The Welles Park Parents Association (WPPA) is a parent volunteer organization that operates in cooperation with the Chicago Park District to provide baseball instruction to neighborhood children. In 1990, Welles Park chose to discontinue their baseball program. The WPPA was formed in order to continue to offer baseball to our kids in the spring, summer, and fall months. The association has obtained both Federal and State tax exempt charitable organization status. The program has expanded and we now use the fields and facilities at Welles Pak as well as other parks throughout the northside. However, the park district and its personnel are not responsible for the operation of the league. Rather, parent volunteers organize and operate the league. Therefore, you should direct questions about the program to a WPPA board member, not park personnel.
All parents that enroll their child in the program become members of the association. A board that consists of 20 officers makes the operating decisions. These officers, commissioners and a representative of the park district staff, comprise the voting members of the WPPA board. Regular board meetings are usually held on the 1st THURSDAY of each month (7:30pm) throughout the year at the Welles Park field house. You are encouraged to attend and participate.
The WPPA Board 2018
Vice President (Website/Travel) -
Vice President (Park Relation/Scheduling) -
Major- Jim Volkens
Fall Ball -
Sponsorship- Shawna Ryan
To send an email to a board member, click on their name.
The goal of our program is to teach baseball/softball fundamentals and good sportsmanship to kids in a positive and enjoyable atmosphere. We consider our youth baseball program an instructional league. Participants in WPPA Youth Baseball are separated into leagues or divisions based on their ages. Each age group has rules variations designed to match the skill level of the participants. This allows the children to experience success while developing the skills needed to compete at the next level.
We believe practice is essential in developing the skills players need to succeed in game situations. Regardless of the players’ age level, all coaches are required to hold regular practices. No coach should put any of their team members in situations for which they are not prepared.
Before each season, our more experienced coaches evaluate the players and a draft is conducted in each league/division. The goal of the draft is to evenly distribute the talent and create competitive teams so that the season is enjoyable for all of the kids. Hopefully, this makes the season more enjoyable for the coaches too, as we try to avoid situations where a few coaches have "stacked" teams.
We believe that our goals as an instructional league are not inconsistent with the spirit of competition. In our program, we keep score, publish standings, and (with the exception of the Rookie League), we have playoffs and league championship competitions. We believe that these are important measures of success and improvement. We also believe that teamwork and sportsmanship are an integral part of all good competition. We hope the kids will take these values with them as participants in the program and beyond. We expect our coaches to set a good example and to be role models in this regard.
Click here for the WPPA Rule Book.
Welles Park is the home park for WPPA. However, games and practices are held at the following Chicago parks:
Hollywood Park (Jersey and Peterson)
Legion Park (Bryn Mawr east of the Chicago River between California and Kedzie)
River Park (5100 North Francisco - Foster and the River)
Rogers Park (7400 North Campbell)
Welles Park (2333 West Sunnyside)
Winnemac Park (5100 North Leavitt - Damen and Argyle)
To see a map of a field location, click on the field name.
Our mailing address is:
Welles Park Parents Association (WPPA)
P.O. Box 257840
Chicago, IL 60625-7840