Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League is the premier youth baseball and softball organization in Elmhurst, IL. With typically over 100 in-house teams and 10-12 travel teams, EBSL provides a safe, fun, and competitive environment 1000+ kids every year.

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Explosion Travel Baseball

The Elmhurst Explosion is the travel baseball program offered by Elmhurst Baseball & Softball League (EBSL) and is designed for select players who have the skill, competitive work ethic, maturity and understanding of the sport required to take their game to the next level and prepare for high school competition. 

Players are challenged to maintain the time commitment of the travel program and a healthy respect of the game required to further develop skills and competitively face a higher level of skill than typically seen in the in-house league. Coaches are committed to encouraging our athletes to be team players while building character and confidence. The Explosion travel program’s mission is to provide a healthy and competitive opportunity for young players to achieve their highest potential both on and off the field.

Participation in the Explosion program is dependent upon being selected after participating in tryouts. 

The Explosion travel baseball program starts at the 8U (8 years old and under) level and continues to 14U. A player’s “baseball age” is their age on May 1 and this will determine what team they will be placed on.

 

 

Explosion 8U & 9U Part-Time Travel Baseball

The Explosion 8U and 9U teams are part-time travel teams. EBSL strongly believes that at the 8U and 9U level, players should continue to play in-house baseball with and against their friends and neighbors. The Explosion Part-Time team introduces the player and their family to the commitment and level of competition of travel baseball.

The 8U/9U part-time program is in addition to and compliments the EBSL in-house league. You must register and participate in the EBSL in-house league in order to tryout and participate in the Explosion part-time travel program.  Registation for part-time tryouts will open in February - keep an eye on our website.

The Explosion part-time travel teams will participate in a Sunday baseball league beginning mid-April and extending through June. Approximately half of the Sunday games will be played in Elmhurst with the balance being played in other Chicagoland communities. There are no part-time travel practices during the months of April, May and June; only Sunday games.

Starting in July, part-time travel teams will practice 2-3 times a week (left to manager discretion), and play in 2-4 tournaments (depends on tournament availability and scheduling). The tournament season will not go beyond the month of July.

If selected to play, each player will pay a Player Participation Fee and a Uniform Fee. We anticipate the Player Participation Fee per player will range from $150 - $250 while Uniform Fees will range from $50 - $125.

 

Explosion Part-Time Travel Baseball - Additional Levels

EBSL is committed to fielding part-time travel teams at any level provided there is enough interest. You must register and participate in the EBSL in-house league in order to tryout and participate in the Explosion part-time travel program. Registation for part-time tryouts will open in February - keep an eye on our website.

Similar to the 8U/9U information provided above, theses teams will participate in a Sunday baseball league beginning mid-April and extending through June. Approximately half of the Sunday games will be played in Elmhurst with the balance being played in other Chicagoland communities. There are no part-time travel practices during the months of April, May and June; only Sunday games.

Starting in July, part-time travel teams will practice 2-3 times a week (left to manager discretion), and play in 2-4 tournaments (depends on tournament availability and scheduling). The tournament season will not go beyond the month of July.

 

Explosion 10U-14U Full-Time Travel Baseball

At the 10U level and beyond, the Explosion is a full-time travel baseball program. These players no longer participate in the in-house baseball league.

Explosion full-time teams begin winter practices in January. Practices are twice per week and consist of agility, fielding, throwing and batting practice in an indoor facility on Saturdays along with a skills camp program for all ages together on Sundays. Winter practices wrap up around spring break.

All Explosion full-time teams play in the West Suburban Baseball League. A full schedule of games will run from April until typically around mid/late June. All Explosion teams also participate in multiple (approximately 5-6) tournaments during that timeframe as well.

Our Explosion 12U program participates in the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament every year. Other levels might travel out of town for a tournament as well, but that is at manager discretion.

Selection for Explosion 10U-14U teams is based on try-outs, typically held in August. If selected to play, each player will pay a Player Participation Fee and a Uniform Fee. We anticipate the Player Participation Fee per player will range from $800-$900 depending on the age level and number of tournaments (12U Cooperstown expenses are in addition to these fees) while Uniform Fees will range from $100-$150.

 

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Fitzgerald
Boys Travel Commissioner
kfitz@designcentrix.com