East Granby Little League Evaluation Process
Players are evaluated based on their registration level. Registering for a specific division does not automatically mean a player will be drafted to that division. Baseball league age is the player’s age as of 4/30/14. Softball league age is the player’s age as of 12/31/13.
T-Ball – League Age 4,5,6 (no evaluation required)
Farm (Coach Pitch) – League Age 6,7,8 (age 6 require at least one year of T-ball prior to placement in Farm). No evaluation required.
AA – (Player Pitch/Coach Pitch) – League Age 7,8, 9
AAA – (Player Pitch) – League Age 9, 10, 11 (An 8 year old may be placed in AAA if they have played one year of AA and have the skill necessary to play at that level)
Majors – (Player Pitch) – League Age 11,12 (12 year olds are required to play Majors. A 10 year old may be placed in Majors if they have played in AAA for at least one year and have the skill necessary to play at that level.)
The goal of EGLL is provide the appropriate level of play for each child. The maximum team size for Majors and AAA is 12 players. Farm and AA divisions may have more than 12 players.
There will be four stations for all player evaluations. There will be two optional stations for a player league age 9-12.
Throwing, Ground Balls, Fly Balls and Hitting. There will be multiple evaluators at each station. Evaluators will be made up of Board Members, past coaches and independent evaluators. Station drills will be run by evaluators with assistance from high school students and older EGLL players.
Each station will provide multiple attempts and will be graded on the following scoring method. At each station, the players will be explained what the expectations are and what the evaluators will be looking for.
- 1: Needs significant improvement: player lacks the ability or proper mechanics to perform the task at hand. Will require extensive coaching to become average. Player is a potential physical/safety risk.
- 2: Needs improvement: Player might be just below average as far as mechanics or ability, but with instruction can perform at the level needed at this division.
- 3: Average Skills: Player shows they are capable of performing the task. Skill level in the middle of the group you are evaluating. With coaching can improve.
- 4: Above Average Skills: Player possess better athletic ability and shows good mechanics and strength. A diamond in the rough.
- 5: Exceptional Skills: Player shows outstanding athletic ability and skills. Very sound mechanically. Maybe a little polish will make this player great.
Each player being evaluated will be throwing a ball to a volunteer at that station. The player will be evaluated on technique throwing the ball, velocity and accuracy. The evaluator will be looking for proper arm position, how accurately the ball is thrown and with how much velocity.
Each player being evaluated will be hit 10 ground balls. The player will be evaluated on proper technique for fielding a ground ball. The player should have their glove down in the appropriate fashion, show the button of their hat (looking down towards the ball) and use both hands to field the ball. The evaluator will take into effect how hard the ball was hit and how it was fielded (throwing hand over the glove, “alligator mouth”. For example, a player will be given credit for missing the ball with their glove if they were in the correct position and were able to block the ball with their body.
Each player will be hit or thrown 10 fly balls. The player will be evaluated on technique used to properly track and catch a fly ball. The player should have their glove in the correct position using both hands to secure the ball in the glove. Evaluators will be looking for how the player tracks the ball, where the glove is positioned as they move towards the fly ball and how they catch the ball.
Each player will get 10 pitches to hit (wiffle balls). The player will be evaluated on proper stance, “loading:” their swing during the windup, contact and follow through. Evaluators will be looking for proper stance, the ability to track the pitches and make good decisions on pitches that are balls.
There will be 2 optional stations for players league ages 9-12, pitching and catching. Dependent on time we will have 2 stations that will allow those players who are interested to pitch and catch for the coaches present. This is not required by any player but will allow the coaches to see the ability of players at these positions.