We are the Crystal Lake Bombers
The Bombers' emphasis on player development is a long standing tradition. We organize competitive baseball travel teams to enhance learning opportunities for middle school and high school athletes. Our Professional Coaches, provide players with realistic and challenging preparation for high school and college competition. To achieve this goal we seek exceptional baseball educators to lead our teams. Individuals with baseball coaching skills, who have the desire and ability to mentor players, develop successful teamwork, and teach essential values, are encouraged to contact us about opportunities to be a Bombers coach.
Don't be fooled by other organizations that claim to have Professional Development. The Bombers provide the highest level of player development in the area. In addition to our Professional Coaches who coach our teams throughout both the off season and regular season, the Bombers bring in additional specialists for off season training and work outs. The Bombers are proud to call the PCA facilities their home for both off and in season workouts.
Tryout dates set for 2018 teams
The Crystal Lake Bombers expect to field the following teams based on tryout attendance. Coaching assignments for each team is TBD. Please check back for the update regularly as we will post the coaching assignments once secured.
12u - 1 or 2 teams
13u - 2 teams
14u - 1 or 2 teams
15u - 1 team
16u - 1 team
Tryout times and locations are as follows. Please arrive in time to get checked in and warm up so you can take the field at the start time:
12 and 13u Spoerl Park in Crystal Lake 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Sat 7/29 (if needed) 10 - 12:00 noon
14, 15 and 16u Boncosky (Lippold) turf fields 5:00-7:30 pm
We encourage players to pre-register by completing the registration and release prior to arriving to tryouts. These forms can be found on our downloads page here : http://www.crystallakebombers.com/page/show/1911760-downloads
For more information about out about the tryouts and what the Bombers offer, please see our tryout page : http://www.crystallakebombers.com/page/show/1829084-tryouts
What is a pitcher only?
A pitcher only is a role on the team dedicated to pitching to the near exclusion of playing a field or batting role. Some may see this role as a limitation holding a player back. Others as an opportunity for a player to fill a critical role on a quality team that he might not normally get to play for. Either way, in the 2014 season the 16U team took 4 Pitcher only players. These boys – commonly known as the "PO" Squad – took their roles to heart.
Their job was simple…to start and complete every inning of every game in which they took the mound. Yes the boys did get a few at bats (8 combined), they did pinch run a few times, and in one case played the field for 2 innings. But for the most part their role was to take the mound and own it.
Having a 4 dedicated starting pitchers vs. teams with position players who also could pitch gave the 16U Bombers a depth at this role second to no other team we faced this season. And the results are evident…
The pitcher only role is not for everyone. But if you are offered the opportunity I suggest you take a moment to think about the possibilities, the potential, and the value of accepting such a role.
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