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Mail-In Late Registrations for the 2018 Season!

 
We are still accepting individual late registrations for the following divisions:
Instructional, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, Colt & Palomino

 

We are no longer taking late registrations for the following Divisions:
Pony

Please mail your registration form to the address listed on the registration form.
Don't to forget to include the $25 Late Fee in your check total.

Raffle Tickets must be picked up at a WAA Board Meeting.
Click Here to View Dates for Upcoming Board Meetings


Walk-in Registration
for the 2018 Baseball Season will be held on

Saturday, January 13th, 2018
and

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

from 10:00am to 1:00pm

At the
Woodridge Park District
Community Center

Directions


Please bring your completed registration form along with your payment to one of our walk-in registration dates listed above.  If you are unable to make either of the dates, you can mail all items to the address listed on the form.  Registrations received after January 27, 2018, will be placed on a waiting list and subject to a late fee of $25.

Below you will find the rates for the WAA program.  You must pay the total amount listed to enroll your child.  Our fundraising program includes raffle tickets that you will prepay for and receive when you register.  As your child sells the tickets, you keep the funds raised, thus significantly reducing the price of enrollment.  Your raffle ticket stubs can then be turned in at Picture Day in April.
 

League Level * Registration Fundraiser Total
Instructional (5/6 yrs.) $70.00 $100.00 $170.00
Pinto (7/8 yrs.) $80.00 $100.00 $180.00
Mustang (9/10 yrs.) $90.00 $100.00 $190.00
Bronco (11/12 yrs.) $100.00 $100.00 $200.00
Pony (13/14 yrs.) $120.00 $100.00 $220.00
Colt (15/16 yrs.)† $140.00 $100.00 $240.00
Palomino (17-19 yrs.)† $140.00 $100.00 $240.00

 * To determine league level use the age the player will be on 8/31/2018
    For easy determination use our Pony Age Calculator

 † Priority will be given to team registration at Colt/Palomino levels

 

FAMILY PACKAGE
Register 2 players and any additional
family players are free†!!!
 


The league will provide each player with a jersey, pair of baseball socks and a baseball hat. Players are responsible for providing their own baseball pants, glove/mitt and batting helmet (NOCSAE Approved).  Please note that All Pinto Division Players (7/8 yrs. old) are required to use a helmet with protective mask/guard. 

Practices start in April, and games are played through June.  An average of 2 games and/or practices played per week on weeknights and Saturday's.  The day of the week that games and practices are played on weeknights will vary from week to week.  Weeknight games/practices generally start at 6pm (Bronco, Pony, Colt & Palomino Divisions start at 5:45pm or 8:15pm).  Saturday game/practice times vary week to week, and generally are scheduled between 10am and 5pm (older divisions may start earlier and also participate in Saturday Night games).

Our Instructional, Pinto and Mustang Divisions play all of their games in Woodridge against our other in-house teams.  Our Bronco and Pony Divisions are part of the Greater DuPage Pony Baseball Association (GDPBA) and will play home games in Woodridge and away games in nearby surrounding towns (i.e. Darien, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, etc.).  Our Colt and Palomino Divisions are part of the SWILA League and will play home games in Woodridge and away games in surrounding towns over a larger area.

Last year, the WAA fielded over 40 teams teams consisting of over 450 players.  While the majority of our players reside in Woodridge, we do accept players from surrounding communities.

 

More information about specific divisions is available here.  If you have any questions about our league, checkout the FAQ's Section of our website.

 

 

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New Age Cut-Off for All 2018 Leagues

This season we will be using 8/31/2018 as our new age cut-off (the previous cut-off date was 4/30). This change will allow players to play their grade-level and has been instituted nationwide by the large youth baseball associations (Pony, Little League, etc.).  Use our age calculator to determine your players correct level.
 

New Bat Rules for Some 2018 Leagues 

All bats used in Bronco & Pony must have the new USA Baseball Stamp or BBCOR Stamp, No Older Style Bats will be allowed. Each Team will be provided one team bat for all players to use for those who do not have an approved bat of their own.
 

 

During the 2016 PONY International Board of Directors meeting, a decision was reached to change the date for determining player eligibility from April 30 to August 31.

Since many surrounding towns are following the PONY age cutoff rule and this affects our involvement in the GDPBA, the WAA Board has voted to change the age cutoff in order to be consistent with the baseball programs in the area. The rule change will take effect at the start of the 2018 WAA Baseball season.

The PONY decision was reached after careful consideration of input from leagues, parents, coaches and other sources important in the decision-making process.

By making our program younger, all players will be competing on a level playing field. This change will ensure all WAA participants will play in their true age group and grade-level.
 

Please use our age calculator to determine your players age level for the 2018 season.

Updated 2018 Baseball Season Bat Guidelines:  

  • Colt & Palomino  (ages 15-18)
    • Colt & Palomino players can only use BBCOR certified stamped bats [drop -3] or less.  
    • No BESR bats will be allowed.  
    • Wood bats with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less are allowed.
       
  • Pony (ages 13-14)
    • Players must use a bat with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less and it must be USA Baseball stamped or BBCOR stamped. 
    • There are no drop weight restrictions on USA Baseball stamped bats.
    • Bats with a barrel size of 2 3/4" will not be allowed.
    • Wood bats with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less are allowed.
       
  • Bronco (ages 11-12)
    • Players must use a bat with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less and it must be USA Baseball stamped or BBCOR stamped. 
    • There are no drop weight restrictions on USA Baseball stamped bats.
    • Bats with a barrel size of 2 3/4" will not be allowed.
    • Wood bats with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less are allowed.
       
  • Mustang (ages 9-10)
    • Mustang players can use any bat with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less. 
    • There are no drop weight restrictions.
    • Bats with a barrel size of 2 3/4" will not be allowed.
    • Wood bats with a barrel size of 2 5/8" or less are allowed.
       
  • Pinto & Instructional
    • Barrel size of bats must not be greater than 2 1/4".  No Big Barrel Bats Allowed.
    • There are no drop weight restrictions.

 


 

Bat FAQ

  • What is the barrel size of a typical Little League Bat?
    • The standard barrel size is 2 1/4".  
       
  • What is a Big Barrel Bat?
    • A big barrel bat, sometimes also referred to as a Senior League Bat, is generally any bat with a barrell size greater than 2 1/4".   Big Barrell Bats typically have a barrell diameter of 2 5/8" or 2 3/4".
       
  • Which is the newer standard: BBCOR or BESR?
    • BBCOR is the newer standard and has been adopted by all High School Baseball Programs.  All BBCOR bats are drop -3.
       
  • Which is the newer stamp standard: USA Baseball or BPF 1.15?
    • The USA Baseball stamp is newer and implemented for the 2018 season.

The WAA has scheduled a Mandatory Parent & Coach Meeting for all Parents & Coaches of 2018 WAA players. 

 
Coach & Parent Meeting
Friday, March 9th, 2018
7pm-8:30pm
Woodridge Park District Community Center
Hickory/Oak Room
(Main Floor)
 

We encourage at least one parent
from each family attend the meeting. 
 
 
The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with an overview of what you and your child can expect during the upcoming WAA baseball season. We will present you with our goals for the season as they pertain to teaching your child the game of baseball as well an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. The WAA wants you to be as informed as possible so that you have a sound idea as to why the baseball program is conducted in the way that it is.
 
We thank you for giving the WAA the opportunity to instruct your children in the finer points of the game of baseball. Our hope is that they learn and become proficient in the essentials, while having a lot of fun. If that can be achieved, the season will truly be a success.
 
See you at the meeting!

TEAM MANAGER
EQUIPMENT PICKUP


Saturday, March 10th, 2018

At Hobson Field
On Woodridge Dr., just North of Hobson
(Between Tennis Courts & Fire Station)
Map

 

Instructional    9:00am - 9:15am
Pinto 9:00am - 9:15am
Mustang 9:15am - 9:30am
Bronco 9:15am - 9:30am
Pony, Colt
& Palomino
9:30am - 9:45am

 

Managers: If you are unable to pickup on this day, please have one of your Assistant Coaches make the pickup.  If that is not possible, please contact your Division's Commissioner.

 

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to shake some of that rust off before the upcoming baseball season starts! This winter the WAA will once again be conducting weekly age-specific indoor baseball workouts.  

The sessions will run from December through March 2018 and will take place on Thursday's at the Woodridge ARC and include Instructors from the Bulls/Sox Academy.

The cost for each workout is $10, cash at the door.

Workouts will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, base running and more. Sessions will be age-specific and will focus on the skills appropriate to each age group. Sign-up now to reserve your spot and get a jump start on the baseball season!

To determine your players appropriate age group for the 2018 season, please use our Age Calculator.

Space is limited, so Sign-Up today!

 

Session Date 2018 Age Group Location Time
01 01/11/2018 9U/10U Mustang ARC 6pm-7:30pm
02 01/18/2018 7U/8U Pinto ARC 6pm-7:30pm
03 01/25/2018 5U/6U Instructional ARC 6pm-7:30pm
04 02/01/2018 9U/10U Mustang ARC 6pm-7:30pm
05 02/08/2018 7U/8U Pinto ARC 6pm-7:30pm
06 02/15/2018 5U/6U Instructional ARC 6pm-7:30pm
07 02/22/2018 9U/10U Mustang ARC 6pm-7:30pm
08 03/01/2018 7U/8U Pinto ARC 6pm-7:30pm
09 03/08/2018 5U/6U Instructional ARC 6pm-7:30pm
10 03/15/2018 11U/12U Bronco ARC 6pm-7:30pm

 

Click Here to Sign-Up

 

 

If you already registered and need to cancel your registration, please reply back to your confirmation email or contact us here, notifying us of your wish to cancel.

 

 

Umpire ClassesInterested in becoming an Umpire this season?

 

Class Room and On Field Training Sessions required for umpire candidates are coming soon.

Umpire candidates must be 12 years old as of 8/31/2018.  

Click Here to sign up for the WAA Umpire Training Classes. 

Umpire candidates that complete the training and pass the exam will umpire in the WAA's In-House Pinto (8U) & Mustang (9U/10U) Level Games.

If you have any questions, please see our Umpire Info Sheet or contact the WAA Umpire Coordinator.


 

Click Here for Umpire Sign-Ups

 

 

Woodridge Bulldogs Tournaments

2018

 
 

3 Games Guaranteed

Patched Umpires

Fields Re-Lined Between Games

Individual Player Awards for Winners

 
 
 
Tournament Dates Age Levels Cost †
Mother's Day Weekend May 10-13, 2018 14U $475
Memorial Day Weekend May 24-28, 2018 8U, 10U, 11U, 12U
Full At Age Levels: 9U, 13U, 14U
$475
Bang Bang Classic June 28-July 1, 2018 11U
Full At Age Levels: 9U, 13U, 14U
$475
July Classic July 5-8, 2018 12U $475

 

Early Bird Discount: $25 Discount Per Team, Per Tournament, If Paid by Dec 31st

† Additional Discount: Multiple Tournament Discount: $25 Discount Per Tournament for a Team Registering for Multiple Tournaments OR Organization Discount: $25 Discount Per Team For Multiple Teams Registering From Same Organization. Payment Must Be Received Together for the Multiple Tournament or Organization Discount to apply.

 

Questions?  Please Contact the Appropriate Age Group Tournament Director:

8U:

Jerry Bauer
9U: Josh Potter
10U: Dave Rapinchuk
11U: Paul Paluch
12U: Don Erickson
13U: Rich Sperando
(14U Memorial/Bang)  14U: Greg Arlt
(14U Mother's Day)  14U: Anthony Bryant

 


 
Woodridge is located in the Darien/Downers Grove Area, 2 miles North of the I-355 and I-55 interchange. Once exiting off I-355 our fields are within a 3 minute drive.


 

Registration Form

 

Pay Online with Credit Card
 

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this years WAA Raffle. 

The Raffle Drawing was held on June 6th, 2017 and the following winners were picked. 

Congratulations to all of you!
 

 

Prize Winner
$1000 Carol Young
$500 12U Bulldogs Red
$500 8U Bulldogs
$500 Nowak
$250 Tamer Milad
$250 Urban (on Crabtree)
$250 John Bishop
$250 13U Bulldogs Red
$250 12U Bulldogs Red
$250 Ron Andrews
$250 Erik Erdal
$250 Paige Page
$250 Tim Saner
$250 Nowak


Checks will be mailed to the winners in the next couple of
weeks to the address listed on the ticket stub.  Congrats!

Link Your Team's Schedule to your Google Calendar, iPhone Calendar, iCal Calendar or any other iCal format Compatible Calendar

 

Google Calendar iPhone Calendar iCal Calendar

 

 

As your team's schedule changes on our website, your calendar program will re-sync and keep everything updated on your Personal Calendar (please note it may take 24 hours for the sync to occur depending on your calendar program --- Google Calendar generally syncs every 12-24 hours on externally linked calendars).


To link to your team's schedule, simply login to our website and on your My Home Page under your My Players Section select the Link/Export Team Schedules link. Never logged in to our website, if so then click here for more info on what you are missing as well as new user login information.

Think you know all the Baseball Rules?  

Check Out these Questions to test your knowledge of the game!

We bet you won't get them all right!

 

Click Here for the Questions

 


Lost Something?

Found Something?

Visit Our Message Board to Find Lost Items
or Post About Items You Found!

To enjoy the most significant benefits of our website you need to login!  Everyone who is registered this season (Parents, Managers, Coaches, etc.), has access to the "login protected" side of the website.  To access, a family had to provide an email address on their registration form.  If an email was supplied, you can go to our Login page and click on the link Retrieve User Name & Password.  If an email wasn't provided to us, you can still follow the links on the login page for help in getting your email added to our system.  You do not need to login to view team schedules, stats or basic roster information.

Depending on your pre-determined security access level (Parent, Manager, Commissioner, etc.), you will have varying levels of access to protected areas of the website.  After logging in, one can expect to see more detailed and customized information for their players and assigned teams.  For instance, you will be able to view more detailed roster information for your team, view and request changes to your family information and if you have more than one player registered with us, you will be able to view Combined Schedules for multiple players!  Managers, can view detailed roster information, request open timeslots and request changes to roster information.

 

 

For a complete list of our Sponsors, please visit our Sponsor Listings Page

Are you receiving all the emails sent by the league or are they winding up in your Spam/Junk Mail Folders?  If they are an easy way to avoid that is to add our email address to your address book.  All emails generated by the league will come from:

So please add this email address to your address book or contact list today!

 

The Woodridge Athletic Association is Currently Seeking Additional Board Members and Volunteers To Help Prepare for the Upcoming Season.
 

Wondering how you can make a difference?

Do you have new and exciting ideas to share?

If so, then join the WAA Board!


With more than 600 players, 10 different leagues, in-house, tournament and travel options our organization is constantly growing!

To keep our Association progressing and running strong, WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!


What does it involve?

Meetings
Meetings are held twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month at the Woodridge Park District Community Center.  They are scheduled for the evenings, and usually last about an hour.

Leadership 
Board members are assigned with various responsibilities, and are matched with their area of interest or skill.

A Love of the Game & Our Kids
Come and share your ideas and experiences to help keep Woodridge on the cutting edge of youth baseball!  No Experience Necessary to Volunteer, just a desire to better our program and enrich our kids.



For More Information On How You Can Volunteer, You can either:

 


The Woodridge Athletic Association is a 100% Volunteer Run Non-Profit Organization.

Have a question?  Checkout our FAQ's Page!

Here is sample of some of the questions answered:

  • What Does the WAA Supply?
  • When is Registration?  When are Teams Picked?  When do Practices and Games Start?
  • How Many Games are Played during the Spring Season?
  • What Days of the Week are Games & Practices Played On?  What Time?  Where?
  • Playing Up / Playing Down... What is the WAA Policy for this?
  • What are Division-1 and Tournament Teams?
  • Can my child be placed on a team with one of his friends?
  • Do I have to participate in the fundraiser?
  • If my child is unhappy with the team he/she has been placed on, can they switch teams?
  • What is the GDPBA?
  • Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
  • How is Pony Baseball different from Little League Baseball?
  • Travel Baseball... Does Woodridge have Full-Time Travel Teams?


Click Here for All the Answers!

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Today's Team Events - 2/20/2018

Today's Schedule - Tuesday 2/20/2018

Division Date Day Time Visitor Home Field Type Status Ump1 Ump2
Tournament
2/20/2018Tuesday7:00PtoWarriors 13UPitchingBulls/Sox Academy - LislePracticeTBP  
Travel
2/20/2018Tuesday5:15PtrBulldogs 14U BlackMFC PracticeTBP  
Travel
2/20/2018Tuesday5:15PtrBulldogs 13UStrength & ConditioningMFC - Perfect SwingPracticeTBP  
Travel
2/20/2018Tuesday7:00PtrBulldogs 12UDiamond Edge PracticeTBP  
Travel
2/20/2018Tuesday7:30PtrBulldogs 11UHitting / Pitching PracticeBulls/Sox Academy - LislePracticeTBP  
Legend:   TBP=To Be Played   in=Instructional   pi=Pinto   mu=Mustang   br=Bronco   po=Pony   co=Colt   pa=Palomino   to=Tournament   tr=Travel   fa=Fall   View Entire Team Schedules

Tomorrow's Team Events - 2/21/2018

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Legend:   TBP=To Be Played   in=Instructional   pi=Pinto   mu=Mustang   br=Bronco   po=Pony   co=Colt   pa=Palomino   to=Tournament   tr=Travel   fa=Fall   View Entire Team Schedules

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