New This Year: Registered players will receive an email with a link to sign up for their preferred evaluation day. Be on the look out and reach out if you don't receive it.
All evaluations will be held at Majors Field by snack bar.
Option 1: Saturday January 21st
8am:League Age 6
9am: League Age 7
10:30am: League Age 8
11:30am: League Age 9
1pm: League Age 10
2pm: League Age 11
2:30pm: League Age 12
Option 2: Saturday January 28th
8am: League Age 10
9am: League Age 11
10am: League Age 12
11:30am: League Age 6
12:30pm: League Age 7
2pm:League Age 8
3pm: League Age 9
What to expect.
When you make your way to Sandburg to the fields, make sure your child has the following to ensure a successful tryout:
Wear a cap, cleats and protective cup. (be baseball ready)
Bring their glove, bat and helmet.
Once you arrive at the field, make your way to the Check-In table. Evaluations are all at Majors field this year. Your child will be checked in, given a number and then directed to the appropriate field or staging area. If there is a need to cancel due to weather or other issue, we will email and post to social media. Please like/follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.
As for the evaluation itself, each player will be placed in a group to go through various drills:
Infield: ground balls and throws to first
Outfield: fly balls and throws to second base
Batting: three pitches and running to first on the last pitch
Pitching: for divisions AA through Major, any pitchers will be asked to pitch a few times
Catchers: if your player would like to catch during the season, please let evaluators know so the managers can make a note
Some of you might be asking, how does this age framework match up to the division my child will play? At times it is confusing because the way a player is assigned to a division is not their true age but their league age. This is the age your child will be on August 31st. Below is the League Age Chart for reference as well.
Here is a mapping how your child will be placed in the appropriate division based on League Age:
12 Year Olds = Majors
11 Year Olds = AAA
10 Year Olds = AAA
8 & 9 Year Olds = AA
6 & 7 Year Olds = A
4 & 5 Year Olds = Tee Ball
In an ideal situation, the above will always be true. In an effort to focus on Player Development, some players will move up or down a division. The following captures those possible exceptions with the caveat that there must be room in the division to move a player up or down a division.
If a parent wants their child to play in a higher division than their age.
The player will have to try out in the desired age group/division and must also tryout in their own age group.
The player will have to be selected within the first 4 rounds to be placed on a higher division team.
If a parent wants their child to play in a lower division than their age.
They will need to contact the Player Agent.
The Board will need to approve the request.
The player may be restricted in what positions they can play. (Pitcher)
Anything else that is not covered by what is outlined above will be handled on a case by case basis by the Player agent and the Board.
We know that this is a lot of information to digest but our goal is to keep you informed and provide as much clarity as possible.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our Player Agent, Alisa Economou at firstname.lastname@example.org