Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Brookfield East Jr. Spartans?

We are a select baseball organization based in the 'Elmbrook' area focused on developing our players between the ages of 8/9 through 14 years old.  Our players typically are in the Brookfield East High School District and neighboring communities. We strive to be a high-quality organization that prepares our kids to play baseball at the high school level as well as to succeed for life after baseball.

Where do we play?

We have 4 beautiful home fields which are located at Elm Grove Village Park & Wirth Park.  Each park field has a nearby playground for siblings, as well as nearby trails if you want to go for a run, walk or bike ride.  Our training facility is nearby in Menomonee Falls just North of Brookfield East HS.  Away games & tournaments are typically in and around Waukesha County or surrounding counties.

How many teams do you have?

Our core philosophy is based on starting with great coaches and focusing on development for the kids. We are NOT looking to be the biggest program but we strive to be one of the best. With that said, our fields allow us up to 14 teams, 2 teams each age level from U8 to U14.

What does it cost to be a Jr. Spartan?

We are charging $725 per player which is on the low end compared to other select baseball organizations in Southeast Wisconsin. We conduct two fundraiser events as well.  We are a non-profit organization so all remaining funds and donations get put back into the program. With excess funds and sponsorship donations we can keep our fees low, bring in professional coaching to enrich our player's development, maintain our facilities, and purchase new team equipment.

Can my kid play other sports?

We encourage and support multi-sport athletes.  Multiple sports develop great athletes and reduce injuries.  However, we expect our players to commit to their baseball season April-July, prioritize in-season games & tournaments, and don’t abuse missing practice time. Over-communication with your coaching staff is also a key to success.

How many games are played at each level?

This is at the coach's discretion; however, our program usually has 14-18 league games held during the weeknights.  Our teams play in either the SYBL state league or MYBL major league.  Add 4-6 tournaments for the season, your player should expect to play in total of approximately 30-40 games. Also expect the number of games to increase as your player gets older.

When are tryouts (registration), when are parents notified, how are teams formed?

Each season early offers may be extended and tryouts occur at the end of July or early August. At U8/U9, and after, head coaches have priority to their players to inform parents about tryouts or offers. Teams are not explicitly formed as A/B. Head coaches are given control as to the makeup of their team.  After tryouts, roster spots are filled through our formalized offer process. An acceptance with full payment secures early offers and tryout offers.

How is this different than Little League or Rec baseball?

Jr. Spartans is a developmental, competitive, select baseball program. Age-appropriate fundamental baseball skills are required for a player to succeed at this level.  New players will be evaluated on these skills at our annual tryout process.  Existing players are continuously evaluated during each season: skill level, coachability, commitment, teamwork, and demonstration of the values of the program’s mission statement.

Hierarchy of nearby programs:

  • Community-Based Select Baseball Club
    • Brookfield East Jr Spartans
      • Participate in Select Leagues and Tournaments competing against other community-based select teams
      • Team plays together all season & typically stays together season after season
      • High School Feeder Organization – Affiliated with HS Coaches
      • Most competitive
  • Supplemental Tournament Team
    • Elmbrook Braves
      • Tournament only select team
      • Players must play league with a different Little League team in the same season.
        • Two different teams, two different coaches, with two different levels of play.
      • Competitive
  • Little League / Parks & Rec Teams
    • Elmbrook Little League (EBLL)
    • City of Brookfield Parks & Rec
      • Entry-level competition

How are coaches selected?

We have a recruiting process of coaches from nearby youth programs to ensure we have as many high-quality coaches in place before tryouts. All coaches go through a background check. Our focus is on a coaching staff with baseball & youth coaching experience but focused on a fun, developmental environment.

Do teams travel out of state?

Only U12 or older teams typically participate in an out-of-state tournament. This could be Cooperstown, Field of Dreams, Myrtle Beach, Missouri, Wisconsin Dells or additional tournaments in the Midwest area.

Do you have volunteer requirements?

No! There are no mandatory volunteer requirements, or deposits. We do ask for participation on the Board, or supporting roles, if interested.  Our teams have two fundraising events for additional program funds: our Holiday T-shirt sale and NCAA March Madness pool.  If interested in volunteering, feel free to contact us.

What roles are on the board?

The Board of Directors is made up of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, we have Trustees who in combination with the Board have voting rights. Trustee roles include Facilities, Marketing, Fundraising, Program Development and more.