Update 3: All 14U and 12U games for Saturday Aug 27 are canceled. All remaining 8U games are to be played at Legion Park (schedules have been updated). The 3:15 10U game between the Portland Beavers and the White Sox is at 3:45PM at Legion South diamond. All other 10U games are canceled.
Update 2: 1pm 10u, 12u, and 14u games Saturday Aug 27 are canceled. 1pm 8u game is moved to 1:30pm at Legion Park North field. Please check back at 1:30 regarding remainder of games for the day.
Update: All 10:45 games for Saturday August 27 are canceled due to field conditions. Please check back at 11:30AM for status for afternoon games.
8:30 fall baseball games for Saturday August 27 are canceled. Other games are still on (for now). Please check back for status as game time approaches.
2017 Welles Park 12U Black Travel Baseball Tryouts
The 2017 WPPA 12u Black House All-Star Team (coached by H Lichtenstein and Daryl Schumacher) is for WPPA players that have achieved a high skill level and would like to further their development through additional training and a schedule of 25-30 games against similar teams outside of WPPA. The team’s 2017 schedule will include travel league games, 2-4 local tournaments, and a season-ending tournament at Dreams Park in Cooperstown, NY.
Our tryout for the 2017 season will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Bradley Sports Center, 2500 W. Bradley Place, Suite B. The tryout is open to any players that are eligible for 12u next spring. Players are eligible to play on a 12u team in 2017 if they turn 13 after April 30, 2017.
This is a closed tryout. Parents are asked to drop off their child at the tryout by 5:15 and return for pickup at 7:00.
This is a closed tryout. Please drop your son off by 9:45am.
Players should supply their own glove[, bat and helmet] and wear a baseball hat, baseball pants, t-shirt or baseball
jersey and non-metal cleats.
There is also a $10 per player fee for the tryout to be paid at the time the child is checked in before the tryout begins.
Please be back to pick up your son at 12:00pm sharp.
To register: please email: BrianNach@sbcglobal.net
Note: This tryout is for 12U Red only
WPPA Travel is for kids who play at an advanced skill level and would like to increase their development through
additional training and a schedule of approximately 20-25 additional games including an early season tournament,
memorial day tournament, 4th of July tournament and a year end tournament at All Star Village in New York. 12U Red
plays in the North Side 5 and has practices or games on Wednesday evenings and/or Sunday mornings.
Players are eligible to play on the 12U Red Team if they are
registered in the WPPA house league and if their 13th birthday is after April 30th, 2017.
Players signing up to play for 12U Red are expected to
commit to the team for the entire schedule of games including tournaments.
If you have any questions please email:
BrianNach@sbcglobal.net and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WPPA Travel is for kids who play at an advanced skill level and would like to intensify their development through additional training. The schedule will consist of approximately 14 games against teams outside of WPPA and 3 tournaments.
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Please Note: The tryout is closed to spectators and parents should plan on dropping their player off at 3:45pm and picking them up at 6:00 pm. The only adults present will be the Welles Park 9U travel coaches and supporting staff.
How do I know if my child is 9U eligible? Players are 9U-eligible if their 10th birthday is after April 30th, 2017.
What should the player wear? All players should wear long pants - preferably baseball pants, a shirt that covers the elbows, baseball cleats, a baseball glove, and a baseball hat. Players must also bring their own bat & helmet. Batting gloves are optional.
How many games will be played throughout the year? Approximately 14 regular season games will played throughout the spring/summer plus 3 tournaments.
Will there be off season conditioning? Yes, it will begin in January one day a week at an indoor facility. Location, day, & time to be determined.
How many practices will there be each week during the season? There will be one to two practices per week starting in March 2017. One practice will be scheduled every Wednesday evening and the other to be determined. A full commitment to practices & games is expected.
How much travel will be involved? The 9U team is scheduled to play in the Chicagoland Sunday Baseball League which consists of playing games in the Chicagoland area. Tournaments will be played in the Chicagoland area and driving will be limited to no more than 2 hours for these events.
What days will we play? Every Sunday morning and occasionally a Wednesday evening beginning early April through end of July.
How much will it cost? The cost is approximately $1,000/player for the year. WPPA will accommodate families who require financial assistance.
Are players required to play WPPA house league? Yes, they must be register with WPPA as soon as WPPA makes registration available which is usually January 1.
This tryout is for10U Red only. Tryouts for 10U Black occur later the same day. Players may tryout for both teams, but must attend each team's tryouts to be considered for both teams.
WPPA Travel is for kids who play at an advanced skill level and would like to intensify their development through additional training and a schedule of approximately 15-20 additional games against teams outside of WPPA (in addition to each player's house team schedule). Players are 10U-eligible if they are registered and in good standing with WPPA, and if their 11th birthday is after April 30th, 2017.
Please Note: The tryout is closed to spectators and parents should plan on dropping their player off 10 minutes before their scheduled slot and picking them up within 10 minutes after their scheduled slot.
· How do I know if my child is 10U eligible? Players are 10U-eligible if their 11th birthday is after April 30th, 2017. (Note: Players whose 10th birthday is after April 30, 2017 are eligible for the 9U team(s).)
· What should the player wear? All players should wear baseball pants, baseball cleats, a baseball glove, and a baseball hat. Players may also bring their own bat, helmet and batting gloves.
· How many games will be played throughout the year? Approximately 8-10 additional regular season games will be played April - June plus two tournaments (late April and Memorial Day Weekend) and possibly a 3rd (immediately following end of WPPA playoffs). 10U Red will NOT play in a tournament over the July 4th weekend.
· How much travel will be involved? 10U Red will play in the Northside 5 league which consists of Chicago Park District teams. Tournaments will be played in the Chicagoland area (e.g., Fox Lake, Northbrook and similar suburban distances).
· What days will we play? Northside 5 games are typically scheduled for Sunday mornings (10am +/-) or Wednesday evenings (6pm). Tournaments are limited to weekends and may include one evening game late in the preceding week.
· How much will it cost? The expected cost to play for10URed will be approximately $700/player for the year. WPPA will accommodate families who require financial assistance.
· Are players required to be in good standing with Welles to tryout? Yes - your player must register with WPPA for the 2017 regular spring/summer season.
10U Black is hosting tryouts on September 10th from 5-7pm at Thillens field. Players are expected to arrive at 4:45 and ready to start at 5pm. See below for frequently asked questions.
WPPA Travel is for kids who play at an advanced skill level and would like to intensify their development through additional training and a schedule of 25-30 games against teams outside of WPPA. Skill development is a core principle of this team. The team will begin training together in mid January and will play in 3-4 tournaments throughout the year plus weekly games.
Please Note: The tryout is closed to spectators and parents should plan on dropping their player off at 4:45pm and picking them up at 7pm.
How do I know if my child is 10U eligible? Players are 10U-eligible if they are registered and in good standing with WPPA, and their 11th birthday is after April 30th, 2017.
What if we can’t make this date? We ask that you do your best to make this date but also understand that conflicts do arise. Please let us know in advance if you cannot make this date and we will work with you to find an alternate date.
What should the player wear? All players should wear long pants, a shirt that covers the elbows, baseball cleats, a baseball glove, and a baseball hat.
How much travel will be involved? Travel will be minimal and all regular season games will be played in the Chicagoland area. Tournament locations will be within a 2 hours drive of Chicago.
What days will we play? Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings. This schedule has been designed so that it does not conflict with house practices or schedules.
How much will it cost? The cost is approximately $1,100 per player for the year, which includes all training, games, and uniform. Welles Park will accommodate families who require financial assistance.
Is advanced registration necessary? We ask that you register through the link provided above but we will also accept walk-ins the day of the tryout.
How many kids will make the team? 12 kids will be chosen for the team.
What is the costs to tryout? There will be a $20 cost to tryout that can be paid at the day of the tryout.
We are excited to announce that WPPA is partnering with the Lincoln Park Baseball Academy (LPBA) for the 2017 13U Welles Park travel team. The Welles Park 13U team will be professionally coached by LPBA, which means your child can get all the benefit of a professionally-coached team while remaining part of the WPPA community and playing house baseball. The team's focus will be development and preparation for high school baseball.
• 100% of coaching and training will be conducted by Lincoln Park Baseball Academy staff. This includes tryouts, practices and games;
• Season will be similar to a full time travel schedule, and will include roughly 10 Sunday League (or similar league) games and three or four local tournaments (Chicago and suburbs). This team may also play in a tournament in Omaha, Nebraska;
• Participation in WPPA house league is required; and
• Off season training starting in January and in season practices will be conducted by the Lincoln Park Academy Coaches.
Team/Player Selection Criteria
• Players age may not be 14 year old before May 1, 2017.
• Full commitment to practices and games is expected.
Player Selection Format
All players are welcome to attend the tryout. The team tryout
is on August 28th 9:30am – 11:30am on Winnemac Diamond #4.
To reserve your spot please email:
Lincoln Park Baseball Academy
Lincoln Park Baseball Academy (LPBA) is a Chicago based organization focused on baseball and softball instruction for all ages. Over 1000 youth baseball players have attended one of our
summer baseball camps since 2011. LPBA’s expert training covers all key skills from hitting and pitching to defense and team dynamics through both individual and group coaching programs.
Tim has over 6 years of coaching experience as a private instructor and consultant at several of Chicagoland’s premier academies. He is currently in his 4th year as the varsity pitching coach at Oak Park River Forest High School. The OPRF Huskies won the 2012 class 4a Illinois State Championship in his first year coaching at his alma mater. Over the past 4 years he has been able to help a number of pitchers go on to continue chasing their dream at the collegiate level. While playing at OPRF, he was a three time all-conference player, member of the midwest area code team, and named to the area code all-star team. He signed a scholarship to play at the University of Texas, but decided not to go after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 19th round of the 2005 MLB draft. As a draft and follow he went to Chandler Gilbert Community College in Arizona, where he spent two years and earned all conference honors. Following his second year at CGCC Tim signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees after being drafted by them In the 27th round the previous year. In his first season of professional baseball, he won a championship with the Gulf Coast League Yankees as the starting pitcher. The following year Tim came out of the bullpen as a member of the New York Penn League’s Staten Island Yankees. He then Went on to play for the Southern Illinois Miners, and Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League before hanging-em up to finish his degree from Depaul University in physical education.
Gary is a product of Reavis High School, where he played for 3 years at the varsity level before earning a scholarship to continue playing baseball at Robert Morris College. Upon graduation, he served as an Assistant Coach at Reavis High School (4 years) and currently serves as the Head Sophomore Coach at Morton High School (3rd year). In addition, Gary has also served as an instructor in south side academies and is presently a computer teacher and the Athletic Director at Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn.
Tug has 11 years of coaching experience in the college and high school ranks. He served as the assistant coach at Triton Junior College for two years (2005-2007) and coached two years
(2008-2009) as varsity assistant at Walther Lutheran High School, his alma mater where he was a three-year all-conference/all-area catcher. From 2010-2012, Tug was Varsity Head coach/Director of Baseball at Lincoln Park High School earning Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2013, he was Head Baseball Coach for Rockford Guilford Varsity team. For the past 2 years (2014-2015), Tug has been an associate coach at Morton High School. Throughout these 11 years, Tug has worked, instructed, and consulted at several of Chicagoland’s premier academies. His services have also included 2 seasons of managing a Prospect/Showcase team (c/o ’15). Through these efforts, Tug has been able to help several players reach their goal of playing college baseball. Tug played three years at Purdue University (2000-2003), where he earned Academic All-Big 10 honors, and played two years at Northern Illinois University (2004-2005). Tug also played five years of professional independent baseball with the Windy City Thunderbolts, South Georgia Peanuts, Sioux City Explorers, and Joliet Jackhammers.