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Thunder Academy Coaches and Tryout Information
by posted 07/15/2019

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Thunder Families,

Thunder Academy is partnering with Thunder Baseball League to offer a Thunder Academy 9U Prospects Team and Thunder Academy Red/White Teams ages 10U-14U, for those families that want to get professional off season training and tournament ONLY team experience. 

All the Academy Red teams coaches are finalized. The goal was to have all non-dad coaches, however, the Academy has selected coaches at 9/10’s dads that have been vetted to be unbiased. We will select the remainder Academy White coaches, once we confirm demand for these programs.

2020 Academy Coaches:


The objectives for the Thunder Academy Red (Majors)/White (Majors/AAA) teams are threefold:

1.  Consistently compete at the highest level in the state and region.

2.  Instruct and emphasize the life lessons that athletic competition presents for youth.

3.  Prepare players to compete at the next level of competition by providing them with a foundation of fundamental skills that allow each child to maximize their natural ability.


See the links below for details of the Thunder Academy two programs:

https://Spring 2020 Academy Prospects 9U Teams Tryouts Finalv2.pdf

https://Spring 2020 Academy 10U-14U Teams Tryouts Final.pdf


All Academy Team tryouts will be held in Broomfield at

Broomfield Industrial Park (BIP) on Saturday July 27th for

9-10’s from 9AM-12PM* and 11-12’s from 1PM-3PM*. 

Sunday, July 28th for 13-14’s from 3PM-5PM.

If you are unable to make the dates above or below, email 

(*Call backs possible for “bubble” players 9-12’s from 1PM-2:30PM Wednesday, July 31st)


If you miss tryouts on the weekend, make up is Wednesday, July 31st
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Thunder Academy Indoor Facility for all age groups.

(Check-in and warm-up start at 6:00 PM)

Thunder Academy Indoor Facility is located at:
6900 W. 117th Ave
Broomfield, CO 80020

Pre-registration is REQUIRED at before tryouts.

Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball League.

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Thunder moving to DSG Blue Sombrero Platform!
by posted 07/12/2019


Thunder Baseball Families,

In coordination with RMJBL, we will be moving our website to Dicks Sporting Goods - Blue Sombrero Team Sports Headquarters platform. This is much more modern platform that is provided free by our sponsor DSG. All the member areas voted late 2018 to migrate to this new platform for scheduling and league communication. If you would like to preview our new home page, it will be located at:

This link is available on our current website  landing page now.

The page will be under construction for the next few weeks and we will be making dynamic changes periodically. We will be running both web sites until the end of 2019. We will be moving all the necessary folders and files over to the new site over time. Please provide any feedback regarding the site.

Registration and communication for 2019 fall ball will be on the current website at . New coaches applications will be on this site, the fall 2019 teams, and game schedule.

All 2020 spring players will need to set up new family and player information, since we were not able to port the old information over from our current League Athletic/SI Sports database to Blue Sombrero. 2020 spring registration opens July 15, 2019 on our new platform.

Thunder Academy website is still located at and is connected to the Team Snap platform.

Our goal is to be pro-active in our communication and should you have any questions or concerns email Abbie Schoenheider or Shawn Williamson regarding the website transition.

Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball League.

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2019 Bats for a Cure Donation Total $25,893.87
by posted 07/06/2019

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July 6, 2019


Thunder Baseball Families and Community Members,

The Thunder Baseball Board of Directors would like to thank you for supporting Thunder Baseball League and Susan G. Komen Colorado “Bats for a Cure” Tournament.  Our program is about promoting good character, developing young player’s skills in a positive manner and preparing for high school baseball and beyond. We owe our success to the wonderful support of community members like you.

We had two hundred and fifty (250) baseball teams during our eigth annual Susan G. Komen Colorado – CABA Colorado “Bats for a Cure” Baseball Tournament on May 31-June 2, 20159. All cash donations, silient auction proceeds, and specific portions of registration fees, shirt, socks, and hat sales are dedicated to Susan G. Komen Colorado©.  

Members of Thunders Board of Directors will be sending a check in the amount of $25,893.87 on July 8, 2019.  Since 2012, Thunder Baseball has raised $149,460.33 for Komen Colorado. Thank you to all of our generous community members and sponsors!

Our mission is to help develop youth into active community members using sports as the vehicle.  To support this goal, we give back to the community by supporting Broomfield High School Sports Gala, giveSPORTS, A Precious Child, and Broomfield FISH.  We are providing financial support, scholarships, volunteers, and a collection location to drop off gently used sporting equipment.  With your ongoing support, Thunder Baseball will continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.  Thank you again for your generous contributions for Komen Colorado.


Shawn Williamson

Executive Director

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Tryouts for Thunder Baseball League Teams
by posted 07/01/2019

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Thunder Families,


Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball League and continuing to "Honor the Game". Check out to see all the success our RMJBL teams had during the “End of Season” tournament. Our Machine Pitch teams had their “End of Season” tournament and Coach Schaffer’s team won the championship and Coach Hermosillo came in second place.


Many of you have questions regarding the timeline and what to expect for spring 2020. Your current coach will be submitting a list of reserved players to the league prior to the coaches meeting July 21, 2019.

2020 Registration will open July 15, 2020. You will see a different website as we are transitioning from League Athletics (LA) to Blue Sombrero (BS) for the 2020 season per the RMJBL vote last year. All RMJBL organizations will be moving to Blue Sombrero. Abbie Schoenheider our new 2020 Scheduler is migrating documentation, however, all families will need to create new family profiles, because we are not able to port the LA data to BS.

Payments can be made in full or be split into two payment with the final payment due on December 15, 2019. Your credit card used during the first payment will be charged the balance in December.  The first payment of $200 is due prior to the Draft night on August 14, 2020 for all players to be eligible for the draft and RESERVED players to be placed on the roster prior to Draft night. It is critical all RESERVED players and potential new drafted players are in the system on Draft night.


  • If your player is reserved, there is no need to attend the spring 2020 tryouts in August.
  • If your player is reserved and wants to move up to a higher level team, they are welcome to attend tryouts and if they are not picked up by a higher level team, then they will be able stay reserved on their current roster (upon approval of the head coach).
  • If your player is NOT reserved or you do not want your player reserved, then attend tryouts.



1. Players attending TRYOUTS and NOT placed or chosen on Teams will receive a FULL refund.

2. Players who attend TRYOUTS or RESERVED returning and are placed on Teams but decline to accept play for such Teams will receive a refund minus a $75.00 handling and administration fee if they:

a. Notify the League with 10 days of being placed on a team after the Coaches Draft Meeting that they do not wish to be on the TBL Team.

b. Have an injury that requires missing ALL of the season provided injury happens prior to the first game of the season (less other incurred TBL expenses to date of injury).


Tryouts for Thunder Baseball League Teams

 Saturday/Sunday at BIP

Saturday, August 10 for 8-10’s from 9AM-12PM and 11-12’s from 1-3PM.

Sunday, August 11 for 13-14’s from 11AM-1PM

Make-up tryouts all ages 6-8pm on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Thunder Academy


Contact your coaches with any questions or email , if you need additional information.

For more details review Thunder Rules and Regulations:

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Thunder Academy 2020 Expectations
by posted 06/30/2019


Thunder Families,

To learn more about the 2014 concept behind Thunder Academy visit:

Different for 2020, is all 9 to 13-year-old teams will have Head coaches that do NOT have kids on the team (the exception will be our 14’s coaches are grandfathered). Our goal is to remove the perception of “favoritism” towards the coaches and assistants’ players. We welcome any parents that wish to be assistant coaches to apply for a coaching position. Each team will need 2 to 3 assistant coaches and a team manager.

https://Thunder Academy 2020 Expectations FINALv2.pdf

Expectations for 2020 Academy Team Tryouts:

  • Only those players with serious intentions of playing on an Academy team should tryout.
  • Registration will be on the Thunder Academy
  • $100 deposit will be collected prior to any player trying out for an Academy team.
  • Thunder Academy is designed for players and families that want to take their game to the next level.
  • 100% of the deposit will be applied towards Academy fees that will secure a spot on a roster.
  • The balance of $400 will be due upon acceptance of the roster spot to ensure commitment.
  • Total fees for the program range from $2,500-$3,500 depending on age and number of tournaments.
  • If a player is not offered a spot a Red (Majors) or White (AAA) team, 100% of the fees will be refunded.
  • White teams are the developing grounds for our Red teams and both are designed for players to excel.
  • White team players may be asked to play as a guest player on the Red teams.
  • Youth male players develop at different times and Red teams will typically have openings each year.
  • Players will tryout for their respective age groups based on their age on April 30, 2020.
  • By exception only; players will be allowed to play up and must be approved by Darron Cox.
  • Teams will be composed of a minimum of 10 players, however, most will have 11/12 players per team.
  • Families will have 24 hours, once they are contacted to commit to either a Red or White team.
  • Academy teams are tournament only (35-55 games depending on age group).
  • Games can be in Phoenix, AZ, Omaha, NE and the 12’s have an opportunity for Cooperstown, NY.
  • All Academy teams will be held to high standards and embody a PCA defined Triple Impact Player.
  • Red and White teams will get the same training and coaching by Darron Cox and staff.
  • A flyer describing the off-season workouts, video analysis, team practice, etc., will be available in June.


Contact or for more information. Thank you!

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Tryout Clinics Coming Soon!
by posted 06/22/2019


Thunder Families,

Save the date of July 24th or August 7th, for a pre-tryout clinic. Details are in the email link and below:


https://2019 Tryout Clinic Final.pdf


Pre-registration is REQUIRED at

Click on the big red REGISTER NOW button.

This is open to all Thunder players and others to help prepare for either

Thunder Academy or Thunder Baseball League tryouts.

Choose one or both:


Thunder Academy Tryout Clinic July 24, 2019 from 3-5pm at BIP for $20

Thunder Academy Tryout Clinic August 7, 2019 from 3-5pm at BIP for $20


Tryouts can be an overwhelming time in your child’s life (and yours, too!), especially as kids grow older and the game gets more competitive. Landing a spot on the team of your choice means that you must know what the team is looking for. The good news is that usually, most baseball teams are looking for positive, confident and athletic players to join their team.

Thunder Academy will be providing a pre-Tryout Clinic to help players prepare for Tryouts. There is a nominal fee of $20 to participate and pre-registration is required online. Walk ups are accepted, however, they still must register and pay online to participate in the clinic.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED at before the clinic.

Practice and preparation go a long way in making your child feel confident and in control during tryouts. For two weeks prior to the tryout, spend time practicing skills like throwing, hitting and fielding. Have your child get dressed in the appropriate gear – baseball pants, jersey, cleats – so that you know everything fits and is comfortable!




Who is eligible?
Youth baseball players who are between the ages of 8-14 (as of April 30, 2020) can register to participate in the Thunder Academy Tryout Camp on July 24, 2019 and/or August 7, 2019.

What is involved?
Position players will be evaluated based on Speed (40 or 60-yard sprint), throwing, defense and hitting. Pitchers may be evaluated by throwing bullpen. Other drills or live game situations as time permits. The session will run approximately two hours.

Why should I have my player attend?
Thunder Academy Tryout Camp is the best way to ensure players are prepared for Thunder Academy Tryouts July 27-28, 2019 or Thunder Baseball League Tryouts August 10-11, 2019 for spring 2020 teams. This will provide insight to the process, help build confidence, and is a good opportunity to showcase your player.

Who will be evaluating the players?
Players will be informally evaluated by the Thunder Baseball Academy staff. Feedback with Thunder Baseball Academy coaches will be discussed with players after the clinic. Darron Cox will be available after the clinic.

What is the cost?
Players must register individually for this event. Online registration is now open at (click on the big red REGISTER NOW button) and the fee for a Thunder Academy Tryout Camp is $20 per participant.

Is this a Tryout for Thunder Academy teams?
No, this is not a Tryout for Thunder Academy. This clinic is designed to help new and experienced players the fundamentals of showing well at tryouts. However, if you are not able to make the Thunder Academy Tryouts on July 27-28 or the 31st, please let the registrar know at check-in that you have registered for the Academy Tryouts in addition to the clinic. Darron Cox will be notified and your player will be considered for an Academy team for 2020. Your $20 will be credited to your account if you make an Academy team. 

What is the refund policy?
A full refund, less a $10 administration fee, will be granted if registration is cancelled at least 48 hours prior to clinic date. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the clinic will not receive a refund.

Additional questions?


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Thunder Dugout Policy
by posted 04/13/2019



Thunder Families,


As we begin our season, a reminder that your job as a baseball parent is to encourage your player and all the players on your team. It's recommended to tell your player that "you love to watch them play the game". Directly after the game, there is no need to talk about specific mistakes or things they could improve upon, rather take the time to enjoy a special meal or treat. These are special times and let them enjoy being kids. Let the coaches handle training tactical, fundamental and mental side of the game to your players. They will be in High School sports before you know it and the expectations of players from coaches are different.


Also, the dugout is a sacred place for players and coaches. Thunder Baseball League and Thunder Academy Dugout Policy:  ONLY PLAYERS AND OFFICIALLY ROSTERED COACHES are allowed in the dugouts during games (this applies to all games, regular season, postseason, fall ball and any exhibition games) The only exception will be if a coach asks a parent to help or fill-in for a missing coach and/or specifically asks that a parent be in the dugout for a particular game. No siblings (unless serving as batboy/girl), friends, parents, grandparents, etc. are allowed in dugouts during games. This applies from pre-game warm-ups until the coach dismisses the players after the game. The only exception is in the case of a serious injury to a player.


Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball.

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2019 FCA Golf Marathon at Omni Interlocken
by posted 03/09/2019

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Thunder Families,

My name is Tab Howell, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Area Director Boulder/Broomfield. I am working this summer with FCA Greater Denver Area golf fundraiser at the Omni Interlocken (Broomfield) on July 29, 2019.

I only have a flyer (see link below) at this time and I will have a playbook soon which explains the logistics of the fundraiser. I can have 4 golfers total, 2 teams of 2.  It is $5,000 a team or $2,500 a person.  It is 100 holes of golf.  Most participants have people sponsor them, such as 1, 2 or 3 dollars per hole etc.  

For my ministry in Boulder/Broomfield : the funds raised will help me meet the budget for my position as the Area Director to the Boulder/Broomfield area.  This will also include starter money for new hires.  I currently have approximately 15 high schools and 20 middle schools that have no FCA presence and I need to hire staff to minister to these campuses.  The money raised also goes towards camps so that we can scholarship students as well as support the FCA/Special Olympics camp that we are starting for the first time this summer.  I am also responsible for the CU campus and hiring the chaplain for the CU football team.  I also manage my own huddles (Bible studies) on school campuses as well as in the community with club teams/leagues with students and coaches.

To learn more about FCA visit or contact me with any questions prior to my April deadline.

Kind regards,


Tab Howell

FCA Area Director Boulder/Broomfield



https:2019 FCA Golf Marathon flyer.pdf

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2019 TBL Annual Calendar
by posted 03/01/2019



Thunder Families,


The 2019 spring season will be here before you know it! The Academy teams finished their first week of training.

All Thunder Baseball League players can get extra work with individual private professional lessons. Players can invest in the Progressive Hitting and Progressive Pitching programs that are currently taking registrations. For more information, see Club News on the Thunder Baseball League website or contact Thunder Academy Office Manager   


We are excited to present the attached “2019 TBL Annual Calendar” to help plan your season. Some dates and times are “subject to change”. Thunder Baseball League offers many different opportunities beyond league baseball games.


Exciting events like “Opening Day, Team Picture Day, Day at the Rockies, and Bats for a Cure Tournament” help build our Thunder Community. Talk to your team manager to ensure you don’t miss any important events.


Make it a great day!


https://2019 TBL Annual Calendar v1.pdf


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11 important ways!
by posted 12/07/2018



Thunder families,

Youth baseball parents have a difficult job. On top of making sure your child is dressed, fed and prepared, you get to sit in the stands while all of the pressure rests on your player.

However, there are several things that you can do that will not only help your child, but help your coach and the team. A team of parents who fulfill these 11 roles is most likely to have a drama-free season!

11 important ways that youth baseball parents can support their child, team and coach.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering is the first and most obvious way you can help your coach. It’s the most visible way you can contribute to the team.

Assistant Coach: Do you have experience as a baseball player or coach? If you have a desire to teach, this is a great option. But the motivation must be for you to help the entire team, not just your child.

This is something to consider for the experienced baseball parent. Instead of complaining on the sidelines, be part of the solution!

Scorekeeping: Your coach may need two or three scorekeepers. Some teams choose to have both a pencil and paper scorekeeper as well as a parent who manages the scoring virtually like with Gamechanger or iScore. Some teams may even need a parent keeping track of innings or pitches.

Some teams experiment with a defensive scorekeeper this season — that’s going to require yet another volunteer!

Fundraising: Travel baseball is expensive. Most teams have some sort of fundraising or process to recruit sponsors to help with the costs.

Of course, doing these things well requires some skill. A good fundraiser is an organizer and networker. If that’s you, let your coach know!

Team Manager and Culture Keeper: Maybe the most important role. Your coach needs someone who is a liaison between the parents and coach. This person is the buffer for complaints and helps with communication.

Additionally, a team parent is often the one who collects paperwork and makes sure everyone is paid up and eligible. These are responsibilities that, if taken on by the head coach, can add significant stress and distraction.

2. Provide Healthy, Timely Meals

Don’t be that parent who doesn’t feed your child prior to a game. And don’t be that parent who sends your child to the dugout with a bag of fast food prior to warmups.

We know that home cooked meals are a challenge during baseball season. However, it doesn’t need to be a gourmet meal. Your child needs fruits, vegetables, protein and water to supply the energy needed to get through a day of games.

Please, no fries. No soda. No candy.

Timeliness is important, too. A meal shouldn’t be consumed on the way to the game. Have something ready in between games, too!

3. Enforce a Curfew

Traveling is one of the fun experiences of tournament ball. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of staying up too late prior to morning games.

Your coach has plenty to worry about. He doesn’t need to add tired kids to his list of concerns.

Understand the schedule, and establish a reasonable curfew for your child even if your coach does not.

4. Be Dependable

It’s not expected that you’ll make every practice. And exceptions can even be made for missing the occasional game. But please… Please be dependable.

Make attending practices — on time — a priority. Make getting to games — on time — a priority.

In fact, you can relieve a lot of coaching stress by not only arriving on time, but by getting there 10 or 15 minutes early.

Of course, you may have conflicts. But when you know of these conflicts, you need to tell your coach ahead of time so that he knows — and remind him a week and a few days ahead of time!

5. Stay Away From the Dugout!

This is a pet peeve of ours, and we think we speak for most coaches. When the game begins, let your child be.

We know this is tough. It’s tough for us, too, when we are attending our kids’ games as a spectator. And we admit that we occasionally violate this rule.

But this can be a major problem. You think you are helping, but it often isn’t the case.

Your child just made an error in the field. Or he did something wrong that you think needs to be corrected. Resist the urge and stay away.

Ultimately, your coach or his assistants are the ones who need to talk to your child during the game. They may have already, and you didn’t see it. But your involvement often makes things worse.

Your child wants to please you. Your presence at the dugout only reinforces that they messed up. This often leads to tears and more emotion than was there prior to you being at the dugout.

Additionally, your advice may not be consistent with what the coach is telling your child. So while you think you know the perfect thing to say in that situation, your encouragement may just cause more confusion.

6. Reinforce the Message

Understand the coach’s philosophy. Know the approach and strategies that he teaches. And support that approach.

Let’s say that your son swung at the first pitch late in a game when he was given the take sign. Support your coach by explaining that approach and why your child should follow it. Don’t completely oppose your coach by saying that he was right to swing in that situation.

You need to be an extension of your coach. Even in cases where you disagree, it’s important that the kids buy into the system. Conflicting messages only makes things more difficult.

Treat your player to ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even a frozen slurpee after a game. Avoid the temptation to discuss the baseball game in the car ride home. The best thing to say is "I love to watch you play". Players need to know you are sharing the experience good or bad.

7. Remain Positive

When the team is struggling, remain positive. Cheer louder. Encourage the players. Remain positive about the team when talking to your child.

Just as importantly, remain positive when your child is struggling. Don’t yell at them during a game after they make a mistake. Talk constructively with them about their struggles after the game.

These kids will be kids. They can be delicate emotionally. Your coach needs you to remain positive to keep them positive since the mental side of the game is so important.


It’s exciting when your child makes a big play. It always means a little bit more when it’s your child who is in the spotlight. But there are 10 other kids out there. Cheer them on!

This is where it becomes a baseball family. Don’t be on an island, only supporting your own child. And if players other than your child make mistakes, encourage them, too.

Treat these kids the way you want the other parents treating your own.

You may get frustrated with other players on the team. Avoid talking negatively about them in front of your child as they are bound to take that with them.

9. Show Appreciation

We don’t want to be a martyr here, but being a coach is hard. It’s stressful. It’s rare that everyone is happy. We don’t get paid. We lose sleep and our health can suffer. 

Appreciate the sacrifices your coach makes!

Oftentimes parents will get together to get the coach or coaches a gift at the end of the season. That’s awesome and appreciated. But keep them in mind during the season, too.

No, that doesn’t mean you need to keep giving them gifts. Just appreciate all that they are going through. Reflect that in the way you talk to and about your coach.

10. Avoid the Drama

It’s funny. When a team is playing well, everything is right with the world. But as soon as things start going downhill for a youth baseball team, watch out!

Fingers are pointed. People start complaining. Arguments begin.

Don’t be part of this madness. It’s not helping. And really, it’s this drama that creates the cracks that inevitably lead to a team imploding.

11. Communicate Well

You won’t always agree with your coach. But when that happens, know how to handle it.

Don’t yell at a coach during a game. Don’t walk through the dugout and onto the field to ask why your son is on the bench. Don’t send a series of long emails at midnight after a game.

Yes, you might imagine that we’ve experienced all of these things. But our experiences are not unique. As great as the families have been during my years of coaching, these things happen to all coaches.

Don’t ever talk to a coach during a game about your child’s playing time. Seriously. Please, avoid this at all costs. You won’t get what you want, and in fact you may just get the opposite.

When emotions are high, emails are also a bad idea. It’s far too easy for tone and intentions to be miscommunicated. Emotional emails almost always make things worse.

Follow a 24-hour cool-down period. If you’re upset, don’t talk to the coach after the game. Think about it for the next 24 hours. You may even realize that whatever was bothering you isn’t a big deal after all.

If you still need to talk, set up a time to chat face-to-face with the coach. Do so calmly. Don’t be combative or confrontational. Again, understand the complexities that go with coaching and trying to keep everyone happy.


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