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12U, 13U, 14U, 15U MILLERS TRAVEL TEAM SEPTEMBER TRYOUTS

Location

All tryouts will be held at Neiman Sports Complex: 6247 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 

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Dates and Times

All 12U, 13U,14U and 15A candidates will participate in two separate tryouts. Please fill out this google form if you have any potential conflict with either date:

1st Round Tryouts – Saturday, September 18 - Neiman Field 5  

  • 12U -
    • 8:00-8:30 check-in
    • 8:15-8:30 warm-ups
    • 8:30 - 10:00 tryout
  • 13U - 
    • 9:30 - 10:00 check-in
    • 10:00 - 10:15 warm-ups
    • 10:15 - 11:45 tryout
  • 14U / 15A - 
    • 11:15 - 11:45 check-in
    • 11:45 - 12:00 warm-up
    • 12:00 - 1:30 tryout

All candidates will participate in evaluations for hitting, pitching, fielding grounders, fielding fly balls, running.

2nd Round Tryouts  –  Saturday, September 25 - Neiman Fields 3 & 4

  • Times are TBD based on age and pool (A/AA and AA/AAA pools)

Each player will receive an email from the MYBA Registrar the week of September 20th with the time of their 2nd Round Tryout.  Note: Players who are invited to the first timeslot for the 2nd Tryout, may also be asked to participate in the second timeslot that day.  If your player is asked to stay, we will contact you via phone/text with the number you provide on the registration form. 

What to expect at Tryouts

1st Round Tryout Format

All 12U, 13U, 14U and 15A candidates will participate in the following evaluations:

  • Hitting - batting cage hitting
  • Pitching - players will throw several pitches and be measured on speed (by radar gun) and accuracy
  • Fielding Grounders - each player will field multiple ground balls
  • Fielding Fly Balls - each player will field multiple fly balls
  • Running - players will be timed in the 50-yard dash

Note that tryout scores are based on mechanics and fundamentals more than pure results. For example, a player who tracks a fly ball perfectly and then drops it will likely receive a better score than a player who struggles to track the ball, and then makes a lucky diving grab.

2nd Round Tryout Format

The 2nd tryout will again include hitting, and fielding evaluations, as well as a simulated game format. Every player will have the opportunity to hit, base-run, and play multiple positions in the field during the scrimmage.  Pitching and catching stations are included in the 2nd round for those who indicate those positions during registration.  Catchers who have their own gear should bring it to the 2nd tryout.  We will have gear available for catchers who do not have their own and it will be sanitized between players.

Additional Key Tryout Information

Parent/Guardian Meeting - To ensure we are the right fit for new families, there will be an overview of the Millers travel program prior to tryouts.  For those new to the Millers travel program, we ask that you consider this a mandatory session to learn more about the time and commitment required for the program.  Parents of returning players are welcome to participate.  

These meetings will be held virtually.  Please plan to attend one of the following sessions.  Players do not need to attend.  

Thursday, September 9th at 7:00pm meet.google.com/nts-wgpr-eqp

Tuesday, September 14th at 8:00pm meet.google.com/vny-gups-nsj

Check-in table will open 30 minutes before each tryout session begins.  Your player will be assigned a unique pinnie number.  Please return your player’s pinnie after each tryout.

Warm-ups - Allow your player some time to warm up before tryouts. The tryout location has ample room for kids to play catch and get loose.  Bring a glove to help your player warm up, or arrange a warm-up 'buddy' beforehand. 

Tryouts are considered closed to spectators - Please drop your player at the field and return to pick them up after tryouts. 

Attire - players should wear baseball appropriate clothing, including full length pants (no shorts).   Tryouts are the few days each year we ask players to not wear Millers gear.  We ask that returning players not wear attire that has a MYBA logo on it, including baseball caps, jersey, etc... To minimize bias, your child will not be permitted to wear any piece of their Millers uniform, or a shirt with their name on it.

Equipment - Please note, beginning in 2022 MBL will once again allow USSSA approved bats.  Accordingly, these bats will be allowed at tryouts this fall as well. Players will be required to identify the type of bat they are using on the field during tryouts.  For more information about MBL bat standards, visit: MBL/MBT - NEW MBL/MBT BAT STANDARDS  

Each player should have their own helmet, glove and water bottle.  Male players are required to wear a protective cup. We will have bats available at the field.  If your family does not have a glove or batting helmet, please contact Registrar@mplsmillers.org ASAP to request borrowing gear.  Catchers who have their own gear should bring it to round two tryouts.  We will have additional sets of catchers gear and will sanitize between use for players who do not have their own.   

Pandemic Play – If your player is ill or has cold / flu-like symptoms please keep them home.  Unvaccinated players who are in quarantine due to exposure to a positive COVID case are not allowed to attend tryouts.  Vaccinated players who have been exposed to a positive COVID case and have COVID symptoms are also not allowed to participate in tryouts. Contact registrar@mplsmillers.org if your player will be missing tryouts due to illness or quarantine.  All players should have a mask with them while at the field.  We recommend unvaccinated players wear masks when social distancing requirements cannot be guaranteed - i.e. large group gatherings, station explanations/instruction, etc...

Families will receive detailed information regarding second round tryouts the week of 9/20.

Not sure what age-group your child should play with?  Here's more information about ages for each level of play. 

For any general questions regarding tryouts, please contact MYBA registrar, Steph Kappel at registrar@mplsmillers.org

 

Steph Kappel

MYBA Registrar