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2017 Class A & AA Girls Softball

WHEN: Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23

 

CLASS A TOURNAMENT

  • 4 quarterfinal games - Game #1 begins at 10:00am on Friday
  • 2 semi-final games - Game #1 begins at 10:00am on Saturday
  • 3rd place game begins at 2:00pm on Saturdaty
  • Championship game begins at 4:00pm on Saturday

CLASS AA TOURNAMENT

  • 4 quarterfinal games - Game #1 begins at 10:30am on Friday
  • 2 semi-final games - Game #1 begins at 10:30am on Saturday
  • 3rd place game begins at 2:30pm on Saturdaty
  • Championship game begins at 4:30pm on Saturday

 

WHERE: Champion Fields - 501 N. Parkside Road - Normal, IL 61761

 

HOST SCHOOL: Normal Chiddix Junior High School

 

PLAYING SCHEDULE:

1. Go to www.iesa.org and click on on SOFTBALL in the box for IESA Sports and Activities (top).

2. The schedule of games and times is on the softball page. Click on INFO to see a report of that game as it is in progress and a recap of the game when it has finished.

 

TICKET PRICES:

  • Friday: ($5) Adults & High School Students, ($2) Senior Citizens (62 and older) & K-8 Students
  • Saturday: ($7) Adults & High School Students, ($3) Senior Citizens (62 and older) and K-8 Students
  • Children Younger Than Kindergarten: FREE

 

HOTEL/STAYING OVERNIGHT

IESA is working with Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West to secure blocks of rooms for participants and fans attending the state tournament. Holiday Inn Express is located at 1031 Wylie Drive - Bloomington, IL 61705 and the hotel phone number is (309) 820-9900.

In the event that all rooms have been reserved already at Holiday Inn Express, we recommend checking out www.visitbn.org for additional accommodations.

 

DIRECTIONS TO CHAMPION FIELDS (501 N. PARKSIDE - NORMAL, IL 61761)

FROM THE NORTH, OPTION #1 - Exit I-55 at Main Street. Go south on Main Street to College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and continue to Parkside Road. Turn right on Parkside Road. Continue past Parkside Junior High School and the Maxwell Park sign to Gregory Street. Turn left and go west until you reach the entrance to the parking lots.

FROM THE NORTH, OPTION #2 - Exit I-55 at Main Street. Go south on Main Street to Gregory. Turn right on Gregory Street (at University High School) and cotninue west until you reach the "T" intersection at Maxwell Park and the Parkside Junior High School grounds.

FROM THE SOUTH, OPTION #1 - Exit I-55 at Market Street and go east to Martin Luther King Drive (second stop light). Turn left and go north following the road until it reaches White Oak Road (old Route 150). Turn left on White Oak Road and go north to College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and go east to the intersection immediately past Parkside Junior High School. At Parkside Road, turn left and go north past the school and the Maxwell Park sign to Gregory Street. Turn left and go west until you come to the entrance to the parking lots.

FROM THE SOUTH, OPTION #2 - Exit I-55 at Market Street and go east through three stop lights to White Oak Road (old Route 150), which is the street immediately past the railroad tracks on the left. Turn left and go north following White Oak Road to College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and go east to the intersection immediately past Parkside Junior High School. At Parkside Road, turn left and go north past the school and the Maxwell Park sign to Gregory Street. Turn left and go west until you come to the entrance to the parking lots.

FROM THE SOUTH, OPTION #3 - Exit I-55 at Market Street and go east to downtown Bloomington to the "T" intersection at East Street. Turn left and go north on Main Street into Normal to Gregory Street (Normal University High School is on the left). Turn left and go west on Gregory Street until you get to the "T" intersection at Maxwell Park.

 

PARKING:

Parking lots are located on the south side of Champion Fields off Gregory Street. There are paved and unpaved lots. There is no charge for parking. Parking is also allowed on one side only of Gregory Street. Please observe the "No Parking" signs as posted - parking is not permitted at Normal Community West High School.

 

WEATHER SITUATIONS

LIGHTNING - If there is lightning, the game will be stopped and the stadium will be cleared. Teams and coaches must return to their buses and parents/fans must return to their vehicles.

RAIN - The game may or may not continue depending on the weather elements.

GAME DELAYS - Fans should go to www.iesa.org for up-to-date information about weather delays.

SOFTBALL WEATHER HOTLINE - Fans coming to the tournament may call the Normal Cityline at (309) 433-3434 (select #4) for the latest information regarding weather and the playing of the state final.

MAKEUP DATES - If games are postponed, the state final (from the point it is postponed) will move to the next playable day. There will be no games played on Sunday. If Friday's schedule is postponed, the tournament begins on Saturday. If Saturday's games are postponed, the tournament will resume Monday.

 

WHERE TO SIT

The IESA, in conjunction with the host school, assigns the dugouts used by the teams in each game. Fans are encouraged to sit in the stands on the side of the field where their team's dugout is located. All seats for fans are unreserved. IESA may reserve some seats behind home plate or elsewhere for the news media covering the game.

 

APPROPRIATE APPAREL FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT

We suggest you wear clothing in school colors to support your team and to help distinguish your cheering section in the stands. Be prepared for all types of weather. At this time of year, it can be warm and sunny, cold and rainy, cold and clear, or any combination of weather. When the wind blows at Champion Fields, it can be very dusty. When you pack your rain gear, we recommend also packing a blanket.

IESA By-laws require that all fans attending an IESA state series contest wear shirts at all times they are on the site of the state final event. Shirts must be worn as designed by the manufacturer. As body paint is prohibited, spectators and athletes cannot have body paint concealed under their clothing and then later remove clothing to display the body paint. Face painting is acceptable. Hair can be any color.

 

SIGNS, BANNERS AND NOISEMAKERS

Per IESA by-laws, the display of signs, banners, balloons, etc. at a state final event is prohibited. In addition, IESA by-laws do not permit the use of noisemakers at the state final event. Examples of items that are not allowed include, but are not limited to, cow bells, thunder sticks, milk cartons with rocks inside, shakers, whistles, electronic sound-making devices, and any other nosie-making device.

 

SOUVENIR PROGRAM

Printed programs with team photographs/rosters and other information about the competing teams will be on sale the days of the state final for $5.00. They also may be purchased from the IESA Office following the conclusion of the state final if extra copies are available. If you request a copy of the souvenir program by mail, the price per program is $7.50 as this includes the cost of postage and handling.

 

PURCHASE AN AD IN THE SOUVENIR PROGRAM

Parents, fans, school faculty and administration, and/or school booster club may purchase an advertisement in the printed program. The cost varies according to the size of the ad. Deadline for ordering an ad is Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Royal Publishing produces the IESA state final programs and sells the ads that appear in them. Please contact Royal Publishing for details. You may call them at (800) 397-5834 - let them know that you are interested in purchasing an ad for the IESA state softball program and you will be directed to the appropriate individual.

 

PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL/TEAM PHOTOS

Event Pro Photography is the official photographer of the IESA. Before your team's first game, a photographer will take individual and team pictures of all participants and immediately produce a sample IESA souvenir photo plaque that contains a picture of your player and the team. A school representative will show the individual/team plaque to parents giving everyone an opportunity to purchase it before the game begins at a cost of $35. All orders will be delivered to the parents by the end of the game. Team-only photo plaques are also available to purchase for $30. A team official can pre-order photos from school prior to the state final event by calling Event Pro Photography, Monday-Thursday at (309) 689-0299.

Event Pro Photography will be headquartered at the practice field Press Box. The team photos are taken on the practice field as each team warms up for its game. Orders can be made and picked up there.

 

PURCHASE OFFICIAL STATE FINAL APPAREL

The Cubby Hole is the official and only vendor authorized by IESA to provide fans attending the state final events with the official tournament souvenir apparel. It is highly encouraged that you pre-order your official IESA state apparel through The Cubby Hole's website prior to the event - pre-prdering through The Cubby Hole's website is the ONLY way to order your state apparel in advance (team orders done through the coach/school are no longer available). The lineup of souvenir apparel includes short-sleeve t-hirts at $17, long-sleeve t-shirts at $19, crew neck sweatshirts at $25, hooded sweatshirts at $30, shorts at $18, visors at $12 and caps at $12. For an additional cost, you can have your official apparel lettered the way you want it at the cost of $4 for your name, $3 for numbers and $3 for patches depicting the year, sport and the state qualifier patch.

Click on the Cubby Hole icon at the bottom of the home page (www.iesa.org) or on The Cubby Hole Links in this section to be taken to thier website to see the design(s) for this year's state finals and begin the pre-order process. At the state finals, the Cubby Hole trailer will be located on the walkway from the parking lots to the Champion Fields diamonds.

 

OFFICIAL SOFTBALLS

The softballs used in the IESA state final event are manufactured by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company of St. Louis. The ball model number is the RIESASB.