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2022 Tryout Information

 

Checkback frequently for updated 2022 tryout information.  Please also like "Mokena Blaze" on Facebook for updated information.

 

7/8U Janik (Full-time)

Tuesday, July 20th, and Wednesday, July 28th, 5:30pm, Hecht Park, Field 3

- More details about team coming soon

- Contact Coach Aaron Janik at aaronpjanik@gmail.com for more info 

 

9U Correa (Full time)

Private tryouts only

- Indoor training during winter months

- Required hitting & pitching lessons with private instructor.

- season starting in April and ending July 1st

-  60 games total

- 8-10 tournaments (1-2 out of town)

- fundraising opportunities

- cost is $1,250 plus uniforms
 

- Must contact Coach Correa at   to register and attend tryouts.

 

9U Johnson (Full time)

Contact Coach Tom Johnson for private tryout information.

- Indoor training starting early February

- Emphasis placed on hitting & fielding skill development throughout the season.  Practices will be conducted each week to build the skills necessary to compete in the games.  

- season starting in April and ending July 1st

- Approximately 25 to 35 games 

- 5-6 tournaments (1-2 out of town)

- fundraising opportunities

- estimated cost including uniforms is $1200 

Contact Coach Tom Johnson at tjohnson@d230.org with any questions or more info.

 

10U Hussey (Full time)

 Tryouts on July 5th at 5:30 p.m. (rain date July 9th) at Buske Park located at 11435 Hillside Lane in Mokena

  • winter team hitting practice once per week with professional hitting instructor from approximately November through mid-April
  • two hour team defensive training at indoor facility with full infield once per week November through April
  • 12-13 tournaments (2-3 out of town)
  • outdoor mid-week practice in-season
  • any week day side games played only at home
  • (Optional) Fall practice twice per week and 5-10 (optional) games in fall
  • Head Coach is a former four year starting college pitcher with 14 years youth baseball coaching experience
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park bid at 12u
  • Looking for a catcher and versatile athletes
  • Estimated costs INCLUDING uniforms $1500-2000 (half the cost of some programs in the Chicagoland area)
  • Private Tryouts available upon request. Please call Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 to arrange

 

 

11U Riedl (Full time)

Looking for one more player to complete roster. Private tryouts only.

Please contact Coach Greg Riedlat (847)471-9518 or   to schedule one.

- Indoor training starting in January

- Fall training starting in late August and going thru October with a possible tournament and 8-10 games.

- Season starting in April and ending early July

- Practices continue through season

- 45-50 games

- 6-8 Tournaments, with two out of town that would require overnight stay.

- ILTBL League

- Limited set of games and practices this fall

- Estimated Cost $1,300 

- Contact Greg Riedl for more information at (847)471-9518 or 

 

12U Johansen (Full time)

Team is full.

- Indoor training starting in January

- Team hitting\pitching lessons with private instructors

- Season starting in April and ending early July

- Practices continue through season

- 45 - 50 games

- 9-10 Tournaments (Week-long Ball Parks of America Experience and 2 out of town weekend tournaments)

- Limited set of games and practices this fall

- Estimated Cost $1,500 

- Contact Coach Jon Johansen for more information at  , or 708-408-7320.

 

12U Janes (Full time)

Please contact Coach Bill Janes for private tryout information.

- Indoor training starting in January

- Team hitting\pitching lessons with private instructors

- Season starting in April and ending early July

- Practices continue throughout the season

- ~40 games

- 5-7 Tournaments (Potentially 1 out of town tournament) and
- Cooperstown Dreams Park bid for 2022

- Limited set of games and practices this fall

- Estimated fees $1200

- Contact Coach Bill Janes for more information at janesy17@yahoo.com, or 708-691-2580.

 

13U Diamond (Full Time, AAA/Gold team)

Please contact Coach Dave Diamond for private tryout information.

- Total games around 50

- Approximately 10 tournaments (1-2 out of town tournaments requiring hotel stay)

- Winter indoor training (hitting and pitching) at Future Stars Baseball Academy / Dbats starting in January
  (Multiple sport athletes are encouraged)

- Winter indoor training (infield practice) in Dec-March

- Season starts mid March with indoor tournaments and games and ends approximately Mid July 

- Annual fees include multiple individual pitching lessons for all players

- 11 player roster

- Annual fees are APPROX $1,750 plus uniform

- Private tryouts are available. 

- Contact Dave Diamond for more information at    or 312-933-9501

 

 

13U Holba (Full time)

Please contact Coach Jim Holba for private tryout information.

- Indoor training starting in January 

- Season starting in April and ending early July

- Practices continue through season

- ~40-50 games

- 8-9 Tournaments (1 out of town tournament)

- Limited set of practices this fall

- Estimated Cost $1,200 

- Contact Coach Jim Holba for more information at  , or 815-671-0903.

 

14U Lovingfoss (Full time)

Please contact Coach Scott Lovingfoss for private tryout information.

- Indoor training starting in January (Fielding, Hitting, Speed & Agility)

- Season starting in April and ending late July

- Practices continue through season

- ~50 games

- 11 Tournaments (1-2 out of town tournament)

- Limited set of games and practices this fall

- Estimated Cost $1,500 

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

 

14U Birks (Full time)

 - Sunday, July 11th, 5-7pm, and Monday, July 12th, 6-8pm, Hecht Park, Field 1,

9310 Birch Ave, Mokena

- 50+ games

- 7-8 tournaments (1-2 out of town tournaments)

- Indoor training to start in January

- Team hitting/pitching lessons with private instructors

- Season start in early April, ending in late July

Estimated cost $2500

- Please contact coach Justin Birks at (708) 990-9886 for more information

 

14U Craig (Full time)

 - Thursday, July 15th, and Monday, July 26th, 6:15pm, Hecht Park, Field 1,

9310 Birch Ave, Mokena

- 35-40 games, Silver level

- 5 tournaments (1-2 out of town tournament)

- Possible fall games

- Indoor training to start in January

- Season start in early April, ending July 4h

Estimated cost $1000

- Please contact Coach Matt Craig at mtcraig@sbcglobal.net for more information

or to schedule a private tryout.

 

 

15U Correa (Full time)

Private tryouts onlly

- Indoor training & team conditioning during winter months.

- Required hitting & pitching lessons

- season starting after high school season, June through August

- 60 games total

- 8-10 tournaments (1-2 out of town)

- Fundraising opportunities

- cost is $1,500 plus uniforms


- Must email   to register and attend tryouts.

 

18U Kramer (Full time)

Please contact Coach Allen Kramer for private tryout information.

- Indoor training starting in December

- Season starting in June and ending early August 

- Practices continue through season

- Few pick-up games/mostly tournaments 

- Few out of town tournaments 

- ILTBL League

- Limited set of games and practices this fall 

- Estimated Cost $1500

- Contact Allen Kramer 708 -214 - 5355

 

 

Please email blaze@mbsa.org for general Mokena Blaze questions


by posted 06/15/2021
11U Johansen 2021 JP Sports Midwest Turf Classic Champions


by posted 05/19/2021
13U Lovingfoss 2021 McCaslin Classic Champions


by posted 04/11/2021
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by posted 03/24/2021
12U Lovingfoss - 2020 HoChunk July Classic Champions

Congratulations to our 12U Lovingfoss Blaze team on their championship win this week at the July Classic tournament at HoChunk.


by posted 07/26/2020
11U Diamond 2020 St. John Mother's Day Tournament

Congratulations to our 11U Diamond Blaze team on their championship win this week at the 4th annual St. John Mother's Day Tournament.


by posted 07/26/2020
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 FUTURE STARS BASEBALL ACADEMY

 


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