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About Us

CLGFS is a league dedicated to not only developing our girls' softball skills, but also building their character and teaching life lessons, through the game of softball.


We currently have programs available for young ladies ages 4-18!

6u- Combination coach pitch and tee ball
8u- Combination player pitch/coach pitch
10U- Player pitch, with rules adapted for learning new skills (stealing bases)
12U and up- player pitch, full ASA rules



Equipment needs: 
Spring players will be given a full uniform, fall players are given a team shirt only. 

CLGFS provides team catchers gear to coaches. Players are responsible for a batting helmet and mitt. 

Optional Equipment: Cleats, bats, and fielding mask. CLGFS suggests the use of a facemask for all players. However it is only required by NISA for players 8U and up in the pitching, 1st base, and 3rd base positions. 


**Refunds after the close of registration will be at the discretion of the CLGFS Board of directors. NO REFUNDS will be issued after Opening Day**

Board of Directors

Richard Reed, President,  [email protected]
Andy Rosenquist, Secretary-  [email protected]
VP of Softball Ops- OPEN
Guy Sromek, Director of Fields-  [email protected]
Colette Kennedy, Treasurer-  [email protected]
Katie Prestley, Director of Volunteers-  [email protected]
Sherry Lohr, Director of Fundraising-[email protected]
Steve Arndt- Fields Team-  [email protected]
Dan Haase- Fields Team-  [email protected]
Francisco Arana- Umpires/Field Schedules- [email protected]
Joe Lohr- Webmaster, [email protected]



Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8 pm (7 pm in the offseason)


Location:
Lake Chamber of Commerce
427 W Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


The meetings are open to all Organization Members.

Please contact Kristy Bierdemann in advance if you would like a specific topic to be addressed, so she can add it to the agenda.

Division Reps

 6U - Sherry Lohr
 8U - Steve Arndt
10U - Katie Schurr
12U - Colette Kennedy
14U - Dan Haase 


Divisions by Age

Age Group Qualifications

The division a player is placed in is determined by their age on January 1st. Players slotted to move up a division in the spring due to age will move up in the fall. For example, if a player is 8 turning 9 in November, then the player will play 10U in the fall.

Players must be in their correct age group for the spring season in accordance with NISA rules. Should a player want to move up a division early, the Player must meet the following parameters: Player must have been part of Comets in their current division (exception: 6U to 8U) , parent must meet with the CLGFS Board in person, have a coach recommendation from the previous season.  Players cannot move up multiple levels, will only be considered for one level up. 


Comet Travel Division & Comets Care History

The CLGFS (formerly CLGSL) has a long history in the Crystal Lake community, providing young girls the opportunity to learn the game of softball as well as make new friends that last beyond the game.

  • Initially developed as a Rec (In-House) League that continues to be successful for the past several years.
  • As "Travel" teams started to gain popularity, CLGFS decided to remain focused on the strong foundation of its Rec (In-House) League and continued to provide girls of varying talent the ability to play softball.
  • Eventually, as "Travel" teams continue to grow in popularity and girls from our league started to leave and join "Travel" teams, CLGFS started the "Crystal Lake Comets" Travel Division.
  • The Comets have a unique mission statement which is strongly supported by the Board of Directors, the mission statement's main emphasis is to use Softball as a tool to build well rounded young women that excel in academics, community service, and athletics.
  • Daring to be different and build such a travel division meant patience and perseverance and support from the Board of Directors and Comet Coaches.
  • Starting with one 16U in 2009, The Comets began their journey.
  • In 2010, the demand was strong enough to expand to include 10U, 12U, and 14U teams.
  • During the time frame of 2010 - 2013 there was an exponential growth of near-by travel team that competed against CLGFS, causing The Comets and all the local travel teams became very competitive on recruitment of players.
  • CLGFS remained true to their mission of developing well rounded young women even as good players and families left to play with other travel teams, this caused The Comets to downsize.
  • The 14U division survived the downsize and with support of the Board of Directors and coaches continued to implement the vision; an "All-Academic" team was formed, the teams participated in charity and community service efforts...and as the team grew together - they experienced much success on the field.
  • The plan was working, players stayed with the team and didn't move on to other travel teams who were actively recruiting everyone.
  • The coaches spent more time to build on the academics and community aspects in addition of building these young women into a strong softball team.
    • The coaches contacted the superintendent of the local Crystal Lake School District and explained the concept of the "All Academic" team, the superintendent supported the idea 100% and even participated in year-end celebrations
    • From a charity/community service aspect, the teams were able to visit the Ronald McDonald House, baking cookies, reading stories, and playing games with the children at RM House
  • The team found the experience so rewarding, it drove them to do more, in May of 2013 the Comets Care org (www.cometscare.org) was formed as the charitable arm of CLGFS participating in several fundraisers, supporting Alzheimer, Breast Cancer, and St. Jude charities (two players were invited to Memphis to tour the St. Jude Medical Center).
  • Since the inception of Comet Care, the foundation has raised over $10,000 and participating in almost 20 events and CLGFL is working on extending the work of Comets Care to the girls of the Rec League.
  • In 2014 the Comets travel division was discontinued due to lack of commitment.
  • In 2015 the Comets were reinstated as In house "All Star Teams". Comets tournament teams participate in local (Illinois) based tournaments, and continue to excel placing in many of these tournaments. 
  • In 2016 8U and 10U teams competed in two local tournaments
  • 2017, again Comets remained in the 8U and 10U divisions competing and placing in Cary and Woodstock tournaments
  • 2018, our program expanded to three teams, 8u, 10u, 12u. Again our program has moved to a more competitive one. Player selection in the fall via tryout. Indoor practices and teams competing in 4 tournaments from May-July. This program is a elevated program with focus on more player development, and higher level of competition. 

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    CRYSTAL LAKE GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
    Crystal Lake Girls Fastpitch, PO Box 866
    Crystal Lake, Illinois 60039

    Email: [email protected]

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