Minnesota's Premier Club Team

The Minnesota Starters Club Softball Organization was founded in 2017. Our mission upon creation has been to build a positive club/travel softball environment for athletes to develop as softball players and as confident young people.  Our organization has grown to become one of the most competitive programs in the Midwest with player development and training that has been unmatched in the state of Minnesota.  As we continue to learn, grow, and reach our goals, we look forward to introducing our newly adapted, player-development-first mentality and system for the 2021 - 2022 travel/club softball season.  With great instruction, continued education, and relentless pursuit for greatness, we are proud to present our new and improved club programming as one of the best in the Midwest.

We proudly offer year-round travel/club softball teams at the 14U - 18U levels.  The Minnesota Starters will be fielding a MAXIMUM of 5 teams for the 2021 - 2022 season as we move forward into our goal of becoming an all-inclusive club/travel softball program with teams competing at the highest level locally, regionally, and nationally.  Our teams will be led by a coaching staff of experienced individuals that have coached for decades, are former collegiate softball players, and current collegiate softball players.  We are proud to have a diverse, female-led full-time staff here for the Minnesota Starters.

2021 - 2022 Tryout Registration

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Starters Sports Training
3150 CR 42 W
Burnsville, MN 55337

Burnsville High School - Varsity
600 MN-13 S.,
Burnsville, MN 55337

  • Tryout Fee: $10 and can be made payable through instructions on our Google Form Registration.

    • Current Minnesota Starters players do not have to pay the tryout fee.

  • You are only required to attend one tryout.  If the Minnesota Starters are your #1 choice, we highly recommend attending multiple.

  • Roster sizing will be set at a maximum of 13 players.  Our ideal roster size is 12.

  • Our tryout sessions will be capped on a first come, first serve basis via registration.  If there is a need for additional time slots for tryouts, we will be adding them.

  • You will be alerted within 72 hours of your tryout if you are offered a spot or if the rosters have been filled.  Those who make a team will receive an email and a follow up phone call, those who do not will just receive an email alerting them tryout selection has concluded.

  • Please read through our program information and vision below.  We are here to help girls achieve their dreams as  future college softball players and get them better in every facet of life and softball.  We are committing to the training piece of our club program more than any in the state of Minnesota.  Years of data-driven research and application have put us in a spot where we can pursue a player development system that will get your daughters to the next level and commitment to them to continuously improve their skills even while in college. 



All-Inclusive System

Our club softball player development system is unmatched in the state of Minnesota.  Our coaches, instructors and trainers are experienced and continuously push their education as leaders and role models.  Our MN Starters program works directly with Starters Sports Training for elite training and state-of-the-art facilities year-round for all facets of the game - hitting, pitching, defense, baserunning, strength + development, and softball IQ.  We are one of the only softball programs in the Midwest with their own training facility and various cutting-edge hitting & pitching technologies (Rapsodo, HitTrax, Blast Motion, GameSense, etc.). All of this alongside qualified & certified trainers that execute the player education and application.  We invest in our players, coaches, and our facility in order to be the best in the Midwest and continue our retention rates within our club and training organization.  Whether it is in the weight room, in the cages, or on the dirt - we will always asses, train, maintain, and emphasize overall mental and physical HEALTH throughout the year.  Our assessments and results hold us accountable to continue the raise the standard! 

Built on research, supported by data.


High-Level Competition

Our teams are complete with players and athletes that are passionate, respectful, and relentless in their pursuit for greatness alongside our coaches.  With these players, we are able to compete at the highest level of competition locally in the MN Top Tier League as well as in the toughest competition regionally and nationally in various sanctioned leagues throughout the country.  We train year-round and compete year-round as well with a Fall competition season, Winter training and competition season, optional Spring training, and full Summer competition season.  We offer various training opportunities during the Winter season in order to accommodate multiple sport athletes.


We believe that in order to be the best, you must train and compete with the best.  We have implemented a dedicated development program, college showcase platform, and competition schedule that will allow our prospective student-athletes the opportunity to be seen by collegiate coaches as well as prepare and educate each player on the college recruiting process.  We have partnered with SportsRecruits and provide various Recruiting Seminars throughout the year as well for our athletes.


Empowered Environment

We care about members of our organization as people and young women FIRST.  Our program was built by former collegiate softball athletes that had incredible experiences on their club and collegiate teams.  The common denominator of those experiences was the opportunity to be their authentic selves as confident young women in a group setting with others who had the same goals.  Our potential was fulfilled due to the atmosphere that was produced by passionate players and coaches alike.  We have dedicated coaches, many that are former collegiate softball players, who promote a positive environment where athletes will be provided mentorship and autonomy throughout their time as a Minnesota Starter.  Our program will provide the training necessary for the development of a softball player, but we will more importantly provide the insight, encouragement, and inclusivity to all members in order to produce an overall positive environment.  Our goal is to empower each player in our program with the confidence to continue to develop physically, socially and emotionally in order to be successful for life after softball.

2021 - 2022 mn Starters Program Info

Our Minnesota Starters 2021 - 2022 Program Information can be seen below.  Our training staff and coaching staff will be training all year.  Minnesota Starters athletes will be training all year long with countless opportunities throughout the fall, winter, spring, and summer season.  We are looking to field year-round 14U, 16U, and 18U - all together a maximum of 5 teams.  Our goal is to have a small player to coach ratio throughout our organization so ALL players have access to our instructors and coaches as we move forward into a player-development-first mentality.


Fall Season & Training

August 9th, 2021 – November 2nd, 2021


  • Full Fall Practice Schedule – (2 – 3 per week, to coaches’ discretion)

  • 3 – 4 Fall Tournaments

    • 1 – 2 tournaments out-of-state OR college exposure tournaments

    • S&C Labor Day College Showcase OR local tournament

    • Top Tier State Tournament

  • Scheduled Doubleheader’s – (in-house or outside competition)

  • Strength & Development Training – (lifting, conditioning, agility)

  • 2 Academy Small Group Lesson Sessions – (3:1 player to coach ratio – expire 11/2)

  • Starters Sports Training – Softball Training Discounts

    • High Performance Programs, Camps/Clinics, Small Group Training, Individual Lessons


Important Fall Events & Dates


  • Starters Softball Combine #1: Baseline Testing/Metric Distribution – Saturday, 9/18

    • Club Softball Members ONLY

    • SportsRecruits Info Upload

    • Team Picture Day / Head Shots

    • College Metric Testing

      • HitTrax (Exit Velo, Distance) & Rapsodo Pitching (Velocity, Spin Rate)

      • Blast Motion Hitting (Bat Speed, Rotational Acceleration, Power, etc.)

      • Overhand Throw MPH via Radar Gun

      • Speed #’s (60 FT, 30 FT)

  • Hit-A-Thon Fundraiser (raised $10K in inaugural fundraiser 2020) – Saturday, 9/11

  • College Recruiting Seminar – Virtual Meeting, date TBA

Winter Season & Training

November 3rd, 2021 – February 28th, 2022


  • Hitting Player Development – Club Softball Members ONLY (weekly)

  • Pitching & Catching Player Development - Club Softball Members ONLY (weekly)

  • Defense & Team Focused Training – Club Softball Members ONLY (weekly)

  • Strength & Development Training – (lifting, conditioning, agility)

  • 2 Winter Tournaments

    • 1 – 2 winter dome tournaments OR 1 out-of-state tournament

  • Winter Dome Ball League – Opt-In Option

  • Starters Sports Training Discounts

    • High Performance Programs, Camps/Clinics, Small Group Training, Individual Lessons

  • Immediate first access to elite and high performance player development training (programs sell out every year)


Important Winter Events & Dates

  • Starters Softball Combine #2: Eval Testing/Metric Distribution – Saturday, 2/28

    • Club Softball Members ONLY

    • College Metric Testing

      • HitTrax (Exit Velo, Distance) & Rapsodo Pitching (Velocity, Spin Rate)

      • Blast Motion Hitting (Bat Speed, Rotational Acceleration, Power, etc.)

      • Overhand Throw MPH via Radar Gun

      • Speed #’s (60 FT, 30 FT)

    • Revisit #’s, adjust training accordingly to improve!

  • No training 11/24 – 11/28 (Thanksgiving Holiday Break)

  • Holiday club softball training break from 12/19 – 1/6

  • Starters Sports Training – softball individual training resumes throughout breaks

Spring Offseason / Non-HS Age Training

March 1st, 2022 – End of High School Season


  • Starters Sports Training – Softball Training Discounts

    • Small Group Training, Individual Lessons


Important Spring Events & Dates


  • No club related training from 3/1 – end of the high school season (out of respect to HS teams and coaches)

  • Exception: First year 14U may resume club practices during this time if no HS conflicts, coaches are open to hold optional practices to their discretion

  • Starters Sports Training – softball individual training resumes throughout this break (individual lessons and small group training)

Summer Season & Training

End of High School Season – Beginning of August


  • Weekly Hitting/Pitching/Catching Development – Club Members ONLY, optional

  • Top Tier OR Gold League Doubleheaders

  • Full Summer Practice Schedule - (2 – 3 days per week)

  • 6 – 8 Summer Tournaments - (travel dependent on team age and skill level)

    • Top Tier OR Gold State Tournament

    • 2 – 4 Local Tournaments

    • 1 – 3 out-of-state AND/OR College Exposure tournaments

    • National out-of-state tournament

  • Strength & Development Training – (lifting, conditioning, agility)

  • Starters Sports Training Discounts

    • College Prep Program, Small Group Training, Individual Lessons

Important Summer Events & Dates


  • Starters Softball Combine #3: Final Testing/Metric Distribution – Wednesday, 7/20

    • Club Softball Members ONLY

    • College Metric Testing

      • HitTrax (Exit Velo, Distance) & Rapsodo Pitching (Velocity, Spin Rate)

      • Blast Motion Hitting (Bat Speed, Rotational Acceleration, Power, etc.)

      • Overhand Throw MPH via Radar Gun

      • Speed #’s (60 FT, 30 FT)

    • Finalize #’s and distribute + reflection

  • Starters Sports Training – softball individual training resumes throughout summer season

2021-2022 Club Fee Information:

  • The 2021-2022 season will consist of 2 separate fees due to age group, travel, college exposure, etc.  You can see below a breakdown of our 18U/16U fee and 14U fee.

    • 18U & 16U MN Starters Club Fees:

      • Our fees for our 18U & 16U MN Starters Club Teams will consist of 1 deposit after tryout selection of $379.50 and 9 additional monthly payments of $379.50 following the deposit.  Our 18U & 16U fees incur a higher monthly payment primarily due to the additional costs of travel and college exposure/tournament fees.

    • 14U MN Starters Club Fees:

      • Our fees for our 14U MN Starters Club Teams will consist of 1 deposit after tryout selection of $349.50 and 9 additional monthly payments of $349.50 following the deposit. 

We will be announcing 10U and 12U Winter Development / Dome Ball team tryouts in the very near future along with info and club pricing!

2021 - 2022 Committed Minnesota Starters Coaching Staff:

The Minnesota Starters are excited to announce our 2021-2022 club softball coaching staff!  This season we are thrilled to have year-round staff members on each of our teams as well as our very own, Brooke Otterstatter, as our year-round organizational pitching coach!  With 8 coaches in our organization being available 12 months out of the year for all training and coaching purposes, we are excited to continue to push our organizational wide player development system all season long.  


Each coaching staff has in-depth experience in coaching softball at all levels as well as playing at the collegiate level.  Additional coaches and resources will be allocated if an additional team is made - the Minnesota Starters are looking to form a maximum of 5-6 teams this season.  There are spots open on all of our teams, come join us for tryouts and be a part of our special season! 

Full Time Staff Members - Minnesota Starters Softball

  • Erika Smyth - Director of Softball, Hitting & Defensive Development  - University of Minnesota

  • Brooke Otterstatter - Director & Head of Pitching Development, Club Softball Pitching Coach - University of Northern Iowa

  • Tyler Peterson - Head of Softball Player Development - University of St. Thomas, University of Mary (Former Coach)


Club Softball Coaching Staff & Teams

18U MN Starters - National:

Hannah Schmoll - University of Minnesota - Duluth

Erika Smyth - University of Minnesota

Marybeth Olson - University of Connecticut

  • Team is seeking 1 strong pitcher, 1 catcher, and 1 additional athlete

16U MN Starters - National:

Michelle Seiger - Minnesota State University - Mankato

Emma Frost - University of Minnesota - Duluth

Julia Gronholz - University of Minnesota - Duluth

  • Team is seeking 2 pitchers, 1 catcher, and additional athletes (INF/OF)

14U MN Starters - Gold:

Tim Holzhueter - University of Wisconsin - Stout

Missy Loomis - University of St. Thomas

Ashley Herold - Bemidji St. University

  • Seeking athletes at all positions!

14U MN Starters - Black:

Dani Alvarado - Crown College

Elisabeth King - Crown College

3rd Staff Member - TBD

  • Seeking athletes at all positions!

14U MN Starters - '08

Katelyn Mohr - University of Minnesota - Duluth

Mike Casalenda - St. Paul Association Director

Kenzie Miller - University of St. Thomas

  • Seeking athletes at all positions!

*Coaches and team assignments are subject to change during/after team formation

Miscellaneous Information:


  • Our practice facilities are located throughout the south suburbs of Minneapolis.  We currently have fields in the locations of Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Victoria, Chaska, and Hopkins.  Our home base and facility is located at Starters Sports Training in Burnsville, MN (right on the border of Savage, MN).

  • All of our members get a discounted SportsRecruits membership!  This is where athletes can upload their videos, numbers, and information to their player profiles and get in contact with college coaches.  We partner with SportsRecruits every year and like to think of it as the "LinkedIn of Recruiting".  It is a great advantage!

  • We have just been granted a sponsorship with Under Armour which will provide gear at a great discount as we transition to our new sponsors. We only require purchasing our tops and helmets for our uniforms as we want to give the option to purchase your own pants, socks, belts, etc.  With that being said, we will have a store open that will provide packages at a discounted price if you would like to go through and purchase all necessary items for uniforms.  Our uniform combos will include:

    • Mandatory to purchase: 3 Starters Softball uniform tops, helmet, & 2 practice shirts

    • Optional to purchase through us, but mandatory to have in the colors red, black and white: softball pants, socks, belts.

  • Fees will be announced on our website through our program pdf annually with a breakdown of what our club softball season will offer with training, facility rentals, league dues, team insurance, tournament fees, travelling fees, coaching fees, all administrative work, etc.

  • We will provide various fundraising opportunities for individuals to raise money for their club member fees.  These will happen throughout the season and per request.

  • Volunteer opportunities will be a priority to give back to our community and continue to help these athletes become better people as well as softball players.

  • We are excited to offer the opportunity to our club members only to provide us with their report cards and grades to get discounts with our training!  We want to continue to raise the bar and hold our girls accountable with their school work as well as softball work.

  • We offer a STAR scholarship for those who are interested in applying to help cover club – contact us for more info!

  • All tournament information is subject to change as we base our tournament decisions on team needs, skill level, availability, weather, etc.


Minnesota Starters Organization Pitching Coach: Brooke Otterstatter


The Minnesota Starters are thrilled to continue to have Brooke Otterstatter as their Director and Head of Pitching Development for the Minnesota Starters Club Softball Organization.  Brooke has been a full-time employee at Starters Sports Training and looks forward to dedicating her time this coming club season to the pitching development of those who are in our club program in addition to training with Starters Sports Training. 


Our club program includes weekly pitcher and catcher development sessions throughout the offseason and additional development during the Fall and Summer season.  Things you can expect are:

  • Data driven feedback in order to improve and individualize athletes’ focus on a session by session basis

  • Athletes’ body movements and ways to better control them

  • Learning process of development with biomechanics and how it relates to the pitching motion

  • Increasing physicality and challenges within the mental side of the game

  • Spin, pitch, and velocity focus

  • Live competition opportunities

  • Softball IQ chalk talks and situational series


2021 Winter Development Teams
tryout information coming soon!




Minnesota Starters in College!

Our ultimate goal is to help develop, train, prepare, and provide guidance for young women with the passion and dream to play collegiate softball - at all levels. Take look at our current Minnesota Starters alums that are either committed or playing in college right now! If you have any questions on how we can help you with your recruiting process, shoot us a message below!