Chicago Bandits Softball Team To Host Open Tryouts

Chicago Bandits Softball Team To Host Open Tryouts
Chicago Bandits Pitcher Monica Abbott and Outfielder Amanda Williams show off their 2011 NPF Championship rings.

As the 10th season of Chicago Bandits professional softball gets underway, here's a chance for everyone who's dreamed of playing pro ball to get a chance....

Play an exhibition game....join the team.  Open tryouts work! The Chicago Bandits professional softball team have a great idea here.

If you are 21 or over, and and can think fast on your feet, the Chicago Bandits have a grand opportunity to become a professional softball softball player. If you think you could be the next Jenny Finch, Monica Abbott, or  Stacy May-Johnson, the Chicago Bandits are hosting their annual open tryouts for the 2014 team on Sunday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont.

Tryouts are open to women, ages 21 and over, who have completed eligibility at a four-year institution.
The Bandits have selected three current players through open tryouts,  including Danielle Zymkowitz, Jenna Grim and Brittany Cervantes.

Zymkowitz, Grim and Cervantes have all proven themselves, having participated in two NPF Championship series, also known as the "World Series of Softball."

Participants will be required to bring their own equipment, including, a glove, cleats, catcher’s gear, batting helmet, bat and batting gloves. Players will be judged based on hitting skills, fielding, position specific skills, base running and 40-yard time, arm strength and knowledge of the game.

Chicago Bandits and Olympic Softball legend Jennie Finch signs autographs at the Ballpark at Rosemont the day her number was retired.

Chicago Bandits and Olympic Softball legend Jennie Finch signs autographs at the Ballpark at Rosemont the day her number was retired.

A payment of $40 must be sent to the Chicago Bandits. Payment should be mailed to 27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont IL, 60018 or faxed to 630-396-3095.

Following the open tryouts, select players will be asked to stay and suit up for the Bandits as they take on the Indiana Slammers in an exhibition game at 5:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch potential Bandits players try out for a spot on the team free of charge.

The Bandits will make their final decision on who will join the 2014 roster following the game.

The Bandits recently signed several picks from the National Pro Fastpitch league college draft.  With the fourth and fifth overall selections, the Bandits chose Estela Piñon from Arizona and Sara Moulton from Minnesota. In the third round, with the 15th overall selection, the Bandits selected Northwestern Wildcat, Emily Allard. In her freshman season she was named to the All-Big Ten second team and in 2011 was a one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award as she started every game at shortstop for Northwestern.

The Bandits home opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, against the Akron Racers at 7:35 p.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team.

For information about the 2014 Open Tryouts, visit the Chicago Bandits website.

NOTE: Portions of this article originally appeared in the Des Plaines Valley News 5/7/14

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