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2018 Mokena Blaze Tryouts
2018 Mokena Blaze Tryout Information


 

The Mokena Blaze is a competitive travel baseball organization that encourages multi-sport athletes.  We compete in local and out of state tournaments and host our own tournament over Father's Day weekend. Below are the dates and times for the 2018 tryouts…

7u (Part-Time) - July 20th 6:00pm Buske Park. For more information contact Blaze President Jason Zimmer at blaze@mbsa.org.

3 Tournaments in July
Chicago Sunday league or Pick-up games during in-house season
Winter training (Jan-Mar) at Future Stars Baseball Academy
All players must participate in MBSA in-house program
Cost $600 - uniforms included in price

8u - Kopacz (Full-Time) - July 20th 6:00pm Buske Park. For more information contact Manager Derek Kopacz at kopacz23ss@gmail.com or 708-567-9221.

This team will be the beginning foundation for an Elite Team moving forward.
4-6 Tournaments (possibly one out of town)
35-40 total games
Indoor training at Future Stars Baseball Academy
Weekly team practices (Jan-Mar). Multi-Sport athletes do not need to attend if winter sport interferes. 
Cost $1,000 - uniforms included in price.

Derek Kopacz has 9 years professional playing experience and 9 years of elite travel baseball coaching experience with nationally ranked teams.

9u - Zimmer (Full Time) - July 11th 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Buske Park. For more information or confidential tryout, contact 9u Manager Jason Zimmer at jzimmer@parlaymortgage.com, 708-207-7272.

6-8 Tournaments (1-2 out of town)
2-5 Fall pick-up games
40-45 total games
Individual and group lessons at Future Stars Baseball Academy
Weekly team practices (Jan-Mar). Multi-Sport athletes do not need to attend if winter sport interferes. 
Cost $700 plus uniform. Individual lessons from Future Stars training staff included in price.

9u - Holba (Part-Time) - July 11th 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Buske Park. For more information contact 9u Part-Time Manager Jim Holba jholba98@hotmail.com, 815-671-0903.

3 Tournaments in July
Playing in the Chicago Sunday League
Winter training (Feb-Mar) at Future Stars Baseball Academy
All players must participate in MBSA in-house program
Cost $600

10u - Welsh - (Full-Time) - Most of the tryouts will be done privately. An open tryout date will be set soon too. Please email/text 10u Full-Time Manager Eric Welsh, ericwelsh23@gmail.com 708-261-4650, ASAP to show your interest and set up a tryout.

ELITE level tournaments and league play
Fall - optional practices 
Individual and small group lessons 
Hitting with Eric Welsh
Catching and hitting with Corky Miller
Pitching lessons with Brian Forystek (10 years with Orioles and Twins organizations)
Team practices 2 x per week in the Winter (Jan-Mar) 
10-12 tournaments (2-3 out of town)
Estimated fees - $250. Lessons and uniforms included. 
Eric Welsh - Manager

Played 8 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox organizations.
Position player and pitcher at Sandburg HS and NIU (D1)
13 years of travel baseball coaching experience.
Co-Founder of Chicago Elite Baseball - www.chicagoelitebaseball.com
Co-Founder of Future Stars Baseball Academy - www.fs-ba.com
Hitting instructor for 20 years
Trained/coached over 250 Division 1 baseball 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 12 years
5 years of travel baseball coaching experience
Current Roving catching/hitting instructor for Cincinnati Reds
10u - Lovingfoss (Full-Time) - TBD - Continue to check back here for updates or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mokena.blaze for updated tryout information.

11u - (Full-Time) - Contact Manager Scott Mensik at srmensik@yahoo.com for more details.

12u - (Full-Time) - For information on tryouts please email Todd Mensik at mensik817@comcast.net.

13u - Safarik - (Full-Time) - Please contact Manager John Safarik at leatherneck1142@yahoo.com or 630-881-9852 for more information.  E-mail is preferred.

14u - (Full-Time) - Tuesday (7/11) @ 6p; Saturday (7/15) @9a; Wednesday (7/19) @ 6p; and Sunday (7/23) @ 12p (if needed). Tryouts will be at Hecht Park, field #1....which is located at 9310 W. Birch Avenue in Mokena, IL. For more information or a private tryout, please contact the Manager, Chris Springer at president@mbsa.org or at 708-218-2050.

Buske Park is located at 11435 Hillside Lane Mokena, IL 60448.

If you are unable to make tryouts July 11th please contact the appropriate contact person listed above. July 12th will be the rainout date for 7u, 8u and 9u.

 

by posted 06/07/2017
1st Place West Chicago Showdown

2017 8u

by posted 05/24/2017
11U 1st Place


by posted 05/24/2017
12u-Blaze Hussey Sets Organizational Record

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.  

   


by sean hussey posted 06/20/2015
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
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

THE MOKENA BLAZE IS PROUD TO TRAIN AT


posted 03/01/2011
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