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 community based travel program 8u-14u. Thunder players, 8U-12U(11B&12B team), are required to play in ESAA’s house league program, with the exception of 11 & 12U Gold due to their game schedule. Thunder teams play against teams in the LSFBL and MSBL. 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 and MSBL are in the North/Northwest/West 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. An A and a B team are formed for 9U-14U, with the 8U team fielding two equally-weighted teams. All 12u teams will go to Cooperstown Tournament in middle of summer.
Tryouts: These are held late July til 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. So are paid coaches and some parent volunteers. They have final say in final rosters(with approval of Thunder commissioners).
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’. We would not allow a new travel player to play up. Just their travel age.
Cost: Ranges from $500-1,400 depending on the type of uniforms ordered, # of tournaments entered, and off season training. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required. 100% of budgeted fees are due by March 1st. If the fees are not collected by April 1st then a possible suspension of player can incur.
Rosters: When selecting teams a minimum of 11 players and a maximum 13 players may rostered(Older ages excluded).
Family/Player commitment: Players who are chosen for a Thunder team, must understand and commit to a teams schedule. Off season workouts and practices are as important as games. We understand our players play other travel or school sports, but we ask after March 1st, they are 100% committed to Travel baseball. If players do not co-operate with the team decision their can be a removal from the team.
Tournaments: Historically, teams average 2-4 tournaments(GOLD TEAMS do play more) per year in addition to the League schedule.
10 ways to succeed as a Thunder player: 1. Be On Time 2. Show Up & Do the Work 3. Give Your Best 4. Be Positively Contagious 5. Have an Attitude of Gratitude 6. Seek Solutions 7. Have Passion 8. Be Coachable 9. Do More Than What’s Required 10. Believe in Yourself
Thunder has its own all seasons training facility, with professional coaches and top training equipment. See more at www.Edgebrookthunder.com
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
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
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 Gold Rosemont Dome Invitational Champions
2017 9U Gold Crown Point GAME Day USA Pre-Season Tournament Champions
2017 11U Gold and 10U Gold Battle for the Border Game day USA Champions
2017 9U Blue Lake Forest Tournament Champions
2017 9U Blue Team MSBL Champions
2018 10u Gold St. Patty's day Fling Champions
2018 11u Gold Gameday Usa Crown Point Indiana “The Best of the Best” Gold series Champion.
2118 12u Gold Gameday USA “Battle of the Boarder “ Champions
2018 10u Gold USSSA Turf Classic Champions
2018 12u BLUE MSBL CHAMPIONS
2018 8u-2 Lincolnshire Champions
2018 8u-2 LSFBL Championship
2018 11u & 10u Gold MSBL A Division runner-ups
2019 13u Blue Champions Vernon Hills B Bash
2019 13u Gold MSBL Elite Champions
2019 11u Gold MSBL Elite division regular season Champions
2019 12u Gold Dreams Park Cooperstown #1 seed
2020 12u Gold USSSA AAA Champoinships Finalist
2020 11u Gold LSFBL Champions
2020 8u-2 Lsfbl Champions
2020 12u White Lsfbl Champions
2020 14u MSBL Champions
2021 13u Gold GameDay Turf wars Finalist
2021 13u Gold Seminole Mccaslin Classic Finalist
2021 Baseball Connected "Top Ten Travel Pragrams" Honorable Mention
2021 13u White "King of Turf " Usssa Finalist
2021 13u White "The Rock" Cream City Classic Champions
2021 11u Gold SouthSide Silver showdown Champs
2021 13u Gold GAMEDAY "TURF WAR 2" Champions
2023 11u GOLD Ripken Old Kentucky Classic Champions
Questions?: Please contact FRANK PHILLIPS FPESAA@outlook.com
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