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UF's Logan Shore prepares for Omaha

06/09/2015, 2:45pm CDT
By SEC Network

Shore, a 2013 Blizzard grad, getting ready for World Series

SEC Video Link Florida starting pitcher Logan Shore talks about the Gators' preparation for the CWS

Blizzard Elite Program - Quick View

What does the Blizzard Elite Program and Fee cover?

  • AFBL Fall League
  • AFBL World Series VII
  • 5 tournaments
  • Coaches
  • Summer Practices (August - September)
  • Winter Practice (October - March)
    • Weekend Team Practices
    • Weekday Small Groups
  • Arm Care Program (Beyond Pitching)
  • Each Player receives J-Bands
  • Game and Practice Fields   
  • Showcase Invite (paid separately)
  • Tournament fees paid
  • Gate fees paid
  • Hotel Fees are included (14u-18u).  For ages 13u and under, hotel rooms will be blocked off by the Blizzard, but paid for by the parents. 
  • Transportation.  All age groups will have a team car/van, but we’ll request some help getting players to and from fields.
  • Facility Membership and Lessons
  • Lesson Discounts (through May 1st, 2015)
  • Uniforms, Apparel and Equipment
  • Developmental and College Consultations
  • Team Bonding – October 16th – 18th   
  • End of Year Banquet & Awards Ceremony
  • Fees do not include – player's airline tickets and meal money

Blizzard Fall Program - Quick View

What does the Blizzard Fall Program and Fee cover?

  • AFBL Fall League
  • AFBL World Series VII
  • 1 Tournament (All Blizzard Gold Fall teams will travel to one tournament in mid-October in Wisconsin or Kansas City)
  • Coaches
  • Summer Practices (August - September)
  • Game and Practice Fields   
  • Showcase Invite (paid separately)
  • Facility Membership and Lessons
  • Lesson Discounts (through December 31st, 2015)
  • Uniforms, Apparel and Equipment
  • Developmental and College Consultations

This year, we will be holding off-site tryouts in southern and northern Minnesota to scout the top players in high school to play for our regionally-based (Twin Cities) teams.  Registration and tryout format is the same.  Out-state players are welcome to come to our standard workout/tryout but our off-site tryouts are made for those who may not be able to make the drive but are still interested in playing with our Minnesota Blizzard Elite teams.  Please check for dates in Duluth, Alexandria and Mankato, Minnesota.  See you soon! -Coach Barta!

OFF-SITE TRYOUTS

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 27 10am 15u, 16u, 17u, 18u Wade Stadium - Duluth, MN off-site tryouts
June 28 10am 15u, 16u, 17u, 18u Knute Nelson - Alexandria, MN off-site tryouts
June 29 10am 15u, 16u, 17u, 18u Franklin Rogers - Mankato, MN off-site tryouts

2017 Blizzard Elite and Fall Tryout Information

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 27 9am 16u Century College
June 28 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 16u Call Back Games Century College
June 29 Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
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July 5th 9am 9u, 10u, 11u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 5th 1pm 12u, 13u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 6th 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 12u/13u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 7th
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July 10th 9am 17u/18u Century College
July 11th 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 12th 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 13th Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
July 14th Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
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July 17th 9am 14u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 18th 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 14u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 19th 9am 15u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 20th 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 15u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 21st Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex

Field address, what to bring and what to expect at tryouts

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2018 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2018) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2017, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2018.

Rich Valley Baseball Complex
1841 105th St E, Inver Grove Heights 55077

Century College
3300 Century Ave N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

What to bring ...

Tryouts are a relatively long day so make sure you bring water, snack and sun screen.  Please wear a full uniform including spikes and glove.  Each player will receive a hat at the tryout.  If you have your own bat, bring it otherwise we will have some there for you to borrow.

What to expect ...

Expect a lot of kids, good competition and a good baseball setting.  Each player will run a 60 yard dash (40 yard for 10u-13u), go through defensive work including outfield, infield, catcher pop times, batting practice and bullpens.

After Day 1, we will post call back rosters immediately the same day on our website (www.blizzardelitebaseball.com) and you will return (if need be) to play a scrimmage where pitchers throw a controlled inning against hitters.

Posting Rosters ...

We will post rosters no later than July 23rd our website. 

Players who cannot make tryouts or who have to leave early ...

If you are a player who cannot make a tryout, you should come to the next closest age group to be graded out.  Please email me at: abarta@minnesotabaseballacademy.com with your situation and I'll make it work.  We also have designated days on our "Tryout Dates" to choose from. 

If you have to leave early for a tournament, please let us know and we'll make sure we get you out of there as soon as possible - no problem !

Tryout Day 1 - Hitting, Fielding, Running and Pitching

 

HITTING

Each player will receive between 7 – 10 pitches from a coach.

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Set-up
  2. Swing
  3. Balance
  • Ability to make solid contact
  • Superior power
  • Overall athletic ability and talent

INFIELD

Each player will receive 5 – 8 ground balls hit at them, to their right and left

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Footwork and Hands
  2. Proper throwing technique / body control
  3. Quickness / lateral movements
  4. Accuracy
  • Athletic ability and hustle
  • Superior arm strength

OUTFIELD

Each Player will receive 4 – 8 fly balls hit at them, to their right and left

  • Ability to judge fly balls, athleticism and hustle
  • Range to the left, right, in and back
  • Catching the ball hit at player, to the right and left

Fielding the ball on the ground and make a proper and quick transfer

  • Superior arm strength

PITCHING

Each player will receive 10 – 20 pitches / or throw one inning

  • Mechanics – must show the ability to have consistent mechanics from the wind-up and stretch position
  • Velocity– player should have above average velocity relative to age group
  • Movement and Action– player (relative to age) should show ability to have movement on fastball and action on secondary pitches
  • Location – player should have the ability to throw all pitches in the strike zone

CATCHING

Each player will receive 5 balls thrown from an evaluator and/or pitcher

  • Catching and Receiving – player should be able to catch the ball without struggling and should be able to show the ability to frame pitches in and around the strike zone
  • Arm Strength – player should have above-average arm strength relative to age group and have the ability to throw to 2nd base with relative ease and little or no arch
  • Blocking– player should not move out of the way of a bounced ball and should make an effort to display proper blocking technique and hustle

RUNNING

  • Players 14u-18u will run timed 60 yard dashes
  • Players 13u and under will run a 40 yard dash (if time permits)

Player should sign up online by AT LEAST one day before their tryout.

Check-in

When players arrive, they must check in at the check-in tent and get their player # and get their picture taken.  Please arrive at least 45 minutes before tryouts.  All players will receive a Blizzard hat at tryouts.

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2018 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2018) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2018, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2018.

Tag(s): Test  Blizzard Elite '16-'17  Blizzard Fall 2016