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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.  Age group is based on player's age as of  May 1.  Players must attend at least one day of tryouts unless otherwise arranged with age group contact.

2024 - 2025 Tryout Registration Information

You can register for your tryouts by clicking HERE.
If you don't know which age group your child fits, you can find that information HERE.
Questions?  Please email Bruce Smith, Thunder Trustee:
[email protected]

2024-2025 Coaches

8U Red  
8U Blue  
9U Red Mike Whiton [email protected]
9U Blue Bryan Rosbury [email protected]
10U Red Dave Suhr [email protected]
10U Blue Ricky Andrews [email protected]
11U Red Bruce Smith [email protected]
11U Blue Jim Rose [email protected]
12U Red Thomas Holewinski [email protected]
12U Blue Mike Zuehlke [email protected]
13U Red Peter Brown [email protected]
13U Blue Leon Kashawlic [email protected]
14U Red Bobby Coppola [email protected]
14U Blue  
15U Red Joel Halliday [email protected]
15U Blue Dave Gorajek [email protected]
16U Red  
16U Blue  
 17U Red  

Travel Bylaws

Uniform and Logo Information

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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