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WELCOME. Hopefully you are reading this as you are planning on or thinking about playing FULL Time/PART Time/When Available with the ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS this season.
The ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS are entering into their 15th year playing travel baseball. Unlike many of the new breed of “in-house travel teams” or “rec-ball travel teams” the ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS are an Independent Travel Program with no secret hidden agenda other than providing excellent fundamental baseball instruction.
Do not get confused or fooled by the newly formed dozens of Little League or Cal Ripken teams that “ALSO” have travel teams. They are not the same…
We are FINALIZING our 2019 roster In the next few weeks so that we can begin playing in early April.
Here are some facts:
Q: Do we have a spot for your son?
A YES, WE DO. JUST FILL OUT THE FORM ABOVE (or if you are reading this on paper go to: http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/2019-season
How old must my son be to play on your team?
A: Your son or daughter must be born between September 1, 2006 and August 30, 2007 to be eligible to play on the 12u team in 2019.
Q: Do you have FULL Time spots and PART Time spots available?
A: YES WE DO!
Q: How does that work?
A: SOME OF OUR PLAYERS WANT TO CONTINUE PLAYING FOR THEIR IN-HOUSE TEAM, BUT ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO PLAY ON A OFFICIAL INDEPENDENT TRAVEL TEAM. BY PLAYING PART TIME WITH THE THUNDERBOLTS YOU CAN HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE.
Q: What if there is a schedule conflict, like both teams have a game at the same time.?
A: THIS CAN BE A CHALLENGE, HOWEVER WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 15 YEARS NOW AND HAVE QUITE A BIT OF EXPERIENCE IN MAKING THINGS WORK SO THAT EVERYONES NEEDS ARE CONSIDERED AND MET.
Q:Can you be more specific?
A: SURE, OUR TEAMS WILL PLAY EVERY SUNDAY (WHICH MOST IN-HOUSE TEAMS DO NOT PLAY ON). WE WILL PLAY IN EARLY APRIL (MOST IN HOUSE SEASONS HAVE NOT BEGUN YET) AND WILL GO THRU JULY (AS MOST IN-HOUSE TEAMS SEASON HAVE ENDED).
WE WILL LOOK AT ALL THE PLAYERS IN HOUSE SCHEDULES, AND ON THE DATES WHEN THOSE PLAYERS ARE AVAILABLE AND THEN WE WILL SCHEDULE A FEW REGULAR GAMES.
IT’S EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS, PROVIDED OUR PARENTS/PLAYERS ARE FLEXIBLE AND COMMITTED.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Our fees are extremely reasonable and in many cases the lowest in your age bracket.
TheY vary by age and player type (Full Time or Part Time).
FULL TIME PLAYER FEE FOR THE 12u TEAM IS $625.00 FOR THE SEASON.
PART TIME PLAYER FEE FOR THE 12u TEAM IS $475.00 FOR THE SEASON.
Q: What is included in the fee?
A: THE FULL TIME TEAM FEE INCLUDES OUR 10 WEEK INDOOR WINTER CAMP, APPROXIMATELY 55 GAMES & TOURNAMENTS, UNIFORMS, INSTRUCTION, AND MORE.
THE PART TIME TEAM FEE INCLUDES OUR 10 WEEK INDOOR WINTER CAMP, APPROXIMATELY 35 GAMES & TOURNAMENTS, UNIFORMS, INSTRUCTION, AND MORE.
IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED OUR INDOOR WINTER CAMP AND HAVE PAID THAT FEE WE WILL APPLY IT TOWARDS YOUR SEASON FEE.
Q: Do I have to pay my fee all at once?
NO, WE CAN SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN FOR YOU THAT FITS YOUR BUDGET. WE ALSO WILL HOLD SEVERAL FUNDRAISERS THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN CAN REDUCE UP TO 75% OF THE FEE.
Q: I am ready to sign up, what do I do now?
A: IF YOU ARE READING THIS ON PAPER THEN YOU NEED TO GO TO:
THERE YOU CAN FILL OUT THE ON LINE REGISTRATION FORM.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS ON LINE JUST SCROLL BACK UP TO THE ON LINE FORM.
THEN, TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT, YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT.
FULL TIME PLAYER DEPOSIT IS $200.00.
PART TIME PLAYER DEPOSIT IS $150.00.
YOU CAN MAKE THAT DEPOSIT PAYMENT WITH A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD AT: http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/make-a-payment/
OR IF YOU ARE READING ON LINE, JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW; http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/make-a-payment/
Q: How far does the team travel to for games & tournaments?
A: UNLIKE MANY TEAMS WE STAY PRETTY CLOSE TO HOME, USUALLY ABOUT A 25 MILES RADIUS FROM THE I80/I94 INTERSECTION. WE MAY DO ONE OVERNITE TOURNAMENT IN JULY IF THE PARENTS DECIDE THEY WANT TO DO THAT.
Q: Where and when are the practices held?
A: SINCE we do play a lot of games and some of the players also play on a second team and the weather in the spring can be iffy and school is still going on and most parents work during the week, we try to limit practices to a limited number of days. Our practices are scheduled to enhance and fine tune the game/tournament performances. Our practice field is located at 19051 S. Halsted in Glenwood, Il.
MORE QUESTIONS CALL 708-473-5051