Tryout Info

Location: Rich Valley Baseball Complex - 1841 105th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Date: October 1st
Ages & Times: 10u, 11u, 12u @ 10am - Check In at 9am (Tools Tryout Only)

Ages & Times: 13u, 14u @ 2pm - Check In at 1:30 (Infield/Outfield - game)

Date: October 8th
Ages & Times: 15u (2026) @ 9am - Check In at 8:30am

Ages & Times: 16u (2025) & 17u (2024) @ 1:30pm - Check In at 1pm

What to Expect and Tryout Details

Age Level

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

Our teams are mainly put together by graduation year which would include: 2024, 2025 and 2026 graduates for our HS age levels.  Our youth program will go by age level

What to bring ...

Tryouts are a relatively long day so make sure you bring water and snack.  Please wear a full uniform 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.  If tryouts are outside, please wear spikes.  If they are indoors, please wear turf shoes.

What to expect ...

Expect a lot of kids, good competition and a good baseball setting.  Each player go through defensive work including outfield, infield, catcher pop times, batting practice and bullpens.

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: with your situation and I'll make it work.

Blizzard Tryout Format (*tryouts will be adjusted for indoor workouts)


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

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

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


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

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  • Footwork and Hands
  • Proper throwing technique
  • Quickness
  • Athletic ability and hustle
  • Superior arm strength


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

  • Ability to judge fly balls, athleticism and hustle
  • to the left, right, in and back
  • 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


Each player will receive 10 – 20 pitches

  • 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


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 (if space allows)

Players 14u-18u will run timed 60 yard dashes

Players 13u and under will run a 40 yard dash (if time permits)


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.