ESAA Thunder Information
The mission of ESAA's Thunder Baseball Program is to provide an opportunity for ESAA players to compete at a higher level of competition. We aim to develop players that will participate at the high school level and beyond. We are committed to continuing the strong sense of community that is the hallmark of ESAA. We believe we offer a very competitively priced travel baseball program, largely due to the generosity of the coaches in donating their valuable time.
Thunder is ESAA’s house all-star team program. Thunder players, 8U-10U, are required to play in ESAA’s house league program. Thunder players, 11U and above, are not required to play in ESAA’s house league program. Thunder teams play against other house all star teams in the Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League (LSFBL). Typically, the season starts mid- May and ends late-July. The regular season is 14-18 games, half home and half away. Communities in LSFBL are in the North and Northwest suburbs. Thunder teams play against primarily full-time travel teams in the Mid-Suburban Baseball League (MSBL). Typically, the season starts mid-April and ends early-July. The regular season is 18-22 games, half home and half away. Communities in MSBL are in the Northwest, West and Southwest suburbs. Games are on the weekdays and weekends, typically two a week. Usually an A and a B team are formed for 9U-14U, with the 8U team fielding two equally-weighted teams. However, two equally-weighted teams could be formed at any level and play in either an A or B division.
Tryouts: These are held late August/early September. We hire independent judges to keep the evaluation objective and consistent. All participants at every age will undergo drills that evaluate the five basic skill sets: Infield, Outfield, Base-running, Batting, and Pitching (optional). House league evaluations are factored in to the overall Thunder Tryout score.
Coaches: Coaches are chosen after the team’s players have been chosen. They are not paid coaches, but parent volunteers.
Birth date cutoff: We use the MSBL’s birthdate cutoff (May 1st). As a general rule, we do not allow for players to ‘play up’. However, when transitioning from 8U Thunder to 9U Thunder, we offer an option to players with birthdates between May 1 and September 1 to ‘play up’ to their grade level.
Cost: Ranges from $500-1,200 depending on the type of uniforms ordered, # of tournaments entered, and off season training. A non-refundable deposit of $250 will be required. 100% of budgeted fees are due by May 1st.
Rosters: When selecting teams a minimum of 11 players and a maximum 13 players may rostered.
Tournaments: Historically, teams average 2-4 tournaments(GOLD TEAMS may play more) per year in addition to the League schedule.
Thunder has its own all seasons training facility, with professional coaches and top training equipment.
Download the Thunder Registration Form.
2009: 10yr old Park Ridge Memorial Day Tournament Champions
2010: 11yr old Horner Park Summer Slam Champions
2010: 11yr old North Shore Baseball League Champions
2011: 12yr old Westdale Heat Tournament Champions
2011: 12yr old Park Ridge Memorial Day Tournament 2nd Place
2011: 12yr old Mid Suburban Baseball League 2nd Place
2012: 8yr old Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League Champions
2013: 8yr old Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League Champions
2013: 11yr old Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League Champions
2013: 10yr old Park Ridge Summer Sizzler Tournament Champions
2014: 8yr old Lincolnshire Summer Slam Champions
2014: 10yr old KWBA Memorial Day Bulldog Classic - Champions
2014: 10yr old Barrington Summer Classic – 2nd Place
2015 11U PBR Rosemont Dome Tournament 2nd place
2015 11U Experience The Turf Tournament Champions
2015 11U Barrington Summer Classic Champions
2015 11U Honorable Mention in Illinois/Wisconsin State Rankings by
Amateur Baseball Report
2015 9U Mid Suburban Baseball League 2nd place
2015 8U Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League Champions
2016 8U Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League Champions
2017 9U Rosemont Dome Invitational Champions
2017 9U Crown Point GAME Day USA Pre-Season Tournament Champions
2017 11U and 10U Battle for the Border Game day USA Champions
2017 9U Lake Forest Tournament Champions
2017 9U Blue Team MSBL Champions
Questions?: Please contact FRANK PHILLIPS or PAT MORRIS FPESAA@outlook.com
TRYOUT TIMES AND DATES ARE POSTED ON THE ESAA HOME CALENDAR