The Balcones Thunderbirds are hosting a open tryout for ages 11-14 on Saturday December 14th at noon on McKelvey Field at the Balcones Youth Sports complex located at 3106 Adelphi Lane in Austin, Texas. The 8U and 10U Thunderbirds teams will have a open tryout for ages 7-10 at a later date.
The Thunderbirds are invited tournament teams that will play multiple competitive tournaments in the spring. The Thunderbirds play to win and often do resulting in multiple tournament championships in 2019. They also must learn many baseball skills and lessons like learning how to lose and contributing to the team in whatever way the coaches ask (e.g. watching a game from the bench, being a good teammate, pitching when needed, and playing whatever position the team needs). These skills will be invaluable when these players get to high school as they will know many ins and outs of the game and will be ready to contribute when asked by their coach.
Being a member of the Thunderbirds is a family commitment as the teams can play up to 6 or 7 games in a weekend tournament. The tournament locations are at various complexes in the greater Austin area and potentially both state and nationwide tournaments. Players can expect up to 2 practices a week and 3-6 games on tournament weekends. This is a serious commitment to baseball and is not for everyone.
Thank you for considering the Balcones Thunderbirds!