching, substitution, re-entry, etc. Teams will be attired in cap, jersey, socks and pants.  Games are played on Monday & Wednesdays. Pee Wee Softball Rules
Midgets 12-15 Years Old League Description:   Midget League 12-15 Years old Softball, the players are playing real softball in accordance with The Rules of USSSA as well as specific Ken-Rock rules that are in place to supersede the USSSA rules where appropriate such as pitching, substitution, re-entry, etc. Teams will be attired in cap, jersey, socks and pants.   Midget Games are played on Monday & Wednesdays. Midget 12-15 years old Softball Rules

FAQ

How do I register to play?  You can register through this website. Click "register" on the TOP of the page.  The website will step you through the process. Once you pay for the program you are signing up for, you are officially registered.

What will the uniform include?
All divisions will receive: Hat, Shirt, Pants & Socks

Do you hold tryouts?
 No. Our recreational league is a pay to play league. If you pay the fee, you play.

Do you offer payment plans? Yes. All fees have to be paid in full by May 15. This is when uniforms are being purchased. Unfortunately, Ken-Rock does not have a "Funder' to support a fee assistance program for the youth softball program. For a payment plan please contact John Guth, Executive Director at [email protected]

How can I sign up to be a volunteer coach? Very simple, email John Guth, Executive Director at [email protected] to apply.

We want to only play for Coach _____ or with player _____ - can you make that happen?
 We encourage you to enter your requests during registration, A large percentage of requests are honored every season, but we have never been able to honor all of them, but we do our best.
Note: Family members and coaches' kids will be automatically placed on that team. Players returning to the same team in the same division are automatically placed on that team. 

Request to change teams: If you choose to leave your current team, you may do so. However, to eliminate recruiting of players away from another team is strictly prohibited. You will be placed randomly and assigned to another team. This eliminates in-house recruiting.

What days do you play?
The days the Ken-Rock Youth Softball Program will compete in league play will be on Monday & Wednesday evenings at the Beautiful Sportscore 1 We will work with the Rockford Park District Staff to schedule any make-up games.

How will I know what size uniform to order?
Our uniform suppliers have pretty standard sizes. Pick what you would normally choose if you went to a standard department store. If you really don't know what to choose, just make a good guess.

Are you affiliated with Rockford Park District?
Ken-Rock Community Center is separate from the Rockford Park District, they are an amazing partner for us, and we are grateful to be welcomed to host the league at one of the finest softball facilities in the United States. Our relationship with the RPD is limited to the usage of the facility. Many other programs also use this facility.

Where is your office?
Our office is located at 625 Adams Street with full time staff overseeing the youth softball leagues.

What equipment does the league supply, and what do I have to buy?
Each Head Coach will be provided a team bag that has community helmets, baseballs, bats, and some catcher's gear. If you are OK with using this equipment, go for it. We do find that most players like to have their own helmet and bat. You will need to supply your own baseball glove and RUBBER cleats, as well as any other accessories you want.

How does Ken-Rock handle thunder/lighting?
We take your safety seriously. The Rockford Park District Sportscore 1 Staff will make the decision to pull teams off the field. Therefore, we enforce a 30-minute delay for every lighting strike seen or thunder heard. Once thunder or lighting is recognized, everyone should clear the field and find shelter. This may be in a car, under a pavilion, or inside a building - either way, don't remain on the field.

Questions

contact [email protected] or call 398-8864 ext. 100