Spring Evaluation Date
March 18th, 2017-- Evaluations in the Field House at the following times:
o 9:00 AM – 8&9 Year-Olds Please bring to evaluations:
o 10:30 AM – 10 Year-Olds -$100 uniform deposit check
o 12:30 PM – 11 Year-Olds -$125 volunteer deposit check or $50 volunteer waiver check
o 2:00 PM -- 12 Year-Olds ** Write your players FIRST and LAST name in the memo
o 3:00 PM -- 13 Year-Olds
o 4:00PM – 14 Year-Olds Players please bring:
o 5:00PM -- 15 Year Olds -Bat, glove, helmet, comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
**Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your child’s evaluation time for check-in.
**Your child must evaluate with the age group of the competitive team they wish to play for. For example, if your child’s baseball age (age on May 1st) is 10 and they would like to play on the 11 competitive team (“play-up”), they will need to evaluate with BOTH the 10 year-olds and the 11 year-olds. Based on their evaluation scores they will be selected for the appropriate team.
Check out how your player will be evaluated: Evaluation Scoring
The purpose of evaluations is to determine a players current abilities and skill level. Players are evaluated on baseball fundamentals that include hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base running. Players are evaluated and scored by volunteers on abilities in ball fielding and catching mechanics, throwing mechanics, hitting mechanics, pitching mechanics, and base running. During evaluations the players will participate in five stations with the age group they qualify for at the include the following: throwing and catching, fielding, hitting, pitching, and base running.
Purpose of Evaluation Scores
It is important for all players to participate in evaluations. Evaluations determine a player score which is used for both in-house and competitive teams. Quad City teams (In-House/Non-Travel) are determined through a draft process. Scores help coaches make their selections during this process. Players who score at the top six automatically make a travel team at their age level. The remaining players are chosen by the travel team coach.
What if a Player is Not Able to Attend Evaluations?
If a player is not able to evaluate they will not be selected as a board pick for a competitive team (Gopher State). They may still be a coach's pick, but it is the responsibility of the player to make it known to the coach through the board that they wish to play on a competitive team. Filling out the remaining players on their team is ultimately the coach's responsibility and coaches use different approaches to do this.
A player who does not evaluate, and is not chosen for a competitive team, will then be placed on an In-House (Quad City) team in alphabetic order to fill out the teams and will not be available to be drafted by the coaches.
Difference Between Quad City League (In-House) and Gopher State League (Competitive)
Quad City League (In-House) is a local competitive league that consists of area community teams that include Clear Lake, Monticello, Big Lake, and Foley. Families often elect to play in this league due to less traveling commitments and weekend tournaments. Teams in this league will play two games a week and typically one practice a week. There is also an end of the season tournament.
Gopher State League (Competitive) is a more competitive league ran by the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. Travel commitments in this league may include outside area communities such as St. Michael, Buffalo, Mora, St. Francis, Braham, Chisago Lakes, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Alexandria and others. Travel teams often play two weekly games with 2 or more practices a week. Most travel teams will often play in four or more tournaments that take place on weekends.
Evaluations help determine a player's current skill level. Each player will earn a score based on each evaluation station. Player scores help coaches determine their picks for the upcoming season. The draft process also helps to keep player ability balanced amongst each division team. Once coaches have met and went through the draft process, they will be contacting their team members.