Yogi: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
Yogi: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
Outdoor softball at Melas Park from May through September (and usually into a week or two of October - weather dependent.) Located at 1500 W Central Rd, Arlington Heights.
Any typical year we have 140 - 170 ballplayers register. Any given day we'll have 50 - 100 players actually show up to play. Given how many show up, the teams are determined about 20 minutes before game time, selected and separated by talent level.
On a typical day we'll have three diamonds (6 teams) in play. We separate as an 'A', 'B' and 'C' Fields. 'A' is where the top players are, 'B' is where the next level play and 'C' is where the next level play.
Game days Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - weather permitting. Fields open 8:30AM, Batting practice at 9:00AM, Game time 10:00AM til 12:30PM.
OPENING DAY - May 10, 2022 - CLOSING DAY - OCTOBER 14, 2022
It's that time already! Opening Day delayed to Tuesday, May 10th. The season will continue through Friday October 14, 2022. Playing days remain as Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The season fee is payed again this year to the Park District. The actual fee amount for 2022 is $70.
Once again, a $5.00 per day daily fee for drop in part time players. Any player can chose to pay by the day ($5/day) or join for the season at a price of $70. Either path requires the player to register with the Park District. Register once if joining for the season and register EACH day if joining on a 'drop-in'/pay per day basis. If playing as a drop in you must register each time on site at Melas Park before the game. If registering for the season see instructions below.
Game cancellations for any reason can be checked generally by 7:00AM on game day at (847) 577-3003, choice #6. Email notices will also be sent to any ID's on record and our website will be updated on the header line - ONLY when cancellations occur. When in doubt if there is a game please check one of these options.
Throughout the course of the year we also need EVERYONE to participate in set up and take down of equipment - screens, scoreboards, etc. Daily volunteers will be sought. Please contribute to this effort.
The softball rules that we follow appear on this website. Refer to the Rules page to familiarize yourself.
If you encounter a medical issue during the season that you wish to share with your peers please advise someone on the committee and it will be released to all in a health status email as appropriate.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE YEAR FOR ONE FLAT FEE OF $70 - A ONE TIME REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THE SEASON.
ENROLLMENT for 2022 depends whether you registered previously.
1. If you were registered in 2020 or 2021 and want to register online in 2022 go to WWW.AHPD.ORG and click on LOGIN (top line) and follow prompts to logon. Next, under "Online Services" select "Register for Activities", then search on 55997. Fill out, pay and you're set.
2. If you need or prefer to register in-person at Melas Park you can print the form (see below - click on DOWNLOAD button) and fill out to expedite. The Park will also have blank forms if you can't print. In-person registration at the Melas Park concession stand will occur BEFORE ANY game at Melas Park, May thru Sept - please allow time and plan to register by 9:30AM at the latest on game day.) Payment at Melas Park must be either cash or check - no credit card.
Download and Print form. Fill out and bring any Tuesday, Thursday or Friday to the Melas Park concession stand (along with cash or check) and register before the game.
Daily written sign in is required. There is still be a physical sign in sheet. Each player should report to the sign in table when they arrive. Each player needs to sign the daily log and pull or ensure someone pulled their magnetic name card and then had that card applied to the appropriate (A, B, C, D) field board. At that point the player should go to that specific field. NOTE: It is each player's responsibility to ensure that they pull or someone has pulled their mag name or they will not be considered 'signed in'. As mentioned in the RULES/GENERAL Page, Failure to have your name on roster board by 9:45AM can result in you being slotted as the last batter, as a rover and/or even assigned to a diamond other than your usual diamond.
At Melas Park each game day a decision will be made considering weather. A message is recorded on our Hotline Number to indicate Game On or Game Cancelled.
Generally by 7:00AM our hotline is updated for the day. Call 847/577-3003 extension 6 for the prerecorded message.
In addition to the Hotline recording an email is generally sent out to the registered Melas Park ballplayers and this website is updated on top line/banner ONLY IF THE DAY'S GAMES ARE CANCELLED.
Due to Arlington Heights Park District commitments, the usual Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schedule will be changed in 2023 as follow:
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Games ADDED Mondays 12/26 AND 1/2
Games CANCELLED Thursdays 12/29 AND 1/5