Northern Heat Traveling 12

UpdatedThursday April 21, 2022 byJason Brodina.

2022 11/12 year old Northern Heat Travel Baseball

As we get closer to the baseball season, I thought I would send out an update.


  • Monday, March 7th from 530 to 730 pm at BSU Fieldhouse
  • Tuesday, March 15th from 530 to 830 at BYLB Hitting Facility (will split into 2 groups with different time periods)
  • If unable to make both tryout sessions, please contact head Coach Jason Brodina.
  • Team of 22-24 will be chosen by a group including coaches and non-coaches that will rate players based on hitting, fielding, pitching, speed, etc.
  • Team will consist of roughly half 11 year old’s and half 12 year old’s

Practice Begins

  • Week of March 21st
  • Indoor practice will begin, 2 per week, per group
  • Team will be randomly split into two groups to accommodate limited indoor practice space

AAA & AA teams will be chosen

  • End of April 
  • Teams will be chosen by ability level not age
  • Both 12U teams will continue to practice together as one team

Night League

  • Senior League in-house will start end of April/Beginning of May.
  • Both 12U teams will continue to practice together as one team on opposite days of Senior League


Tentative Tournament Schedules (Subject to Change) 

12UAAA (Plan to add 1 more tournament)

  • 5/14 Fargo Invite Tournament 
  • 5/21 Sartell Sabre Classic Tournament
  • 5/29 open
  • 6-3 Rosemount Irish Invitational Tournament
  • 6/10 Big Lake Tournament 
  • 6/17 open                               
  • 6/24 Proctor Baseball Tournament
  • 7/2 open
  • 7/9 open                                  
  • 7/16 open  
  • 7/23 open                                
  • 7/30 open
  • 8-5 Art Von Tournament (Duluth, MN)



  • 5/21 Fargo NIT Int’l Tournament
  • 5/29 open
  • 6/3 open
  • 6/10 Bemidji 12U-AA Home Tournament
  • 6/17 Thief River Falls Tournament (Friday/Saturday Tournament)
  • 6/24 open
  • 7/2 open
  • 7/9 open
  • 7/16 open
  • 7/23 Cloquet-Northland Baseball Classic
  • 7/30 open
  • 8-5 Art Von Tournament (Duluth, MN)

The NH committee (Jeremy Ganske, Erik Dokken, Eric Berg, Shannon Miller, and myself) has put a lot of time and thought into these changes (and gotten input from many others).  If anything is unclear or you would like more info, please feel free to call or email and I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns. (Jason Brodina 218-556-9667)

New format Goals & Philosophy

  • Create consistent coaching philosophy at all levels
  • Close to equal playing time
  • Practice together with 6-8 coaches (eliminate coaches having to be at every practice or practices with 1-2 coaches only, most of us have other kids as well)
  • Create friendships, comradery and teamwork with different age groups.
  • One team mentality at the 11 & 12 yo level.
  • Flexibility for travel schedule and commitment, a player may be invited to play on a AAA or AA team to fill in for another player
  • Teams will be constructed by ability not availability (players cannot choose which team to play on but missing a tournament is OK, flexibility with schedules is our goal)
  • Accommodate other sports and activities (middle school sports, etc.)
  • Focus on arm care/strength and fundamentals to prepare boys for the next level (full size fields)
  • Individual Improvement plans and throwing programs
  • Prepare the group/team for playing at the next level
  • Participate in other leagues to facilitate a longer less intense tournament schedule
  • By having a 12AA team we can competitively play local 12U teams (TRF, Roseau, Warroad, Grand Rapids AA, etc.)
  • The plan is for each player to have the opportunity to play 40-50 games

Why the Changes?

  • Coaching, it is becoming difficult to find enough coaches at each level to field teams.  This allows coaches to share the workload.
  • Family commitment, having a group of 22-24 players allows teams to have replacement players if vacations or other sporting activities are planned.
  • One Philosophy: by combining coaching groups we will have the opportunity to be consistent with our message and philosophy.  Each group of coaches will have the opportunity to learn from the group above who have experienced that age level, while also bringing new ideas to the group.  Currently one age group is very dependent on that coaches philosophy and plan.
  • Teamwork, as a feeder program for BHS we want to prepare these boys to be a team…not individual age groups.  Focus them on playing together and having fun…..winning will be a result of this not the driver.
  • Move away from Babe Ruth Tournament Trail. Although Babe Ruth/ Cal Ripken has been very rewarding and gave us all some amazing experiences it also has some constraints.  With the tournament trail starting in early July our season has become every weekend from mid-May to July 4th.  This is a very large commitment for families and can create some burnout with the boys.  By being independent and playing in many different tournaments we can extend our season and have a less condensed schedule.  We also eliminate the last minute trip to regionals which can be a tremendous burden on families, but also very difficult to decline when a team only has 10-12 players. If a group wants to schedule a specific travel tournament we can plan ahead and make it happen.  Again, flexibility is the key.  One size does not fit all.
  • The plan is to implement this program at each level (10UAAA,10UAA,12UAAA,12UAA,14UAAA,14UAA) this year and in the future.  Boys will be alternate years being the younger group or older group.  This facilitates leadership development and confidence…..success and failure.

Hopefully we have touched on the main points.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

We are really looking forward to working with this group of kids and coaches this season. 

Jason Brodina