PRIMARY TRYOUT: Sat Sep 14, 8:30 - 10:00am, Legion Park - South Diamond
MAKE-UP TRYOUT POSTPONED Sun Sep 15, 8:30 - 10:00am, Mather Park - Field #3 RESCHEDULED Tues Sep 17, 6:30 - 7:15pm, River Park
WPPA travel is for players who play baseball at an advanced skill level and would like to intensify their development through additional training and a schedule of 30-40 games against other travel teams outside of WPPA. Skill development begins in January and continues through April when games begin.
WPPA will offer two 8U teams in 2020 –Red and Black. Players need only sign up for this single tryout to be considered for both teams.
What’s the difference between the Red and Black teams? The 9U Black team will be coached by the Chicago Baseball Consortium founded by Tug Gillingham. The 9U Red team will be coached by a parent, to be identified as the roster is being set (Are you interested in being the Head Coach of 8U Red? Please indicate that when signing up!). Both teams will train together with the Chicago Baseball Consortium’s staff in the winter and play similar schedules. Winter training will take place local to Welles Park, including at the CIBC Fire Pitch.
Tryout attire and equipment: Baseball pants/belt, cleats, jersey or performance shirt, baseball hat, athletic cup, glove (multiple if desired – e.g., catcher, 1B) and bat.
Do I have to currently be registered at Welles: No, but all players on both teams will be registered with Welles for 2020 and will have to play in the WPPA House League, either Minor or Junior Division.
How do I know if my child is 8U eligible? Players must be born on or after May 1, 2011 to be eligible for the 8U teams.
What if we can’t make either of these dates? We ask that you do your best to make the tryout dates offered but also understand that conflicts do arise. Please let us know in advance if you cannot make one of these dates and we will work with you to find an alternate date.
How much travel will be involved? Most travel will be local but there may be 1 or 2 tournaments that require families to drive to the destination. The 8U teams will both play in Northside 5 league (similar all-star travel teams from other parks in Chicago) plus 2-3 tournaments between April and July.
What days will we play? Travel is typically played Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings. This schedule has been designed to minimize conflicts with house practices and games.
How much will it cost? Total cost for winter training, practices, games and tournament attendance will be approximately $1,600 for the Black team (paid head coach) and $1,000 for the Red team. Cost estimates do not include travel and lodging at tournaments. Welles Park will consider accommodating families of players who demonstrate financial need.
What is the cost to tryout? There is NO tryout fee, but please register in advance.
How many kids will make the team? Approximately 12 players will be chosen for each team.