Puma Academy, 4211 Green Bay Rd., Kenosha, WI 53144.
The purposes of the Chill open house are
(1) To provide participants with meaningful feedback on their softball skills, including metrics on key measurements such as arm strength, footspeed, etc.
(2) Provide information and exposure to the Illinois Chill program.
(3) Identify potential athletes for next year’s 14U team (2022-2023 season). We share the information metrics we gather with all participants and also try to relate it to our player selection process as well as the college recruiting process. Therefore the event is hopefully worthwhile to the participant and her family regardless of her intentions about being a part of the Chill program.
How many players will there be?
In the past we have had 90 to 100 players participate in this event which is why we are doing this on two dates instead of just one. By dividing the event into two sessions we are better able to spend time measuring and evaluating each athlete. It also allows an athlete to participate who might have a conflict on one date or the other. Smaller numbers also make it easier to follow any COVID protocols that we deem advisable. Our plan is to have roughly 40 to 50 athletes each weekend, but we will cap it at 50 on a given weekend if registrations exceed our expectations.
Tentative list of activities for both February 13 and February 20
Chill team mini-practice (60 minutes) – Interested players and parents may observe members of the three current Chill teams as they participate in a “mini-version” of a typical group practice. This will allow you to get a sense of what it is like to be part of the Chill organization while watching current Chill players being directed by the Chill coaches.
Open Evaluation (1:00 pm – 3:30 pm) – Participation in the open evaluation is generally limited to members of the 2026 and 2027 graduating classes (current 7th and 8th graders with birth dates of 1/1/2008 or later). We will consider looking at an exceptional 2028 (6th grader), but it would need to be a player that is mature for her age and very developed in her skills. Chill personnel will put the participants through a series of softball offensive and defensive drills and take overhand velocity, pitching velocity and foot speed measurements.
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