Instructional and Competitive Youth Baseball


2020 WPPA 11U All-Star Travel Tryouts


11U Black

Sun Jul 28, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Welles Park Minor Diamond

Wed Jul 31, 5:00 - 6:30pm, Welles Park Minor Diamond (make-up date)


11U Red

Mon Jul 29, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Stadium @ Devon & Kedzie

(Email if you want to tryout for 11U Red but can't make this date)


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 11U teams in 2020 – Red and Black.  Players may try out for one or both teams -- if both, please sign up for each tryout separately.

To sign up for the tryout, visit the 11U SignUpGenius Tryout Page to register your player.



  • What’s the difference between the Red and Black teams?

    • 11U Black: This team will be coached by the Chicago Baseball Consortium founded by Tug Gillingham and play 12-15+ league games and 2-3 tournaments.

    • 11U Red:  This team will continue to be coached by Ronnie Minc and play in the Mid-Suburban Baseball League (regular season schedule of approximately 15 games, week-long playoff tournament) and 4-5 tournaments.   

  • 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.  Catchers may bring their own catcher gear.

  • 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 Major Divisions.

  • How do I know if my child is 11U eligible?  Players must be born on or after May 1, 2008 to be eligible for the 11U teams.

  • What if we can’t make 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.  For tournaments, the 11U Red team has historically traveled to Peoria, Crown Point, Indiana, and Wisconsin Dells, while the 11U Black team has historically stayed in Illinois within an hour of Chicago.

  • 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)

    • $1,100 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?

    • 11U Black:  No tryout fee.

    • 11U Red:  $15 if paid in advance (Zelle or PayPal to, $20 cash at the door.

We encourage all players to register in advance.  

  • How many kids will make the team?  Approximately 12 players will be chosen for each team.

  • Other questions?  Email