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Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A's Tryouts for 2020-2021 Teams   

Calling all elite softball players from Minnesota! Come try out for the Minnesota Vortex or the Minnesota A's for the 2020-2021 season ages 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. 

12U / 14U / 16U / 18U Minnesota Vortex & A's Tryout Dates:‚Äč






Monday August 17 and Tuesday August 18

* You only need to attend one of the dates - earlier is better! 

Lake Ann Park

1456 West 78th Street Chanhassen, MN 55317





o   1:00pm:  14U Pitchers & Catchers

o   2:00pm:  14U all players

o   3:30pm: 12U Pitchers & Catchers

o   4:00pm:  12U all players

o   5:00pm: 16U and 18U Pitchers & Catchers

o   6:00pm:  16U & 18U all players

o   Tuesday

o   1:00pm:  16U & 18U Pitchers & Catchers

o   2:00pm: 16U & 18U all

o   3:30pm: 12U Pitchers & Catchers

o   4:00pm:  12U all players

o   5:00pm: 14U Pitchers & Catchers

o   6:00pm:  14U all players


First time club player? Be sure to click on our reccomendations below...with Fall Ball Season changes you need to be well  informed. 

Are you thinking of playing Fall ball 2020 with your Community Association?  Please read our recommendations here


Tryout Fee: $25, payable online (via credit card) or in person at the session (cash or check payable to MN Vortex)


All players should arrive 15-30 minutes early to receive their tryout jersey, stretch and mentally prepare to try out at the start time.

Please note: It is our intention that the above dates are the only tryout sessions offered. However, if deemed necessary, additional callbacks or a make-up session may be utilized. For extenuating circumstances related to the above dates, a player should contact Mike Carter at  or the tryout coordinator at  



The Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A's strongly support multi-sport athletes. While the Vortex and A's programs provides the opportunity for year round training, we also know the importance of well rounded, confident athletes and citizens. Therefore our off-season work consists of individual instruction, clinics, dome ball and team practices but also takes into consideration the young athletes 2nd sport and other community based commitments. During the primary softball season you are expected to make softball your priority sport and are expected to attend all scheduled practices and games. The Vortex was born out of great community players who desire to compete at the highest level. The MN Vortex and MN A's teams play at the highest levels of competition available and appropriate to each team. Each Vortex and A's team expects to play several local and regional tournaments and we expect to qualify for out of state National Tournaments.


The typical Vortex Softball Club (Vortex and A's)  player is an athlete interested in playing softball at the highest level, who wants to be challenged and gain knowledge in a positive environment. The Vortex teams are made up of great players, but just as importantly, great friends and teammates. The Vortex is committed to providing excellent coaching and player development.


Tournament Dates:

While the final tournament schedule has not been fully determined, Vortex players should expect to commit to a competitive schedule which may consist of several in-town and a minimum of one out of town tournament. In addition, players should plan to attend an out of town National Tournament near the end of July or early August.


Ideal Roster Size:  12


Commitment and Expectations:

By accepting a roster spot on this team you will be expected to agree to make this your first priority in regards to sports participation. You will be expected to attend all scheduled practices and games during the regular season. You will be expected to attend all winter domeball games and practices that do not conflict with a winter sport that you may be playing. As is always the case, participation with, Family, School and Religious commitments take priority and can be worked out with your coach.

The Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A's play in the very top league available to Minnesota teams and will play in multiple tournaments which typically will include at least one out of town tournament. Teams will determine if the team plays an early season tournament or on the 4th of July holiday.


Playing Time and Positions:

At all levels, playing time will be earned and may not be equal. Playing time and positioning will be solely at the discretion of the coaching staff.




Home fields are generally in Loretto, Chanhassen, Minnetonka and Plymouth, Minnesota and winter workouts and instruction are also scheduled in these communities.



Fundraising opportunities will be provided to help cover costs associated with fees and travel expenses.


Coaching Staff:

It is our anticipated plan to have the following teams for the 2020-21 season.

1-2 Minnesota Vortex 12U Teams

3 Minnesota Vortex 14U Teams

2-3 Minnesota A's 16U Teams

2-3 Minnesota A's 18U Teams 

We are excited about our possible coaching resources for the 2020-21 season and final arrangements are being made.  Full bios of our coaching staffs will be available as we update our site for the new season soon.    

Please Note:In addition to the above coaches, we will supplement our teams with hitting instruction, pitching specialists and strong volunteers and team managers.


Minnesota Vortex / A's Try-out – Additional Information:

Players interested in trying out for more than one age level should register and attend all age levels they want to try out for. Tryouts are by age level.


Players will be asked to tryout in their primary position, but are encouraged to also show abilities in other areas as well. If you are a pitcher or a catcher, you should be sure to do the additional evaluation stations for these positions.

Players will be evaluated by multiple coaches at various stations.  Players will be offered placement on a team as coaches or appointed committees make their selections. 

For more information about the Minnesota Vortex, email Mike Carter at

For more information on the Minnesota A's can be be found by clicking here.