Northern Illinois Thunder Softball

December 23, 2017

NI Thunder Softball Players, Parents, Fans and potential Thunder families;

The past few years we have experimented with moving our teams to “elite” status by increasing practices, games, tournaments, travel and costs.  This experiment has FAILED.  I take full responsibility for that failure.

For 20 years our NI Thunder founding fathers, myself included, and dozens of former/current board members have worked extremely hard to make NI Thunder a great softball program.  I owe it to them and future families to get back to our “grass roots” that made NI Thunder Softball great.

This season we currently have one terrific and highly competitive 16U team.  The players and coaches continue to work hard to carry on the proud NI Thunder name.

Effective for 2018 – 2019 Northern IL Thunder will rebuild its proud tradition of being a strong “A” caliber program.  We are going to accomplish this task by doing the following:

  • 2018 – 2019 Age Levels: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U (one team per age level)
  • Encourage our student/athletes to play other sports.
  • Limit our tournament schedules (2 – Fall Showcase, 1 – Winter, 6 – Summer). The level of competition to be played such as showcases, exposures, National Championships, etc. will be determined by the strength of the team, coaching staff and the board.
  • Limit our travel (3 overnight tournaments including a organizational trip).
  • Have TWO practices per week including a speed/agility workout still utilizing great practice facilities such as Waubonsee Community College and Top Pick Athletics.
  • Registration Fees for 2018-2019 will be $1,775 per player with payments in August, November, February & March. Returning players will receive a discount.  No hidden extras!
  • Fundraisers to help offset registration fees.
  • A user friendly and integrated website for coaches, players, families and fans.
 I hope you will “Embrace the Change” and come to our tryouts for the 2018 – 2019 season.  Our tryout dates will be Tuesday July 24th – Saturday July 28th, 2018 at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.  Complete details will be posted on our website after February 1st, 2018.
Perry Clark

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