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2019-2020 Travel Registration & Tryout Schedule

Tryouts for the 2020 Travel Season

There are still opportunities at most age levels to try out and join the Thunder family.  Please see team-by-team info below.

Interested players are encouraged to register online prior to the event, but walk-ins will be welcomed. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION!

Thunder Baseball 

Age Group Day/Time Location Coach Email
9U*

Contact  Coach for Info

  Kyle Garifo

kg41@att.net

10U

Contact Coach Rich for Private Tryout

for 10u Gold

 

Keith Larson

Darren Rich

bunkee3@sbcglobal.net

coachdarrenrich@gmail.com

11U

Contact  Coach for Info

  Aaron Ratner aaron.ratner@nokia.com
12U*

Contact Coach for Individual Tryout

 

Javier Diaz

Nick Mahaney

javwdiaz@gmail.com

mahaneynick@yahoo.com

13U*

Contact Coach for Individual Tryout

 

Brett Behrens

Jeff Kolozsy

bbehrens22@yahoo.com

jsk7857@comcast.net

14U

Contact  Coach for Info

 

Cory Coss

Brad Stoltenberg

ccoss24@yahoo.com

stoltz824@yahoo.com

15U*

Contact Coach for Individual Tryout

  Eddie Olson fritzolson@gmail.com
16U*

Contact  Coach for Info

  Jess Jones coachjones520@gmail.com
17U* Contact Coach for Individual Tryout   Steve Goodrich goodthunderbaseball@gmail.com
18U* *NEW!  Contact  Coach for Info   Todd Martin

toadmonster3012@gmail.com

224-558-4720

 

*Individual Tryout available upon request.  Contact the coach directly for more information or to schedule.

Hurricanes Softball 

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no tryouts for Hurricanes softball at this time.  If you have any questions, please contact our VP of Travel, Eddie Olson (fritzolson@gmail.com).  We thank those families who expressed interest; we hope to have more information to share in the coming weeks.

LAKE IN THE HILLS THUNDER

TRAVEL BASEBALL

In the summer of 2003, Lake in the Hills Youth Athletic Association expanded their 40+ year history of in-house baseball to include a travel program known as Thunder Baseball.

In 2007, we became a 501(c)(3) organization. The vision of those pioneering travel ball within Lake in the Hills was to provide an opportunity for players age 10 – 15 to play at higher levels of competition than could not be provided within our league play. Today, our program includes teams from age 9u through age 17u.

In 2008, the program achieved a milestone as Thunder Baseball received host status to the 9u, 11u and 15u USSSA National Championships from the McHenry County Youth Sports Association, which replaced the CABA World Series, held in Crystal Lake since 1993.  Today, our teams participate in the 11u, 13u & 15u tournaments which enters its 25th year. This is important to our program because while the 11u & 13u events are open to any team to register, only the hosts can participate in the 15u tournament making this a very special year for our players.

OUR MISSION

In playing for Thunder, it is our desire that our players develop the skills required to excel at the next level. Whether that level is on the field, in the classroom or in the job market, it is our hope that Thunder players will be provided with the tools required to succeed. It is equally as important to us that our players learn about:

•Sportsmanship
Winning is a priority to every individual and team that plays at a competitive level; however, learning what it means to compete and learning how to achieve success consistently, particularly when faced with adversity, develops character.  How we conduct ourselves in all outcomes is imperative to the growth and development of our players.

•Integrity
Whether we are practicing, scrimmaging, competing, or representing our team, program, or community, the Thunder program is committed to 100% effort,  a unified voice, and providing strong, moral principles in the way we approach the game.
 
•Teamwork
We stress roles, competition, and playing for the name on the front of the jersey as opposed to the name on the back.  We teach our players to embrace roles, seize opportunities,  and play for a common goal.  
 
•Leadership
There are many different ways to lead.   The Thunder program is dedicated to teaching our players how to display leadership in a way that is attainable to each individual.  We may not all be natural born leaders, but we can all develop leadership qualities that contribute to team success.
 
•Citizenship
We believe in giving back to the community.  We request each team fulfill a Community Service Project to emphasize our gratitude for our community’s support.