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OUR CLUB - STARS NATION

STARS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This page contains some general information about our Lake County Stars programs.  For current teams, schedules, etc., please visit the following program page links below.

For more information on our Youth Program, High School Program, or Fall Ball, please read the details below on this page.

Please note: the information on this page generally describes our programs. Each season may vary slightly.

Youth Club Travel Baseball

The goal of Lake County Stars Youth Baseball is to provide the absolute best coaching and competitive environment for players who wish to compete, develop skills and enjoy the game.

Stars Youth teams compete at the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U levels in spring/ summer league and tournament play.

League Games: the Lake County Stars usually participate in the Mid Suburban Baseball League (MSBL) which is a league comprised of Elite Level, A Level and B Level.  Each Stars team will enroll in one of these three levels for the league play. The MSBL league consists of 45-55 teams per age level which play in and around the Lake and Cook County. The regular MSBL season runs about 16-20 league games (about half will be at home fields) and finishes with a championship tournament. Note: The MSBL 8U season typically has about half the games of the older divisions.

Tournaments: in addition to league play, each team will participate in local tournaments (IL or WI). We place teams in tournaments based on team skill level and our past experience with these tournaments. Most tournaments have a three-game minimum guarantee (weather permitting).  

11U – 14U teams can optionally participate in one overnight away tournament each season. Decision to participate is based on majority vote of the families. These tournaments have an additional charge and teams are encouraged to fund raise to attend these tournaments.

Typically, the tournament plan is:

  • 8U 4 tournaments, generally local
  • 9U, 10U & 11U: 3 tournaments, generally local
  • 12U: 5 tournaments, including Cooperstown
  • 13U: 5 tournaments, including Omaha
  • 14U: 5 tournaments, including Omaha, Ohio or Myrtle Beach

Each team has a paid Head Coach (except for 8u/9u teams where there is an option for a parent to coach). Player package includes Winter Training, Spring/ Summer Season and Uniform Package. Fees include five to ten (depending on age) 30-minute private 1-on-1 lessons with player’s team coach. Costs for major out of town tournaments such as Cooperstown, Omaha and Myrtle Beach are not included.  Therefore, parent vote is required before these are booked.

Schedule: the following is a typical season schedule in our youth program (varies by age):

  • October - December: individual lessons with your coach
  • January - March: indoor team practices
  • April - June: regular season games and tournaments
  • June - July: league playoffs, late-season tournaments

High School Club Travel Baseball

The goal of Lake County Stars High School Baseball is to provide the absolute best coaching and competitive environment for players who wish to compete and excel at the highest levels of the sport.

Stars teams compete at the 15U, 16U, and 17U levels in summer tournament play. These teams travel to regional and local tournaments designed to expose players to elite competition and college recruiters. These tournaments can include but are not limited to the CABA World Series, Amateur Baseball Championship, PBR World Series, and more.

Emphasis on Fall/Winter Training and Preparation: each team has a paid Head Coach with college or pro baseball experience. Our teams practice from November through February with defined plans and goals, by month and by position. Off-season training programs are geared around the following skills: fielding, hitting, velocity,  strength training, and throwing. All training programs are supervised by our professional coaching staff.

Our Fall Program has 5 specific goals for our players: 

  1. Earn a spot on your high school baseball team
  2. Improve your baseball acumen
  3. Promote strength and health through MLB-based conditioning principles
  4. Develop key measurable skills to help strengthen your recruiting profile
  5. Build “Stars Nation” unity in our teams and program

There will typically be 2 practices per week. One day may be dedicated to position-specific activities. Team and position-based practices may be combined across high school levels.      Conditioning is self-directed by the player with guidelines from the Stars.  

Our training facility is Main Street Sports, 143 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich.

College Recruiting: high school coaches have knowledge and experience in the college recruiting and pro scouting process and a proven track record placing players. We will hold a “Recruiting 101 Info Night” for Stars families in the Fall.

Summer Season with Goals: tournament play begins after the high school season ends and continues through July. Teams will play 6-8 tournaments. Each team plays a mix of local, driving distance and overnight / out of town events.  Summer season goals are results-driven: 

  1. Maintain the conditioning work ethic established in the Fall/Winter training program
  2. Use the baseball acumen developed to execute game strategies for success
  3. Win

FALL BALL

During the regular spring/summer baseball season, we expect that the Star team is our athletes' first sports priority. However, the Stars encourage our athletes to participate in other sports as well for a variety of reasons:

  • multi-sport athletes are typically less prone to injury from overuse of the same muscles from a single sport
  • young athletes can get burnt out and lose interest if only participating in a single sport
  • a large majority of athletes that are successful at higher levels are multi-sport athletes

As such, the Stars does not sponsor a fall ball program.  Some of our coaches (or even parents) and teams do form fall ball teams on their own and participate in fall leagues in the area.  We love to see our athletes form a bond with their coaches and teammates and are happy to have them enter their own Stars team in fall leagues.  When this occurs, we understand our players may have other priorities and teams usually have larger than normal rosters to account for conflicts.  Fall ball is generally low pressure, fun and relatively short season.  Please talk to your coach if you're interested in participating in fall ball with your Stars team!