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Thunder Information

Welcome to the South Lyon Thunder Travel Baseball Website!

Tryouts will be held at the listed dates and times.  Please pre-register at the following link:  REGISTRATION LINK.  Age group is based on player's age as of May 1st, 2022.  Players must attend at least one day of tryouts unless otherwise arranged with age group contact.  We hope to add new teams to the 8U, 9U, and 12U age groups.


Age GroupTryout Date 1Tryout Date 2  LocationRed Coach's Name  Coach's EmailBlue Coach's Name 
 8UJuly 18 July 24 McHattie E/W Dave Suhr [email protected] TBD
 9U July 25July 30 9 MIle Bruce Smith[email protected] TBD 
 10U July 19July 23  9 Mile Thomas Holewinski[email protected]Mike Zuehlke 
 11UJuly 18 July 24Atchison E/W  Jeff Beier[email protected] Leon Kashawlic 
 12U July 27July 30 Atchison E/W Bobby Coppola[email protected]Jeff Mack 
 13U July 20July 23 Volunteer Josh Wells[email protected]Dave Gorajek 
 14U August 3August 6 East HS Mark Vellucci[email protected] Dave Makara
 15U August 3August 6  East HS Andrew Pesci [email protected]TBD 
 16U+ August 3 August 6East HS  Jason Laperna [email protected]TBD 

Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Teams and Coaches

8u Thunder Red - Bruce Smith 
8u Thunder Blue - Dave Suhr
9u Thunder Red - Thomas Holewinski
9u Thunder Blue –Mike Zuehlke

10u Thunder Red – Jeff Beier
10u Thunder Blue –Leon Kashawlic

11u Thunder Red –Bobby Coppola
11u Thunder Blue - Jeff Mack

12u Thunder Red–Josh Wells
12u Thunder Blue – Dave Gorajek

13u Thunder Red –OPEN
13u Thunder Blue – Dave Makara

14u Thunder Red - Andrew Pesci
14u Thunder Blue - OPEN

15u Thunder Red – Jason LaPerna

17U Thunder Red – Jim Beers

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Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Thunder Frequently Asked Questions

Does my player need to register for tryouts?
We do ask that parents fill out a quick online form with basic player information before attending tryouts.  Players will check in prior to the tryouts.  You can pre-register your player HERE.  

There are two dates listed for tryouts – Should my player attend all of these?

If possible, it’s a great idea to make it out to all of your player’s age-appropriate events. Attending both sessions gives coaches a great opportunity to observe each player’s abilities and skills. We do understand that conflicts may arise. If you’re not able to attend all of the tryout activities, we suggest reaching out to the coaches in your son’s age group to give them a heads up along with requesting a waiver from the boys travel trustee. For families who will be out of town or unavailable during the entire tryout week, it may be possible to arrange a private tryout.

What can my son expect at tryouts?

Tryouts are structured to give players a chance to show their skills in fielding, throwing, catching, hitting, pitching, running and sliding. Coaches strive to be encouraging and positive during tryouts, even as they evaluate players and make decisions about how best to fill their rosters. We ask that players arrive dressed in baseball pants, cup, baseball hat, socks and a shirt–families have the opportunity to include information about a player’s prior team history on our registration form, if they choose.

Coaches will personally contact each player who attends tryouts within a week of the last tryout date, usually sooner.

How much does playing for Thunder cost?

The amount varies depending on the coach and level, but families can expect to pay between $700 – $1,000 for the year. This covers uniforms, equipment bags, tournament and league fees, and indoor training space during winter months. Many teams choose to do fundraisers to help offset these costs.

What is the time commitment for Thunder players?

Most teams start practice in the fall, maybe once per week. Over the winter months, practice and playing times vary–some teams practice indoors weekly. Thunder’s main playing season starts in the spring beginning around April, when players are able to get back outside. League play could include a couple of games a week, and there are many local and regional weekend tournament opportunities for our teams throughout the summer. Most teams wrap up in July.

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