Northern Illinois Lightning: Welcome

Thursday, August 15

 

 

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Friday, August 9
2013-14 TRYOUTS

NORTHERN ILLINOIS LIGHTNING 2013-14 TRYOUTS:

ALL TRYOUTS ARE AT JUDSON UNIVERSITY, 1151 N. STATE STREET (ILLINOIS 31) IN ELGIN. 

DON'T MISS OUT -- FINAL TWO TRYOUTS THIS WEEKEND!!! 

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 AND SUNDAY, AUG. 11 -- 16U FROM 9-11 A.M.; 18U AND 18 & OVER 11:30 A.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

 

PLAYERS SHOULD ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO REGISTER. PLAYERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 NEED TO HAVE A PARENTAL SIGNATURE. ALL PLAYERS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT AND WATER. 

THE LIGHTNING 16U AND 18U TEAMS PLAY ASA "A" LEVEL SOFTBALL AS WELL PGF EVENTS AND COLLEGE EXPOSURE TOURNAMENTS.

2013-14 COACHING STAFF

16U -- ELISSA WISNIEWSKI (MGR.), MICHELLE GORZELLE AND KAITLIN HARDIE

18U -- JACI CORN (MGR.), COURTNEY LAFERLE AND NICOLE LABECK

WOMEN -- JOHN RADTKE (MGR.), MARK HARDIE, STEVE MCSHANE, NOEL AQUINO 

CONTACT US AT NORTHERNILLINOISLIGHTNING@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

2013 FALL SCHEDULE (16U AND 18U)

SEPT. 28-29 -- LIGHTNING FALL FLING (ELGIN SPORTS COMPLEX)

OCT. 5-6 -- PGF ROUND ROBIN (ELGIN AND ST. CHARLES)

OCT. 12-13 -- BETCHER GOLD EXPOSURE TOURNAMENT (ELGIN AND ST. CHARLES)

OCT. 19-20 -- SPARKS EXPOSURE TOURNAMENT (ELGIN)

NOV. 1-3 -- ST. LOUIS SHOWCASE II (ST. LOUIS, MO.)

 

 



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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top. 

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The Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball Organization, founded in 2000, is based in the Elgin area, northwest of Chicago, Illinois. We offer competitive travel teams at the 16U, 18U, and 18 & Over levels. For further information on the Lightning, call 847-812-1522 or email northernillinoislightning@gmail.com. 

 

 

THE LIGHTNING IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT

ORGANIZATION WITH 501 (3) C STATUS AND A FEDERAL TAX EXEMPT ID NUMBER.

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Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT 

The Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball Organization was formed in 2000 as an 18 & over team, serving primarily college-age players. In 2006, we added an 18U team and in 2007 a 16U team. In 2010 we expanded to a 14U team as well. It is our mission to build our newer teams into competitive “A” level travel ball teams that foster healthy competition in the game of softball as well as the following:

 

A)    Our coaches are selected carefully and are required to teach the fundamentals of the game without bias.

 

B)    We strive to provide a safe and fun environment in which to play the game of softball, one where each student-athlete in our organization as well as their parents is treated fairly and with respect. This is also something we expect in return.

 

C)    We promise to assist players aspiring to play in college to reach that goal by exposing them to college coaches in summer tournaments as well as through our personal contacts.

 

D)    We always keep safety as our first priority.

 

E)     At all times our players, coaches, parents and fans are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner and with respect to everyone involved with the game. Good sportsmanship is a cornerstone of a reputable organization and at no time will we tolerate the throwing equipment, excessive use of profanity or any other act that is deemed to be unsportsmanlike and/or unwarranted.

 

 

 

 
 


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Our home field is at Judson University and is located in Elgin, IL. The field includes a press box, dugouts, a 200 ft. outfield fence, 4 sets of field lights, and a pitching bullpen on each outfield foul line.  A full-service scoreboard stands in left field featuring # at-bat, balls, strikes, outs, total h/e, as well as home and visitor score-by-inning, hits, runs, and errors. The field currently seats 1,000.

In May of 2008, the field received a new look with grass turf upgrades and a special dirt for the infield.  The special dirt for the infield will help with water and is laid atop the Illinois soil.  This new dirt is only the third of its kind in the state of Illinois, as DePaul University and Northwestern University softball are the only other two softball fields to receive this dirt.  Judson is the first NAIA institution to receive this kind of infield for softball.

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