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2016-2017 Tryouts are complete

All scheduled tryouts have been complete.  If you are interested in our program, please contact Mike Johnson ( or Phil Hempen ( and fill in the registration link below. 

2016-2017 Crush Tidal Waves Head Coach & Team Status

10u - Mike Chmiel - One Position Player
11u - Don Di Silvio - Roster Full
12u - Mike Johnson - Roster Full
13u - George Fickas  - Roster Full
14u - Scott Fisher  - Pitcher
16u - Mike Johnson I
16u - Phil Hempen - 1 Player
18u - Jim Summaria  - Roster Full
18u - Joey Finke - Roster Full


We have many well respected coaches in this line up as well as coaches that have led teams to STATE and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.  2016-2017 looks to be another great year!

To schedule a private tryout contact please Mike Johnson: or 847-722-3349 


Interested in being part of our organization? Please review information below and fill in registration form.

Another Great 2016 Season for Crush TIdal Waves Teams!!!!

This past season was another success for the Crush Tidal Waves Organization.  Teams played in PGF, ASA, NAFA and USSSA tournaments.  Two teams were crowned State Champions and two others finished third.  Five teams finished in the top five at Nationals. 

The 10U team led by Mike Chmiel qualified for Nationals in NAFA, ASA and PGF.  They took 1st in the Slammers Splash and ASA Roselle Rockers Fall Classic.  They placed 2nd in the Warren Wave Wipeout and had 3rd place finishes in the NAFA State and USSSA Louisville Slugger tournaments.

Mike Johnson's 11U team had a third place finish at the Bloomingdale Blast tournament.  Mike's young team came in 5th place at the USSSA State Championship and had a top ten finish at the USSSA Midwest Nationals.

The 12U team coached by George Fickas were champions in the Marengo Fall Frenzy and the NAFA Illinois Gold Qualifier.  The placed 3rd in four tournaments and qualified for NAFA and USSSA Nationals.

Scott Fisher's 13U team were the USSSA Northern Illinois State Champions.  The second year in a row they won a state championship.  They placed 2nd in three other tournaments and also had a 3rd place finish.  They qualified for USSSA and NAFA Nationals.  They are the #5 power ranked 13U team in Illinois. 

Playing a tough "A" schedule Mike Johnson's 14U team took 1st place at the NAFA Midwest Fall NIT and the Barrington Spring Classic (combination team).  They received a bid to the ASA Nationals by taking 3rd at the Queen of Diamonds tournament.  They finished in 5th place in the Gold Bracket at the NAFA Northern Nationals.  

The 14U team's head coach Becky Edmundson had a good season by winning the Barrington  Spring Classic and 2nd in the Mother's Day Bash with a combined Mike Johnson (14U) team.

Phil Hempen's 16U team placed 3rd at the USSSA 16U "A" Northern Illinois State Championship and 4th at the NAFA Open State tournament thus qualifying for Nationals in both organizations.  They finished 3rd at the NAFA Midwest Nationals in the Silver Bracket.  They placed 2nd in two other tournaments and 3rd in another.  

Jim Summaria's 16U team qualified for the PGF, USSSA and NAFA Nationals.  They were NAFA 16U Open State Champions and 4th at the USSSA Northern 16U "A" State tournament.  They placed 2nd at the NAFA Midwest Nationals in the Gold Bracket and had a top ten finish at the USSSA Nationals.  They took 2nd place at the PGF Summer Heat Wave tournament. 

The 16U team led by Neil Moravick had 2nd place finishes at the Roselle Rockers, ASA Grayslake Pride and Northbrook Spartan Gold tournaments.  They captured 3rd place at the ASA Palatine Stingray and USSSA Skokie Field of Dreams tournaments.  They qualified for both ASA and USSSA Nationals.

Joey Finke's 16U team qualified for NAFA, ASA and USSSA Nationals.  They were 2nd at the USSSA Algonquin Aces Summer Sizzler, 3rd at the ASA Aces Wild and NAFA Winter Classic tournaments.  They also finished 4th in two tournaments.   

The 18U team coached by Frank Gurgone took 4th place at the NAFA Midwest Nationals Gold Bracket and the ASA "B" Northern Nationals.  They placed 2nd at the USSSA Lisle Slammers Fall Bash and qualified for ASA, NAFA and USSSA Nationals. 

Brian Isola's 18U team qualified for the PGF, ASA and USSSA Nationals.  The won the USSSA Independence Day Blast Open Qualifier and took 2nd at the PGF Heat Summer Classic.  They also had a 2nd at the Warren Waves tournament.  They had a top ten finish at the ASA "A" Northern Nationals.      


Former CTW Player named to 2020 Greece Olympic Softball Team

Congratulation to former CTW player Eleni Polites for being named to the 2020 Olympic Softball Team for Greece.  Eleni played for the Cary Crush, Cary-Grove High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


Career Highlights

AS A SENIOR (2015): 
All-Horizon League Second Team honoree ... appeared in all but two games and started 40 in the outfield or as the designated player ... maintained UIC's best batting average through the first half of the season and closed out the year with the third-best mark of .318, .324 in conference ... claimed the third-most hits with 41 ... collected four doubles and two triples ... owned the team's second-most multi-hit games with 13, including a trio of three-hit outings against Fairfield (03/14), Monmouth (03/15) and Valparaiso (04/11) ... went on a seven-game hit streak from April 3-11 that included five multi-hit games ... was perfect at the plate against North Dakota (02/06), Maine (03/01) and Youngstown State (04/18) ... tabbed two RBI on two occasions against IUPUI (03/24) and Detroit (04/04) ... credited with the game-winning RBI in an 11-5 victory at Valparaiso ... batted .600 with three hits at the USF Under Armour Invitational (02/27-03/01) ... was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for March 9-15 after hitting .538 with seven hits, one double, one triple and a .769 slugging percentage at the UCF Spring Fling Tournament (03/13-15) ... stole a total of eight bases, including the game-winning run at Detroit (04/03) and a pair against Oakland (03/20) ... 2014-15 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete