Baseball Skills Evaluations FAQ

Why does the league conduct skill evaluations? The purpose of skill evaluations is to determine the most appropriate level for each player and to evaluate players in an effort to create balanced teams at each level.  In both respects, the goal is to try to create the best experience possible for every player.

What should my player bring?

Baseball gloves, athletic shoes or indoor cleats (no rubber/steal cleats on the indoor turf), and attire/gear to participate in the drills.  Players may bring their own bats and batting helmets, and the league will also have bats and batting helmets available for use.

Please note that the City Baseball facility is a converted warehouse, so the temperature can be rather cool inside. Please dress appropriately.

What will happen during the evaluations?

How long will it take?

Evaluations will include a warm-up period followed by evaluations of the following skills:  
1) Fielding ground balls and throwing to first base
2) Pitching - 10 pitches each (Optional)
3) Hitting - 10 swings

4) Timed running/sprinting (time permitting)

The evaluation typically takes 45 minutes to go through the 4 stations.

Coaches will be observing at each station taking notes. Each player will have a number of chances at each station and our goal is to make it a positive experience!

Are there make-ups if my player can’t attend evaluations?

No. Magnolia Little League does not have a make-up evaluation date available - we have paid to rent the facility and a have group of board members and coaches volunteering their time that day to coordinate the skill evaluations.

We thank you for your understanding that there is never a perfect date on which no schedule conflicts exist.  Participating in evaluations gives your player a chance to show his skills, but all registered players, including those that do not participate in evaluations, will be included in the selection process for the league and will be on a team this season.

What happens after the skill evaluations? 

When will we know what level and what team our player is on?

You will hear from your Manager or the Player Agent within 2 weeks of evaluations.

Following the skill evaluations, the Majors teams are drafted. Players not drafted to a Majors team are eligible for the AAA draft, which happens shortly after the Majors draft. Players not drafted to a AAA team will be placed on a AA roster.

If my 9 year-old participates in the evaluation process, will he or she be placed on a AAA team?

Maybe. If your player is NOT 9 years old by August 31st, they are required to register for AA-Ball; even if they have already played AA-Ball. 9 year-olds will only be drafted to a AAA team if there is room on a team; after all 10 year-olds have been placed. In the past, there have been years when there was not space for any 9 year-olds at AAA and there have been years where there has been space. If you would like your 9 year-old to participate in the evaluations, please let our player agent know via e-mail: [email protected].

When are evaluations?

Date is to be determined. Evaluations are held on a Saturday in early/mid-February.

Please see below for additional information.

Can I stay to watch the evaluations during my player’s time slot? Yes.  There is a fenced-in area just inside the front door to the City Baseball facility where the check-in table will be set up.  That area also offers some room for parents to sit or stand while watching evaluations.

What if I have other questions?

Please let our player agent know via e-mail: [email protected].

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