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Storm Tryouts for Spring 2020!

UpdatedFriday September 18, 2020 byBeth Jones.

Tryouts for the 2021 Storm Teams will be held Saturday/Sunday, September 26/27. Please check the Storm website for more details and to register: ABR Travel Baseball 

Arlington Babe Ruth (ABR) is excited to announce that it will be conducting tryouts for its 2021 Storm Baseball Program for players age 9-12 in a few weeks.

ABR’s Storm Baseball is a nationally competitive youth baseball organization for players ages 8-12. Players are selected from the Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth League, which draws candidates from the Arlington, Mason District, Falls Church and McLean areas. Storm Baseball provides the highest level of competition and skill development for players and affords those who are interested with the opportunity to work on their baseball skills year-round under the close tutelage of highly skilled and tenured coaches and Storm Baseball’s newest partner, Primetime Baseball.

Winter Skill-Building

Storm baseball uses the winter months to double down on its commitment to the development of each player, Professional coaches work with each team and player, incorporating video analysis and other technical training devices into our program, and extending our partnership with Prime Time Baseball to include throwing, pitching and other workouts. 

Highlights of the 2020 Storm Baseball Program include:

•             Professionally trained and certified coaches with long tenures in the program

•             Year-round programs coordinated by Prime Time, including indoor training time both at Prime Time and Arlington’s new Barcroft indoor hitting facility

•             50/70-dimension fields at the 11- and 12-year old levels for the top-talent players

•             Seamless and conflict-free scheduling with ABR's house league program allowing for spring season play

•             Travel baseball at highly competitive and more developmental levels

•             Annual Cooperstown Tournament

Tryout Dates and Registration Details

All players are asked to register by visiting the ABR Travel Website and clicking the "Tryout Sign Up" link. There is no cost to tryout. 

The Storm Baseball Advantage

Storm Baseball offers the most baseball opportunities in our area, period. Affiliated with Arlington Babe Ruth, Storm Baseball is able to provide seamless, competitive travel baseball along with regular season play from Arlington Babe Ruth. Storm Baseball’s spring schedule is coordinated with ABR, which allows for Storm Baseball to practice and play competitive travel baseball schedules during the spring/summer house baseball season.  Storm Baseball teams participate in the Cal Ripken all-star tournaments and regularly advance into the Virginia State and Southeast Regional Tournaments, along with winning or earning top-flight finishes at the historic Showdown in the Valley in Winchester, VA, the Cal Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland, and at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Coaching/Training

Storm Baseball is always about player development and competitive play. Our baseball and coaching development programs are carefully coordinated with our professional development partners with the goal of ensuring our players and coaches have the latest, but most meaningful, training program available.  All of our players participate in a winter development program run by some of the best and most experienced coaches in the Metro DC Area, many of whom are current high school and college level coaches. In addition to workout time at Primetime Baseball, Storm Baseball offers programs in fielding, throwing, catching and strength training during the winter months to keep your player in game shape. Our coaches also work and train closely with the Primetime staff to maintain and deliver the highest-level baseball coaching in our area.

Selection Process

Our teams are formed in the fall and practice throughout the winter at Primetime Baseball. Additional tryouts may be offered on a rolling basis for those who are new to the area or were not otherwise able to attend the fall tryout. Following winter workouts at Primetime Baseball, players are placed on either our Storm Black or Storm Red teams (and in some cases a third Storm Gray team) at each age group based on coaches’ evaluations.

The Arlington Storm Black Program

The Arlington Storm Black program is the top level of competition in ABR. All Storm Black teams are eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Trail, which includes participation in the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth District 13 Championship, and potentially the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championship, the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series. The Storm Black also participates in other highly competitive tournaments, some of which will require travel. The 11YO and 12YO Storm teams play on a 50/70 field with full baseball rules. The 9YO and 10YO teams play on a 46/60 field.

Players will be expected to be available for practice up to six days per week, including weekend tournaments, from mid-May through early August, when the Storm Black teams take an end-of-summer break. Storm Black players are encouraged (but not required) to continue play with the Storm Black in the fall, where games and practice focus on baseball development and athletic training. The fall program runs from September through late October.

The Arlington Storm Red Program

The Arlington Storm Red program also offers competitive travel play and participates in local travel baseball competition, in addition to tournament play from Memorial Day through the end of July. In addition, the 11YO and 12YO Storm Red teams will have the option to participate in the 46/60 Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championships at their respective age levels, and the 12YO players will have a chance to advance to the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series.

Players will be expected to be available for practice and games up to four days per week, including weekend tournaments, from June through July. Based on preference and need, certain Storm Red players may be selected to play with the Storm Black in certain tournaments during the Summer and/or in the Storm Baseball fall program.

Cooperstown Team

Storm Baseball’s success in the prestigious Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournaments is undisputed. The Cooperstown experience is the perfect finish for a great season of baseball. In recent years, Storm Baseball teams have finished runner-up overall (2016) and #17 in pool play (2017). Storm Baseball is proud to announce that it will sponsor two (2) 12YO teams in Cooperstown Dreams Park for 2020. The Cooperstown tournament for 2020 will be held in late August. The Cooperstown teams will participate in a week-long tournament in beautiful Cooperstown, New York, against top-level competition from across the country. The anticipated cost for the Cooperstown team will be approximately $1,250 per player, exclusive of travel costs. The Cooperstown costs will be in addition to the costs of participation in the Storm Baseball Program.

The 8-year-old team tryouts will be conducted in the Spring of 2021.

For more information, please visit the Arlington Storm website at  ABR Travel Baseball. You can also follow us on Twitter @arlstorm.  GO STORM!