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.
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.
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.