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Tryouts and Team selections

Tryout Schedule 2019

Age Group
Saturday 3/23
Sunday 3/24 Phase 1
Sunday 3/24 Phase 2*
3-4th Grade 11:00am - 12:10pm 8:00am - 10:00am 2:00pm - 3:30pm*
5th Grade 12:10pm - 1:20pm 9:00am -11:00am 2:00pm - 3:30pm*
6th Grade 3:40pm - 4:50pm 10:00am - 12:00pm 3:30pm - 5:00pm*
7th Grade 2:30pm - 3:40pm 11:00am - 1:00pm 3:30pm - 5:00pm*
8th Grade 1:20pm - 2:30pm 12:00pm - 2:00pm 5:00pm - 6:30pm*

* optional catching session 30 min after phase 2 of each age group

Saturday Location
PHD Sports Oakdale
6866 33rd Street North, Suite 130
Oakdale MN 55128
 
Sunday  Location
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
Arden Hills MN 55112

Traveling Tryout format

The White Bear Baseball Association conducts tryouts in two phases.  The first phase will occur indoors on a specified date and location.  Players are graded on infield, outfield, hitting, and pitching. 

  • Infield and outfield are scored using the categories as follows: Mechanics, Range, Arm strength, and Accuracy.
  • Hitting is scored using the categories as follows:Mechanics, Contact, Power, and Bat Speed.
  • Pitching is scored using the categories as follows: Mechanics, Velocity, Accuracy, and Off Speed.

Independent graders, not coaches of that age group grade each player based on the information provided above.No one is privy to these scores except for the head coaches themselves.Assistants cannot be named until the teams are selected.

Phase 2 will commence either indoors or outdoors (or a combination of the two) depending on the weather conditions.  Players will be evaluated on fielding, hitting, and pitching through coach led drills.  Phase two also consists of an optional catching portion. The indoor grades (phase one), as well as the players performance in phase two, will aid coaches in making their selections. All players will participate in both phases of tryouts.  Each player will get the same opportunity to be evaluated in the same situations.

The head coach of the “AAA” team will select his/her team followed by the head coach of the “AA” team. An “A” team will be selected next should that age group have the numbers to create an “A” team. After final approval from the board, tryout numbers are posted on the website for those players selected. Any 12 and under player not selected, will be placed on an In-House team based in the area in which they live.  Players who are 13 and older will be placed in the North Star League.

 

Please note:

Players are expected to wear appropriate athletic apparel. They must also provide their own baseball glove, batting helmet and bat. No cleats can be worn at this years tryouts, please wear tennis shoes only.

The tryout process is anonymous. Players may not wear any apparel that has their name on it.

Players at the age of 14 will need to bring or use a -5 USSSA approved bat. Lighter bats will NOT be allowed.

Traveling Fee Reimbursement

For those players that registered for a traveling league, but ultimately will be participating in one of our In-House leagues, a reimbursement check for the difference in fees will be sent at a date to be determined after the season starts.

Thank you for your continued support of the WBBA!

In-House (Non-Traveling) Teams

All players signing up for the In-House leage are placed on teams based on the public school boundaries.  Coaches are selected after the completion of an application and background check.  All players will receive 2 White Bear jerseys along with the rest of their uniform and baseballs and some equipment is provided for the team.  Age groups are 7/8 year olds with coaches pitching, and 9/10 & 11/12  year olds, with the players pitching. 

All games are played within the WB School district boundaries.  Each team plays approximately 14 games followed by a Fun Day for the 7/8 year olds, and playoffs for the 9/10 & 11/12 year olds.