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Player Evaluations

2018 Player Evaluations - Latest Information

This page contains a lot of information about Player Evaluations.  Please read it over and let us know if you have any questions.  Our contact info is at the bottom of this page.  Thank you.


Player Evaluations are for those players registered for AAA or Majors. The PDF below contains answers to the Who / What / Where / When questions that you may have.

2018 Player Evaluations - Location/Schedule

coming in March


League Age

League Age is important for scheduling.  Each player's League Age is determined by where their date of birth appears on the Little League Age Chart for 2018.

See the Age Chart to the right or check out the League Age Calculator to find your player's League Age.  In many cases, a player's League Age is different than their actual age at the time of Player Evaluations.

League Age 9: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2009

League Age 10: 9/1/2007 - 8/31/2008

League Age 11: 9/1/2006 - 8/31/2007

League Age 12: 5/1/2005 - 8/31/2006


What to expect at CRALL evaluations

Monday, March 19th - Pitching/Fielding for 1/2 of the players
Tuesday, March 20th - Pitching/Fielding for the other 1/2 of the players

- Enter Door #3, on the North side of the building
- Check in at table near entrance
- Wait in line outside doors to gym
- Players should bring their baseball glove and wear gym shoes

Warm Up:
- Once inside gym, players will be paired up to play catch to warm their arms up
- After warm up, players will be directed to the pitching tunnel to wait for their turn to pitch.

Pitching:
- Once inside the pitching tunnel, each player will throw 5 pitches, players will be evaluated on accuracy, and pitch speed will also be recorded.
- After completing the pitching portion of the evaluation, players will be directed to the line for the fielding portion of the evaluation.

Fielding Ground Balls:
- Players should check in with the person with the microphone who will be announcing each player's name.
- Once the player's name is announced, he/she will be directed to the first of 3 spots, marked with an X.
- Players will field two ground balls from the first spot, with the balls being propelled directly towards them by a pitching machine.
- Players should then move on to the second of three spots, where they will field one ground ball that they will have to field while moving to their left.
- Players should then move to the last of three spots, where they will field one ground ball that they will have to field while moving to their right.
- After each ball is fielded, they should make a strong, accurate throw to the designated "first baseman".  If a ball is misplayed, the player should chase down the ball and then make a strong throw to the "first baseman"

Fielding Fly Balls:
- The player should then return to the middle (first) spot, where they will field the first of three fly balls.  Players will attempt to field a fly ball that will be launched almost directly over the player's head. Think "lazy fly ball".  The player should attempt to use good form in getting under the fly ball, catching it, and making a strong, accurate throw to the "first baseman"
- Players should then move on to the second of three spots, where they will field a second fly ball while moving to their left.
- Players should then move to the last of three spots, where they will field a fly ball while moving to their right.
- After each catch, the player should make a strong, accurate throw to the designated "first baseman".  If a ball is not caught, the player should retrieve the ball and then make a strong, accurate throw to the "first baseman".
- When finished with fly balls, the evaluation is over.  Please make sure to return on Wednesday, for the Running/Hitting portions of the evaluation.
- Players will be evaluated on how well they get to, and field, the ground balls and fly balls, their form when setting up for the throws, and the strength and accuracy of the throws. 

While "hustle" does not show up on the evaluation sheets, it does help us keep things moving and can make a positive impression on the coaches who are responsible for evaluating the kids.  Please ask your player(s) to show some hustle in getting to the designated spots and while attempting to field the ground balls and fly balls.
 

Wednesday, March 21st - Running/Hitting for All Players:

- Enter Door #3, on the North side of the building
- Check in at table near entrance
- Players will be directed down a hallway to secondary gym entrance.
- If players have a bat and helmet, they should bring them.  If not, we will have a limited number of bats and helmets available for use.

Running:
- Players will do some light running to warm up
- Players will then perform a timed sprint (about 60 feet, or the distance between bases), with their time being recorded
- After completing the timed sprint, players will be directed to batting cages

Hitting:
- Players should check in with the person with the microphone who will be announcing each player's name when it's their turn to hit.
- Players should NOT swing bats while waiting for their turn to hit.
- Players will be directed to the next available batting cage, where they will wait until the person in the next cage has finished hitting.
- Once in the batting cage, players can take some warm up swings.
- When the player's name is announced, the live pitcher will throw 5-7 balls to the hitter.  Players will be evaluated on their form as well as any contact the player makes.
- When the player is finished hitting, he/she can exit the cage and gym.

Again, hustle is appreciated, in our attempt to keep the lines short, the kids moving in and out as quickly as possible, and the parents waiting for as short a time as possible.

We ask that you adhere to the published schedule so that we can maintain a steady flow of players and to avoid causing long waits for players and parents.  In order to keep the gym orderly and uncrowded, we ask that parents wait outside the gym, in the lobby area, while their players are being evaluated.  Please stay on site while you wait for your player(s).  We will have some folks monitoring the hallways, but we cannot be responsible for any kids that are left unattended.

If you have any questions about Player Evaluations, please contact:

Roger LaBrant, CRALL Player Agent
r.labrant@gmail.com

If you have any other questions about our league, please send us email:
CRALLbaseball@gmail.com

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