American Fastpitch Association (Official) presents

AFA AZ Winter Cactus League 2024

January 8 - March 4, 2024
Gilbert, Arizona

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Good Morning Coach-

Payments are now due for the AFA AZ Winter Cactus League at Cactus Yards in Gilbert, AZ.
10U-12U-14U


Monday nights at 6pm and/or 7:45pm (1:30 no new inning for all ages; all games)
Start date: Monday, January 8th
End date: Monday, March 4th

Please send a deposit of $200.00 by 12/22 at midnight or payment in full of $790.00.
Venmo @Stacey-Stepek
Zelle to sstepek.azafa@gmail.com (S & G United, LLC)
Please put team name, age, and event in subject line.

All teams who pay a deposit, must have remaining balance due paid no later than Friday, January 5th (to allow time for parents to make monthly dues payments around this holiday season).

Thank you. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season and New Year!

Stacey Stepek
AFA State Director of AZ
630-335-6830

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12/21/2023 11:50 AM

Hello Coaches & Administrators-

AFA would like to send a HUGE thank you to the participating teams of this Winter's AFA Cactus League!!!

We want to congratulate the first place finishers of each age division, listed below!!!

CHAMPIONS OF EACH DIVISION:
10u: Arizona Storm-Rodriguez
12u: CK Zona
14u: CK Zona

Please reach out to Stacey Stepek directly to order your team's practice or game tops for up to 15 players for your program!!!

Due date for creating your practice/uniform top & placing your orders:
Friday, March 22nd 2024
(uniforms normally print and ship 7-10 business days after all orders are placed and paid for by AFA)

Please look out for our next AFA Cactus League which will take place this August & September for all ages!!!

Thank you again! Congratulations to all of the girls for all of their hard work this season!!!

Stacey Stepek
AFA State Director of Arizona
630-335-6830
sstepek.azafa@gmail.com

3/12/2024 9:43 PM

Good afternoon, Coaches!

It has been a huge struggle to find fields for makeup games, and we cannot get anything at Cactus Yards until April, so we have to move on with the dates available at Kleinman Park in Mesa, AZ.

We have added make up games next Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm and 7:45pm and next Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm and 7:45pm. Please note, the exposure site still lists Cactus Yards as the venue for these two make up dates. We will attempt to get that updated but please know games on these two dates will be played at Kleinman Park, 710 S Ext Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210.

Please let us know if you cannot make your scheduled makeup game.

Thank you!
Stacey Stepek & the AFA team

2/28/2024 2:51 PM

Hello Coaches!

Our AFA staff is reaching out to other local fields in the East Valley to secure space for our rain out make up games from a couple of weeks ago.

These games will be made up, they just will not be at Cactus Yards, unfortunately. They do not have any other week night dates available for us to run on multiple fields before the kiddos go on Spring Break.

As soon as I lock down dates and fields, I will get those posted ASAP. Most likely they will be the last couple weeks of February or first week of March on the back end of our schedule.

Thank you for your patience and best of luck out there tonight!!!
Stacey & AFA team :)

2/5/2024 9:18 AM

Coaches-

Just got off the phone with the city, and we have made a collective decision to cancel tonight's games and reschedule for a later date in order to keep the kids safe, dry, and out of the cold.

I hope this message reaches everyone in time to at the very least turn around and have a nice evening inside! I will reach out with our rescheduled dates/times.

Thank you in advance,
Stacey Stepek
AFA State Director of AZ
630-335-6830

1/22/2024 4:42 PM

Update at 11:15am on 1.22.24:

As of right now, all of our fields are playable. However, if we get more rain that can change. I will be sure to keep everyone updated with the latest information.

Thanks,
George Tole, CPRP, CYSA
Recreation Coordinator
Parks and Recreation

1/22/2024 11:25 AM

Good Afternoon-

Final payments are due, if you haven't already sent payment in full for league play please do so immediately. We will need payments prior to you first game along with hard copy of your signed rosters and proof of current team insurance upon check in with site director.

Reminders:
The park will open at 5pm for warm ups
(please stay off of the infield before your games; 7:45pm game warmups can be done behind HR fences in the grass)

Team listed first on the schedule will occupy the 1B dugout, unless already playing the game before (team to come on to play will take open dugout)

Coin toss for home-away at home plate meeting with umpire

Games will have homerun fences, 1 AFA umpire, and be 1:30 no new inning time limits

No run rules for league nights so please use your best judgement and sportsmanship if/when teams are struggling

Free substitutions and you can bat your entire lineup

Games will be played primarily on Monday nights (with two Wednesdays in early January 1/10 and 1/17 to make up for us not being able to play on MLK and President's Day).

Please let us know in ample time if you cannot make a game so that we can find a team to fill in and play in your place. Forfeits will take a losing score of 0-7.

The team with the best record at the end of the league will be able to create new uniform or practice tops at the completion of the season.
Win-Loss Record
Runs Allowed
Runs Scored

If you do not have an AFA membership for the 2023-2024 season, please click the link below to register before your first game at Cactus Yards:
Team Memberships 2023-2024

Thank you in advance for your participation and best of luck to you and your girls!!!

Stacey Stepek & AFA team
630-335-6830

Site Director
Anna McCray 480-824-8486

UIC
Marcus Jones 602-689-2159

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1/7/2024 1:18 PM

Good Evening Coach-

AFA Winter Cactus League schedule is now LIVE on the app and on the website!

We accommodated as many requests as possible, keeping the 10u and 12u ages to as many early time slots as possible, but double headers and keeping ages on the same fields to avoid field preps and mound changes are very important to the weeknight staff of Cactus Yards.

Please keep in mind that we will need your rosters and proof of team insurance turned in to the table before your first game.
Anna McCray, Marcus Jones, or Gaby Stepek can take those items for you.

The park will open at 5pm for warm ups (please stay off of the infield before your games).

Games will have homerun fences, 1 AFA umpire, and be 1:30 no new inning time limits.

No run rules for league nights so please use your best judgement and sportsmanship when teams are struggling. There are free substitutions and you can bat your entire lineup.

Games will be played primarily on Monday nights (with two Wednesdays in early January 1/10 and 1/17 to make up for us not being able to play on MLK and President's Day).

Please let us know in ample time if you cannot make a game so that we can find a team to fill in and play in your place. Forfeits will take a losing score of 0-7.

The team with the best record at the end of the league will be able to create new uniform or practice tops at the completion of the season.
Win-Loss Record
Runs Allowed
Runs Scored

If you haven't already paid your remaning balances, please do so by Friday, January 5th.

If you do not have an AFA membership for the 2023-2024 season, please click the link below to register before your first game at Cactus Yards:
REGISTER HERE!

Thank you in advance for your participation and best of luck to you and your girls!!!
Stacey Stepek & AFA team

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12/31/2023 7:28 PM

Good Afternoon-

AFA (AZ) Winter Cactus League Deposits are now due!!!
$200.00 per team deposit due by Friday, January 29th at midnight and final balances due by Friday, January 5th at midnight.
Venmo @Stacey-Stepek
Zelle to sstepek.azafa@gmail.com (S&G United, LLC)

League play begins Monday, January 8th.
Please let us know preferences and any dates your team will not be available to play so that we can get scheduling out by Sunday night.

Thank you! Have a happy and safe New Year!!!
Stacey Stepek

12/28/2023 2:30 PM

Description

8 game guarantee league 10u-12u-14u-16/18u

  • League
  • All teams
  • Girls: 14U, 12U, 10U
  • $790.00 entry fee

Location

Cactus Yards Map
Cactus Yards
4536 E Elliot Rd
Gilbert, AZ, 85234
Directions

Contact

Stacey Stepek
(630) 335-6830

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All event related questions should be directed to Stacey Stepek at sstepek.azafa@gmail.com or call (630) 335-6830.