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Located in Darien IL, the Darien Youth club serves young athletes from all of DuPage County. As well, DYC is a 100% VOLUNTEER ran club!

Darien Youth Club formed in 1960

DYC GIRLS SOFTBALL

DYC Diamonds
Softball League

About the Program
We understand your family has many options to choose from when it comes to playing sports. DYC has been providing wholesome activities and entertainment to the residents of Darien and surrounding communities since 1960. DYC is committed to providing an environment where everyone plays!

The softball league is run entirely by volunteers from the commissioner to the managers/coaches and provides girls, ages 4 - 12 of all abilities, an opportunity to learn and enjoy this exciting and rewarding sport. In addition to learning the game, kids will also learn how to be part of a team, communicate and problem solve with their peers, learn respect for their teammates, coaches, opponents and umpires, and begin to build leadership skills. Softball, like many sports, gives kids an opportunity to make new friendships which may last a lifetime!

The Darien Youth Club also has a travel softball program, Darien KnockOuts Fastpitch. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the DarienKnockouts

2023 Season Logistics - COMING SOON
 

Though this is not a travel league we partner with surrounding towns to put on the season which will require "travel" for games. Practices take place at DYC fields. Games may be played at DYC, Westmont, Woodridge, Lisle, and/or BRW fields. We are always looking to add partner towns so this may change but we try to stay close to Darien.

Age Divisions
*Age eligibility for all divisions is based on the child's age on December 31st, 2020. See information below on team formation and "playing up" inquiries.
Fundamentals 6U Ages 4,5, & 6 (Tee & Coach Pitch)
This division uses the 11” flex softball which is a softer ball to minimize injury. Players will be taught basic fundamentals to play the game of softball and the rules of the game. The core of the program is to teach while ensuring the players have a lot of fun. Teams are limited to 7 - 8 players to increase the amount of time each player has in the field and at bat. This also reduces the coach to player ratio which increases the effectiveness of instruction. 

Minors 8U Ages 7 & 8 (Fast Pitch / Machine Pitch)
This division uses the 11” flex softball which is a softer ball to minimize injury. Players will be taught basic fundamentals to play the game of softball and the rules of the game. Player pitching is introduced in this division and is used in conjunction with a mechanical pitching machine. The first two innings feature a player pitcher with machine relief (no walks). The remaining innings feature only the pitching machine. Starting players pitching at this level prepares them for 10U where the players pitch the entire game. The pitching machine develops the hitting ability of the players. 

Majors 10U Ages  9 &10 (Fast Pitch) 
This division uses the 11” softball which is a hard ball. Players will be taught basic fundamentals to play the game of softball and the rules and strategy of the game. This is a 100% player pitched league with walks. Stealing is allowed after the ball crosses home plate, one base at a time but not home, to teach baserunning and catchers how to throw out base runners. 

 Juniors 12U Ages 11 &12 (Fast Pitch)This division uses the 12” softball which is a hard ball. Players will be taught basic fundamentals as well as advanced skills and strategy. This level of play is the game of Fast Pitch with few limiting rules.

Player Provided Equipment Requirements:
- Fielding Mitt (All Levels)
- Softball Pants (All Levels - Team Manager selects color that must be worn for the season)
- Batting Helmet (Required 8U and above)
- Softball Bat (Required 8U and above)
- Fielding Mask (Strongly Suggested - All Levels)
- Batting Gloves - (Recommended 8U and above)
- Cleats (Recommended at 6U - Strongly Suggested 8U and above)

League Provided Equipment
- Helmets and bats 6U level ONLY
- Jersey's, Softball Socks, and Hair Ties
- Practice / Game Balls
- Catchers Gear

Darien Field Locations
Hinsbrook North and South (Closest Major Intersection is Cass Ave and Hinsbrook Ave)
Eisenhower Jr. High (1410 75th St. Darien)
Cass Jr. High (8502 Bailey Rd. Darien)
Darien Community Park (7100 Clarendon Hills Rd, Darien)

2023 Rules of Play: 
League follows the USSSA rules of FastPitch Softball with amendments. The rules are currently under review for 2021 but below is the link to the rules followed during fall of 2020. We do not expect many, if any, changes. Fast Pitch League Rules

While Engaging in Softball Practices and Games:

  • ALL managers, coaches, players, umpires, and parents shall treat each other with dignity and respect during all practices and games; misconduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the league
  • KIDS are playing the game
  • Managers and Coaches are VOLUNTEERS
  • Umpires are HUMAN
  • Your child will NOT be scouted by a college or NFPL team during a DYC game or practice
  • Requests to "Play Up" / Play on a Specific Team
    • Requests for a player to be on a specific team will be considered on a case by case basis but are not guaranteed
    • Request for a player to "play up" one level will be considered on a case by cases basis but are not guaranteed. Evaluations of the player and the current enrollment of the two impacted levels will be considered before granting the player to "play up".
    • Such requests should be emailed to Michelle Quillin:  [email protected]
    • Requests for a player to "play up" more than one level or "play down" cannot be honored regardless of the situation. This is based on the rules of play and more importantly the safety of the players.

Commissioner and Directors:
It is the responsibility of the Commissioner and Directors to effectively lead and manage the softball program. If you have questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please reach out to the below contacts as we welcome your feedback.

Michelle Quillin
Commissioner, 8U-12U Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Don Fields
6U Program Director
Email: [email protected]

Registration Listing

2023 DYC Spring Girls Softball

The Inhouse Softball program provides girls ages 4 - 12 of all abilities, an opportunity to learn and enjoy this exciting and rewarding sport. In addition to learning the game, kids will also learn how to be part of a team, communicate and problem solve with their peers, learn respect for their teammates, coaches, opponents and umpires, and begin to build leadership skills. Softball, like many sports, gives kids an opportunity to make new friendships which may last a lifetime! 

Please see additional information regarding the softball program including field locations, equipment requirements, etc. at: Softball Home Page

2023 SEASON
  • Team practices will begin in early to mid- April pending field readiness
  • Games begin on 4/22 and and ends with a single elimination tournament June 12-18th (8U-12U). Actual schedule will be available in April.
  • Practices may take place on any day of the week.
  • Games are Monday/Thursday/Saturday

Softball Levels
  • Fundamentals 6U Ages 4, 5. & 6 (Tee/Coach Pitch)
  • Minors 8U Ages 7 & 8 (Fast Pitch / Machine Pitch)
  • Majors 10U Ages 9 &10 (Fast Pitch) 
  • Juniors 12U Ages 11 &12 (Fast Pitch)

Age eligibility is based on the child's age on December 31, 2022. All divisions, except 6U Fundamentals, travel to play away games at surrounding towns.

Once rosters begin to fill, there may be a waitlist activated. This is to ensure there are enough players for each team and that there are not too many players on a team which impacts instruction time during practice and limits individual game time. Please understand that we never want to turn a child away so please register early. If the waitlist is activated , we will work to see if we can build another team. 

Please note: Refunds will only be issued up to two weeks prior to the teams being formed or the season starts (including practices) minus a 50% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this timeframe, Medical exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Commissioner of DYC Inhouse Softball, Michelle Quillin @ [email protected] or DYC Instructional Director, Donnie Fields @ [email protected]

In addition, this league is a feeder into the DYC - Darien KnockOuts Fastpitch Travel program. For more information on the travel program, please visit darienknockouts.org

Fundamentals 6U Girls Softball (Tee & Coach Pitch)

Registration closes on 03/17/2023 at 12:00 PM
Season Dates: 04/08/2023 to 06/18/2023
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$160.00

Minors 8u Girls Softball (Player & Machine Pitch)

Registration closes on 03/17/2023 at 12:00 PM
Season Dates: 04/08/2023 to 06/18/2023
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$235.00

Majors 10u Girls Softball (Fast Pitch)

Registration closes on 03/17/2023 at 12:00 PM
Season Dates: 04/08/2023 to 06/18/2023
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$235.00

Juniors 12u Girls Softball (Fast Pitch)

Registration closes on 03/17/2023 at 12:00 PM
Season Dates: 04/08/2023 to 06/18/2023
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$235.00

Contact Us

Darien Youth Club (DYC)

1702 Plainfield Road 
Darien, Illinois 60561

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 630-205-0202
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