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Aurora Baseball & Softball Academy Open for Business

Aurora Baseball & Softball Academy, 300 N. Highland Ave, Aurora, IL 60506, will be open for business starting January 4, 2020.  

 We will offer individual training, team training, classes and camps for hitting, pitching and catching for all ages.  We will also conduct team training and have rental space available for teams or individuals.  All cages are 14' wide, with 5 of them at 70' long.

We will have HitTrax, Rapsodo (for pitching) and utilize Driveline Pitching Program.  Additionally we have a full weight room and cardio area for team or individual strength and conditioning training.  3 month (only 30 will be made available) and Annual Memberships (only 50 will be made available) with unlimited access to the facility will be discounted during the grand opening.  Classes, clinics and 1:1 training can be booked on-line or in-person.  You can book classes, clinics, lessons, or cage rentals online by clicking HERE.

With over 12,000 square feet of space, there will be plenty of space to address your training needs


Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri:  5:30pm to 10pm

Sat: 9am to 6pm

Sun: 9am to 4pm

If you are interested in other times, please contact us to discuss your needs at 630-229-6527 (office) or by email at

Registrations for classes, memberships, clinics and 1:1 training is now available at

2020 Season Tryouts - Players Needed

We are still looking for a few following players at the following age groups to complete our 2020 rosters:

12U - 1 player

13U - 1 player

15u/16u - 2 to 3 players (pitchers preferred)

17u/18u - 2 players (pitchers and catchers preferred)

22U - looking for 4 players (pitchers, MI and catchers preferred)

If interested, please contact Matt Gray at 630-258-2894 or


ATB Announces 2020 Hosted Tournaments


Aurora Travel Baseball organization will be hosting two tournaments for the 2020 season.

ATB will host our 11th annual Spring Fling Tournament Friday, May 1st - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 in Aurora, IL.  This tournament will be for 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u and 14u travel teams.  This is a THREE GAME GUARANTEE!  9u through 13u FOR $475 and 14u will be $550! 14u plays on grass fields with permanent mounds. No elite or select travel teams please.  We will break out into two divisions, Gold (A) and Silver (B) for each age group if enough registrants.  See the attached registration form for further details. Discounts apply for entries from multiple teams within an organization or if registered prior to 01/31/20.  

Please Note: There is a 12 team limit at 9u through 12u, we have the ability to host 16 teams at 13u and 16 teams at 14u.

ATB will be hosting our 10th annual Summer Heat Tournament Friday, June 12th - Sunday, June 14th, 2020.  This tournament is for 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u and 14u travel teams.  This is a THREE GAME GUARANTEE! 9u through 13u for $475 and 14u for $550! 14u plays on grass fields with permanent mounds.  We will break out into two divisions, Gold (A) and Silver (B) for each age group if enough registrants.  No elite or select travel teams please.  Please see the attached registration form for further details. Discounts apply for entries from multiple teams within an organization or if registered prior to 2/28/20.  

Please Note: There is a 12 team limit at 9u through 12u, we have the ability to host 16 teams at 13u and 16 teams at 14u.

Online Registration:  You can now register for each of these tournaments on-line through the links created below and pay with credit card, e-check or by mailing a check.  

Further information and registration can be found on our tournaments page or by clicking here.




2020 Season Tryouts

Age Group Date(s) Time Location
9U & 10U Thurs, 7/25 & Mon, 7/29 6pm-7pm New Haven South, 736 W. New Haven Ave, Aurora, IL
11U & 12U Thurs, 7/25 & Mon, 7/29 7pm-8pm New Haven South, 736 W. New Haven Ave, Aurora, IL
13U Thurs, 7/25 & Mon, 7/29 6pm-8pm New Haven North, 736 W. New Haven Ave, Aurora, IL
14U Mon. 7/22 & Wed. 7/24 6pm-8pm

Stuart Sports Complex (South Complex) - Field H

Rte 30 and Griffin Drive, Montgomery, IL

15U/16U & 17U/18U Mon. 7/22 & Wed 7/24 6pm-8pm Stuart Sports Complex (South Complex) - Field H Rte 30 and Griffin Drive, Montgomery, IL


Tryouts for Monday, 7/29 for 9u-13u have been cancelled due to weather.  I've sent an email out to all registrants.  New dates will be finalized in the next day or two.

Please register here for the 2020 tryouts.

We will field teams at the 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U/16U & 17U/18U for the 2020 season.  We will look to field teams at the 9u, 10u and 11u age groups as well, depending on the number of kids we have at tryouts.

Over the past 9 years, the Aurora Thunder have become one of the most recognized programs in the State of Illinois and the Midwest region.  Through the hard work and dedication of our players, coaches, families, sponsors and volunteers - we are making a difference in our community.  We have many former collegiate players coaching in our program and teaching lessons throughout the year.  All of our high school aged elite teams have played in premier college showcase events throughout the Midwest, which provides opportunities for our kids to get seen by as many college coaches as possible.  Over the past two years, we have seen more than twenty-five of our kids go on to play college baseball.  We look to continue that momentum each and every year.



2019 College commitments

Rocky Lutz - Sauk Valley Community College

Jacob Ryan - University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Daniel Seibert - Sauk Valley Community College

Conner Lentz - Sauk Valley Community College

Travis Coleman - Black Hawk Community College

Jay Schueler - Parkland College

Cliff Vickers - College of DuPage

Evan Camper - Upper Iowa University


2018 College commitments

Jacob Gray - Aurora University

Cameron Zimmeron - Ripon College

Caleb Ziehr - Saint Xavier University

Ty Liaromatis - Illinois Benedictine

Zach Haddox - Illinois Benedictine

Stephen Sewruk - Illinois Benedictine

Andy Velazquez - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mark Sommers - Waubonsee Community College

Dayne Frederick - Judson University

Zach Zavasnik - Olivet Nazarene University

Jordan Perez - Sauk Valley Community College

Deondre Perkins - Sauk Valley Community College

Alberto Martinez - Waubonsee  Community College

2017 college commitments

David Woods - Carthage College

Ricky Perez - Iowa State


The Registration "HOME" is not currently available.

COACHES WANTED - Fall 2019/Summer 2020

Aurora Travel Baseball is seeking qualified high school assistant coaches for 2020 season at (17U/18U) and youth travel assistant baseball  coaches (12, 13U and 14U) for the 2020 spring/summer season. These are part-time positions at each age group, which will conclude upon the completion of the 2019 summer season.  This position will begin in August 2019 with potential weekly practices and fall baseball games in advance of preparing for winter workouts starting in winter 2019 and will continue into the spring and summer season, wrapping up in mid to late July 2020.

Our program consists of non-parent coaching if possible and strives to prepare our kids to play at the next level.  Our younger teams will focus on player development and building the bridge to the next year, while playing in very competitive tournaments.  Our goals for our high school teams (15u - 18u) will be to participate in a number of top national collegiate showcase tournaments, which will provide access to numerous college coaches and some scouts at most games/tournaments.

Responsibilities include on-field coaching, pregame preparation, practice organization, mentoring players, and day to day communication with players, parents, college coaches and scouts (at the high school level).

We are seeking candidates that have previous coaching or playing experience at the high school, college, or professional level. The candidate must have strong communication skills and knowledge in the game of baseball. 

At the high school level, the candidate must be able to communicate to college coaches and scouts regarding the skill set and abilities of players. Further, the candidate must have schedule flexibility throughout the summer, as we play a very competitive schedule throughout the Midwest.

If you are interested in this position please send a resume to, or call Matt at (630) 258-2894.

4th Annual USSSA Memorial Day Classic - 13u Champions - Aurora Thunder

4th Annual USSSA Memorial Day Classic - 13u Champions - Aurora Thunder

Aurora Thunder 2018 Poker & Bags Fundraiser


2018 7th Annual Aurora Thunder Poker and Bags Tournament

The Aurora Thunder will host our 7th Annual Poker and Bags Tournament on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Bliss Creek Golf Club in the Pine Room, located at 1 Golfview Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.  Event will run from 5pm to 1am CST.

Bags Registration is closed as of 10pm on Feb 23rd, 2018.  Poker registration is still open.  

There are over $5,000 in raffle prizes as of Feb 1st, 2018:

Two – LG 49” 1080p HD Smart TV’s
Cubs tickets – (3 sets, which is 4 seats to a game x 3 games – one set will be over a $500 value, one will be over a $400 value and the third will be between a $300 value and $400 value)
Kris Bryant 4th of July Jersey
Rounders Autographed Poster
John Lackey Cubs Plaque
Chicago Wolves – 2 seats for 1 game
Paramount Theater – 2 seats to any show in 2018
Praxis Fit – 1 month free gym membership 
Northwestern Medicine – 1 month free gym membership
Delnor Health & Fitness - 1 month certificate ($185 value)
Bulldog Ale House – 3 x $10 gift certs
Epic Air - $75 gift basket
Aurora Skate Center – 10 tickets for free skating
Kane County Cougars – 2  tickets for a game 
Coopers Hawk – wine tasting for 4
Blackberry Oaks – Two foursomes including cart – weekday golf
Cubs tickets (don’t know if 2 or 4 seats for 2 games or 4 seats for 1 game)
Liquor/wine basket – a few of these are being put together
Womens Spa Package – a couple of these have been put together
Escape Room/Haunted House package
Cubs Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Sox Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Blackhawks Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Movie Night basket
Restaurant certificates
Eagle Brook (private club) – golf foursome package
Bliss Creek – golf foursome package
Go For It Sports Dome –  free turf rental
Bogies Indoor Golf Club & Fore! Family Fun - Foursome Mini Golf

Aurora Travel Baseball Players -News


Thunder 17u players named all-conference:
Jacob Gray was named 1st team All-Conference in the Upstate 8 as a junior as well as a nomination by the conference coaches to the Chicagoland Classic Collegiate Showcase. It is a two day showcase event with the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of more than 100 college coaches and professional scouts. Coaches from the Big 10, Big XII, Pac 12, SEC, Ivy League, several Division II and Division III schools and U.S. service academies are registered to attend.

Caleb Ziehr, also a junior, was named 2nd team All-Conference in the Big Northern Conference. Caleb was also nominated to play in a conference tournament featuring all conference players from the Big Northern Conference and the NIC 10 Conference later this summer.

Congratulations to Jacob Gray and Caleb Ziehr.


Former Aurora Travel Baseball players making trip to IHSA 3A State Playoffs:
Jackson Best, Eric Lundell, Elias Flowers and Jake Carlson - all sophomores at Marmion Academy. Go Cadets and good luck at state.



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