WPPA Families,

Welcome to all of you, and thank you for being part of our amazing WPPA community.

For those new to WPPA, you are now part of a community that is passionate about youth baseball and softball.  We care about giving our players opportunities to learn and succeed, developing bonds with peers, and we focus on the physical, mental and emotional development of our players throughout the season.

As most of you know, the WPPA is a volunteer organization.  From the coaches to parents, to the WPPA Board, everyone volunteers their time to make it possible for more than 1,500 players to play baseball and softball every spring.  With that in mind, a huge thank you to our Board, coaches and many volunteers who have made this season possible, and who will help throughout the season.  Please be sure to thank your coaches early and often – and don’t forget to be kind to the umpires too!

A few notes regarding what to expect as the season gets underway:

  • TeamSnap.  You should have heard from your coach by now, possibly even by TeamSnap.  Please be sure to have the TeamSnap app active on your device.  Many league and team notifications will come through that channel, including rain out and scheduling information.
  • Practices and Games.  Our schedule will be released very soon.  Team gatherings can begin April 1.  However, CPD fields cannot be used, and official practices cannot be held until April 15.
  • Opening Ceremony for Rookie and 8u.  On May 4, at 9am, we will host our opening ceremony for our youngest divisions, Rookie baseball and 8u softball.  We will have a welcome, ceremonial pitches, and a special t-shirt for the players.  More details to come as we get closer to the date.
  • Rainouts. Please be aware that rain outs may not be rescheduled, especially for games later in the season.
  • Respecting the Parks.  Please, help us keep the parks clean.  Pick up and throw away your trash.  When possible, please walk, bike, or carpool to games.  And please remember, while attending WPPA events, you have to comply with Chicago Park District rules.
  • Discount at Dick’s.  We are again partnering with Dick’s Sporting Goods with our share weekend for 20% on April 5-7, 2024 and coupons will be available at the end of March, so stay tuned.  If you are in need of supplies before then, Dick’s has provided us with coupons that you can use multiple times between now until 12/31/2024.  Only one coupon per transaction. Click here for your coupon. You can find equipment lists on our website for baseball and softball.
  • 12U Cooperstown Fundraising.  Each year, our 12U travel baseball teams raise money to go to Cooperstown for an unforgettable end-of-year tournament.  You may see the players around the fields selling snacks or magnets, or other things.  Please support them if you are able.  And if you like golf, be sure to register for the 2024 WPPA golf tournament, set for May 17, 2024.
  • Restrooms. This year, there will be a porta potty only at Winnemac.  The portable toilets have been deemed a potential risk and safety hazard in light of events in the past, and so please make sure that if you are headed to a park without a bathroom facility, you plan accordingly.  If you find yourself with a need during a game, please, do not treat the park a place of opportunity; find a local restroom.

Finally, and most importantly, this is youth sports.  We all signed a code of conduct, and we take compliance with that code seriously.  The goal of the WPPA is to teach our kids the game of softball and baseball; how to be good teammates, and how to be gracious competitors, even when losing.  Our goal is not winning, it’s learning.  Our players, coaches, and umpires will make mistakes.  Please set an example as to how to handle tough situations.  Remember, everyone is trying their best and is part of our community.

Let’s have a terrific 2024 spring season, and with that, let me be the first to say, Play Ball!

-David Saunders

WPPA President