9 things you should know before going to MLB baseball tryouts
This article is part of an eight-article series on pro baseball tryouts and pitching in college.
- Q. "Who is in charge of your tryout camps?"
A. Territorial scouts from the Major League Scouting Bureau sponsor the tryouts. They work for Major League Baseball and all 30 major league organizations.
- Q. "Are there any age requirements as to who can tryout?"
A. All players must be at least 16 years old to participate.
- Q. "What should I bring to the camp?"
A. Bring gear that you would practice or play a game in. (Hat, cleats, glove, baseball pants.) Bats and balls are provided at the workout. Catchers may want to use their own catching gear.
- Q. "Is there any cost involved to tryout?"
A. The tryouts are free of charge. Transportation costs are those of the participant.
- Q. "I'm a center fielder and a pitcher. Can I tryout at both positions?"
A. No, a participant will be asked to choose their best position.
- Q. "Can I go to other MLSB Open Tryout Camps?"
A. Yes, participants can attend as many of the tryouts as they wish.
- Q. "Do I have to register for the camps?"
A. Registration cards will be passed out prior to the beginning of each camp to identify each participant.
- Q. "Who watches the players at these camps?"
A. All thirty major league baseball organizations are invited to the tryouts.
- Q. "If a team is interested in me after seeing the tryout, can they sign me to a professional contract on the spot?"
A. No, the tryout camp must be finished and the participant cannot sign until he leaves the facility.