Softball Teams

The Chicago Mudcats Travel Fastpitch Softball Club was created to provide Chicago-area players with the opportunity to build confidence, character, and pride through athletics. The goal of the Mudcats is to provide talented youth with professional training in order to produce ball players capable of competing at the highest levels. Our program is dedicated to developing each player's sense of community, pride, and discipline. Our players respect the game and play with class and dignity. 

All players must tryout for a spot on a roster (for more information on tryouts, please click here. Once rosters are finalized our season, which runs from September 1 until August 31st annually, begins. Each season the Mudcats field two-to-four travel fastpitch softball teams ranging from 10u to 18u.

To be eligible to participate on a Mudcats travel fastpitch softball team a player must:

  • Tryout and be invited to join a roster
  • Commit to the year-round program
  • Pay required team fees (see below)
  • Keep all payments current
  • Sign and abide by both player code and parental codes of conduct  
  • Complete complete five hours of Mudcat-approved community service (To view the Mudcats Service Agreement, please click here

Our teams practice year-round. Trainings and team practices are scheduled at our training facility “The Creek” (located on the northside of Chicago in the Albany Park neighborhood); The Rosemont Dome (located by O’Hare Airport); Maine East High School (located in Park Ridge) Windy City Field House (located less than a mile from our training facility in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood); and various Chicago Park District parks. Tournament seasons for 10u through 14u begin in April and go through mid-July. For high school players (16u though 18u), tournament seasons begin in June and end in late-July.

Features of the Mudcats Travel Fastpitch Softball program include, but are not limited to: 

  • Private newly renovated indoor training facility (“The Creek”) 
  • Individualized training programs developed for each player using functional movement screening, conducted by the Mudcats physical therapy partner.
  • A multitude of off­-season training opportunities
  • An optional fall ball season with games played on weekends (typically in Melrose Park) from September through October 
  • Pre-season winter/spring training program at The Rosemont Dome or Maine East High School (10u through ­14u)
  • Pre-season winter training program at The Rosemont Dome or Maine East High School (16u through 18u)
  • Weekly in-season outdoor practices at various Chicago Park District parks 
  • College recruiting seminars for 14u-18u players with our recruiting partner Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)
  • Participation in local tournament & scrimmages, with at least one out of state tournaments per season
  • Professional paid coaching staff (no parent coaches)  
  • Mudcat gear which includes: two uniforms, game socks, game belt, gear bag, two training shirts, training shorts, and training sweatshirt
  • A robust community service program for both players and their families

2018 Season Fee Schedule

12u

$1,400

14u

$1,400

16u

$1,400

Fees are subject to change each season

Scholarship opportunities are available