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Player Evaluations-March 9, 2019

PLEASE READ AND NOTICE UPDATED TIME CHANGE

Skills Evaluations Details

SMYO Little League will be holding its annual skills evaluations on Saturday, March 9 at the Extreme Baseball 24/7 indoor sports facility. Players should wear sneakers (no cleats!) and comfortable clothes, bring their gloves, and their favorite bats (if they have their own, no big barrels). Helmets and bats will also be available at the gym for those who do not have either. If there is a weather cancellation, an adjusted schedule for skills evaluations will be announced.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All players registered in Minor and Major Baseball. For simplicity, evaluation windows are organized by League Age and first letter of last name. If your player was drafted to a Major League Division team last Spring and is League age 12 or younger, they are not needed for evaluations.

Visit https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/determine-league-age/ to confirm your players League Age.

WHY?

The purpose of the skills evaluation is to assist the Player Agent and League Commissioners in properly placing players at the level most appropriate for their skills and experience. Little League regulations require every player participating in Minors or higher to be assessed prior to placement. The skills evaluation also helps the team managers identify safety concerns. All players registered in the Minor Division or higher are selected for their teams through a draft process by the managers.

WHAT DO THE EVALUATIONS CONSIST OF?

Players will be evaluated on their fielding, throwing, running, and hitting skills. Players may be asked to demonstrate pitching skills. It is probably a good idea to spend some time working on these skills prior to the evaluation. It may not be a good idea for the evaluation to be the first time the player has picked up a ball since last spring or last fall.

HOW CAN MY CHILD DO WELL AT THE EVALUATION?

Arrive 15 minutes before your evaluations window. Wear appropriate baseball or exercise attire, arrive with plenty of time to sign in, and do some light stretching. Relax, have fun, and do your best!

WHEN AND WHERE?

Saturday, March 9 at the Extreme Baseball 24/7 Sports Facility, 109 Post Office Road, Waldorf, MD 20602.

CAN I OBSERVE THE EVALUATION PROCESS?

We limit the evaluations to as few people as possible – league officials, managers (or their proxy), and volunteers assisting with evaluations. Not only does this provide a less stressful environment for the players, it helps keep the flow of the process moving along during the busy day. It also helps keep the number of distractions at an absolute minimum.

WHAT IF I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO PLAY BASEBALL, BUT HAS NOT YET REGISTERED? CAN THEY ATTEND THE SKILLS EVALUATION?

Yes, walk-in registration will be available for players who have not yet registered – but pre-registration is much preferred. Be sure to tell all your friends and neighbors! Players must be registered for the SMYO Spring 2019 Little League Season at the time of skills evaluations. Registration fees must be paid at the time of the skills evaluation. SMYO understands that families in our community have financial needs. If your family needs assistance with payment of registration fees, please reply to this email.

TIME SLOTS 

Saturday, March 9

NAME              LEAGUE AGE          LAST NAMES
2:00 PM                       8                       A – Z
2:30 PM                       9                       A – L
3:00 PM                       9                       M – Z
3:30 PM                      10                      A – L
4:00 PM                      10                      M – Z
4:30 PM                      11                      A – Z
5:00 PM                      12                      A – Z

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO COME TO THE ASSIGNED TIME SLOT. That said, if your schedule prevents you from coming on the day assigned, you will have to attend the make-up date. If you are unable to attend the skills evaluation on the 9th or have any questions regarding the process, please contact Lewis Payne or Jodi Brill at smyobaseball@gmail.com.

SMYO Little League depends upon the generosity of parent volunteers who give their time and effort to manage teams, maintain fields, run the concession stand, run a station at practice, raise funds, and many other jobs.

If you are available to help with skills evaluations, please email us at smyobaseball@gmail.com.