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If interested in a tryout, please contact Becky Smith at playerdevelopment@minnesotavortex.org.




12U Tryouts: 

July 26: 4:30-6:30pm in Loretto (Pitchers & Catchers at 4:00pm)

     Loretto Athletic Complex at 340 Lorenz St, Loretto, MN 55357


July 26: 7:30-9:30pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 7:00pm)

     Gene Kelly Playfield, 200 E 104th St Bloomington, MN 55420


July 27: 4:30-6:30pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 4:00pm)

       Valley View Playfield - Field 2, 9000 Portland Ave Bloomington, MN 55420


July 27: 7:30-9:30pm in Loretto (Ps & Cs at 7:00pm)

       Loretto Athletic Complex at 340 Lorenz St, Loretto, MN 55357


Make up tryouts on July 28 upon request in Loretto


14U Tryouts:

August 9: 1:30-3:30pm in Loretto (Pitchers & Catchers at 1:00pm)

August 9: 4:30-6:30pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 4:00pm)

August 10: 1:30-3:30pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 1:00pm)

August 10: 4:30-6:30pm in Loretto (Ps & Cs at 4:00pm)

Make up tryouts on August 11


16U Tryouts:

August 9: 11:30am-1:30pm in Loretto (Pitchers & Catchers at 11:00am)

August 9: 7:00-9:00pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 6:30pm)

August 10: 11:30am-1:00pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 11:00am)

August 10: 7:00-9:00pm in Loretto (Ps & Cs at 6:30pm)

Make up tryouts on August 11


18U Tryouts:

August 9: 9:30am-11:00am in Loretto (Pitchers & Catchers at 9:00am)

August 9: 7:00-9:00pm in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 6:30pm)

August 10: 9:30am-11:00am in Bloomington (Ps & Cs at 9:00am)

August 10: 7:00-9:00pm in Loretto (Ps & Cs at 6:30pm)

Make up tryouts on August 11

*Select your slot(s) in the registration link above*


14U-18U Tryout Locations:

Loretto: Loretto Athletic Complex at 340 Lorenz St, Loretto, MN 55357

Bloomington: Gene Kelly Playfield: 200 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420


We will have the following teams for the 2021-22 season:

1 Minnesota Vortex 12U Team

          (Coaches: Halley Jones, Scott Peterson, Haley Schmidt)

4 Minnesota Vortex 14U Teams

          (Hannah Bloch, Katie Carlson, Savannah Drey, Reece Dahl)

          (Katie Kemmetmueller, Jason Rudquist, Courtney Kopischke)

          (Morgan Garbrecht, Ayania Leicht, Elise Weinzierl)

          (Katie Uittenbogaard)

3 Minnesota A's 16U Teams

          (Becky Smith, Madi Arends, Shelby Earley)

          (Natalie DenHartog, John DenHartog, Mike Carter)

          (Karlie Jones, Kayla Christenson, Syd Schwartz, Mac Pinkerton)

2 Minnesota A's 18U Teams

          (Jim Leicht, Jason Florek)

          (Mitch Zwack, Codi Zwack)


Additional coaching resources and clinicians to be allocated for the 2021/22 Season: Holly Weinberger,  Allie Antilla, Hannah Bergh, Lauren Oberle, Stan Waldhauser, and others TBA 





The Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A's strongly support multi-sport athletes. While the Vortex and A's program 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 and also takes into consideration the young athletes' 2nd sport and other community based commitments. During the primary softball season, our players are expected to make softball their 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 Vortex and 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 them to qualify for out of state National Tournaments.


The typical Vortex/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 2021-22 tournament schedules have not been fully determined, Vortex and A's 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 from the end of May through the beginning of August. 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 Vortex and A's play in the very top league, Top Tier Fastpitch Clubs, available to Minnesota teams and will play in multiple tournaments, which typically include at least one out of town tournament. Coaches 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, Plymouth, Chanhassen, Minnetonka, and Bloomington, and winter workouts and instruction are also scheduled in these communities.

In 2019, our program partnered with Twin Cities Outdoor Services (TCOS) to construct an indoor training facility to call ours.  See "Our Facilities" tab for pictures and more information.

In 2021, our program partnered with the City of Loretto to call Loretto Athletic Complex the New Home of the Minnesota Vortex and A's.  See "Our Facilities" tab for pictures and more information.



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


Are you thinking of playing Fall ball 2021 with your Community Association?  Please read our recommendations here

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

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