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2016 Mokena Blaze Tryout Information


 
In 2016, the Mokena Blaze will have teams at the following levels competing in local and out of state tournaments.  Players from surrounding communities are encouraged to attend tryouts.
 
For more information visit, www.mokenablaze.com
 
Blaze 8u - Sam Cortes
 
TBA

Blaze 9U Full-Time Travel Tryouts - Coach Scott Mensik

 

Saturday, July 18 - 10am to noon 

Wednesday, July 22 5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Rain Date  --  Saturday, July 25 (Tryout 10am to noon)  -- 
 
Tryouts will be held at Buske Park @11435 Hillside Lane, Mokena
 
If you need a private tryout or have questions please contact Scott Mensik via email at srmensik@yahoo.com or call at (708) 404-7421.
 

Blaze 10U National Tryouts - Coach Todd Mensik 

TBA


Blaze 10U American Tryouts - Coach Stanek
Saturday July 25th 2:00pm at Hecht Park Field 2
Sunday July 26th 2:00pm at Hecht Park Field 2
Hecht Park is located at:  9310 Birch Ave.
If you have any questions, please contact Jack Stanek at:  jackstanek@gmail.com
 
 
Blaze 11U National - Coach Eric Welsh & Corky Miller

Wednesday July 22nd 5:30 - 7:30 at Hecht 4 9310 Birch Avenue

Saturday July 25th 10 a.m. - noon at Hecht 4

Sunday July 26th 10 a.m - noon at Hecht 4

 
 
What’s Included:
 
  • 2015 10u team Ranked in top 10 by Amateur Baseball Report (ABR)
  • ELITE level tournaments and league play
  • "Powered" by Under Armour (exclusive UA uniforms and spirit wear) 
  • Fall baseball (optional) - 5-10 games, 5-10 practices
  • Arm strengthening program
  • Access to Future Stars Baseball Academy (Mokena)
  • Individual lessons (pitching with Brian Forystek - 10 years with Twins & Orioles systems)
  • team practices 2 x per week in the Winter
  • 7-10 tournaments (2 out of town)
  • estimated fees - $1,000-$1,300 (half the cost of major programs in the Chicago area)

Eric Welsh - Manager
  • Played 8 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox organizations.
  • 2-way player at Sandburg HS and NIU
  • 10 years of travel baseball coaching experience.
  • Co-Founder of Chicago Elite Baseball - www.chicagoelitebaseball.com
  • Hitting instructor for 17 years
  • Trained/coached over 200 D1 players

Corky Miller - Assistant Coach
  • 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

Wednesday July 22nd 5:30 - 7:30 at Hecht 4

Saturday July 25th 10 a.m. - noon at Hecht 4

Sunday July 26th 10 a.m - noon at Hecht 4

Hecht 4 is located at:  9310 Birch Ave.

If you have any questions, please contact John Safarik at:  leatherneck1142@yahoo.com

 
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

 
Blaze 12U National  - Coach 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:  cjandkimber@sbcglobal.net or 708-218-2050.
 

 
Blaze 12U American - Coach Klappauf

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunday, July 19 2015

9:00am

 

HECHT PARK FIELD 4

9310 Birch Avenue

Mokena, IL

 

  • 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

 

July 18th 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Hecht Park Field 1 (9310 Birch Ave, Mokena)

July 19th 10 a.m. - noon at Hecht Park Field 1

July 25th 10:00 a.m. - noon at Hecht Park Field 1

July 26th 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Hecht Park Field 1 


What We're Looking For:

  • 2 Versatile Elite Level Players and 1 Elite Level Catcher 
  • Blaze 13u - Hussey will only be accepting new players who are going into 7th grade (NO PLAY DOWNS)
 

What’s Included:

  • ELITE level tournaments and league play (50-60 games)
  • 2-3 out of town tournaments, including East Cobb, Georgia
  • Optional Fall baseball: 5-10 games, 5-10 practices
  • Off-season training at Future Stars Baseball Academy with professional hitting, pitching and catching instructors at each practice, including Chicago Elite's coaching staff of Eric Welsh, Brian Forsyth, Scott Spoolstra and Corky Miller
  • Off-season training at Bo Jackson Dome
  • Training model to prepare for high school and high school travel includes position specific training for middle infielders, corner infielders, catchers, outfielders and pitching velocity program.
  • In-season the Blaze will practice/play on Wednesday, practice on Thursday and play weekend tournaments.  We will be off Monday and Tuesday.  We will only play home games during the week.  



Sean Hussey - Manager

  • 4 year varsity pitcher for the University of St. Francis under Coach Gordie Gillespie
  • Marian Catholic Hall of Fame Pitcher
  • 7 years experience as a travel baseball manager
  • 150 wins over the last 3 seasons
  • Blaze team has been ranked #2 in the State of Illinois by Amateur Baseball Report (ABR)
  • 2nd place USSSA State Tournament 2012,2014
  • Over 15 first place finishes
  • Earned berth to the USSSA Elite 32 in Orlando, Florida 2013


 

***If you would like to schedule a private tryout or have any questions, please contact manager Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 or  @comcast.net
 

 



 
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 

by chris springer posted 06/21/2015
2015 Blaze Father's Day Classic
 
 
2015 USSSA Mokena Blaze Father’s Day Classic
 

Ages:             8u – 9u – 10u – 11u – 12u – 13u - 14u
 
Dates:            June 18th to June 21st

 
Place:             Mokena Hecht Park
                       9310 West Birch Ave
                       Mokena, IL
 
                       Main Park
                       10925 LaPorte Road                
                       Mokena, IL
 
Cost:               $500 if paid before December 15th
                       $550 if paid after December 15th
                       ***NO GATE FEES***

 

This is a USSSA World Series Qualifier

 

To register:    send the registration form found in the document section to left in the vertical menu bar to 21010 Mayfair Court, Mokena, IL 60448


 
Tournament Details:
 
3 Game Guarantee
8-12 Teams per Division

Pool Winners Advance to Bracket Play

Quality Team and Individual Trophies for 1st & 2nd

Rain Out Policy:  1 game played 50% refund; 2 games played no refund

Tournament Contacts:
 

Team Contact Phone Email
8u -9u – 10u - 11u – 12u – 13u - 14u Sean Hussey 312-804-6327 seanhussey@comcast.net

8u - 9u –10u -  11u – 12u – 13u  - 14u
Chris Springer 708-218-2050 cjandkimber@sbcglobal.net

 
RULES POSTED TO THE LEFT ON THE VERTICAL MENU BAR UNDER BLAZE TOURNAMENTS

 

*LOOK WHO'S COMING*
              8u

 
9u
 
10u
 
11u 

 
12u 
Major
12u AA 13u


 
14u
 
1. 8u Blaze -Mensik  9u Blaze - Mensik 10u Blaze  - Welsh 11u Blaze - Springer Blaze - Hussey Blaze--Winters Illinolis Celtics - McCoy 14u Blaze - Haskin  s
2. 8u Rhinos - Panozzo 9u Blaze - Stanek Illinois Mavericks 11u Blaze - Klappauf Troy-Sheehan New Lenox Red - Strilko Tinley Park Bobcats - LoConte Illinois Celtics
3. Fury Baseball -Ohio Tinley Park Bobcats - LoConte Woodridge Bulldogs - Zagorac Illinois Celtics - Pritchard Highland Heat (IN) Tinley Park Bobcats - Cronk Lincoln-Way Prospects Black Tinley Park Bobcats
4. Lincoln-Way Prospects

Lincoln-Way
Prospects

Top tier Fury Baseball - Ohio Racine (WI) RiverDawgs - Drdak Homer Heat - Soderberg Rhinos - Joyce Orland Park Warriors - Nagel
5. Upper Deck Cougars Illinois Edge Illinois Sparks - Kutt Lincoln-Way Prospects Black Plainfield Tornadoes CL Tigers Lincoln-Way Prospects Orange Wilmington Wildcats  
6. Minooka Rivercats Naperville Renegads-American Tinely Park Bulldogs -Altobelli Top Tier-Red Illinois Sparks - Doubek Lockport Vipers Top Tier American Illinois Chargers
7. Illinois Edge Cangelosi Black Sox Naperville Renegades Lockport Cobras Fury Baseball -Ohio Orland Park Warriors - Detampel New Lenox Red New Lenox Red
8. Homer Heat Upper Deck - Les Illinois Rock Dogs LW Vipers Lincoln-Way Prospects Black Illinois Crush White Sox Aces Oak Forest Blue Demons
9. Morris Illinois Sparks Frankfort Force Blue New Lenox Black Lou Collier All Stars   White Sox Aces Top Tier Red
10.   Wheatland Ducks New Lenox Red Next Level Tornadoes Plainfield Raiders   Streator Express Tinley Park Bulldogs
11.   Lockport Vipers St. Joe -Hafner Orland Park Warriors Top Tier   West Englewood Tigers Frankfort Force
12.   Orland Park Warriors - Sriver McHenry Cobras

Top Tier - Hughes

Cangelosi Black Sox   LW Vipers LW Wolves
13.       Cangelosi Black Sox Wasco     Plainfield Aces
14.       Streator Aces Bison Outlaws     Orland Park Magic
15.       Naperville Renegades St. Joe's Fury     White Sox Aces
16.       Top Tier Navy -11u Illinois Edge      
17.         Tinley Park Bobcats - Schaaf      
18.        

Upper Deck Cougars

   
19.         Prestige Baseball - Guzzo      
20.        

Top Tier 2

     
21.         Weirs Warriors      
22.         White Sox Aces      
23.         White Sox Aces      
24.         Lockport Cobras      

 

 *Paid in RED
 


                 

 


by posted 05/10/2015
12u Blaze - Hussey Wins USSSA Naperville May Mania


by sean hussey posted 05/07/2015
Blaze 9u wins 2nd Championship in 2015


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2015
Blaze 11u - Springer Wins DPT Championship


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2015
Blaze 12u Takes 2nd in USSSA War on 64


by Sean Hussey posted 04/26/2015
Blaze 9u Wins Tourney in Bourbonnais

Congrats to Coach Todd Mensik and the 9u Mokena Blaze on a great tournament win in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Well done.

 


posted 04/21/2015
12u Blaze - Hussey Takes 1st at Crown Point Championship

Blaze outscored their opponents 62-2 with three consecutive no hitters followed by a one-hitter in an 11-1 game against the Lincolnway Prospects. Well done, boys.

Blaze 30  Wheeler Mud Cats 0

Blaze 11  Hessville Hitmen 1

Blaze 10  Indy Groove 0

Blaze 11  Lincolnway Prospects - Gurgone 1


posted 04/20/2015
Blaze 11u Wins Seminole Classic



by Sean Hussey posted 06/29/2014
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.

 


by Sean Hussey posted 06/24/2014
10u Blaze - Klappauf Wins DPT Summer Slugfest


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2014
11u Blaze - Hussey wins Battle in the Brook


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2014
Blaze 8u takes 2nd in I-80 League
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 8u BLAZE
2ND PLACE IN THE I-80 LEAGUE

 

by posted 06/17/2013
BLAZE 9U WINS I-80 LEAGUE!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 9U BLAZE AMERICAN
CHAMPIONS OF THE I-80 LEAGUE



by posted 06/17/2013
10u Blaze Wins Championship at St. Charles Summer Slam
BLAZE 10u WINS ST. CHARLES SUMMER SLAM
AND 3RD TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

 
BLAZE   17      CLARENDON HILLS CARDINALS   4
BLAZE   11     NAPERVILLE RENEGADES 1
BLAZE   26   GLENN ELLYN RAIDERS 0
BLAZE   15    SCHAUMBURG FLYERRS 5
BLAZE   12    ROSELLE RAGE 2

 
 
 

by seanhussey posted 06/17/2013
Blaze 10u Wins Jerry May Father's Day Classic
10u BLAZE WINS JERRY MAY FATHER'S DAY CLASSIC



Blaze 9   Illinois Legends 7
Blaze 16  Illinois Hitmen 1
Blaze 11 West Suburban Wildcats 2
Blaze 19 Rhino Baseball 3
Blaze 10 Plainfield Tornadoes 5

 

by seanhussey posted 06/16/2013
Blaze 9u American Wins Dells Swim 'n Slide Tourney!
CONGRATULATOINS TO THE 9U BLAZE AMERICAN
CHAMPIONS OF DELLS SWIM 'N SLIDE TOURNEY


by seanhussey posted 06/15/2013
Travel Ball Parent

Then I Became A Travel Parent

By: THE COACH

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?


by posted 12/09/2012

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