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Plainfield Athletic Club

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Programs Offered and Descriptions

What Division will my child play?
For Baseball, playing age is determined by what age the player is on August 31st of the playing season. Coach Pitch: ages 4, 5 & 6 / Pinto: ages 7 & 8 / Mustang: ages 9 & 10 / Bronco: ages 11 & 12 / Pony: ages 13 & 14 / Colt/Palomino: ages 15 thru 19. For softball, playing age is determined by what age the girl is on Jan. 1 of the playing season. Coach Pitch: ages 5 & 6 / 8U Flat Pitch: ages 7 & 8 / 10U Fast Pitch: ages 9 & 10 / Jr High Fast Pitch: ages 11-14(unless in HS) / High School/ Southwest Suburban Conference: ages 14 thru 18.

Girls may play either softball or baseball. Coach Pitch is co-ed. The Angels league is for players with disabilities requiring special assistance (one division for all ages).

Programs Offered and Prices
Spring SeasonFall Season
15 thru 19Colt/Palomino$235NO15 thru 19Colt/Palomino$155NO
13 & 14Pony$230NO13 & 14Pony$145NO
11 & 12Bronco$230YES11 & 12Bronco$140NO
9 & 10Mustang$220YES9 & 10Mustang$130NO
7 & 8Pinto$210YES7 & 8Pinto$120NO
6 & 71Maverick$210YES6 & 7MaverickN/A-
4 thru 6Coach Pitch (Co-Ed)$210YES4 thru 6Coach Pitch (Co-Ed)$110NO
13 &14SWS- 14U Fast Pitch$230NO13 &14SWS- 14U Fast Pitch$145NO
11 & 1212U Fast Pitch$230YES11 & 1212U Fast Pitch$140NO
9 & 1010U Fast Pitch$220YES9 & 1010U Fast Pitch$130NO
7 & 88U Fast Pitch$210YES7 & 88U Fast Pitch$120NO
4 thru 6Coach Pitch (Co-Ed)$210YES4 thru 6Coach Pitch$110NO
*In addition, there is a $50 per family activity fee for all divisions except 14 years and up in softball and Pony and Colt/Palomino in baseball*No fundraiser or activity fee is present in the Fall Ball registration cost.

When do the kids start practice?

Practices are up to the individual Managers. Some practice more than others. Typically all teams are selected at the beginning half of March. Practices may start anytime after that (weather dependent), however Plainfield Park District fields cannot be used until April 1.

How do I assure that my child's practice will be conviently located?
The Plainfield area district is large geographically. Managers will typically hold practice where its convenient for them. As volunteers, that is their right. The only way to have control over where and when your child practices is to step up and volunteer to manage a team.

Can my child be placed on the same team with his/her best friend(s)?
The PAC does not assign players to teams. After registration is closed, the PAC organizes drafts for the various age divisions. Managers choose their players one at at a time in a rotating order. The only player they are guaranteed to get on their team is their own son or daughter. The PAC policy is that siblings (but not cousins) can be drafted on the same team. The only way to have control over who your son or daughter plays with is to step up and volunteer to manage a team.
If I have one child on a full-time travel team, and the other will be playing in house. Will I be able to take the $25.00 family discount off for the in-house player?
No. The discount only applies to in-house players. Travel players fall under a separate registration.

Can my son or daughter play outside their designated age group?
For Baseball, all players will remain in their designated league. We do not move players up or down from their playing level. We have the Maverick Division for 6 and 7 year olds though that is 1/2 season coach pitch and 1/2 season Pinto (kid pitch).
For Softball, Coach Pitch & 8U have a designated age overlap, which allows 7 year old players to stay in the Coach Pitch league for additional development, if needed. Other softball players may petition the VP of Softball to move up (but not down) one division.

What is the family activity fee for?
PAC is made up of strictly volunteers. From the Executive board down to the parent coaches and managers we are all unpaid volunteersTherefore, activities come up during the course of preseason, such as field prep, uniform handout, candy distribution, equipment handout, etc... or during the season such as assistant coaches, managers, picture day, concession stand volunteers etc..., where PAC needs assistance. If a qualified family adult member volunteers for one of these items you will receive back your $50 fee at the end of the season. If PAC can't get volunteers than we hire people with the $50 to run these activities.

How do I sign up to work in the concession stand?
In April, you can sign up through the website for times and locations. 

If both my wife and I each perform one of the designated activities do we each get the $50 refund?
No. Each Family will only receive one family activity fee refund regardless of how many activities are performed.

Can the family activity fee be refunded if our child performs one of the designated activities?
No. The family activity fee is designed to get the parents involved with the program in some way. Children will not be permitted to perform the activities to receive the family activity refund (regardless of the child’s age). For certain activities your child may be permitted to attend while you are there. This is at the discretion of the person running the activity. No children will be permitted with the parent in the concession stand for any reason.

What type of fundraiser does PAC use?
Worlds Finest Chocolate will be used as a way to help lower your registration fees. Each family may elect to purchase case(s) of (90) candy bars for $40 per case. The suggested resell price is $1/bar. If you sell all the bars, this will offset your fees by $50 per case, and you keep the funds.

I am an assistant coach for one of the teams. Do I still have to volunteer otherwise to receive my $50 family activity fee refund?
Each Manager may designate up to two people to receive their activity fee refund as an assistant coach. If you are so designated, you do not need to perform any other activity to receive your refund.

Are games canceled by weather rescheduled?
We will make every effort to reschedule all games that are canceled or suspended due to weather. However, due to field space availability some games may need to be rescheduled on Sunday or days typically not utilized. Games that are canceled near the end of the season may not be able to get rescheduled. In the fall season we are very limited to field space and daylight. Some games may not be made up, but we make every attempt to play at least 12 games per team (including playoffs).

Items required by each player
PAC supplies uniforms, balls, and catcher's equipment for each team. Other items the players are responsible for are as follows: Bat sized properly for the player and rated for the Division (see Bat guide below). Plastic/rubber cleats (metal spikes are only allowed only at Pony and Colt), Glove, Batting Helmet with face guard (guards optional for Bronco and above baseball), Athletic cup (boys). Optional: Batting Gloves, Bat Bag, Infield mask (softball).

What type of bat should I purchase?
Bats can be either aluminum, wood, or composite material. For weight selection, we suggest to error on the side of selecting a lighter bat. Better performance (and accuracy) is achieved by a faster swing, not by using a heavier bat. A good rule-of-thumb to use is to have your child hold the bat in one hand all the way at the knob end, and extend their arm and the bat out parallel to the ground for 10 seconds. If the bat wiggles, or the arm dips, its too heavy.

Additonally, for Baseball (COACH PITCH through PONY), we are tranistioning to a new USA stamped standard. We strongly suggest if you are purchasing a metal bat, that it have the USA approved stamp on it. It's very likely bats without this stamp may not be able to be used after 2018. So, if you indend on using it for more than one season at Pony or under, make sure it has a USA stamp. (COLT/PALOMINO)- will be restricted to 2 5/8 inch or less diameter bats with a maximum of a drop 3 weight to length restriction and no more than 36 inches in length. They comply with NFHS restrictions and have the BBCOR approved label. For Softball, they must bear the approved by ASA logo. Wood bats need not have an approved label, but be free or cracks or breaks and be smooth in construction.

We live in another town, can I register my child to play in the Plainfield league?
Yes you can. We have a change in our policy and agreement with the Plainfield Park District who govern the actual field use.  So you can live in any town and participate to play in PAC.

Other items of note:

  1.  The season will start around 4/14 and be completed by July 1st for all divisions in baseball but Colt and all divisions in softball except 14U and 18U
       - Games will be 1 game during the week(any day Monday - Friday) starting around 5:30/5:45 pm or 7:45 pm for those fields having lights and 1 game on the weekend
  2.  The 14U, 18U, and Colt season will start somewhere around Memorial Weekend
  3.  Team schedules will be posted about 4/1/18 for the season
  4.  The season consists of 16 regular season games and a playoff at the end
  5.  14U and 18U softball plays in the SWS made up of teams from surrounding areas of Plainfield  Home games will be in Plainfield, away games will be in Naperville, Lemont, Lockport, Minooka, Oswego, etc.
  6.  Colt games will be played at Bott Park or Four Season's Park.
  7.  Maverick division is again the 1/2 season of coach pitch and 1/2 season of kid pitch(no walks, real game 3 outs, 5 run maximum per inning).
    To sign up for Maverick, your child will be given the option of selecting this division during the registration process.  Based on your child's age, you will have the choice of selecting this division.
  8.  How do I become a manager?  Email softball VP or Baseball VP indicating so [email protected] or [email protected]
  9.  How do I become an assistant coach?  Talk to your manager after they contact you about wanting to help.

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Plainfield Athletic Club (PAC)

PO Box 480 
Plainfield, Illinois 60544

Phone : 815-267-1010
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