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Welcome to Woodstock Baseball

Welcome to Woodstock Baseball

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Woodstock Heat is a community based travel & tournament baseball program.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers…

What are the Player Benefits for playing with Woodstock Heat?

In addition to the pre-season practice, games, and tournaments players also receive unlimited hitting passes at SportsCity for February & March. Participation in our league wide events --- Pitch/Hit/Run Contest during Opening Day, marching in the Memorial Day Parade, and our annual Pool Party --- are part of being a Woodstock Heat player. Players also receive a $15 discount on Fall Ball Registration. 

8, 9, and 10 Year old players are get to play on beautiful Sullivan Field. A field cared for entirely by volunteers, includes dual batting cages, and is truly a "Field of Dreams." 

Who coaches your teams?

Woodstock Heat is consistently evaluating our coaches to ensure they are the best representatives of our local community.  While a coach's past playing experience may be a strong building block it itself does not equate to adequately being able to guide, train, and develop youth players.  It's our belief that teaching and development is a true talent in itself. We ensure coaches are people that can be looked to as a role model, believe firmly in active practices, and have strong communication & organization skills. 

Is travel baseball expensive?

While travel ball can be expensive, we believe that affording players the opportunity to play, should their skill level match/exceed expectations is essential. In 2019, the cost of registration was $400.

We run our a corporate sponsorship program, allowing players to offset registration dollar for dollar on their own solicitations, have a committee responsible for fundraising, and typically each player only needs to participate in 1-2 fundraising experiences.

Do I have to travel long distances to play?
No, all of our games are typically an hour or less travel time. We are very fortunate in Northern Illinois that there are many highly competitive tournaments in the local region. All of our home games will be played on fields in Woodstock.

Does my kid really need to play travel baseball?
That depends on the playing experience your family wants. Travel teams tend to play in a more competitive atmosphere, begin practices significantly earlier than in-house leagues, and recruit & retain stronger coaching staffs. The season typically runs from January-July. On the other hand, in-house baseball tends to play within a 20-30 minute drive of your house, and allow for a shorter season (typically April-June), while still delivering on top notch teaching and skill development. 

What is the process to play on a team?
Tryouts are held annually in July for the next season. Practices begin in January/February with games beginning in April. You will try out for the age that you will be on April 30th of the next year. Our website will post the tryout dates by early July every year. If you missed the tryout deadline and are interested in playing, contact us and we can schedule an individual tryout.

Program Leadership

President   Executive Vice President  
 Will McKay Todd Gannon  
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8/9Todd Gannon  [email protected]
  Todd has been a youth baseball coach for 3 years and also serves as a volunteer in local football, basketball, and track & field youth leagues. 

In his high school and college athletic careers, Todd was a Conference Champion, and State Qualifier in Track and Field both his Junior and Senior years. This led to him competing for UW-Whitewater and being a 2 time NCAA All American in Long Jump and 1 time NCAA All American in Triple Jump. 

Professionally, Todd has been a Senior Estimator for Midwest Decorating for over 12 years.
10U Matt Ulanowski [email protected]
  Matt has coached 3 years of youth baseball, having won the regular season championship for his team's division in 2019.  In addition to baseball, Matt is also a youth soccer coach.

Professionally, Matt is a Police Officer. 
 11U Kevin Hansen[email protected]
  Kevin has 30+ years of youth baseball coaching experience, in addition to time coaching youth soccer and football.  Kevin is actively engaged with the Moose Lodge, and professionally is a Realtor. 
12UHeath Barrette[email protected]
  Heath's junior and senior years of high school he was awarded 1st Team All-Conference Catcher in the Upstate Illini Conference and in the Dally Gazette.  His junior year he also had the honor of being chosen the Quad Cities 1st Team All-Area Baseball Catcher.  Heath's goal is to develop a love for the sport of baseball while developing baseball skills and mental toughness.  Heath started coaching youth baseball right out of high school.  He has 10 years youth baseball coaching experience, 5 of which at the travel level from ages 10U-13U.  Professionally, Heath has been a builder for Trinity Homes for the past 9 years.
13UKory Beckman [email protected]
  Kory served his nation with the US Navy from 1990-1994, and has coached for the past 14 years including youth baseball, softball, and flag football.  He also coached for Woodstock High School as an Assistant Softball coach being certified with the NFHS in multiple areas.

Kory coaches with an emphasis on having fun, displaying a positive mental attitud,e and development of sound fundamental baseball skills. Therefore he strives identify with players by establishing a common ground and working to put things in a  manner they will understand.

Professionally, Kory is the Director of Operations for Technpaq.
14UAl Baker[email protected] 
  Al Baker has been a WLL coach since 2014. He attended Big Foot High School in Walworth, WI, where he played for his father, Dick Baker, and earned All-Rock Valley Conference recognition as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He went on to pitch for Ripon College for four years before returning to Big Foot to take over as head baseball coach when his dad retired. In 2008, he was hired as the head boys basketball coach at Woodstock High School. He lives in Woodstock with his wife (Sara) and three children (Charlie, Martha, Simon). 
15/16Will McKay[email protected]

Woodstock Heat will partner with SportsCity Academy as our pre-season work-out location.






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 Illinois 60098

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