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Westport 11U - 2018 Fall East Shore League Champs!

The Westport Youth Travel Baseball 11U team defeated the Southington Travel Knights 4-1 tonight to claim the East Shore league championship. The team went 14-2 in the regular season and undefeated in the playoffs.

Front row (l-r): Mark Kelly, Jack Jacob, Oscar Nelson, Nate Bernstein, Charlie Curran, Samson Heyer
Middle row (l-r): Will Briggs, Will Allott, Noah Saed, Danny McHugh, Paul Dottori, Connor Brill, Mason Tobias 
Back row (l-r): Coaches Scott Carew, Vice Kelly, and George Chambrelli

 

by posted 11/05/2018

Dear Westport Baseball Families:

Registration is now open to register your children to try out for the forthcoming Spring Westport Youth Travel Baseball (WYTB) season. Try-outs will be held for the Spring 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U WYTB teams on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18 at the Staples Field House. Players must attend both sessions. Please see below for times. 

The final deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on November 15. 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 HERE and paying the non-refundable $30 try-out fee for each child separately. Only those who register will be permitted to try out.

TRY-OUTS

Because IST will be operating these tryouts for all of the teams indoors in the same space, it is important that your child arrive on time to ensure that the instructors are able to adhere to the schedule below. 

November 17 and 18:

8U:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
9U:    9:30 a.m. to 1130 a.m.
10U:  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
11U:  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
12U:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
13U and 14U (combined):  8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

  • These tryout dates/times were arranged, and the Fieldhouse was reserved, 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 November 7 if your child has an irreconcilable conflict with the dates/times 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 November 17 and 18 sessions.  It is WYTB's and IST's strong preference that all players participate on November 17 and 18 at the aforementioned times 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 sneakers.  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 8U-14U 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 November 21. 

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 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-14U teams following implementation of the recent 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 Fieldhouse 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 from this Spring's WYTB program that the players need more game experience and building on the Fall 2018 experience, the 8U team is expected to play at least 5 games against other towns.  Glenn Katz can answer any questions as these plans are finalized.  The team is expected to participate in a local tournament as well.  The Spring 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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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13U

Eligibility: Birthdates: May 1, 2005 – August 31, 2006

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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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14U

Eligibility: Birthdates: May 1, 2004 – April 30, 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.  The coaching staff will explore supplementing the schedule with games against teams from local towns and a tournament.

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MORE TEAM INFORMATION

We currently expect to field one team, consisting of 11-14 players, at each of the 8U through 14U age levels. 

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), 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 Spring Season and schedules will be communicated after formation of teams.

LITTLE LEAGUE; SCHEDULING; LATE FALL AND WINTER WORKOUTS

All players playing on Spring WYTB teams must also register for and play in Westport Little League Baseball this Spring.  WYTB games should not conflict with Spring Westport Little League Baseball games.  As a reminder, players seeking to play on District, Tournament and other Westport Little League Baseball affiliated teams this Summer must have registered for and been full participants in Westport Little League Baseball this Spring. 

The Spring season is generally expected to run for 9-10 weeks, with a schedule of approximately 22 games for 9U through 12U teams (most of which are played on weekends) and 35 games for 13U and 14U, plus playoffs, with games beginning on (i) April 6 for 9U through 12U teams, (ii) April 12 for the 13U team or (iii) April 13 for the 14U team, and playoffs ending by (v) June 10 (9U and 10U), (w) June 16 (11U), (x) June 16 or June 22, depending on the division (12U), (y) July 23 (13U) or (z) August 2 (14U) for teams that participate, as may be supplemented with other games and tournaments as discussed above.  Please mark your calendars if your child is rostered on a team for this Spring and take into consideration when making travel plans for Spring break.  There will not be East Shore games on April 21 in observance of Easter and Passover.  Please see above re: the 8U Spring program. 

This is the link for East Shore's website, which will ultimately include schedules for the various teams accessible by clicking on the Schedules tab at the top.

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

After rosters are announced, head coaches will send out information regarding IST's late Fall workouts for WYTB teams beginning the week of November 26 and mandatory Winter workouts for WYTB teams beginning the week of January 7.  In addition to the Winter team training, pitching/catching training will be available late afternoons on Friday at IST.

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.

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 Spring season.  We hope for a balmy Spring and look forward to a successful Spring season.  Please do not hesitate to contact Jeffrey Brill at with any questions. 

-- Westport Youth Travel Baseball Committee


by posted 10/23/2018
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