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LAKE COUNTY STARS TRYOUTS

2022 Tryout Information

Welcome to the 2022 Stars Tryouts! 

 All players, whether current Stars or new players looking to join Stars Nation need to register for the 2022 season below.  This gets you into the system for next season. 

Parents: the account you use/create for this registration is the account that will be used for the 2022 season.  Current Stars, please use the account you used for 2021.

Currently Scheduled Tryout Dates

 Group tryout dates below have passed, but please still register and/or reach out to us.  As of early August, we have a few roster spots open on our 9u, 11u, 13u and High School rosters.  We will be as flexible as possible with scheduling individual or small group tryouts as needed. 

High School Program (15u thru 18u):

  • July 13 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
  • July 14 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Both are at Heritage Park in Wheeling.  Address is 109 Community Blvd., Wheeling.

Youth Program (8u thru 14u):
***ALL YOUTH TRYOUTS FROM 5:30-7:00pm***
 

Dates:

  • Monday 7/12 - 9U @ CP2 // 10U @ CP2
  • Tuesday 7/13 - 11U @ CP2 // 14U @ CP1
  • Wednesday 7/14 - 12U @ HO2 // 13U @ HO3
  • Monday 7/26 - 9U @ CP2 // 10U @ CP2
  • Tuesday 7/27 - 11U @ CP2 // 14U @ CP1
  • Wednesday 7/28 - 12U @ HO2 // 13U @ HO3

Make-Up Date 7/31: All youth age groups together - 7/31 @ HO2 - 10:30am-12:00pm

Locations:
HO1, HO2, HO3 = Heritage Oaks Park (310 Fairfield Road, Hawthorn Woods, IL)
CP1, CP2 = Community Park (5 Park View Ln, Hawthorn Woods, IL)
LH1 = Lemmon-Hill (6302 Gilmer Rd, Long Grove, IL)
 

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 (info@lakecountystars.org) or phone (847-845-1889).

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

More Info

TRYOUT DATES & LOCATIONS: tryout dates and locations will be listed at the top of this page.  If none are listed, please still register!  We will gladly schedule individual and small group tryouts based on availability.

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.

PLAYER FEES: 2022 program fees are TBD.  Fees will vary by age group and will be described on the player's offer letter.

For 2022 program fees: 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 paper checks this year.

PLAYER FEES COVER: 

  • 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.

AGE GROUP DEFINITION

We use USSSA age definitons.   Follow the link below to confirm your child's age group.

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.