Tryouts (Spring Rec)UpdatedMonday February 22, 2021 byLMLL.
2-18-21 UPDATE: Tryouts have been CANCELLED, PLEASE IGNORE INFORMATION BELOW. In anticipation of this possibility, the registration form will ask you to provide your best assessment of your player’s skill to help in the selection process. Team selection will continue as planned, based on experience from prior seasons, information provided in the registration, and coaches' knowledge. Competitive players will be notified of their teams by mid-March. Note that in any case, as always there will be no "cuts"; all players who timely register WILL be placed on a Spring Rec team.
TRYOUTS FOR BASEBALL DRAFT
Tryouts for Baseball Green, Blue, Majors and Majors+ will be held:
|2nd||CANCELLED||11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.||TBD|
(Grades listed above are preferred - you should come your scheduled day IF POSSIBLE, if not you can come any other day but should try to come as close to your day as possible. Coaches kids may be required to attend on a specific day.)
Who must try out for Baseball Draft?
All 2nd through 7th graders who have signed up for Baseball Draft must attend the Baseball Draft tryouts. There is no exemption for coach’s children; they must try out. Any player who does not try out (i) will not be eligible to pitch in any game in any division, (ii) may not be eligible to be selected for an All-Star game in their division, and (iii) is not assured of a roster spot in any division.
2nd graders who have signed up for Baseball or Softball Gold and who played Gold or similar experience last year may attend the Baseball Draft tryouts if they wish to be considered to be selected in Baseball Green. If they don't try out, or do but are not selected, they'll be placed in the Gold division they signed up for.
Which session do we attend?
All Baseball Draft players must attend ONE tryout session. Players should attend a Baseball Draft session designated for their grade if possible. If players have a conflict, they can attend any other Baseball Draft session, but should come to a session closest to their grade to be seen by the most coaches likely to select them. Coaches' children in certain divisions may be asked to attend a specific session and/or time so that they can all be assessed at one time. Our Division Commissioners will convey this to their Division’s coaches if they choose this option.
TRYOUTS FOR SOFTBALL DRAFT
Tryouts for Softball Blue and Majors will be held:
|3rd-8th||CANCELLED||8:30-10:00 a.m.||MHS Post Road Gym|
Who must try out for Softball Draft?
1. All 3rd through 8th grade girls who have signed up for Softball Draft must attend the Softball Draft tryouts. There is no exemption for coaches' children; they must try out. Any player who does not try out will not eligible to be selected for an All-Star game in their division.
2. 3rd grade girls who have signed up for Softball Gold and who played Softball Gold or similar experience in a prior year may attend the Softball Draft tryouts if they wish to be considered to be selected in Softball Green. If they don't try out, or do but are not selected, they'll be placed in Softball Gold.
Which session do we attend?
Players can attend either of the two Softball Draft sessions. Coaches' children in certain divisions may be asked to attend a specific session and/or time so that they can all be rated at one time. Our Division Commissioners will convey this to their Division’s coaches if they choose this option.
TRYOUTS FOR BASEBALL SENIORS DRAFT
Tryouts for Baseball Seniors will be held:
ADDITIONAL TRYOUTS INFO
There are no tryouts for:
Why do we have tryouts?
Tryouts are an international Little League requirement. They allow the coaches who are selecting players for teams to observe their skills so that through the draft, competition is balanced to the greatest possible degree. There are no "cuts;" all players who timely registered will make a Spring Rec team. Tryouts are only so that players are selected to teams and divisions most appropriate for them.
Which Division is my child eligible to be drafted into?
In Baseball and Softball Draft, players are eligible to be drafted into Divisions according to their grade in school. Check out the charts on our Division Descriptions page to see which grades are eligible for which Divisions. Tryouts are ONLY to determine placement; all players who timely registered and tryout will be selected to a Spring Rec team. (Players who register after the late fee deadline may be wait-listed depending on numbers.) Players will be selected to a team in a Division best suited to their grade and skill, which may be in the Baseball or Softball Gold Division in the case of some 2nd graders. Note that Draft teams are selected by coach draft only; requests to be placed with certain other players or coaches cannot be honored in the Draft (but will be considered for 2nd graders who are selected for Baseball or Softball Gold).
How long does it take?
Players can arrive any time during the session to check-in, and can leave once their tryout is complete. The tryout itself is very simple – a few swings, a few catches, a few throws – and only takes a few minutes. But you'll need to check-in first (there is sometimes a line to check-in, but we don’t recommend arriving more than 15 minutes before the session starting time), and there is likely to be some additional waiting time before the player is called in to tryout. The whole process usually takes 30 to 60 minutes from arrival to completion.
Parents should note that this is not a drop-off activity. We are not able to provide supervision, so parents must either stay to keep an eye on their kids or make arrangements with others to do so. However, other than coaches, in Baseball and Softball Draft tryouts parents are not permitted in the tryout area or to watch tryouts; once your child is called to tryout, you must wait for them to exit back to the waiting area.
What equipment is required?
Players must wear sneakers and bring a baseball or softball glove. Batting helmets, bats and balls are provided, but players are permitted to bring their own batting helmets and bats if they like. Only soft balls (like tennis balls) are allowed to be used for warm-ups/practice (bring your own), and NO batting/swinging is permitted, while waiting to try out - do not bring hard balls.
What if my child is injured or ill?
Children who are injured or ill must still come to a tryout session if they are able to travel and not contagious; they will not be required to tryout if unable, but still must appear and be announced (come straight to the front of the registration line to check-in). If your child is unable to attend all of the tryout sessions due to injury or illness, you must contact us at Registrar@LMLittleLeague.org before tryouts have ended to make alternate arrangements.
When will we find out what team my child is on?
The Baseball and Softball Drafts will be held Sat-Sun March 6-7, while the Baseball Seniors draft will be held sometime thereafter. In each case you will be contacted within a few days after.