The Chicago Bandits have teamed up with the Pennsylvania Rebellion and announced today that they will co-host their annual open tryouts for the 2015 team on Sunday, May 24th starting at 9 a.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
Members of the Pennsylvania Rebellion coaching staff will also be on hand to participate in the 2015 tryouts.
Tryouts will be open to women, ages 21 and over, who have completed eligibility at a four-year institution. A payment of $40 must be sent to the Chicago Bandits prior to tryouts. Payments can be mailed to 27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont, IL, 60018 or faxed to 630-396-3095.
Participants are required to bring their equipment, including a glove, cleats, catcher's gear, batting helmet, bat and batting gloves.
Players will be judged based on their hitting, fielding, position specific skills, base running and 40-yard time, as well as arm strength and knowledge of the game.
Fans are welcome to come out and watch potential Bandits players try out for a spot on the team free of charge.
Following the tryouts, select players will be asked to stay and suit up for the Bandits as they take on the Pennsylvania Rebellion in an exhibition game beginning at 5:35 p.m. Selected players will take the field for both the Bandits and Rebellion in an effort to earn their spot.
The Bandits and the Rebellion will make their selections for the 2015 roster spot immediately following the exhibition game.
The Bandits have had great success in recent years with its tryouts and have signed six current players on the roster over the past four seasons, including 2014 NPF Home Run Champion Brittany Cervantes, Danielle Zymkowitz, Natalie Hernandez, Kirsten Verdun and Alex Booker.
Click here to download the tryout registration form or you can register for the tryout online at www.chicagobanditsevents.com.
For more information about the 2015 Open Tryouts visit chicagobandits.com.
Tickets for all 2015 Bandits games, including the home opener on Thursday, June 4 against the Akron Racers, are on sale now. For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to purchase tickets contact the front office at 877-722-6348 or visit us on the web at chicagobandits.com.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.
photos Janos Schmidt