WEST HARTFORD AMERICAN LEGION POST 96 BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2015 REGISTRATION AND WORKOUT DATES
Senior legion . . . 19u players, March 3rd, 730pm to 830pm at Conard High School Gym * player cannot turn 20 in 2015
Junior legion . . . 17u Players, March 3rd, 730pm to 830pm at Conard High School Gym * player cannot turn 18 in 2015
Prep Division . . . 15u Players, March 10th, 730pm to 830pm at Conard High School Gym * player cannot turn 16 in 2015
Season starts first week of June , following the high school season and will end last week of July. Each team will roster approx. 16 players, senior legion will roster 18 players. This is a wood bat program. Players will register and workout, and will then be viewed during their high school season. Teams will be selected by first or second week of May.
Players who are interested in being considered for this program and are unable to make the above workout dates should contact Asst Coach Rick Sanford via email at CLICK HERE. He will then forward your info to the appropriate level coaching staff. The registration form is provided at the link below.
For questions regarding this process, feel free to contact:
Senior Legion . . . Elliot Lane 860-841-6878
Junior Legion . . . Dennis Hannigan 860-559- 8931
Prep Division . . . Rick Sanford 860-216-7777
WEST HARTFORD POST 96 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL
ZONE 7 CHAMPIONS: 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
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2015 Spring Alumni and Alumni Travel Registration is now open, click on the Alumni tab on the left hand side of this page to obtain and download a registration form.
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2015 WINTER WORKOUT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Back again by popular demand! Winter Baseball Workouts to get you ready for the spring. Fill out the registration form found on the "BASEBALL WINTER WORKOUTS" link on the left hand side of this screen and mail it in at your earliest convenience. Players will be accepted on a first come basis. If you have questions, call 860-216-7777
The sessions will be as follows:
WHO: Grades 7th through High School seniors(7th graders must be turning 13 by this spring).
WHEN/WHERE: Opening day is Wednesday 1/07/15.
Wednesdays: 3 to 4 PM at Farmington Sports Arena, for throwing and fielding(carpooling is available).
Saturdays: Time is TBD for hitting at WHABA Hitting Building. Group times will be established. We will help you work around winter hoop.
Monday and or Tuesdays: For pitchers and Catchers. We will have additional sessions on these days at Conard High School when hoop is not playing. We will start our bullpens around 1st week of Feb. 2015. Players may also come and throw and hit on these nights. More to follow.
Off nights: We will also schedule additional hitting nights as we get closer to high school tryouts.
To access the Winter Workouts Registration Form, please click on the "Baseball Winter Workouts" link to the left.
Do not miss this great opportunity!
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2014 WHABA FALL BALL PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED
WHABA will be Offering a fall ball program again this year under the WEST HARTFORD THUNDER BASEBALL program. This Workout style program will start on Sunday 9/07 and will run through Mid-October at the HALL VARSITY and JV BASEBALL FIELDs. A brief description of this program can be found below by age group.
U13 Transitional Program
For Players who have just finished their last season on the small diamond and will be turning 13 years of age and will play on the big diamond next spring. This program will teach these players the game of baseball on the big diamond and will help them get a step up on facing those challenges next spring. These players will be put into a workout style atmosphere and will be trained by current American Legion and WHABA coaches. They will not be placed on teams or play in a league , however a scrimmage or two is not out of the question , depending on how quickly they grasp the knowledge and how comfortable they become on the 90 foot diamond. This program will meet two days a week , Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. While attendance is not mandatory we feel you will only get out of this program what you put into it and our hope is that this schedule will allow you do to other sports or activities this fall as well. The number of spots available will be limited.
Middle school (second year on big diamond) and High school level program.
This program returns for its second year, a workout style format will allow you to get as many reps as possible at a position of your choice , or work at a new position as well. Often in a game you may never have a ball hit to you, so are you really developing or improving? In this format you will see hundreds of ground ball, or fly balls and will be challenged in pregame workout. A scrimmage or two will be scheduled if we have enough pitching and interest. Program starts 9/07 and will run through Mid-October , Players will meet on Wednesdays and Sundays, late afternoons and should not interfere with Fall High School sports.
If interested in these programs and would like to register, please click on this form below, fill out and mail in to the address noted on the form.
Here are some particulars that will prove helpful if your son is interested in participating in the FBVLL Travel program at the 13U, 15U or 19U level:
Sunday,June 1st, 3:00pm
HALL HIGH SCHOOL
13U FBVLL TRYOUT
Hall High School
15U FBVLL Try-Out
BABE RUTH REGISTRATION FOR 13 YEAR OLD TO 15 YEAR OLD PLAYERS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE AT THIS TIME
Any player born on or after May 1, 1998 who is between fourteen and sixteen years of age as of June 1 is eligible to try out for one of the three teams competing at this age bracket in 2014 (Bluefoot Entertainment, HPC Foodservice, Pro Courier). Coaches will assess players on offensive and defensive attributes and teams will be selected by the evening of Monday, June 2.
Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
WHABA World Headquarters
19U FBVLL Draft
Any player born on or after May 1, 1994 who is between sixteen and twenty years of age as of June 2 is eligible to be drafted by one of the three teams competing at this age bracket in 2014 (Cricket Press, Herb’s Sport Shop, Quinn & Quinn). Returning 19U players will be slotted with their original teams in most cases while new players will be drafted based on roster numbers and teams will be selected on the evening of Monday, June 2 (no try-out).
Forms are available on the WHABAWestHartfordBaseball.com (at the Farmington Bank/Vantis Life link) and Farmington Bank/Vantis Life FBVLBaseball.com websites and each player/parent should complete a 2014 registration card, a code of conduct and a parental consent and medical information form. Checks in the amount of $250 can be made payable to the West Hartford Travel Baseball League or WHTBL. All paperwork/payments can be submitted in one of two easy methods:
1) mail materials to my home address
c/o West Hartford Travel Baseball
14 Edgemere Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
or 2) drop materials off in person at the Sunday, June 1 try-out (a registration table will be manned by Coach Sanford and Coach Celio).
2014 Alumni League and Alumni Travel (WH THUNDER) registration is now open. Please click on the "Alumni League" link page on the left hand side of this page to get to the registration form.
WHABA NOW OFFERING ONE ON ONE PITCHING INSTRUCTION. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR LOCAL PLAYER
Dylan Robinson, NORTHWEST CATHOLIC senior shown here recently signing his national letter of intent to play at DIVSION 1 UMASS. The WHYBL alum and WHABA alum and current POST 96 outfielder proved once again that hard work, dedication and sacrifice on and off the field along with passion for the game, can help you fulfill your dream. It was a great day for Dylan and his family and the entire WHABA baseball family as well, as WEST HARTFORD BASEBALL sends off another alum into the college ranks in 2014. Coach Rick Sanford, seen here congratulating Dylan, said “ Dylan is the type of player that colleges are looking for; very good student, great team player and model citizen, a grinder and hard worker, always trying to improve his game. The entire Legion coaching staff and his team mates wish him the best of luck.
WHABA 2013 THUNDER FALL BALL WORKOUTS
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2013 WEST HARTFORD THUNDER FALL BASEBALL WORKOUTS IS NOW OPEN. CLICK ON THE FALL BASEBALL TAB OVER ON THE LOWER LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE AND DOWN LOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM.
THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL 8TH GRADE AND HIGH SCHOOL AGE PLAYERS. WE’LL START ON SUNDAY 9/08 AND WILL RUN WEDNESDAY’S AND SUNDAYS THROUGH SUNDAY 10/13, WITH A GAME OR TWO MIXED IN THERE AS WELL. EACH PLAYER WILL RECEIVE A SHORT AND LONG SLEEVE THUNDER T SHIRT AND HAT. PLAYERS SHOULD PROVIDE THEIR OWN GRAY PANTS. Format is development and reps and conditioning for all positions INCLUDING PITCHERS AND CATCHERS.
WED 530-730, SUN 400-600 AT HALL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COMPLEX
If you were not able to make it to the game last Friday at the University of Hartford, you missed a good one!. Beautiful weather , great venue and some pretty good baseball, And a really nice crowd this year, standing room only.
Andy Monos and Will Cook are pictured here hosting the cup along with the rest of the Hall Warriors as they defeated the Conard Chieftains for the second year in a row , by a score of 7-4. Jake Kochen got the win , throwing a complete game, scattered a few hits here and there but for the most part , kept the cross town rivals at bay most of the day most of the day.
Number three star of the game was CONARDS John DINUCCI who went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, number two star was HALL’S Dan Nunes who was 2-4 with a Double and two rbi that sealed the game. The number one star and game MVP was Jake Kochen for his pitching performance.
Youth and WHABA players who wore their uniforms were asked to take the field for the national Anthem , a few teams from the WHYBL were present as were the WHABA U13 THUNDER and LIGHTNING and the U14 THUNDER.
Special thanks to Cricket Press for putting together the wonderful program and for WHLL, WHYBL, VENORA ELECTRIC, NISE for $$ supporting the program as well. WHABA and FRIENDS OF WEST HARTFORD BASEBALL once again sponsored the game held at the University of Hartford, a tradition in its second year that will be a fan favorite in years to come for sure.
The cup will remain on the HALL CAMPUS until these two teams meet again next spring
See you next year
2013 Alumni and Alumni Travel registration is now open. Click on the Alumni league tab or the West Hartford Thunder Travel Baseball tab on the left to download the registration forms.
2013 WINTER WORKOUT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click on "Sanford/Meucci Winter Workouts" link in left hand hand column.
FARMINGTON BANK/VANTIS LIFE HPC KNIGHTS
WEST HARTFORDS U13 TEAM BATTLED THROUGH THE PLAYOFFS TO MAKE THE 2012 FARMINGTON BANK/VANTIS LIFE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, BUT CAME UP A FEW RUNS SHORT AGAINST A VERY TOUGH BRISTOL CLUB CADET TEAM. ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A GREAT SEASON! THE KNIGHTS KEPT THE TRADITION GOING AS WEST HARTFORD HAS MADE THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THREE YEARS IN A ROW. GREAT SEASON GUYS!!!
SHARKS SPOTTED AT THE CAPE AND MARTHAS VINEYARD!!
There has been a number of sharks spotted off Marthas Vineyard this summer , if you recognize one of them, its none other than WHABA graduate, and UMASS MIF Nick Sanford who is playing in the FUTURES COLLEGIATE LEAGUE this summer for the Marthas Vineyard Sharks. So if you happen to be vacationing there this summer , stop by and catch a game , visit www.MVSHARKS.COM for more details
U13 TRYOUTS FOR THE FARMINGTON BANK/AVANTIS LIFE IS THIS SATURDAY MAY 19TH 5-7PM AT HALL VARSITY BASEBALL FIELD, YOU MAY ALSO REGISTER FOR THE BABE RUTH PROGRAM AS WELL. QUESTIONS CONTACT PETE VELLIEUX AT 860-212-6919
HALL TAKES FIRST MAYORS CUP WITH 4- 1 WIN OVER CONARD
Charlie Fisher pitched well for Conard, but Hall Senior George Lund was almost perfect, he allowed just one run on one hit, he also had two hits on the day as did Junior second basemen Will Cook. Conard drew first blood while showing very good patience at the plate and aggressive base running in the first and took the lead 1-0 without a hit. But that was all they could muster as Lund got better each inning. Conard defense made a number of defensive gems to keep the game close until Tommy rose hit a 2 strike single up the middle to plate two runs to make it 3-1. Hall then added a fourth run on a well executed squeeze play and Lund took over from there despite Brendan Rossmeisl braking up the NO NO in the sixth. A very well played game by two evenly matched teams. The cup will stay on the HALL HIGH Campus until next years Mayor cup game.
Special thanks to Cricket Press and the Confessore Family for their donation of the game programs. Also Steve Kunsey of the New Britain Rocks Cats for donating the Raffle prize and making our in between the innings a lot more fun.
Thanks to Mayor Slifka for being part of our celebration and staying for the whole game !!! Thanks to the fans for supporting your teams and coming out the game , both Steve and I are already planning for next year’s game to see how we can make it even better. Thanks to Betty for supporting WHABA and our very aggressive ideas, without her support these projects would never get off the ground.
Thanks to Pete Lamouroux and his crew from Beethoven Radio , it added a special touch to this years game. We also want to thank the U of Hartford for allowing us to rent their beautiful facility for the afternoon. And also Ronnie Newton from the WEST HARTFORD PATCH for their continued coverage and support. FOR MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS, PLEASE VISIT THE WEST HARTFORD PATCH
FINAL SCORE . . . HALL 4 . . . CONARD 1 . . .WP LUND
ZINZARELLAS MAKE WHABA WINTER WORKOUTS A FAMILY AFFAIR
We have always felt that the WINTER WORKOUT players were one big happy family, but the ZINZARELLA CLAN has taken that statement to a whole new level. All four kids CHRIS(HALL JR) ANNA (HALL SOPH) ANDREW(HALL FRESH) and TOMMY (8th grader), participated in the program this year and kept their parents car pool going 24/7. Anna joined us for the first time this year as she wanted to be challenged so she could be prepared for her upcoming softball tryouts at Hall. Chris and Andrew feel the workouts really help them get ready for the Hall Baseball tryouts as well and believe these are a must do!!!. Coaches have cited that you can really tell the difference between a WINTER WHABA PLAYER and someone who did not participate in the program. Both Chris and Andrew took it one step further this year as they also volunteered their time to help out with the younger players during the early Saturday Morning hitting sessions, often arriving by 730am, six hours before their scheduled sessions with their own group. I guess it’s safe to say that baseball is in their blood and a big part of the ZINZARELLA family! As the sessions come to an end this week due to the beautiful weather outdoors, we want to thank all the parents who found a way to get their kids to the sessions in between all of the other normal winter activities. When you have a chance, please thank the KINGSWOOD OXFORD SCHOOL. Without their support, this type of program would not happen. Also, thanks to the many volunteer coaches, some of which their kids are grown up and gone, so we really appreciate them supporting WEST HARTFORD BASEBALL.
NEWS FLASH : FEB 14 2012 NEWS RELEASE:For those players who are interested in being considered for the 2012 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL PROGRAM, both Junior and Senior, should attend this open workout and registration on Monday night Feb 27th, 2012 at Conard High School. Freshman and Seniors come at 7 PM, Sophomores and Juniors come at 8:15 PM. Even if you are unable to work out, you should still submit a registration in order to be considered. For more information, please email us CLICK HERE or call us at 860-216-7777. Returning players who are unable to attend this workout due to winter sports event should submit their names via email prior to February 27th, 2012.
WHABA WINTER WORKOUT PLAYERS ARE MAKING THE GRADE
Not only are there some great ball players attending this years winter workouts, but some of these guys are pretty smart too!! It was reported recently to the WHABA FRONT OFFICE that Group C u13 had many of its players make this past semesters honor roll. In fact, the players noted below have received maximum honors from their middle school for the 1st marking period. Congratulations and great job! We are proud to have you part of our program!!
Kenny Andrews . . . Sedgwick
Lucas Busch, Sedgwick
Tim Dickson, KP
Torrie Green, Sedgwick
Sam Newton, Sedgwick
Danny Roth, KP 7th Grade
Jack Barry, KO
Joe Celio, Sedgwick
James Doar, Bristow
Henry Fisher, Sedgwick
Rich Hansen, KO
Charlie Lage, KP
Michael Mathews, Sedgwick
RJ Michaels, KP
Caleb Ritter, Bristow
Graham Struthers, Bristow
Tommy Zinzarella, Bristow
Do you have a story to tell us about your ball players off field achievements? Send us a note,CLICK HERE
FEBRUARY 1 2012 NEWS RELEASE: 2012 WHABA ALUMNI LEAGUE IN HOUSE AND TRAVEL BASEBALL(WH THUNDER) SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW UNDERWAY. CLICK ON THE ALUMNI LEAGUE ON LEFT HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE , THEN GO TO THE REGISTRATION BUTTON FOR MORE INFO AND THE 2012 REGISTARTION FORM. PLAYERS INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT FOR THE WH THUNDER SHOULD USE THE SAME FORM AND FOLLOW THE SAME REGISTRATION PROCESS AS THE ALUMNI IN HOUSE PROGRAM.
2012 Winter Workouts are underway.
"Failure to prepare is like preparing to fail"
TD BANK, BABE RUTH, JR/SR LEGION . . . Still looking to get on a team? Please go to the contacts page for emails contact info.
Front Row: Mike Turro, Andy Monos, Will Cook, Reid Collins, Batboys
Steve Laffin, Luke Fox, Walter Hansen, Max vogal Freeman, Matt
McGoldrick, Matt Laffin
Standing: Coach Tom Miceli, Coach Steve Meucci, Coach Rick Sanford,
Dave Calafiore, Brendon Rossmeisl, Owen Snyder, Alex Gorsohko, Nick Venora, Nick Miceli, John Dinucci, Brenden Fox, Zach Dobbins, Coach Steve Hannigan, Coach Eliott Lane, Coach Nick Sanford
WH 11 PORTLAND 2 MVP: DREW LEACH
WH 12 GLASTONBURY 10 MVP: BRENDON ROSSMEISL
WH 6 TRI COUNTY 2 MVP: BRENDEN FOX
MIDDLETOWN HITMAN 8 WH 5 MVP JOHN DINUCCI
WH 16 MIDDLETOWN 1 MVP BRENDON ROSSMEISL
* MVP's are awarded by opposing team's coaching staff
Offensive Stars for the week:
Nick Miceli - .416 3 2b's .578 OBP 7 rbi
Brendon Rossmeisl - .538 7 hits , 3 2b's , 8 rbi
Brenden Fox - OBP .687
Zach Dobbins - .400 ave. with .588 OBP
John Dinucci - .571 avg with .666 OBP, 2 2b's and 4 rbi
Defensive Stars for the week:
Nick Miceli, Dave Calafiore, John Dinucci, Matt Laffin, Brenden Fox, Reid Collins, Will Cook
Nick Miceli, Brendon Rossmeisl, Reid Coolins, Max Vogal Freeman, John Dinucci, Drew leach
Of Note: WH's eleven game win streak was snapped in a 8-5 loss to the hitman, streak went back to 2007!!
WH has won 2008 , 2009 , 2010 back to back to back!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS! CONARD/HALL CLASS OF 2010!
Front Row: Nick Sanford, Adam Roderick, Trent Sinatro, Chris Demorais, James Gilbert, Chris Denault , Dan Minnes
Back Row: Chris Warnkin, Jessie Abels, Chad Smedberg, Mac Venora, Chris Colleary, Wil Francis, Sean Packard, Brian Shaw, Zach Lenkiewicz
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