The Lake County Stars Organization uses park district fields from Hawthorn Woods and Long Grove for regular season home games and practices:
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Community Park (Fields 1 and 2)
5 Park View Ln
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
At the intersection of Quentin Rd & Old McHenry Rd, go north into the park, then take an immediate left to go towards the parking lot.
Heritage Oaks (Fields 1, 2 and 3)
310 Fairfield Road
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
From the West, official entrance off Fairfield, about 1 mile north of Old McHenry Rd.
If you're coming from the East, you can also enter the back of the park off of Kruckenberg Rd. Address for GPS that would work is 21975 Kruckenberg Rd, Hawthorn Woods.
19 Carlisle Road
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Second entrance available at the end of Lagoon Drive. Use 48 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods in your GPS. Parking lot is at the end of the cul de sac.
The Lake County Stars program is thankful to the Village of Hawthorn Woods and the Village of Long Grove for partnering with us on the use of these fields.
As we gear up each spring, please take some time to read the information below regarding field conditions, preparations, and use expectations. As usual with spring in Illinois, we don't get much cooperation from Mother Nature. With the cold and rain extending deep into April, we often aren't afforded much time to get out onto the fields with any machinery before outdoor practices begin.
We have plans each year to work on improving field conditions and scheduling. All of those things require time, and money. We try to balance investments in our fields while also keeping fees reasonable for our families. We also do not have exclusive use of the Heritage Oaks area, so without cooperation of the other organizations, its hard to justify investing in those fields for other organizations to use.
As the Stars is run by volunteers with their own full time jobs (like many of you), we try to accomplish what needs to be done for the Stars within our free time. The company that does our field preps also has to run their business, they aren't dedicated to only prepping our fields.
That said, WE NEED ALL OF YOUR HELP AND COOPERATION. Please read the below to see how you can help keep our fields in the best shape possible for the Stars.
Fields will be dragged 2 times per week throughout the early part of the season when we are mainly only practicing or hosting scrimmages, to help keep them in good condition (weather permitting). NO BASES WILL BE SETUP FOR PRACTICES OR SCRIMMAGES! ONLY THE FIXED MOUND PLATE WILL BE IN PLACE! Coaches/parent volunteers will need to do this (see below), so please arrive early enough to prepare your field.
After the season is in full swing and games are scheduled, fields will be dragged on days when they have games on them. When there are games; the field crew will set up the correct base and mound dimensions for the age group that will be playing.
The field prep crew is also contracted to do field prep (striping, boxes, etc. if necessary) for games and will set up bases and mound positions for subsequent games if needed on those days (generally weekends). On weekends we have tried to schedule the fields so that there is a gap between each game. Please work with the field prep guys, give them the time they need to do their job, we are all in this together!
The proper installation of the soft touch bases requires the tapered plugs shown here.
These plugs are to be installed (in the direction they are pictured, large end down) into the anchor box prior to installing the bases, this gives the base support from underneath during game play and also prevents the hole from being a trip point when the base is not in place. Installing these plugs does require removal of the excess soil in the anchor box (if there is any) and may need to be stepped on to get them down into the box.
Our expectations after your teams are done using the fields; leave the field for the next team in the same condition you would expect it to be for your team to use!
Please remove all removable pitcher mounds and put them in the lock box. Please be sure to install the plugs into the opening to prevent soil from filling up the anchor pipes (we have ordered plugs with whiskers).
Please REMOVE ALL BASES and put them in the lock box. Please be sure to install the PROPER DRAG plugs into the opening to prevent soil from filling up the BASE ANCHOR BOXES. SEE BELOW FOR BASE PLUG INFO.
Those base sets cost over $800 each, so please, lets try to take care of them.
THESE PLUGS (DRAG PLUGS) should always be in the ground installed in the base location that is not in use, and one set should be ready to be re-installed into the base anchor boxes after you are done playing for the day. Cover them with soil leave the strings sticking out.
Please be sure whoever does this, clean out the excess soil in the ground anchor box to properly install the drag plug after your finished playing, so its at the proper level. This way it wont get ripped out while dragging the field. If you do not clean out the excess field soil that is inside the anchor box the plug sits up too high.
Lastly, time permitting, please have someone loose rake the batters box areas to fill in the low spots, rake the mounds up from the base to the crown and also fill in the low spots.
Please help teach the boys to help to keep the fields in good shape, and make this part of the team experience. It usually becomes their responsibility once they get to High School.