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Open Tryouts Information

The Tri-City ValleyCats will host an open tryout at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on May 7th. Players from the Capital Region and beyond will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to join the team in Spring Training, which starts on May 13th. The workout will begin at 9:00 AM and is expected to last approximately two hours.



About this Event

The Tri-City ValleyCats Tryout will take place at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY. Social distancing regulations in accordance with local ordinances will be in place. We will notify attendees of the current regulations prior to the date of the tryout so you can prepare in advance.

After initial registration, players will receive an additional form to complete before the tryout in order to provide more information, including position, playing experience, etc.

FAQs

Are there requirements or an age limit to tryout?

Players must be at least 18 years old to attend. Players with college eligibility remaining should check with their school's compliance officer before registering.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College located at 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Players are responsible for their own transportation. There is free parking located out front of the stadium for attendees. Hotel recommendations and rates will be provided after registration.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium features a natural playing surface, allowing metal spikes to be worn.

In addition, sunflower seeds, tobacco, and gum are not allowed on the field, the bullpen areas, or in the dugouts.

Players are responsible for bringing their own baseball equipment, including bats, batting helmets, and catching gear, and should wear baseball pants. Baseballs will be provided by the Tri-City ValleyCats.

How does the Tryout Camp work?

Check in will begin at the stadium at 8:00 AM on May 7th. The workout officially starts at 9:00 AM and will feature fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players. Hitters may also be timed on the basepaths as part of batting practice. Pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens in front of our pitching coaches.

ValleyCats Field Manager, Pete Incaviglia, will run the workout in preparation for his first season with the team. He brings over 35 years of experience in professional baseball, including a twelve-year, playing career in Major League Baseball. Since 2001, Incaviglia has held a variety of coaching and managing positions within professional baseball. This includes championships as a Field Manager in the Atlantic League (’18) and American Association (’15, ’11). His coaching experience also includes time in the Detroit Tigers farm system. Incaviglia’s most recent tenure was with the Sugar Land Skeeters, formerly of the Atlantic League.

What if I play multiple positions?

Sign up at your primary position. Players who both pitched and played a position in either a college or professional game will be allowed to throw a bullpen session if they wish to be considered as a pitcher.

If I am signed, when does spring training begin in the Frontier League?

Frontier League spring training opens on Thursday, May 13. Opening day rosters are due by Wednesday, May 26. Tryout camp participants are guaranteed at least one week in spring training barring injury or a violation of team rules. If you will have issues reporting on May 13, speak with the club who selects you so alternate arrangements can be made.

If I still have college eligibility remaining, can I attend?

It is our understanding that participating in the workouts does not impact your college/amateur eligibility as long as you do not sign a contract. However, the ultimate decision is up to the NCAA, NAIA, or related organization. We have had players attend each year who return to complete their college seasons before signing contracts and reporting. We encourage any current college player to check with your compliance officer to see what you can and cannot do to protect your eligibility.

Can people come to watch the workouts?

We hope to allow family members and fans watch the workouts from the seating bowl at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. More information will be available as we get closer to the event.

What happens if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, the tentative rain date will be Saturday, May 8th following the same timeline.