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“Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award

"Jake Kuschke" Leadership Awards Announced

04/23/2018, 6:00am CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

Annual Awards Banquet | 2017-2018 Season comes to end

“Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award

Jake Kuschke, a 2012 graduate, played in the Blizzard program for four years and demonstrated all the characteristics of being a leader.  This award not only demonstrates achievements on the field, but more importantly, the leadership off the field.  The “Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award is awarded to the player who demonstrates the ability to being a great teammate, a mentor to younger players, a great student, hard worker and is always there for those who need to be 'picked up'.

"Jake Kuschke" Leadership Award Recipients


(above) C Jake Kuschke / 2012 Blizzard graduate

"Congrats to all Blizzard award winners. Being recognized by your teammates and coaches for your accomplishments on and off of the field is something to be proud of. Keep working towards your goals, no matter what they be, and enjoy the small victories along the way." #BlueLove.  Jake Kuschke

12u: Hunter Carlson (Hudson, WI)

13u: Brayden Olson (Saint Croix Falls, WI)

14u: Ben Irsfeld (Sioux Falls, SD)

15u: Ben Reinhard (Woodbury, MN)

16u Blue: Jonathon Bunce (Minneapolis, MN)

16u Black: James Pfarr (Minneapolis, MN)

17u Blue: Drew Gilbert (Lake Elmo, MN) / Oregon State commit

17u Black: Jakob Kouneski (Minneapolis, MN)

18u Blue: Charlie Fischer (Edina, MN) / Southern Miss commit

18u Black: Grant Rolen (Red Wing, MN) / Angelo State commit

2018 Blizzard Elite and Fall Tryout Information

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 25 9am / 1pm 13u / 14u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 26 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 14u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 27 9am (15u) / 1pm / 3:45 15u / 13u Call Backs Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 28 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 15u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 29 Make-Up Day (if needed)
*
July 2 9am 10u / 11u / 12u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 3 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
July 9 9am 17u / 18u Century College
July 10 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 11 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 12 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 13 Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
*
July 16 9am 16u Century College
July 17 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 16u Call Back Games Century College
July 18 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 19 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 20 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
end of July (TBA) *PARENT MEETINGS Blizzard Baseball Academy
9am 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u Silver
10am 14u, 15u, 16u, Varsity Silver
11am 10u, 11u, 12u Gold
12n 13u, 14u, 15u Gold
1pm 16u, Varsity Gold
2:30pm 11u, 12u, 13u Elite
4pm 14u, 15u Elite
5:30pm 16u Elite
7pm Varsity Elite
8:30pm (if needed) Varsity Elite

*Parent Meeting Times will be confirmed once teams are posted July 20th

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

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

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

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

Roseville Legion Field
700 County Road C West in Roseville

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 22nd on 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 we will 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 left, right and on the run

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, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

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