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2018 Fall Registration Now Open!

Dear Westport Families:

We hope everyone is enjoying summer.  Registration is now open for Westport residents to register your children to try out for the forthcoming Fall Westport Youth Travel Baseball (WYTB) season.  As previewed in the email sent last month, try-outs will be held in the late afternoon of August 29 and August 30.  See below for information regarding updated age bands for teams and our new travel game-focused curriculum and schedule for the 8U team.  

The final deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on August 27.  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 copying the link below into your browser or clicking below and paying the non-refundable $30 try-out fee for each child separately.  Only those who register will be permitted to try out.

Registration Link: Click HERE

As a reminder, there is still time to complete the survey regarding this past Spring's WYTB season so program leaders and coaches (who will not be informed of the identity of those parents providing feedback) have an opportunity to improve the program by addressing your feedback in organizing the Fall season.  The survey can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDZ3DGG

In addition, with the recent Summer District team experiences still fresh, WYTB will be asking each of the Managers of the 9U-12U District teams to speak with their assistant coaches and 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.  

TRY-OUTS

  • Try-outs for the 8U through 15U teams will be administered by IST on August 29 and 30 (times and field locations to be identified in a subsequent email).  All 9U-15U players must attend both evaluation dates (and 8U players shall attend only on August 29) at the applicable time.
  • We have moved the try-outs to after the first day that the 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 in town start later.
  • Tryout dates/times were arranged and fields reserved to ensure program-wide fairness and equal opportunity for all players.  Please do your best to address any conflicts on the applicable date(s) and ensure your child attends the tryout session(s).  Please contact Glenn Katz at by August 22 if your child has a conflict with the dates above, and he will attempt to organize with the applicable coach a single alternative date to accommodate these conflicts.
  • 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.
  • For children trying out for the 9U-15U teams, 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 August 31. 

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 9U-12U teams with those stipulated by Little League International for Little League in 2019 and local tournament hosts to maximize alignment and connectivity between WYTB's programs and the District teams.  Because we do not know yet how East Shore and other leagues will handle age eligibility for 13U-15U teams following initial implementation of the new(ish) Little League International age requirements and subject to registration numbers and the ages of players registered, these age ranges are based on current planning and may change hereafter.  Please register your child and bring him or her to the appropriate field at the appropriate time in accordance with the age ranges below and WYTB will thereafter adjust as appropriate, unless we notify you otherwise.  Please contact our Player Agent, Nick Zinzi, at with any questions about age eligibility.

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

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

Head Coach: Joe Cossuto

Team Focus; New League:  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.  In response to parental feedback in response to the survey from this Spring's WYTB program that the players need more game experience, the 8U team will participate in a new league with at least three other neighboring towns and play 1 game each weekend (that will not conflict with Fall Little League games).  This represents a significant change from prior Fall seasons in which the 8U team played up two games per season, with the emphasis being on practices.  The league organizers are finalizing plans regarding kid pitch, base running, lineups and other aspects of the league.  Glenn Katz can answer any questions as these plans are finalized.  Participation in a travel tournament is also under consideration.  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    

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

Head Coach: Chris Brown

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.  WYTB hopes that more 9U teams will join Westport and register with East Shore this Fall, as the older teams have done.  The coaching staff will seek to supplement the schedule with games against teams from local towns and travel tournaments.

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10U

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

Head Coach: Joe Cossuto

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.  Participation in a travel tournament is expected.

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11U

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 on the 50/70 diamond.  Players will also 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.  Participation in a travel tournament is expected.

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12U 

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

Head Coach: John Miscioscia

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.  Emphasis on 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 and beginning preparation for next year's move to the 60/90 diamond will be a focus.

League: East Shore Travel League.  Participation in a travel tournament is expected.

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13U

Eligibility: Birthdates [May 1, 2005 – August 31, 2016]

Head Coach: Jeb Backus

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

League: East Shore Travel League.  Participation in a travel tournament is expected.

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14U/15U

Eligibility: Birthdates [September 1, 2003 – April 30, 2005 / [August 31, 2005]]

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.  Participation in a travel tournament is expected.

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MORE TEAM INFORMATION

Based on data from, and feedback regarding, prior Fall seasons and anecdotal input regarding expected registration for this Fall, we currently expect to field one team, consisting of 11-14 players, at each of the 8U through 15U age levels. 

Teams (other than 8U) will participate in the East Shore League, with fewer scheduled games for the 9U through 12U teams than in the Spring season.  For age groups within East Shore with multiple divisions (e.g., typically 11U through 14U), the 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.

The coaching staff of the 8U-12U teams will continue to be supplemented by an IST assistant coach and a parent assistant coach.  WYTB added this third coach last season to address feedback that additional coaching during practices and games 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 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 practice and game schedules of other Fall sports to the extent feasible, but cannot assure parents that there will not be 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 2017, the Fall season for the 9U-15U teams is expected to run for approximately 8 weeks, with a schedule of up to 18 games (most of which are played on weekends) plus playoffs, with games beginning around September 9 and playoffs ending November 4 (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 practices for teams, attempting to take into account players' competing scheduling conflicts, and will communicate practice schedules at the beginning of the season at 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.

PRICING

Pricing information for the various WYTB programs 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. 

-- Westport Youth Travel Baseball Committee


by posted 08/15/2018
2018 Weston Tournament

2018 Weston Tournament: 9s/10s/11s/12s All Make Finals! 9s/10s/12s Win! 

12U Champs: (Front l-r) Jameson Russell, Matt Goodman, Like Oakley, Will Dennison, Dylan Hill; (Back l-r) Nick Sikorski, Sinjin Videler, Chris Zajac, Taylor Brundige, Kai Ross, Colin Menninger, Nate Barrett; Coaches John Paola and John Miscioscia 

10U Champs: (Front l-r) Will Briggs, Danny McHugh, Samson Heyer, Nate Bernstein, Nicholas Weil, Jack Jacob, Justin Halky; (Middle l-r) Mason Tobias, Paul Dottori, Connor Brill, Noah Saed, Charlie Curran, Mark Kelly; (Back l-r) Coaches: Matt Taliercio, Joe Cossuto, Vince Kelly

9U Champs: (Front l-r) Davis Goldblatt, Ian Zwick, Matty Nourie, Austin Heyer, Sam Burmeister, Jack Leonard, James Moneyhon; (Back l-r) Coach James Welch, Jonny Greenspan, Cole Landgraf, Dhilan Lowman, Declan Jandora, Nate Pauley, Ike Siegel, Max Hill, Charlie Fitch, Coach Chris Brown 


by posted 08/15/2018
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