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Bismarck Sparks Travel Teams

The Bismarck Sparks are competitive fastpitch travel teams.

Tryouts are on March 6, 2022 at Fore Seasons Center. 10U will start at 1pm and 12U-16U will start at 2:30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to warm up. The girls are encouraged to bring their own equipment: glove, facemask, bats, etc. We will have helmets and bats on hand for the girls to use if needed.

Depending on tryout participation, we hope to field multiple teams per division again this year! If you are interested in coaching a travel team, please complete the volunteer coaching section of registration or contact Matt Liudahl at 471-5997 for more information.

The player fee to participate will be $200. Information about discount card fundraiser to be provided at parents meeting. If we have enough registrations we will create multiple teams for the following divisions:

  • Sparks 10U ('11-'13)
  • Sparks 12U ('09-'10)
  • Sparks 14U ('07-'08)
  • Sparks 16U ('05-'06)

Players will be evaluated first by individual player scores. Our goal is to field at least one team per age division to represent BYFSA in tournaments. If we do need to move younger players up due to low registration counts, it will be based on the player score and parent consent.

  • The player's fee will only be charged if your child is offered and accepts a position on the team.
  • The traveling team will practice a minimum of two times per week.
  • The traveling team will be registered for 4 tournaments. Additional tournaments are optional, encouraged, and the responsibility of the team.
  • A parent or responsible replacement will be asked to volunteer two hours at our annual Bismarck Blast tournament in June. (If you have multiple children participating in the travel program, the requirement is two hours per family)
  • The 2022 ND Junior Olympic State tournament will be held in Fargo in July. 
  • Players for the 10U and 12U Travel Teams are required to participate in summer league. This is a separate fee from the Travel Team and the season runs mid-May through July.  You will be expected to attend league practices and games.  If your league practice/games conflict with your travel schedule, your travel schedule will be the priority.

**If you are interested in trying out but are unable to make the tryout date, please contact us at bismarckyouthfastpitch@gmail.com. You still need to register prior to March 4th to be notified if we need schedule an alternate tryout date.

**We are in need of Coaches at all levels!!  If you are interested in coaching a travel team, please contact Matt Liudahl at 701-471-5997.

We do have scholarships available. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis, please send your contact information to bismarckyouthfastpitch@gmail.com and one of our board members will contact you.

Private Lessons

Pitching

Emily Brunskill
760-297-0219
BHS pitching coach (2017), University of Mary pitcher (2009-2012) and has been providing lessons in the area since 2011.

Brooke Harder
712-577-2177
brookejharder@yahoo.com
Former University of Mary pitcher.

Catching

Cassidy Barclay
417-434-2161
cassbeem@gmail.com
University of Mary Volunteer Assistant Coach and former college catcher.