Tryouts are still ongoing. AsBlaze teams conduct their tryouts and teams are selected, results will be posted here. The Blaze would like to congratulate the following players who have made their respective 2016 Blaze Teams:
Played 17 professional seasons, with 7 organizations
MLB service time with Reds, White Sox, Red Sox, Twins, Braves & Mariners
Hitting instructor for 10 years
3 years of travel baseball coaching experience
Current Roving catching instructor for Cincinnati Reds
Ron Kulwinski - Assistant Coach
Played at St. Rita HS and Lewis University
Coached at Lockport HS for 20 years
Coached at Joliet Junior College for 6 years
8 years of travel baseball coaching experience
*** If you have a conflict with the tryout dates or you need a private tryout, please email Manager Eric Welsh at
to set it up or call 708-261-4650.
*** Please email/call Eric Welsh if you have questions/concerns.
Blaze 11u American- Coach John Safarik
Congratulations to the following players
who made Coach Safarik's 2016 11u Mokena Blaze team:
Blaze 11u Part time- Coach Rob Esquivel
August 8th, 9th, 15th, & 16th 9:00am-11:00am at Buske Park
Buske Park is located at: 11435 Hillside Lane
If you have any questions, please contact Rob Esquivel at:
Blaze 12U National - Coach Chris Springer
Saturday July 18th at noon at Hecht 4
Monday July 20th at 6 p.m. at Hecht 4
Hecht Park Field # 4
9310 Birch Avenue ... Mokena, IL
2016 12U team will be playing at Cooperstown Dreams Park in NY
2015 11U team played in Kentucky Major Elite Tournament in Elizabethtown, KY
2014 10U team played at Champions Village in Omaha, NE
Off season training with professional instruction at Future Stars Baseball Academy and at Bo Dome
If you have any questions regarding the 2015 11U Blaze National team, the upcoming tryout for the 2016 season, or need a private tryout, please contact Coach Chris Springer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-218-2050.
Blaze 12U American - Coach Klappauf
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sunday, July 19 2015
HECHT PARK FIELD 4
9310 Birch Avenue
2016 Cooperstown Team
Illinois Travel Baseball League Gold Division participant
4 Tournament Championships and 2 Second Place Finishes in past three years
For more information or to schedule a private tryout contact Coach Mike Klappauf at or call 815-514-3759.
Blaze 13U Tryouts – Coach Hussey
***If you would like to schedule a private tryout or have any questions, please contact manager Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 or
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to tryouts to register. Players are encouraged to wear shirts with their last name on them, if possible. All tryouts will begin promptly at their scheduled time. Players need only attend one day of tryouts. Directions to fields can be found by clicking the "fields" tab to the left. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 or
Congratulations to 12u Blaze - Hussey for going 4-2 in Bracket Play and 6-3 in their 2015 Cooperstown Dreams Park run. During pool play the Blaze lost only to nationally ranked Club All Star of California (No.1 in California USSSA) who finished 2nd in the tournament and the Motor City Hit Dogs (No.1 in Michigan USSSA) who finished 3rd in the tournament. Its final loss was to to the 9 seed, the Santa Clarita Red Hawks of California. The Blaze-Hussey team set an organization record receiving a double bye to the third round of bracket play with 4 pool play wins and finished just shy of the sweet 16 with 6 wins overall. Great run, boys.
11u Blaze - Hussey takes 2nd at USSSA State Tournament
Congratulations to the 11u Blaze - Hussey (43-14) for taking 2nd in the USSSA State Tournament in Wasco, Illinois. The Blaze competed against 17 of the best teams in the state and had an impressive showing. The Blaze are the only team in the state to have gotten to the State Championship in two of the last three seasons.
I used to have a regular life. Actually a few of my friends say that sentence should say, "I used to have a life, period'. Actually it doesn't seem that long ago. Then I became a travelball parent.
I used to think $40 was an exorbitant price for a baseball bat. Now the contents of my son's equipment bag are worth more than anything in the house- including clothes, jewelry, watches, and my laptop computer.
I used to be a leader in my field of work. I still am. (You have to keep a good paycheck coming if you want to support a travelball habit).
I used to think a doubleheader was a long day at the ball field. Now after 2 ballgames, we're just getting warmed up.
I used to look for little restaurants that served seafood fresh from the boat. Now I am a connoisseur of nachos and hotdogs and my kids rate a city by the quality of a tournament's snackbar.
Sunflower seeds used to be something I would see at a store and wonder who would eat those things. Now I don't feel comfortable leaving the house without a bag in my back pocket.
My lawn used to look like a carpet. It was green, mowed, trimmed, and watered. Now I have two bare spots fifty feet apart and dents in my garage door from fastballs that got away.
My car used to draw admiring looks and comments. It was clean and waxed, shined and armoralled. Now it only draws attention when it wins the "dirtiest car in the parking lot prize".
I used to have a garage. Now I have an indoor batting area.
My friends used to spend Monday morning talking about a round of golf or movie we had just seen. Now I bore them to death with detailed play by play descriptions of 5 or 6 low scoring ballgames.
We used to sit and talk for hours. We still do--however, now its to keep the driver awake when we are headed home from a tourny on a late Sunday evening.
My summer casual wardrobe used to be made up of color coordinated polo shirts, cool cottons in bright colors and an occasional aloha shirt. Now, I have a closet full of t-shirts that have tournament names and competing teams on the back.
We used to spend our summer vacations relaxing at the beach or visiting family. Now, we hit the road with 20 of our closest friends in a caravan that could rival some small town parades.
I used to be concerned that I would fall into the trap of living my life through my kid. Now I know that I am privileged to live my life WITH my kid!!!
Yes, I am a travelball parent. What could be better?