Playing travel softball with the Batbusters is a serious commitment. Our exposure teams will play a national schedule: Scenic City Fall Chattanooga, Diamond9 Sun Classic in Florida, Showcase #1, DeMarini Invitational O’Fallon, Southern Force Fall Showcase Georgia, Colorado IDT, Sparkler Power Pools and PGF Huntington Beach. Details on which teams will be attending each tournament will be provided at tryouts.
Q & A Skills Evaluation & Tryout
For players interested in learning more about the Chicago Batbusters program, we will be running Sunday camps on May 6th and May 20th. The purpose is mostly instructional, but also to identify potential athletes for next year’s college exposure teams for the 2018-2019 season.
Batbusters tryouts will be held after PGF Nationals in August, Mike Stith and his staff will be there to assist and answer any questions. The goal of the camps is to provide prospective players and their families, an opportunity to get a feel for the Batbusters prior to tryouts.
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Exciting announcement for the Blue Wave...starting with the 2018-2019 season, we will be known as the Batbusters, Chicago!
The Batbusters from Orange County, California were founded in 1979 and have won over 30 National Championships, at least one at every age level. Batbuster players have earned over 500 college scholarships, 80% of those scholarships "Full Rides" and 90% at least 70% of the total cost. Check out their website http://www.batbusters.org/ to see our Chicago organization listed.
This is an incredible opportunity for the Blue Wave, making this move will allow us to be part of the oldest and unquestionably, the most successful travel softball program in the country. Our affiliation with the Batbusters was considered for months and resulted in many conversations with Mike Stith, the president.As part of their commitment to us, Mike and his Batbuster staff will be coming out next year to assist with tryouts and answer any questions about our new teams. They'll also come Fall of 2018 to train our coaches and players the Batbuster way. We plan to incorporate those techniques and practice plans into our winter workouts. We're very excited about our future – we’ll have the same amenities, number of teams, President and Board of Directors, but now we’ll have a nationally recognized Batbuster name.
Tom Rogers comes from a baseball background where he played throughout his college years. After school, Tom went back to his roots in his home town of Berkeley and helped coach high school baseball players for a couple years. After getting married and having children, Tom got involved in coaching softball for 8’s, 9’s and 10s and became the girls softball president for the O.T.Y.A. Baseball/Softball Organizationout of Chicago Heights, IL. Tom went on to run the Crete Crush 98’s softball team with much team success at the 10s and 12s. Tom also coachedwiththe Crown Point Bulldogs 98’s, same team that later went on to the Beverly Bandits. Recently, Tom has coached for the Mizuno Hawks 18s. Tom has had much success in the process of helping his players get to the next level throughout their recruitment process. In total, Tom has coached softball for the past 13 years.Tom’s coaching philosophyis very simple. If you practice like a champion you will play like a champion. No matter if your 8 or 18, every day you can learn something knew to master your game. Softball is a life lesson, if you are taught earlier on that hard work pays off then later in life as an adult, you will be ahead of the game. Fundamentals, fundamentals and more fundamentals is the key to softball success. Tom’s plan movingforward with the ChicagoBatbusters starting in the fall of 2018 will be bringing in college softball players as assistant coaches helping him with coaching of his team. The team will either consist of all U9’s or a combination of U9s and U10s.
Tom is married to Jennifer Rogers and has 4 children together.
Alexis - Softball player at the University of Tennessee-Martin
ASA/USA National Qualifier Summer Heat Wave 6 June 15th-17th tournament teams entered
Blue Wave Fastpitch
Oak Park Windmills
NWI White Sox NS
NWI White Sox GF
Blue Wave Fastpitch MJ
Blue Wave Fastpitch MR
Northern Ice 2K5
New Lenox Lightning
St. Charles Silverhawks
Blue Wave Fastpitch RH
IL Stars 03
Windy City Ice Blue
Joliet Dirt Devils
Windy City Ice BV
NWI White Sox
ESP 15U Elite Black
NWI White Sox
Windy City ICE
Crown Point Bulldogs
Thundercat Softball of Wisconsin
16U Pride Elite
Congratulations to 14u Blue Wave JP for taking 2nd place in BW Fastpitch USA/ASA National Qualifier Invitational Showcase ~ October 6th - 8th 2017 to earn their bid to USA Nationals in Bowling Green Kentucky