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2023-2024 Tryout Information

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Stars Tryouts! 

 All players, whether current Stars or new players need to register for the 2023-2024 season below.  This gets you into the system for next season. 

Current Stars players need to register just to get into the system for the 2023-2204 season, though a formal tryout may not be required.  14u players moving into the High School program should plan to attend a tryout - more info to come on that.

Parents: the account you use/create for this registration is the account that will be used for the 2023-2024 season.  Current Stars, please use the account you used for prior seasons to avoid any account issues.

Tryout Dates

Tryouts will be held as needed to fill our rosters for next season.  We will reach out to you via email with more details on tryout dates.

Need help with age group?   Follow the link for help >> USSSA Age Calculator

Please note: the "baseball year" and the "school year" are not the same.  Players can "play up" in order to play with kids in the same grade in school, but players cannot "play down" for any reason.

Example: a player born in June 2009 would be eligible for the 9u level in the summer of 2019 because he turns age 10 after May 1.  However, most of his classmates in the same grade at school have likely turned 10 before May 1, and would not be eligible for 9u.  So this player is technically eligible for 9u according to USSSA, but could opt to play the 2019 season in 10u with the kids in the same grade in school. Kids with birthdays from May through August typically fall into this situation. It's up to each family to determine what's best for players in this situation. Please reach out to the Stars with any questions.

What to expect

Players should expect to be graded at stations on hitting, pitching, infield and outfield drills, position specific drills (catcher, 1st base), and base running.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in and get yourself warmed up.  You should expect to be there for the entire session, depending on the number of players at the tryout.  Parents - please check in with a coach if you're planning to leave, so you know what time to pickup your child.

Bring to tryouts

Here's a list of things you should wear/bring to tryouts:

  • Wear a jersey or t-shirt with a number on it (front or back)
  • Baseball cap
  • Mitt
  • Baseball bat
  • Batting helmet
  • Batting gloves
  • Athletic cup
  • Catchers bring your own  gear
  • Water

If you have questions, please reach out to our tryout coordinator, Cynthia Zarkowsky, directly via email ( or phone (847-845-1889).

If you're looking for more info, check out our youth and high school travel program pages, and what to expect during the year of a Stars player.

More Info

REGISTRATION FEE:  $20 cash or check paid when you check-in at the tryout for NEW families.  Waived if you're referred by a current Stars player or coach.

OFFERS: Offer letters (electronically) may be given out shortly after your tryout, or a few days later. Offers are subject to a 48 hours expiration timeframe.

PLAYER FEES: Fees will vary by age group and will be described on the player's offer letter.

All payments will be done online through the Stars website.  A deposit of $500 is required upon acceptance.  Remaining balances can be paid all at once, or have a payment plan setup online.  You will have the option to use credit card or direct debit/ACH from your bank account.

We will not be accepting offline payments this year.


  • Paid, professional coaches (younger teams may have non-paid parent coaches which will be confirmed up front and fees will be reduced accordingly). High School team coaches have played at the college or professional level.
  • Uniforms**
  • Off-season, indoor practices.
  • Tournament registration fees (number of tournaments depends on age level).
  • Use of the Lake County Stars Clubhouse training facility is included with your program fees!  No need to spend additional money on memberships to other training facilities.
  • For Youth Program (14u and under), fees also cover: umpires for home games, field rental and preparation for home games, private lessons and clinics from the Stars coaching staff, in addition to off-season group practices, and registration in a league such as MSBL, Lake Shore Feeder, Mike’s Memorial or similar.

**Typically, uniform fees have been bundled in program fees.  However, each year we evaluate uniform vendors.  If a vendor change impacts how we pay for uniforms, fees for uniforms may be broken out separately and fees adjusted accordingly.