As a result of a record number of players signing up, the 2019 Tryout Preparation Program is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list in the event a player drops out (which does happen, albeit rarely), or if you are not in the Tryout Preparation Program but would still like to try out for New Trier Feeder Baseball in the final tryouts in late September, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scrimmage groups are below. Players, please be aware of the following:
1. You have the right to switch times in any given week for conflicts, but MUST do so by Wednesday of that week. All timely requests will be automatically granted. If you do not change on time, please do NOT simply go to a different scrimmage--we have 104 players in the program, and in fairness to the players that we know are going to be there, you will not be permitted to play. Please don't put our coaches in the position of having to turn you away.
2. Changes to weekly skills session do not require any notice--just go to the one you want to go to.
Jack Zibell and Ryan King each knocked in 3 runs and Coach Tyler Kopp's 13B squad scored 7 runs in the 3rd and 10 runs in the 4th to cap a thrilling end of season run with an LSFBL Championship, 19-2 over Skokie. Declan Spinner threw four strong innings for 13B to get the victory. Once again, Coach Kopp's squad overcame a difficult road to the title, beating the #1, #3, and #4 seeds on its way to a 2nd title in 3 years.
Shortly thereafter, Coach Trey Frahler's 14A1 capped an outstanding season with an MSBL Championship in only its 2nd year in the league, beating the Glenview Blaze 5-4 in extra innings in a tense, thrilling game. Jake Fiegen pitched 5 strong innings, leaving with a 3-0 lead. The Blaze tied it up at 3-3 in the 6th, and the game went to extras. C.J. Feldman and Austin Brown had run scoring hits in the top of the 8th, and 14A1 took a 5-3 lead. The Blaze cut it to 5-4 in the bottom of the 8th, but Luke Richker, with the bases loaded, 2 outs, and a 3-2 count (and after a blown call on a pickoff play immediately before the pitch), got the Blaze to fly out to Christopher Tarzon in RF, setting off a raucous celebration for NTF's second championship of the day.
Finally, Mundelein scored 4 runs in the 6th inning to break open a 3-3 game and defeat Coach Matt Lafontaine's 13A1 squad, 7-3. While not the end they hoped for, Lafo's team grew and developed so much this year, and losing one game at the end does not negate that, and all of the players on that team have bright futures at 14U.
While we celebrate our champions today, to us success is about more than wins and losses, and so we would be remiss at not pointing out the successes of our other teams. In addition to 13A1's second place finish, 13A2 and 14A2 battled hard all season against the top A teams of other organizations, in some cases against tremendous adversity, and we are proud of the players' continuing efforts all season long. Finally, while 14B unexpectedly lost in the first round of the playoffs, everyone on that team worked hard and developed considerably in Coach Pokrovac's first season in the program, and we look forward to watching those players progress as they move on to high school/15U baseball next season.
As is always the case, the most indelible memories of the week for those of us that run the program, however, are off the field. The sheer number of kids who turned up for their friends' games was astonishing to us. In particular, the number of 13U kids that showed up to root for each other yesterday (13B and 13A1 played on the same field) was amazing. When we said at the start of the year that this was a community, one in which all 100 of our players was equally important to us, we meant it--and all of us who run this program are so happy to see the kids, over and over again, support each other, both on and off the field. To us, that's what community baseball is all about.
Once again, thanks for the honor of entrusting the development of your kids to us this season. We hope you are as proud of them as we are.
Drew Cardonick, President
New Trier Feeder Baseball
The New Trier Feeder Baseball Program (“Feeder”) is a nonprofit, “best in class”, year-round training program and experience devoted solely to developing and preparing players to play baseball at the highest levels for New Trier High School and Loyola High School. We believe that our program exceeds the quality of those programs offered by the best “pay for play” organizations in the area, while still permitting our athletes to play with their friends in their communities and engage in other sports. In addition, because the vast majority of our coaches have either played at or coached at New Trier, we are able to, and do, specifically train our players on the systems and skills that will be needed to be successful at either of those schools.
The 13U/14U NTF Program consists of five parts: (1) our Fall Tryout Preparation Program; (2) our Tryouts/Team Selection Process in late September/early October; (3) our Offseason Training from January through March; (4) our Spring House League Program in April and May; and (5) our Spring/Summer Travel Seasons from April through July. Full details on those programs can be found at "Our Travel Program."
For the 2019 season, NTF created a brand new, comprehensive 15U Program, which is being repeated for the 2020 season. Details can be found on the 15U Program page.
President, New Trier Feeder Baseball
Phone: (847) 242-9421
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