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Tryouts 2019

2019 Blizzard Elite and Fall Tryout Information

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 10 9am / 1pm 10u - 12u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 11 9am 11u / 12u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 12 9am 13u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 13 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 13u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 14 Make-Up Day (if needed)
June 17 9am 14u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 18 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 14u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 19 9am 15u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 20 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 15u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 21 Make-Up Day (if needed)
June 24 9am 17u / 18u Century College
June 25 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
June 26 9am 16u Century College
June 27 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 16u Call Back Games Century College
June 28 Make-Up Day (if needed)
July 8th 9am 10u - 13u Benilde St. Margaret Make Up (or 2nd tryout
July 9th 9am 14u - 15u Benilde St. Margaret Make Up (or 2nd tryout)
July 10th 9am 16u - 18u Benilde St. Margaret Make Up (or 2nd tryout)

Parent Meeting Dates and Times:
Specific times may be adjusted based on number of teams - confirmed times will be posted on July 12th when teams are posted.

Blizzard Baseball Academy
3200 Labore Road, Suite 102 - Vadnais Heights, MN  55110

July 15th - Fall Teams
6pm - 10u, 11u, 12u
7pm - 13u, 14u,
8pm - 15u, 16u
9pm - 17u

July 16th - Elite Teams
6pm - 11u, 12u, 13u
7:45pm - 14u, 15u

July 17th - Elite Teams
6pm - 16u
7:45pm - 17u, 18u

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

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2020 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2020) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2020, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2020.

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

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

Braemar Fields
7501 Ikola Way - Edina, MN  55439

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 ( 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 14th 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: 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



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


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


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


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


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


  • 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.


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.