Minnesota Vortex & A's Club Operations Overview

The Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A's program strongly supports multi-sport athletes at the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U level. While the Vortex and A's both provide 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 Minnesota Vortex Softball Club was born out of great community players who desire to compete at the highest level. The Vortex and A's teams play in the Top Tier Fastpitch League. Each Vortex and A's team expects to play several local and regional tournaments and also qualify for out of state National Tournaments.

The typical Vortex or 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 and A's 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. Most of our players will have the goal of playing collegiate softball and the majority of our players will reach that goal.

Fall Season (Mid/Late August through Mid October):

2 practices per week

3-4 tournaments (1 out of town)

League Games/Scrimmages added at coaches discretion

Break: Mid October through Mid November

Winter Season (End of November through Early March):

Winter Training Sessions (pitching, hitting, catching, infield, outfield, performance training, etc.) available for sign up Monday-Thursday Evenings & Saturday mornings.  Sign up when you're able to attend around other commitments.  Dome ball games on Saturday Nights (12U) or Sunday mornings (14U-18U).  Dome tournament(s) is at coaches discretion.

Spring Season (March-May):

Most program players are playing with their respectful High School programs at this time.  If players are not participating in High School ball, we will provide training.

Summer Season (June-July):

2 practices per week.  6-7 tournaments (1-2 out of town).  League games/scrimmages at coaches discretion.


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 teams play in the Top Tier Fastpitch league and will play in multiple tournaments, which typically will include at least one out of town tournament. Team availability will determine fall schedules. It will be expected that all players will be able to participate in team plans for the Spring/Summer season including National Tournaments and travel. The 4th of July holiday tournaments will be determined although not all teams will play over the holiday.

While the final tournament schedule has 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. 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

At the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U levels, playing time will be earned and may not be equal regardless of the number of players on each team. Playing time and positioning will be solely at the discretion of the coaching staff.

While generally discouraged, 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.