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Tryout Information

2023 Fall Tryouts

Tuesday, August 1st(14U), Wednesday,  August 2nd (12U) and Thursday August 3rd (10U)

Otter Lake Elementary Softball Fields

1401 Country Rd. H2 East, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.

  • Players CAN NOT wear clothing with a number or name on it. We will tape over it if they do not comply.
  •  Check in 4:30pm
  • All families at all levels of play(10U-14U elite) MUST hand in a DIBS check at this time.
  • Utility Tryouts start promptly at 5:00 pm and are expected to last around 2 hours for 14U, 2 hours for 12U and 3 hours for 10U.
  • Pitching and Catching Tryouts will happen at the end of Utility Tryouts.
  • Families are asked NOT to stay near fields after check-in. This includes being at the Elementary School Park or parked along the softball fields.


All questions should be directed to Carrie Rivard

What is the Tryout Process?

 Each Player will be assigned a number. Upon arrival you will check in and be directed to the warm up area, then to a field to be evaluated. Parents are not allowed inside/near the field while Tryouts are in progress. All evaluations are recorded based on the numbers assigned at registration. 

Our tryouts will be administered by Optimize and Abby Rehberger. Optimize is not affiliated with any club or organization. They will provide data to WBAFSA that will assist in the formation of teams. 

Tryouts will be very similar to last years tryouts with total points available equal between offense and defense.   Pitching and Catching will look a little bit different. For Pitching, 10U will be doing primarily fast balls looking for strikes and 12-14 U will be asked to hit corners, throw fast balls and then get an opportunity to throw a few additional pitches if they have them.  All speeds of strikes will be recorded for all ages. For catching we will be evaluating receiving the ball, Throwdowns, arm speed and accuracy, blocking and fielding a bunt.  




What should I bring to tryouts? (Bold are required)

Batting helmet


Fielding mask


Wear ball pants/long pants (they will be sliding)

Water bottle

Cleats highly recommended (or tennis shoes)

$200 DIBS (Volunteer) Check made out to WBFSA - See  DIBS page for details on DIBS. 

What will my child be evaluated on at tryouts?


Players will warm-up on tees and then be evaluated on  hitting and  bunting as well as Exit Velocity


Players will receive ground balls and  throw to 1st base.


Players will receive pop-flies and will throw it to the cut-off. 

Arm Strength

Players will be evaluated on their arm strength


Players will be be rated on their base speed and sliding. 


For those who try out as a pitcher, they will  be evaluated on their Pitching accuracy and speed.


Those who try out as a catcher be evaluated on receiving, framing,  blocking and throw downs.


What is the Purpose of Tryouts?

Tryouts are an evaluation of a player's skill level. We need to evaluate players so we can make up teams that have the best chance for success.  It is important to note that teams will be determined based on a combination of rank, attitude, commitment level, and effort. 

If for an unavoidable reason (illness, religion, or school conflict) a player cannot attend the primary evaluation night, the player must notify the association in advance.  Please contact Carrie Rivard.