To Provide 13 and 14 year-old players a challenging and rewarding travel baseball experience.
To develop fundamental baseball skills, knowledge and concepts to begin to prepare for high school baseball.
To develop teamwork and sportsmanship
To compete against other travel team
To have fun!
Travel Baseball information for 13u and 14u
High school baseball rules generally apply.
Regulation "Big Barrel" bats.
13u = 80 foot bases; 54 foot pitching distance.
14u = 90 foot bases; 60 foot pitching distance.
Teams will consist of 12 players
Off-season (Oct 15-Dec 20) opportunities for players interested in skill development and/or baseball conditioning through programs offered at Naperville Baseball Academy, The Baseball Sweat Shop, Naperville Yard, and NWS training partner, at discounted rates. NWS Players have 10 - 1 hour sessions of Speed & Agility classes. The Speed & Agility classes are held 3 times weekly from September 1st through December 31
Early January through mid-March.
Team indoor workouts, generally twice per week to prepare for season at Naperville Baseball Academy, Baseball Sweat Shop, Naperville Yard, and other facilities as needed.
Outdoor practice to begin in March as weather permits.
Season Schedule - Approximately 50 - 55 total games
Season runs from early/mid-April to mid/late-July
7 tournaments (usually minimum of 3 games)
* Usually 5 local tournaments,1 or 2 out-of-town tournaments (TBD by individual teams)
Home/Away games--1 or 2 single games during the week;single games or DH's on non-tournament weekends. Includes 18-20 games in league play (Western Suburban League or similar)and some practice games.
Practice(varies depending on game schedule)to continue player and team growth in baseball fundamentals and concepts.
Naperville White Sox will offer fall baseball opportunities that may include baseball skill development sessions and/or fall baseball leagues/tournaments from late August to early October.
Home games fields include DuPage River, Knoch, and Frontier Parks.
Practice Fields: Various locations in Naperville.
Players will be positioned to best suit teams needs and player abilities.
Most, if not all, games are continuous batting order with free substitution.
Equal field playing time is not guaranteed, but individual player development will be a priority.
Uniform and Equipment
Players purchase 2 uniforms and NWS helmet with logo (Sizing in November; approximate cost of $225)
High quality catcher's gear will be provided for catchers.
Players and family will have the opportunity to purchase NWS spirit wear and other baseball apparel, baseball bags, etc.
Included in players fees are 1 practice jersey & cap.
Playing travel baseball is a serious commitment. Players are expected to regularly attend and fully participate in both games and practices, working to improve their skills and help their teams. Player priority should be baseball when in season(March - July), and make as offseason/pre-season workout sessions as possible if involved in other sports.
2018 player’s fees are $1,460.00 paid in 4 installments.
1st Payment $385.00 due when accepting NWS offer
2nd Payment $375 due September 1, 2017
3rd Payment $350.00 due October 1, 2017
4th Payment $350.00 due November 1, 2017
These fee go towards payment for pre-season/season cost including: baseballs and equipment, indoor facility rental, field rental/lights, tournaments, league entry fees, insurance, umpires, and other program administration. NWS Players fees also include 10 - 1 Hour Speed & Agility sessions, practice jersey and cap.
(uniforms and costs related to hotel, food, etc. for out of town tournaments are the responsibility of the individual families.)
NWS runs a Super Bowl Pool and is the only fundraising that will be required of NWS families to keep cost reasonable and to provide funding for additional baseball development opportunities(i.e, special team instruction by NBA or other expert instructors) Details to be provided in the fall.
Partnership with Naperville Baseball Academy
The Naperville Baseball Academy is the home of The Naperville White Soxs. NWS players have a membership at the NBA with limited acess January thru March and unlimited for the remainder of the year. NWS teams/players benefit from a regular practice facility use and discounted private lessons, camps, and clinics.