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The KWBA Baseball Program
House & Travel League

The KWBA Baseball Program

 

Travel Schedule

* 8U - 11U Travel Players are required to play in the Spring House League. 12U Travel Players are not required to play House League, but may do so as an option.

PLEASE READ the commitment letter prior to trying out.  

GO Bulldogs!

KWBA Baseball Skill Development Program

  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Looking for the next out X X      
Ready Position X X      
Funneling Technique X X      
Covering Bases X X      
Receiving Throws X X      
Forehand   X      
Backhand   X      
Tag Plays   X      
Backing up bases   X      
Pickoff plays     X X X
Double Play Footwork     X X X
Cuts/Relays     X X X
Short Hops     X X X
Charging slow rollers     X X X
Flips     X X X
Holding runners on     X X X
When to hold runners     X X X
Flyball Communication       X X
Rundowns       X X
Bunt coverage       X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Basic Flayball Technique X        
Catching with two hands X        
Coming In   X      
Backing up bases   X      
Catching over your throwing side shoulder     X    
Going Back & Drop Step     X    
Fielding ball on the ground     X    
Do or die       X X
Ball off fence       X X
Ball in sun       X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Running through First X        
Making the turn X        
Secondary Leads   X      
Sliding   X      
Reading Wild Pitches     X X X
Tagging Up     X X X
First Base Leadoffs     X X X
Second Base Leadoffs     X X X
Stealing Second     X X X
Stealing Third     X X X
Diving Back on Pickoffs     X X X
Freezing on a Line Drive     X X X
Hit & Run        X X
Third Base Leadoffs       X X
Outer Limit       X X
Opening to the ball       X X
Stealing Home         X
Dirtball Reads         X
Rundown Baserunning         X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Popup Slides   X X X X
Diving Back on Pickoffs   X X X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Tagging Up X X X X X
Going Halfway on Popups X X X X X
Freezing on a Line Drive X X X X X
Seeing Liners Through X X X X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
First and third plays X X X X X
Covering a base X X X X X
Tagging a runner X X X X X
Holding a Runner On   X X X X
Holding a Runner Close   X X X X
Pickoff moves to first base     X X X
Lefty Pickoff Moves     X X X
Pickoff moves to second base     X X X
Pickoff moves to third base     X X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Infield Depths       X X
Outfield Shifts       X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Calling pickoffs and pitchouts       X X
Calling Pitches       X X
Pitch Sequences         X
Back picks         X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
1st Basement Skills X X X X X
2nd Basemen Skills X X X X X
3rd Basemen Skills X X X X X
SS Basemen Skills X X X X X
LF Fielder Skills X X X X X
CF Fielder Skills X X X X X
RF Fielder Skills X X X X X
Pitcher Skills   X X X X
Catcher Skills   X X X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Batting X X X X X
Bunting     X X X
Squeeze Plays       X X
  Pinto Stallion Mustang Bronco Pony
Cutoffs   X X X X
Relays     X X X
Double Relays       X X

KWBA Baseball FAQ's

House League is:

  • NO CUT program.
  • Parent coaches.
  • 12 to 14 players per team.
  • Unlimited number of teams created to ensure everyone plays baseball.
  • No tryouts required, but evaluations are required to develop the Mustang - Pony teams.  Pinto - Stallion do not require evaluations
  • Grades: 1st - 8th Grade

Travel League is:

  • Competitive baseball
  • Professional coaching staff
  • 12 players per team
  • Typically 2 teams per age group
  • Ages: 8 - 12 years old. 

Age eligibility date after May 1st to May 1st of the baseball season.

Example: 2018 Season
U8      Any player born after 5/1/09.  Player X was born on Aug 1, 2009 = 8 year old
U9      Any player born after 5/1/08.  Player T was born on June 10, 2008 = 9 year old
U10    Any player born after 5/1/07 
U11     Any player born after 5/1/06
U12    Any player born after 5/1/05

The KWBA fields a team that is entered into The Northern Lights Baseball Association (NLBA).  The NLBA is a cooperative program sponsored by several neighborhood communities of Chicago and the north suburbs.  The Association is designed primarily for player ages 15-17 in the Colt level and 18 and above in the Palomino level.   Play begins the first weekend in June and proceeds until the end of July.  Games will be played primarily on Saturdays and Sundays, but there may be some Friday games as well. 

While this is a highly competitive league, all players will be offered a roster spot if they register prior to the deadline.  The KWBA does not conduct evaluations for the New Trier Colt and Palomino teams, but will try to honor player requests to be on a team with their friends while also dividing the teams as evenly as possible (based on prior knowledge and information provided by parents/coaches in the New Trier community).  Generally, players who have a medium to high skill level have the best experience.

Note: While the KWBA creates the teams that we enter in this league, we do not create the rules or schedules under which it is run.

  • Pinto - Stallion:
    • Teams are typically made by schoolmates to aid with transitioning players into mixed teams as they move through the more competitive baseball leagues. 
    • No evaluation is required.
  • Mustang - Pony:
    • Every spring of the baseball season, the KWBA will announce House League evaluations. These evaluations assess the players baseball skills to ensure all teams are balance evenly. 
    • There are no friend requests, since teams are balanced by skill levels.
  • Mustang - Bronco Team Selection Process i.e. Player Draft - see rules here.

MISSION

 

KWBA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit serving the communities of KenilworthWinnetka
Northfield and Glencoe, with an all volunteer organization that creates a fun, safe, community environment for boys and girls to play baseball, build character, learn sportsmanship, develop skills and making friends.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you support our mission and want to get more involved please contact KWBA President.
 

Other questions? Click on the Contacts for more information to find the correct person for your inquiry.

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