This is the most competitive fast pitch softball program that OYA offers. All girls registered with OYA are eligible to try out. The number of teams will be formed based on several factors at the discretion of the OYA Board and the competitiveness of the players, the number of players and coaches that register and try-out.
Any player may not be a member of a travel or club fast pitch softball team. In addition there is a requirement that all Lightning softball player will play in the OYA recreational league.
Spring Season: Registration/Try-outs are in late January/early February. It consists of weekly practices and Sunday league games which begins in early March and runs through the end of June. This a competitive recreational tournament program.
Summer Season: Try-out will be announced in May and occur in beginning of June. Weekly practice will start in early June. The tournament season starts in late June and runs through the end of July. The OYA FAST PITCH TOURNAMENT is held the week of the 4th of July (no games on the 4th of July) at the John Humphrey Complex in Orland Park. Tournament teams can play in 3-5 tournaments depending on the division.
EQUIPMENT: Players are required to have their own mitt, spikes, sliding pants, and helmet (helmet must be approved by OYA). The 8U, 10U, and 12U divisions are required to wear a fielder’s protective mask. Each player that makes a Lightning team will get a Lightning logo and number sticker; the players must place those stickers on their helmet. They are allowed to have the Lightning logo and number stickers on their helmet during the recreational season. Additional helmets can be purchased through OYA.
$200 for each season (spring and summer is a SEPARATE fee)
Uniform fee is separate: All prices are subject to change. Approximate cost of the uniform (pants, jersey, socks, belt, practice t-shirt and helmet decal) is $80.00.