Below are the preferred scrimmage times provided to us by the players. Everyone got their requested skills/scrimmage choices. If a player did not provide us with a skills or scrimmage choice, he or she was assigned the skills sessions later in the week (so Tuesday for 14U, Thursday for 13U) and the later scrimmage (so 3:00 P.M. for 14U, 11:00 A.M. for 13U). All scrimmages are at Northfield (Willow and Wagner Roads), other than the 9/8/18 scrimmages, which are at Wilmette Jr. High School.
Players should wear full baseball attire to both skills sessions and scrimmages (numbered jerseys will be provided on 8/27 and should be worn for the remainder of the program). In addition, at the first scrimmages we will be asking players what their primary positions are so that we are able to evaluate them at those positions as often as we can over the length of the five week program).
As a reminder, on a week to week basis, a player may change his or her scrimmage time, but must do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on Wednesday of each week. Players SHOULD NOT simply go to a different scrimmage; in fairness to the other kids there, they will not be permitted to play.
That said, as you can see the 13U players didn't split evenly, so if anyone wants to switch from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on a PERMANENT BASIS, please email us and we'll swap the first few respondents.
Finally, players do not need to let us know if they are changing skills sessions; he or she can simply just show up, as it is not nearly as important for the skills sessions to be evenly split as it is for the scrimmages to be evenly split.
|Baumeyer (out 8/25)|
|Tabora (out 8/25)|
Levine (out 8/25)
Based on the level of participation in our Tryout Preparation Program and the excitement that program has generated, we are pleased to announce that, in addition to our two previously announced 15U teams, we intend to field six teams for the 2018-2019 summer season--three at the 14U level, and three at the 13U level.
We are pleased to announce our coaching staff for those teams:
13U Top Team - Matt LaFontaine, Head Coach; Michael Gallo, Assistant Coach
13U Second Team - John and Ozzie Rosinski, Co-Head Coaches
14U Top Team - Trey Frahler, Head Coach; Assistant Coach TBD
14U Second Team - Jason Meger, Head Coach; Alex Silverthorne, Assistant Coach
15U Blue - Paul Kosinski, Head Coach; Assistant Coach TBD
15U Green - Andy Robbins, Head Coach; Mikey Hurley, Assistant Coach
Since we did not make the determination to field third teams at 13U and 14U until this week, head coaches for those teams will be selected and announced over the next few weeks. Decisions on which leagues our 13U and 14U teams will play in and what levels they will play at will be determined once our coaches see the players on the fields, starting this Saturday.
At about 3:00 P.M. Sunday, Jake Fiegen threw the first pitch in the LSFBL's 13A championship game. Almost 5 hours later, 14A1 exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning against Mundelein. And just a few minutes later, Nate Muhn recorded the final out in the 14B championship game. With that out, New Trier Feeder Baseball clinched the third of its three 2018 LSFBL championships. With last year’s sweep, that means that NTF has won 7 of the last 8 LSFBL Pony championships.
We as an organization could not be more proud of the kids, and there were so many tremendous performances this past week that we can't begin to do them justice. 14A1 fell behind a good Mundelein team, 4-0, then came roaring back to score 3 in the bottom of the 5th and 6 more in the bottom of the 6th to come from behind to win, 9-6, and finish an undefeated LSFBL season, the first in recent memory for NTF. 14B (White) had the hardest road--they had to survive a tough Lake Forest team, then go to Mundelein to upset the #2 seed, then finally beat an undefeated and #1 seeded Mt. Prospect team in the finals--but they pulled it off in stunning fashion, hammering Mt. Prospect in the finals. Finally, 13A1 blitzed its quarterfinal opponent, came from behind to beat Evanston in a hotly contested matchup, and then blew open a 1-1 game against Park Ridge Blue in the final by scoring 9 in the 5th inning.
While we celebrate our champions today, we would be remiss at not pointing out the success of our other teams. 13A2 battled hard all season and was simply undone by some bad luck in losing a number of close games. 13B raced off to a 10-2 start and made it all the way to its Divisional Championship Game, an outstanding showing. 14A2 was one of only two teams to play 14A1 close in the LSFBL, taking it to 7 innings all four times they played. And 14B (Gray) was the hottest team in the program throughout the month of July, winning 8 of 9 games at one point before succumbing to Mt. Prospect—a loss that 14B (White) avenged yesterday.
The most indelible memory of the week for those of us that run the program, however, was an off the field one. The sheer number of kids who turned up for their friends' games was astonishing to us. In particular, the number of kids that showed up to root on a grieving friend Sunday was heartwarming, and we thank each and every one of them. 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.
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
Registration for the 14U/13U Tryout Preparation Program is now open.
Skills sessions for Tryout Prep begin on August 27, 2018 and run through Thursday, September 27, 2018, skipping only Labor Day, with scrimmages taking place on August 25, 2018 and each Saturday thereafter through September 22, 2018 (including Labor Day weekend). 13U scrimmages will take place at 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M., and the 14U scrimmages will take place at 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. All skills sessions will be at WJHS, and all scrimmages will take place at Northfield. Tryouts for next season's 14U/13U teams will take place on September 29-30, 2018.
Please click on the tab "Tryout Preparation Program" under "14U/13U Travel Program" for details. As detailed in the more fulsome Tryout Prep description, each player selects a primary weekday session (Mondays or Tuesdays for 14U, Wednesdays or Thursdays for 13U), and each 13U selects a primary weekly scrimmage. (Sorry, 14U parents and players--as this time we think we will only be able to offer one 14U scrimmage, although if registration exceeds our expectations we may be able to add another one).
A player can switch from one weekday skills session to another without any notice. A 13U player can switch scrimmages on any given week, but must provide notice to us by Wednesday of each week so we have time to adjust.
Once you have registered, please send an email to email@example.com with your skills choice and, for 13U players, scrimmage choice.
We hope you have a great month off, and look forward to seeing you on August 25, 2018.
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 or Loyola, 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 2018-2019 season, NTF has created a brand new, comprehensive 15U Program. Details can be found on the 2018-2019 15U Program page.
President, New Trier Feeder Baseball
Phone: (847) 242-9421
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