Ken-Rock Community Center

2020 Softball Registration Opens February 1

Ken-Rock Softball at Sportscore 1

The Ken-Rock Community Center plays softball games at beautiful Mercy Health Sportscore 1.We are excited to bring the oldest youth softball program in the state of Illinois to 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 11. Practices will be held a neighborhood parks.

Opening day: The Season will open on Saturday, June 6 with our traditional ceremony/parade at noon and Team Pictures and Games will follow.Our leagues run through the week of July 20.

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 last two consecutive innings on defense (six outs).

Costs

Softball registration fee is $80 per player. Includes shirt, Major League Baseball replica cap, pants, socks and end of season award.

League Information for Ken-Rock Softball 2020

(Please note: Age is determined as of August 1, 2020.) 

League Age Description
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, 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. 
Pee Wee 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 Local rules that are in place to supersede the USSSA rules where appropriate such as pitching, substitution, re-entry,  etc. Games are played on Monday & Wednesdays. 
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 Local rules that are in place to supersede the USSSA rules where appropriate such as pitching, substitution, re-entry,  etc.  Junior Games are played on Monday & Wednesdays. 

FAQ

How do I register to play?  You can register through this website. Click"register" on the bottom 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 a payment plan please contact John Guth, Executive Director at mrkenrock@kenrock.org.

How can I sign up to be a volunteer coach? Very simple, email John Guth, Executive Director at mrkenrock@kenrock.org.

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. Sorry.
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 our usage of that facility. Many other programs also use this facility.

What does USSSA stand for?
For the the past 21 years,  our league has been affiliated with the national USSSA . United States Specialty Sports Association

Where is your office?
Our office is located at 3218 11th Street with full time staff overseeing the youth softball leagues. Including Executive Director John Guth and Umpire In Chief & USSSA Hall of Famer Jerry Hoiness.

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 catchers 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 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 mrkenrock@kenrock.org or call 398-8864 ext 100