Thank you for your interest in the Willoughby Starzz!

Established in 2003, the Willoughby Starzz have a long and established history in Northeast Ohio fastpitch. The program is based on three fundamental principles: FOCUS, INTENSITY, AND DISCIPLINE. Every manager, player, and board member strives for success on and off the field. As we look ahead to the 2019-2020 season, we hope you will find the information below helpful. If you have questions, feel free to contact the manager in your age group or Ryan Kennedy at

Tryout Dates

Players only need to attend one tryout session.

Saturday, August 3rd: 10AM-12PM
Saturday, August 3rd: 1PM-3PM
Sunday, August 4th: 10AM-12PM
Sunday, August 4th: 1PM-3PM
Tuesday, August 6th: *CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER*
Saturday, August 10th: 10AM-12PM
Sunday, August 11th: 1PM-3PM

All tryouts are located at Daniels Park, 38401 Johnnycake Ridge Rd in Willoughby. Please arrive early to complete your tryout form and warm up.

2019-2020 Managers

10u – Jamie Eck:
12u – Scott Paluscsak:
14u (’06) – Ashley Kennedy:
14u (’05) – Amanda Long:
16u (’04) – Rob Bartholomai:
16u (’03) – Steve Kelly:
18u – Rick Gialamas:

Download – Tryout Registration Form
Download – Fundraising Flyer

Willoughby Starzz tryouts cover all aspects on the game including infield drills, outfield work, base running, hitting, pitching, and catching. Everyone in attendance is introduced to the board and coaches before the tryout begins. Players will have the opportunity to meet the coach in their age group and find out what is next following the conclusion of their tryout. Families will also be given a financial overview of the upcoming season.

The number of tournaments is ultimately determined by the manager of your team but expect 6-8 summer tournaments plus some type of fall competition, either fall ball or a fall tournament. Most teams also practice indoors over the winter.

Age group is determined by birth year.

10U – 2009, 2010, 2011
12U – 2007, 2008
14U – 2005, 2006
16U – 2003, 2004
18U – 2001, 2002

Click here to view our financial overview that will also be distributed at tryouts.

The Willoughby Starzz will be including 8 bonus indoor sessions at The Dugout and 4 Speed & Strength training sessions with Elite Performance. Both are included at no extra out of pocket cost. Player fees also include optional fall play.

Our preferred indoor facility is The Cougar/Viking Dome on Tyler Blvd in Mentor. Teams often rent this space on the weekends. Teams will also be received 8 extra indoor sessions on a weeknight to hit at The Dugout during the winter at no extra out of pocket cost.

Of course! Practice and come prepared to give 100% from the moment you step on the field to the moment that you step off. Effort matters even when a mistake is made! Coaches are watching more than your skill throughout the tryout. Don’t be surprised if a coach offers you a tip or suggestion. Yes, you’re there for a tryout, but we also want you to have a positive experience and get better as a player too!