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Travel Tryouts

Travel Tryout - 2019

Trojan Baseball parents,

Tentative tryout dates are posted below on the PWYBA website.  It is the responsibility of the parent/player to register at the PWYBA website and provide an accurate e-mail address that will be used to notify players of their evaluation schedule.  Players should make every effort to attend their assigned tryout.  For those unable to make a tryout, the PWYBA will rely on last year’s coach’s player evaluations and 2018 tryout scores in collaboration with the travel oversight committee to determine if and at what level the player will assigned.  

In cases where there is no previous involvement in the travel process with the PWYBA, and roster availability exists, the travel oversight committee will determine where or if the player will be placed on a traveling team.

We have worked diligently to select the days with as little possible conflict as possible.  If anything changes regarding these times, we will notify your family as soon as possible.  Please read the below policies for further direction regarding tryouts and player eligibility.  As we get closer to the tryout dates, you will receive additional documents regarding your time slots and what to anticipate at tryouts.

Thank you for participating in the travel program and we look forward to working with your kids!

Dave Koth (9U-10U)

Mitch Ask (11U - 12U)

Ryan Boutwell (13U-15U)

PWYBA Travel Directors

2019 - Tryout Dates

Exact times of each players try out will be emailed to parents approximately two weeks before the tryout.

     
15U Core Sunday March 3 2pm - 8pm
15UAAA Pool Friday March 8 5:30pm - 7:30pm
15UAA Pool Friday March 8 8pm - 10pm
9U Sunday March 10 3pm - 8pm
11U Saturday March 16 10am - 4pm
13U Core Saturday March 16  4pm - 10pm
13AAA Pool Sunday March 17 9am - 11am
13AA Pool Sunday March 17 11:30am - 1:30pm
14U Core Sunday March 17 2pm - 8pm
14AAA Pool Friday March 22 6pm - 8pm
14AA Pool Friday March 22 8pm - 10pm
10U Saturday March 23 10am - 4pm
12U Saturday March 23 4pm - 10pm

 

There is NO guarantee that a player missing a tryout will automatically be placed at the level they played at last year or on a traveling team. The player however will not be allowed to be moved down more than one level from where they previously played.  No player missing a tryout will be allowed to move up to a higher level team.

Tryout Information

All players trying out for a travel team need to be registered by the February deadline.   Parents will receive an e-mail in mid February confirming their registration.  Approximately two weeks before the scheduled tryout each player will receive an e-mail with a scheduled evaluation time.  Players will go through evaluations in groups of three to five and will rotate through the various stations.  All travel team tryouts will be conducted at the Wayzata Central Middle School Dome.

Participation

A player must participate in all scheduled tryout sessions unless the Travel Baseball Directors grant an excused absence prior to the start of that session. A player who is absent without being excused may be disqualified. Extenuating and unusual circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Injury or Illness Policy

Injury,Illness or Absence Policy

A player who has registered for tryouts and cannot participate due to an injury, illness or excused absence will be excused, prior to the start of the tryout session In the event of an injury or illness a doctor’s note describing the player’s limitations is required. A player excused due to injury or illness must present a signed doctor’s release indicating that the player is medically fit before he/she will be allowed to participate in any PWYBA activity. Players who are injured or ill, or have an excused absence will have the opportunity to be placed on a travel team at no higher level than what they participated at the previous season.  The decision to add players under this Policy will be a joint decision between the head coach and the Travel Oversight Committee. 

AAA Team:

(1) If the player has been on the AAA team for at least the last two seasons, the player may be added as one of the 12 rostered players.

(2) If the player was on the AAA team last season (but not the previous season) and was rated in the top four by last seasons coach, the player can be added as one of the 12 rostered players OR if not in the top four, the player can be added as a 13th rostered player.

AA Team:

(1) If the player has been on the AA team for at least the last two seasons (or AA last year and AAA the previous), the player may be added as one of the 12 rostered players.

(2) If the player was on the AA team last season (but did not play travel the previous season) and was rated in the top four by last seasons coach, the player can be added as one of the 12 rostered players OR if not in the top four, the player can be added as a 13th rostered player. 

A Team:

(1) If the player has been on the A team for at least the last two seasons (or AA or AAA the previous), the player may be added as one of the 12 rostered players.

(2) If the player was on the A team last season (but did not play travel the previous season) and was rated in the top four by last seasons coach, the player can be added as one of the 12 rostered players OR if not in the top four, the player can be added as a 13th rostered player. 

Players age 10-15 who played travel baseball in another community last season and are injured/absent during tryouts may be added to the roster as a 13th player based on their previous coaches feedback (at the discretion of the Travel Oversight Committee). 

Players who are injured/absent and have not played on a travel team (in PWYBA or in another community) in the past will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may be added to a team as a 13th player.  Petitions for players who are unable to attend tryouts for any other reason will be reviewed by the Travel Oversight Committee.

Twin Sibling Policy

Parents of twins (triplets, etc.) will need to decide between two options before the core travel tryouts: 

  • Option A: Treat each sibling independently.  Players will be placed on the appropriate level for their skill.  With this option the siblings could be placed on different teams.
  • Option B:  Place siblings on the same team.  Players will be placed on the same team at the appropriate level for the lowest ranked sibling. 

Player Evaluations

A team of impartial evaluators provided by the PWYBA will evaluate each player’s baseball skills.  The evaluators will be people who have the knowledge necessary to evaluate a player’s skill at a particular level.  Evaluators will not be related to any of the tryout participants involved in their assigned age level.  Players will be evaluated on running, infield, outfield, pitching, catching and hitting skills.  Many factors are considered in determining the rankings of the players.  Players should be at their best during the tryout and be aware that evaluators look at many things in evaluating the overall player including:  attitude, attention, ability to follow directions, teamwork, teammate interactions, etc. 

Players will be placed on a team based upon their own merits (skills, athletic ability, hustle, enthusiasm, coachability, attitude, character, etc.).  If players have played on a previous year’s team their prior commitment, performance and character may be considered.  No player will be placed on a team over a more deserving candidate simply because he/she has previously played on a travel team.

Travel Evaluation (9-12 year olds)

Players trying out for a 9, 10, 11 or 12 year old team will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Infield (range, hands/feet, arm strength, accuracy)
  • Outfield (range, hands/feet, arm strength, accuracy)
  • Running (speed from home to 1st)
  • Pitching (mechanics, control, fastball)
  • Catching (positioning, receiving, blocking, throw to 2nd, bunt, pop up)
  • Hitting—Machine (bunting, mechanics, bat speed, power, contact)
  • Hitting—Live (bunting, mechanics, bat speed, power, contact)

Players should wear appropriate baseball attire (including a baseball hat).

The evaluations will take around 90-120 minutes.
Evaluations are closed to parents.  We ask that you leave the dome during your player's tryout and return later to pick them up.

The travel tryout dates are listed above.

Each of the 9-12 year old teams will consist of 12 players.  On some exceptions, a 13th may be added.  Teams will be formed and announced on the website within two weeks following the tryout.

Travel Evaluation (13-15 year olds)

The 13-15 year old age group will have multiple evaluations. The one day core evaluation (similar to what the 9-12 year olds will go through) will be utilized to break the players into two pools (AAA/AA or AA/A pools).  For players in the 13-15 year old age group the core evaluations may include infield, outfield, pitching, catching and hitting.  The core evaluation scores will be utilized to determine the players invited to the second round of evaluations (AAA/AA pool or AA/A).  The AAA/AA pool will have between 15-28 players and all players making the AAA/AA pool will be on the AAA or AA team.  The AA/A pool will contain the remaining players eligible for a AA or A team.  As players reach the 13-15 year old age group many of the players no longer pitch (or want to pitch) and many have never played catcher.  The pitching/catching evaluations will be utilized by the travel oversight committee in getting the players into the appropriate pool.  By separating the pitching/catching into a separate evaluation, players who do not pitch/catch will not be penalized in the overall core evaluation while still be recognized for those abilities.

The travel tryout dates are listed above.

Core Evaluations (1st Round)

Players trying out for a 13, 14 or 15 year old team will be evaluated in the following areas. 

These core evaluations will be utilized in determining the assigned pool for the 2nd round of evaluations.

  • Infield (range, hands/feet, arm strength, accuracy)
  • Outfield (range, hands/feet, arm strength, accuracy)
  • Running (speed from home to 1st )
  • Hitting—Machine (bunting, mechanics, bat speed, power, contact)
  • Hitting—Live (bunting, mechanics, bat speed, power, contact)

Pitching (mechanics, control, fastball, and change-up) and catching will be an optional evaluation for players choosing to participate.  The pitching/catching evaluations will be used to identify the top pitchers/catchers in the age group and will only be used to help move a player into the AAA pool group.  Poor pitching/catching evaluation scores will not cause a player to be moved out of the AAA/AA pool.

  • Pitching:  mechanics out of the windup and stretch position, change up, location.
  • Catchers:  footwork, blocking balls, receiving, throwing to 2nd

 

Player Evaluations (2nd Round)

 

 

All players trying out will be assigned a pool group for the 2nd round of evaluations (AAA/AA or AA/A pool).  There will be roughly 15-28 players (depending on score and group size) assigned to the AAA/AA pool with the balance of players trying out assigned to the AA/A pool.  

Players who are in the AAA/AA pool but do not make the AAA team will automatically be placed on a AA team and will not need to participate in the AA/A pool evaluations.  Players who are in the AA/A pool and do not make a AA or A team will be assigned to a house team at their age level.

The pool evaluations will continue to focus on player skills but will also incorporate game/situational and positional evaluations.  Coaches will be looking for the players that do the “little things” correctly that lead to success on the field.

Areas of focus for pool evaluations may include the following areas:

  • Base running:  leading off, stealing, reading and reacting to where the ball is hit.
  • Fielding:  middle infielders covering second on steals and footwork on turning double plays, bunt defense, first baseman footwork and short hops, etc.  Outfield work.
  • Hitting:  along with evaluating hitting mechanics, etc. Coaches may be looking at the following:              
  1. Ability to effectively bunt down both the 1st and 3rd base line
  2. Ability to hit the ball to the right side and move a runner on 2nd base over to 3rd base
  3. Ability to put the ball in play to protect a runner
  4. Ability to get a runner in from 3rd (fly ball to outfield)

Teams will be formed utilizing the tryout evaluation information from both the core and pool evaluations.  The travel oversight committee will participate in all team selections.  Teams will be posted on the website as soon as they are formed.