Instructional and Competitive Youth Baseball


2020 WPPA Gold Team All-Star Travel Tryouts

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 3-4 tournaments against other travel teams outside of WPPA. Skill development begins in January and continues through April when games begin.

The WPPA Gold Teams are non-league, tournament only teams that only play over weekends when the WPPA House League is does not have games.  Gold teams may play in tournaments in April before the regular house season begins, Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th Weekend and post-season (late July, early August). 

WPPA will host four (4) gold teams in 2020: 9U/10U/11U/12U.   If your player is interested in playing on one of the gold teams, please sign up for the applicable tryout below:

9U Gold: Sat Sep 21, Winnemac West Diamond, 1:30pm - 3:00pm - Click for 9U Gold Tryout SignUp Genius Page

(players who turn 10 on or after May 1, 2020)


10U Gold: Sun Sep 22, Winnemac West Diamond, 8:30am - 10:00am - Click for 10U Gold Tryout SignUp Genius Page

(players who turn 11 on or after May 1, 2020)


11U Gold: Sun Sep 15, Welles Minor Diamond, 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Click for 11U Gold Tryout Google SignUp Page

(players who turn 12 on or after May 1, 2020)


12U Gold: Sat Sep 21, Welles Major Diamond, 3:30pm - 5:00pm - Click for 12U Gold Tryout SignUp Genius Page

(players who turn 13 on or after May 1, 2020)



  • 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.

  • How do I know if my child is eligible?  Players must be the age-group age on April 30, 2020.   For example, if your player turns 10 on or after May 1, 2020, he/she is eligible for 9U; if your player is 9 years old today but turns 10 on April 30, 2020 or earlier, your player is eligible for 10U‚Äč

  • What if we can’t make the scheduled tryout 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 for gold teams will be local to Chicago, within a 2-hour drive.   It is possible the gold team will attend a tournament and plan to stay at a hotel near the tournament location on Saturday night of the tournament weekend.

  • What days will we play?  Gold teams only play weekend tournaments when WPPA House League games are not scheduled: before the end of April, Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend and late July/early August.

  • How much will it cost?  Depending upon participation in WPPA's winter travel training program, practices and tournaments, costs can generally range from $400 to $1,000.  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.