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Athletic Staff Contacts 

Mike Divincenzo
Recreation Supervisor II-Athletics
847.579.3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Eric Golmon
Athletic Supervisor
847.579.3129
egolmon@pdhp.org
Troy Hoffmann
Athletic Supervisor
847.579.3124
thoffmann@pdhp.org

 

Introduction to Baseball

Parent and Tot – Boys & Girls Ages 3-5
Come sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and take parent/player photos to commemorate the experience. This class is an exciting introduction to baseball/softball that will provide your child with a better knowledge of base running, catching, throwing, field position, and hitting off a tee. Games are played at Legends Ballpark at West Ridge Park. No scores are kept and no outs are counted. Parent (or adult guardian) and the player will receive a team jersey. Only one child per adult may participate. (7 weeks)
For more information, contact Mike Divincenzo at 847-579-3198 or mdivincenzo@pdhp.org.

Sluggers- Pre K & K 

Join us for an unforgettable summer! Boys and girls will play on appropriately-sized fields designed to accommodate simultaneous “off the tee” or “coach pitch” baseball games. Legends Ballpark features four adjacent fields with home run fences, bleachers, and PA systems. Practices or games will be 45 minutes to an hour in the time window listed below. A Sluggers t-shirt and MLB cap is included with each registration. Players will start the season hitting off the tee and move to coach pitch halfway through the season. Players will also have the opportunity to walk in the July 4th parade. Parents are encouraged to become volunteer coaches.

League Baseball

House League

The Park District provides a roster of seasoned coaches who help youth athletes develop baseball and life skills that will prepare them for future success.  Use the links provided below to view your team’s current game schedule, league standings or contact the program supervisor with questions, comments or concerns. We hope you have a great season! (*) Teams have either a one-hour game or practice within the time frame listed. For more information, contact Eric Golmon at 847.579.3129 or egolmon@pdhp.org 

Grades 1-2 Double A Baseball

Grades 3-4 Triple A Baseball

Grades 5-6 Majors Baseball

Grades 7-8 Pony Baseball

Advanced Baseball

Travel Baseball
We are looking forward to another exciting Travel Baseball Season.   The Travel Baseball teams participate in the Mid Suburban Baseball League and multiple weekend tournaments. For more information, contact Mike Divincenzo, at 847.579.3124 or mdivincenzo@pdhp.org

Private and Group Baseball Lessons
NEW!  We now offer private and group baseball lessons. The lessons will be taught at the West Ridge Center Gymnasium on Tuesdays and Friday nights between 4-9 pm. The private lessons will cost $55 per 45-minute lesson. The group lessons will cost $40 per 45-minute lesson. Groups lessons will consist of 2 players, no more or less. For details how the process works to sign-up, please contact Mike Divincenzo, 847.579.3198 or mdivincenzo@pdhp.org

Tournaments

Firecracker Tournament-

Highland Park Firecracker Tournament for travel baseball teams. We are hosting 10, 11, 12, and 13, year-old divisions.
A Community Tournament for A and High B level teams, with a minimum of 4 games per team. Single Elimination Playoffs divided into 2 brackets, all teams play! 1st and 2nd place receive individual awards, consolation champions receive medals.

Clinics

Take the opportunity to develop your baseball skills with one of the Park District of Highland Park’s Baseball Clinics.  If you are just learning the game or a seasoned player these clinics are sure to help.  Clinics typically run in March.  For more information, contact Troy Hoffmann,  847.579.3124 or thoffmann@pdhp.org

Testimonials

 

 

 

Program Grades Dates Days/Times Location SchedulesRegistration Supervisor
Parent T-Tot TuesAges 3-5 May 30- Jul 18
Sa
9-9:45a
West Ridge Register Here Mike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Parent T-Tot SatAges 3-5Jun 2-Jul 14Tu
6-6:45p
West Ridge Register HereMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Sluggers Pre K-KJun 1-Jul 25 M
5:30-7:30p

Sa
10-Noon
West Ridge Register Here Troy Hoffmann
847-579-3124
thoffmann@pdhp.org

Spring Baseball Leagues

Spring Baseball Grades Dates Days/Times Location Schedule Registration Supervisor
Triple A 3-4 Apr 4-Jun 4 M/TH
5:45-9P

Sa
9a-1p
Baseball Evaluations
March 8 @ Highland Park High School. Entrance H
Baseball Evaluations
8:45-10a
Last Names A-K

10:00-11:15a
Last Names A-K
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129
Majors 5-6 Apr 4-Jun 4 Tu/Th
5:45-9p

Sa
9a-1p
Baseball Evaluations
March 8 @ Highland Park High School. Entrance H
Baseball Evaluations
11:30a-12:30p
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129
Pony 7-8Apr 4-Jun 4 M/W
5:45-8p

Sa
10-Noon
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129

Summer Baseball Leagues

Summer Baseball Grades Dates Days/Times LocationSchedule Registration Supervisor
Double A 1-2 Jun 6-Aug 1TH
6-7:15p

Sa
10a-1p
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129
Triple A 3-4 June 8-Jul 18M/W
5:30-8p

Sa
9a-Noon
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129
Majors 5-6 June 8-Jul 18T/Th
5:30-8p

Sa
9a-Noon
Register Here Eric Golmon
egolmon@pdhp.org
847-579-3129

Fall Baseball Leagues

Fall Baseball Grades Dates Days/Times Location Schedule Registration Supervisor
Coming Soon

 

 

Travel Baseball Programs 

Program 2021Grades Dates Days/Times Location Schedules Registration Supervisor
Travel Baseball 9UAug 21


Aug 22
Fri
4:30-5:30p

Sat
9:30-11a
West Ridge Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Travel Baseball 10UAug 21


Aug 22
Fri
5:30-6:30p

Sat
11a-12p
West Ridge Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Travel Baseball 11UAug 20


Aug 22
Thu
5-6pm

Sat
1-2:30p
West Ridge


Wolter's Field
Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Travel Baseball 12UAug 20


Aug 22
Thu
4-5pm

Sat
2:30-4p
West Ridge


Wolter's Field
Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Travel Baseball 13UAug 20


Aug 22
Thu
3-4pm

Sat
4-5:30p
West Ridge


Wolter's Field
Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org
Travel Baseball 14UAug 20


Aug 22
Thu
2-3p

Sat
5:30-7p
West Ridge


Wolter's Field
Coming SoonMike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org

 

Private/Group Baseball Lessons 

Program Grades Dates Days/TimesLocation Registration Supervisor
Private and Group Lessons 1-8 Apr 21-Jul 28



Apr 10-Jul 31
Tues
4-8p


Fri
4-8p
West Ridge Mike Divincenzo
847-579-3198
mdivincenzo@pdhp.org

Private lessons will cost $55 per (45min lesson) and the group lessons will cost $40 per (45 min lesson).  Group lessons will consist of 2 players, no more or less!

The Process:
1) E-mail me and get link to coach’s availability via google doc. This will help you see times and dates available VS e-mailing back and forth with coaches!

2) Parents e-mail coaches and secure a date and time for private or group lesson.

3) Coaches will e-mail you back with a registration number to use to sign-up online. (DO NOT register for a class until you have a confirmed  time and date with a coach)
4) Parents register online using the code coaches e-mailed to you. All lessons must be pre-paid prior to getting the lessons.

5) Group lessons: both players must register separately, using the same registration code.

6) Players doing multiple lessons in a week or 2 lessons in a day, have to register for each class with a new code.

7) Lesson must be paid a week in advance!

8) All cancellations follow the PDHP cancellation policy.

 

Meet our Coaches: E-Mail: mdivincenzo@pdhp.org for coaches contact information.

Program Wide Hitting Coach Howard Pattis: Hitting Instructor: (Fall Only) 
Coach Pattis has been involved in youth baseball since the age of seven. During high school Coach Pattis was captain and starting second baseman on the New Trier West (IL) Varsity baseball team. After walking on to the Indiana University baseball team Coach Pattis was fortunate enough to play two and one-half years of intercollegiate baseball from 1979 to 1982 at Indiana University. Coach Pattis is a fourteen-year member of American Baseball Coaches Association, is ASEP Certified and has coached youth baseball in Deerfield since 2006, including brief stints at the Diamond Dawg and Top Tier Travel Academies. However, he is currently working as the PDHP Travel Baseball Hitting Instructor and HPHS Varsity Hitting Coach.

Head 12U White Travel Baseball Coach James Duckmann: Pitching/Hitting:
Coach Duckmann played at Maine West High School where he earned ALL-Conference, All Area, MVP, Team Captain and IHSA All Academic Honors as the ace of the Maine West staff. Coach James continued his education and playing days while he was attending Purdue University. Coach James played on Purdue’s Club team where he was named to the NCBA All-Conference team and eventually graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Purdue University. The last 2 seasons Coach James has been coaching high school baseball for Maine West as their Pitching/Bench Coach.

Assistant 14U/12U Blue Travel Baseball Coach AJ Nathan: Catching/Hitting:
As a three year Highland Park Varsity baseball player AJ Nathan holds numerous hitting and defensive records including a 26 game hitting streak and a full season batting average well above .500 earning him state recognition as an All-State Catcher. His accomplishments also assisted the Giants in receiving national honors in the form of top 40 pre-season national ranking. After a successful high school career at Highland Park, he went on to play four years of college baseball where he was named “Most Valuable Player” twice… Named to first team all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for multiple seasons … Selected “Hitter of the Week” in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin on numerous occasions…Named to the D3baseball.com all-Central Region first team…Also named to the ABCA/Rawlings all-Central Region first team…Named to the American Baseball Coaches Association\Rawlings NCAA Division III “Gold Glove Team” multiple times… After graduating from College AJ has gone on to pursue a career with Discover Financial Services. In his spare time he was a Varsity Baseball assistant coach for Highland Park for two years and continues to help successfully grow the HP feeder and house league baseball programs

Head 9U Travel Baseball Ryan Ross: Outfield-Infield/Hitting:
Ryan went to Maine West High School. While playing there he earned All-Area and All-Conference honors! He was a 3 year starter for the varsity team and went on to play college baseball at North Central. Ryan has coached baseball at every level from T-ball to high school baseball. We are very lucky to have such a well-rounded and enthusiastic coach! Ryan graduated from North Central with a Sports Marketing and Business Management Degree and is currently going back to school for his Master’s Degree.

Program Information
Grades
Dates Days/Times LocationSchedulesRegistration Supervisor
Firecracker Tournament 10July 2-5TBATBANeed 1 (5 teams) Eric Golmon
847-579-3129
egolmon@pdhp.org
Firecracker Tournament 11July 2-5TBATBAFull (8 teams)Eric Golmon
847-579-3129
egolmon@pdhp.org
Firecracker Tournament 12July 2-5TBATBANeed 2 (6 Teams) Eric Golmon
847-579-3129
egolmon@pdhp.org
Firecracker Tournament 13July 2-5TBATBAFull (6 Teams) Eric Golmon
847-579-3129
egolmon@pdhp.org
Program Grades Dates Days/TimesLocation Schedules Registration Supervisor
Spring Training BaseballK-3 Feb 23-Mar 15Su
4:30-5:30p
DomeRegister Here Troy Hoffmann
847-579-3124
thoffmann@pdhp.org