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2019 Fall Registration Now Open

Dear Baseball Families:

Registration is now open to register your children to try out for Westport Youth Travel Baseball's Fall season.  As previewed in the email sent last week, try-outs will be held for the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U/15U WYTB teams on August 28 and 29.  Players must attend both sessions. 

The final deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on August 26.  However, we kindly request that you register your child at your earliest convenience so we can plan ahead, including understanding the range of ages of potential players.  Please register by clicking the "Register Now" button or the link immediately below, and paying the non-refundable $30 try-out fee for each child separately.  Only those who register will be permitted to try out.

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TRY-OUTS

  • Try-outs for the 8U through 14U/15U teams will be administered by IST on August 28 and 29 (times and field locations to be provided in a subsequent email and on the WYTB site).  All players must attend both evaluation dates at the applicable time.
  • We have moved the try-outs to take place after the first day that the Westport public schools open in response to feedback from prior seasons regarding the challenges of participating in try-outs on the first day of school and minimizing conflicts with vacations and other planned events both before school and over Labor Day weekend.  We understand that the private schools start later.  Because the League in which WYTB participates schedules games in early September, we are compelled to schedule try-outs as early as practicable.
  • These tryout dates were arranged to maximize program-wide fairness and equal opportunity for all players seeking to play on these teams.  Please do your best to address any conflicts on the  dates and ensure your child attends both sessions. 
  • Please contact Glenn Katz of IST at   by August 19 if your child has an irreconcilable conflict with the dates above, and he will attempt to organize with the applicable head coach a single alternative date to accommodate these conflicts.  Please note that in the event of such conflicts and make-up tryouts, there may be players who are selected for teams who do not attend the August 28 and 29 try-outs.  It is WYTB's and IST's strong preference that all players participate on August 28 and 29 for ease of administering the tryouts and holding the most fair evaluations that facilitate player comparison.
  • Player evaluation will be conducted by a panel of this season's coaches, and in an effort to provide as much continuity as possible and to take into account a broader body of baseball experience with IST coaches, input from last season's coaches will be considered as well.  The coaches will make every effort to operate a consistently applied, multiple evaluator and merit-based review.  In addition, we will implement procedures for roster selection to attempt to address any known potential conflicts between IST coaches and players.

Try-out Requirements and Details

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early and proceed to the registration table where a volunteer will check in your child and assign a number, which must be worn throughout the try-out.
  • Your child should bring a bat, glove and helmet and wear baseball pants, cap and cleats.  Please make sure your child does not wear any prior year travel gear (e.g., jersey or cap), or he or she will be asked to remove it before participating in the try-out.
  • Once all participants are signed in by WYTB volunteers, IST coaches administering the try-outs will ask parents to leave and return to pick up their children at the end of the designated try-out time.  Please cooperate with this request.
  • Please make sure your child keeps his or her try-out number at the end of the first day's session, as your child will need it for the second day.  We will not hand out numbers on Day 2.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROSTERS

WYTB intends to post on its website and email parents the rosters for each of the WYTB teams by September 2. 

 After teams are announced, parents may contact Glenn Katz at IST at   who will coordinate with the team head coach to provide you with more detailed feedback on your child's performance at the try-outs and areas for improvement as observed by the evaluators during the try-outs.  Please understand that in selecting rosters for teams, there will inevitably be difficult decisions made by coaches.  This opportunity to discuss your child's performance with a coach is to solicit constructive feedback—it is not a forum for abusive or negative comments by parents.       

AGE ELIGIBILITY; HEAD COACHES; PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Set forth below are the currently contemplated age brackets and head coaches for each team as well as a summary program description.  WYTB will continue to attempt to synchronize the age ranges for its 8U-12U teams with those stipulated by Little League International for Little League in 2020 to maximize alignment and connectivity between WYTB's programs and Little League.  Please register your child and bring him or her to the try-out at the appropriate time in accordance with the age ranges below.  

WYTB reserves the right to roster children on Travel teams outside of these Little League age bands based on the professional recommendation of IST, including in circumstances that comply with the East Shore League's age eligibility requirements.

8U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012

Head Coach: Jeff Slane

Team Focus; Games:  This program is developmental in nature and intended for those who want more advanced baseball for their children in addition to Little League game play.  Westport is one of the very few towns that fields an 8U team (as opposed to a 9U team that includes 8 year olds) so scheduling games against appropriate opponents has been challenging.  In response to feedback from prior seasons, we strive to provide the players more game experience.  We currently anticipate that the 8U team will play at least 5 games against other towns, subject to scheduling challenges and the coaches' determination regarding the appropriate balance between the number of games and practices based on the team's needs.  Game formats and rules may vary (e.g., player pitch, stealing bases, continuous batting, pauses for teaching moments, etc.) from game to game as agreed upon with the coaches of the opposing teams.  The Fall program will include practices featuring drills to demonstrate game situations and potential intra-squad scrimmages.  The team plays on the Little League 46/60 diamond.  Coaches will stress learning the fundamentals of the game and learning to play team baseball.

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9U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011

Head Coach: George Chambrelli

Team Focus:  This team is primarily developmental in nature with twice weekly practices while playing a full game schedule.  The team plays on the Little League 46/60 diamond with no leading, but stealing is permitted.  Coaches will stress learning the fundamentals of the game; instructing pitchers and catchers; and continuing to learn to play team baseball in live game situations.  Playing winning team baseball will be a focus. 

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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10U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010

Head Coach: Chris Brown

Team Focus: Solidifying and enhancing players' core skills to play at a higher, more competitive level, as children move to the bigger 46/70 diamond with leading and stealing.  Players will also be taught the nuances of the positions that they will most likely play in games; pitchers and catchers will be developed; as well as situational play.  Playing winning team baseball will be a focus.

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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11U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2009

Head Coach: Todd Lyons

Team Focus:  Enhancing players' skill sets to play at a higher, more competitive level, as children play on the 50/70 diamond.  Players will learn signals and be taught the nuances and best practices of the positions that they will most likely play in games as well as situational play.  Playing winning team baseball will be a focus.

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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12U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2007 – August 31, 2008

Head Coach: Scott Carew

Team Focus:  Enhancing players' skill sets to play at a higher, more competitive level, as children play their final season on the 50/70 diamond.  Playing winning team baseball and beginning preparation for next year's move to the 60/90 diamond will be a focus.

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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13U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: September 1, 2006 – August 31, 2007

Head Coach: Jeb Backus

Team Focus:  Further developing players' skills at a higher, more competitive level, and introducing them to the larger, 60/90 diamond on which players will continue to play thereafter.  Playing winning team baseball and trying to create a cohesive core of talented players to progress to play together and developing teamwork and camaraderie among players.

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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14U/15U Team

Eligibility: Birthdates: May 1, 2004 – August 31, 2006

Head Coach: Scott Carew

Team Focus:  Further developing players' skills at a higher, more competitive level, on the larger, 60/90 diamond.  Playing winning team baseball at a high school level and developing teamwork and camaraderie among players.

League: East Shore Travel League.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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MORE INFORMATION; TOURNAMENTS

With athletes in town playing other sports in the Fall, we currently expect to field one team, consisting of 11-14 players, at each of the 8U through 14U/15U age levels.  Final decisions regarding teams and roster size will be made after the try-outs.

Teams (other than 8U) will participate in the East Shore League.  For age groups within East Shore with multiple divisions (e.g., typically 11U through 14U/15U), the head coaches will determine in which division WYTB teams will participate.  

Coaches will evaluate supplementing the schedule with games against teams in local towns of comparable ability and tournaments in which WYTB would register teams, and parents would pay the registration fees and out-of-pocket expenses of coaches.  In Fall 2019, we seek to have all of the 9U through 14U/15U WYTB teams participate in at least one out-of-town tournament (not necessarily requiring an overnight stay).  We have found that these tournaments are an excellent way to maximize playing multiple games in a short amount of time (typically a long weekend), introduce tournament style baseball, break up the East Shore schedule and provide a unique team bonding experience for players and parents that in recent years, all have thoroughly enjoyed.    

The coaching staff of the 8U-12U teams will continue to be supplemented by an IST assistant coach and a parent assistant coach.  WYTB has added this third coach to address feedback that additional coaching would help improve the finished product and experience for the players and increase player safety.  This also enables WYTB to keep our pricing lower relative to other local club baseball programs.  This third coach will be a qualified volunteer parent identified by WYTB and the applicable head coach, taking into account a number of criteria, after the team's roster has been announced.  We also believe that this third coach will be well positioned to provide real-time feedback to WYTB and, in turn, to IST.  The parent assistant coach will not be responsible for determining playing time, batting order or defensive assignments, but rather will keep the book/operate Game Changer in the dugout and be available to the IST coaches on an advisory basis during games. 

In addition, these teams will have a parent "Team Manager," who could be the parent assistant coach or another designated parent, to take the lead on communications with parents over the course of the season, including regarding practice and game schedules and managing scheduling conflicts for games and tournaments.   

Further details regarding the Fall season and schedules will be communicated after formation of teams.

LITTLE LEAGUE; SCHEDULING

As in prior Fall seasons, by contrast to the Spring season, children will not be required to play Westport Little League in the Fall, in addition to Travel baseball, as we recognize that many players also participate in other Fall sports.  To that end, WYTB and IST will attempt to accommodate game schedules of other Fall sports to the extent feasible, but cannot assure parents that there will not be any scheduling conflicts.  WYTB games will not conflict with Fall Westport Little League games. 

We still encourage players to play both Westport Little League baseball and WYTB should their schedules permit.  For parents of 8U players, we strongly encourage you to register your children in Fall Little League as well because the Travel program is developmental.

GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Based on Fall 2018, the Fall season for the 9U-14U/15U teams is expected to run for approximately 8 weeks, with a schedule of up to 18 games plus playoffs, with games beginning around September 7 and playoffs ending November 3 subject to weather (players will need to dress warmly!), as may be supplemented with other games and tournaments as discussed above.  Please see above re: the 8U Fall program. 

This is the link for East Shore's website, which will ultimately include schedules for the teams that you can view by selecting from the menu on the left side.

http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=eastshoretravelleague

Coaches will schedule regular team practices, attempting to take into account players' scheduling conflicts, and will communicate practice schedules at the beginning of the season at or before parents' meetings once teams have been selected.  These meetings will also be an opportunity to learn about coach/team expectations and discussion of other logistical information.

In addition, with the completion of the recent Summer District and Tournament Team seasons, WYTB will be asking each of the Managers of the 9U-12U District and Tournament teams to provide feedback to the appropriate WYTB Fall head coach so he can develop practice plans that address any identified areas for improvement on and off the field for the players whom they coached.  

COMMITMENT LETTER/CODE OF CONDUCT

All players invited to join a WYTB team, and their parents, must sign a Commitment Letter, which sets forth the player's commitment to the team and to, along with the player's parents, abide by certain requirements and a code of conduct.

PRICING

Pricing information for the various WYTB programs, which will not include any uniform, equipment or gear costs, will follow, as there remains open variables for each program that inform pricing such as total number of games, tournament fees and number of players per team. 

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Please register your child by clicking on the link at the top of this email, which will enable WYTB to firm up planning for the Fall season.  We look forward to a successful Fall season.  Please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Brill at   with any questions. 

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by posted 08/14/2019
Westport 13U Battles Its Way to East Shore League Championship G

 

Back Row (l-r): Head Coach Jeb Backus, Sinjin Videler, Taylor Brundige, Dylan Dwyer, Colin Menninger, Jack Geller, Asst Coach Rory Bernier

Front Row (l-r): Jameson Russell, Dylan Hill, Luke Oakley, Will Dennison, Nick Sikorski

Missing: Matt Goodman, Jacob Greenberger

 

 

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Over a 32 hour time span on the weekend of July 20th & 21st, and playing with only 10 players in 95+ degree weather, the Westport 13U Travel Baseball Team rode a 4 playoff game winning streak all the way to the finals of the Connecticut East Shore Travel Baseball League for the second time in two years.

On Saturday, the 11th seeded Westport faced 12th seeded Hamden in the opening round of the playoffs at home at Staples High School. Westport put up 15 combined runs in the second and third innings, winning 15-0 via the four-inning run-rule, and got a near perfect pitching performance from Matt Goodman who threw 4 complete inning, had 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and only gave up 2 singles.

Sunday morning, Westport played the 6th seeded CT Mayhem from Hartford and won 7-1 to avenge a 4-3 loss earlier in the season. Taylor Brundige led the way with a 2-2 performance and pitched a gem of a game, giving up only 5 hits with 5 Ks and only 1 walk. Sinjin Videler also had a big double in the fourth inning that drove in three of the seven Westport runs. Luke Oakley, Jameson Russell, Colin Menninger, Nick Sikorski and Dylan Dwyer all had hits for Westport.

Up next were the 2nd seeded Technique Tigers in the quarter finals. The Westport bats remained on fire, scattering 12 hits, 8 with runners in scoring position, beating the Tigers 16-11. Dylan Hill went 2-2 with 3 RBI's, and Taylor Brundige was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI's to lead the hitting attack for Westport, while Dylan Dwyer and Jameson Russell handled the pitching duties. Will Dennison also had a key single in the second inning driving in 2 RBI's .

The 7th seeded New England Knights were up next in the semifinal round for Westport. After being down 4-0 at the start of the third inning, Westport held the Knights’ bats in check the rest of the way, battling back with 3 runs in the third, 7 in the fifth, and 2 in the seventh to win 12-4. Jack Geller, 3-4 with 3 RBI's, led the hitting attack for Westport. Other key hitters for Westport were Sinjin Videler 2-3 with 3 RBI's and Jameson Russell 2-3 with 2 RBI's. Pitching duties were handled by Dylan Dwyer, Will Dennison and Nick Sikorski, who combined to strike out 7, walk 6, while only giving up giving up 3 hits. Will Dennison was masterful on the mound in relief of Dwyer in the 2nd inning. Dennision pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up only 2 hits with no walks on 47 pitches. Nick Sikorski came in to close out the game by pitching the sixth and seventh innings, giving up only 1 hit with 2 strikeouts. Shortstop Luke Oakley and second baseman Dylan Hill led the team defensively with key infield plays throughout the game.

In the finals, Westport was matched up against the powerful #1 seeded Stamford who Westport beat the prior week 16-6 in a non-league game at Staples. Fatigue started to set in during the second inning as the boys were simply drained of all their energy at this point and had nothing left in the tank, and ended losing 16-1.

“We knew we had a tough road to travel to get to the championship game,” said Head Coach Jeb Backus. “We put the boys on a hydration plan that they started earlier in the week to battle the 100+ degree temperatures on the field during the playoffs, and they had a very impressive two weeks of practice and game play prior to the playoffs. Those factors were what allowed the boys to succeed the way they did in the playoffs,” Backus added.

Four playoff games in one day with no rest with only 10 players and with the temperature on the fields in excess of 100 degrees all day, “That was amazing to watch, and even more amazing to coach” said Coach Backus. “They played with the desire to win, they played with heart, they played like champions, and in my eyes they are champions”.


by posted 08/14/2019
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