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2019 Mokena Blaze Tryouts
Checkback frequently for updated 2019 tryout information.  Please also like "Mokena Blaze" on Facebook for updated information.


2019 7u (Hussey) - July 9th & 12th 5:30pm at Buske Field 11435 Hillside Ln, Mokena, IL 60448

- Contact coach Sean Hussey for more information at seanhussey@comcast.net, or 312-804-6327.


2019 8u - July 9th & 12th 5:30pm at Buske Field 11435 Hillside Ln, Mokena, IL 60448

    Indoor training starting in January

    Team hitting\pitching (Future Stars)

    Season starting in April and ending by July 1st

    Practices continue through season

    ~35 games

    5-6 Tournaments (Potentially 1 out of town tournament)

    ILTBL League

    Limited set of games and practices this fall

    Estimated Cost $800 - $1,000 

- Contact Jason Zimmer for more information at blaze@mbsa.org


2019 9u (Johansen) - Looking to fill one more roster spot.  Please contact Coach Jon Johansen for more information at jonj04@yahoo.com, or 708-408-7320.

Team is full.


2019 10u Part-Time (Holba) - July 17th 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Buske Field 11435 Hillside Ln, Mokena, IL 60448.  July 18 is the rain date.


Contact Coach Jim Holba for more information at jholba98@hotmail.com, or 815-671-0903.



2019 10u (Zimmer) - July 10th 5:30pm at Buske Field 11435 Hillside Ln, Mokena, IL 60448 

- Total games around 50

- Approximately 9 tournaments (1-2 out of town tournaments requiring hotel stay)

- Winter indoor training at Future Stars Baseball Academy (Multiple sport athletes are encouraged)

- Season starts April 1 and ends approximately July 1st

- Annual fees include multiple individual pitching lessons for all players

- 11 player roster

- Annual fees are $1,100 plus uniform

- Contact Jason Zimmer for more information at blaze@mbsa.org

- Must register by emailing blaze@mbsa.org with Name, Birthdate and current team.


2019 11u (Welsh) - Contact Coach Eric Welsh for more information at ericwelsh23@gmail.com, or 708-261-4650.


2019 11u (Lovingfoss) - Looking for 1-2 high end players - Pitchers & Catchers a strong plus. Tryouts will be held at McGovney (19345 Schoolhouse Road Mokena) on 7/10 at 6:30. If interested please contact Scott Lovingfoss @ in advance.

- Total games around 50

- Approximately 9 tournaments (1-2 out of town tournaments requiring hotel stay)

- Winter indoor training (Multiple sport athletes are encouraged)

- Season starts April 1 and ends approximately July 1st

- Annual fees include individual hitting/pitching/catching lessons for all players

- 10-11 player roster

- Annual fees around $1,100-$1500


Contact Coach Scott Lovingfoss for more information at scott.lovingfoss@gmail.com, or 773-814-5102.


2019 12u (S. Mensik) - This team is full.  


2019 12u (Correa) - This team is full.


2019 13u - There will not be a 2019 13u team. 


201914u (Miller/Welsh) - Tryouts are Thursday, July 12th at 5:00pm at Hecht Park - 9310 Birch Ave, Mokena 60448.

To register please email Eric Welsh, ericwelsh23@gmail.com.  Specify your son’s name, positions, 2018-19 grade, birthday and current travel team.


Contact Coach Eric Welsh for more information at ericwelsh23@gmail.com, or 708-261-4650.


2019 14u (Safarik) - Tryouts are July 30 and 31 from 6-8pm at Hecht 1 in Mokena.

Contact Coach John Safarik for more information at leatherneck1142@yahoo.com, or 630-881-9852.


2019 16U (Springer) - Tryouts are July 26 and August 6 at 6:00pm at Hecht Park field #1 (9310 W Birch Avenue, Mokena, IL).


Contact Coach Chris Springer for more information at cjandkimber@sbcglobal.net, or 708-218-2050.


Please contact Jason Zimmer at blaze@mbsa.org for general Mokena Blaze questions.

by posted 07/12/2018
9u - Zimmer Champions

2018 Battle of Da Beef

by posted 06/27/2018
10u - Welsh Champions

2018 Mokena Blaze Father's Day Classic

by posted 06/18/2018
9u - Zimmer 2nd Place

2018 New Lenox Memorial Day Tournament

by posted 05/29/2018
9u - Zimmer 2nd Place

West Chicago Showdown

by posted 05/22/2018
13u - Miller Champions

Mokena Blaze Mother's Day Tournament

by posted 05/14/2018
10u - Welsh Champions

USSSA Battle of the States

by posted 05/07/2018
10u - Lovingfoss Champions

Go Yard Slugfest

by posted 05/07/2018
11u - Mensik Champions

by posted 05/07/2018
9u - Zimmer Champions

MidSeason Championships

by posted 05/07/2018
9u - Zimmer Champions

2018 Suburban Challenge

by posted 05/07/2018
Travel Ball Parent

Then I Became A Travel Parent


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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