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TJ Travel Baseball Guidelines

TJYBB 2020-2021 Travel Baseball


AGE REQUIREMENTS

  • The age requirement for the 8U-11U teams are using the birthdays May 1st - the following August 31st. Your child must turn the age they are trying out for within this timeframe. 
  • You may only select one age group to try out for each season (you cannot tryout for 9u, not get offered a spot and tryout for 8u)

8U: May 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013
9U: May 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012
10U: May 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011
11U: May 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010


PLAYER EVALUATION

  • Tryouts will be evaluated by 5 current or former TJ travel baseball coaches and/or assistant coaches.
  • Coaches will not evaluate or be a part of a try out of one of their own children or a team they have or coached.
  • The tryouts will be run in a consistent fashion by TJYBB board members and again they too will not be involved in a tryout that they have a personal interest in.
  • Players will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • 7u & 8u
      • Throwing and Catching
      • Fielding
      • Hitting from a Board Member pitcher or approved substitute
      • Running
      • Behavior
    • 9u & 10u
      • Pitching
      • Throwing and Catching
      • Fielding
      • Hitting from a Board Member pitcher or approved substitute
      • Hitting from a kid pitcher or approved substitute
      • Running
      • Baseball knowledge
      • Behavior
    • 11u
      • Pitching
      • Throwing and Catching
      • Fielding
      • Position specific skills
      • Hitting from a Board Member pitcher or approved substitute
      • Hitting from a kid pitcher or approved substitute
      • Running
      • Baseball knowledge
      • Behavior

SCORING/SELECTION PROCESS

  • There will be a consistent scoring process explained to evaluators before tryouts begin.
  • Teams will be formed starting with the top 8 scores from tryouts. These kids will be the beginning point for the formation of the team.
  • In the event of a tie score the line will be moved to one above or below the 8th ranked player.
  • Realizing these scores are based upon a one-day tryout, the remaining roster positions will be filled from the next 6-8 scores, with input from the newly selected Head Coach (see coach requirements below). Input will be solicited from prior in-house and travel coaches for players to include performance, sportsmanship and potential position benefit to the team in previous seasons.

COACHING REQUIREMENTS

  • The travel board will review the submitted coaches interests and make a selection.
  • Previous coaching experience, baseball knowledge and experience working with kids preferred.
  • In house coaches (past or present of any age group) will be considered first.
  • In an attempt to provide a positive, fun, learning and competitive experience for your child at every age the coach will be evaluated at the end of the season and that will be taken into consideration when moving forward into the next year's tryouts.
  • The coach will pick their assistant coaches and who they think will be an asset in the dugout. Coach pitch ages may need one extra coach. There may be additional help needed to ensure practices run smoothly and efficiently.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Important to note that no coach for any age of travel team will be chosen until the team is formed!
  • There will be guidelines and requirements that make someone eligible to coach. AFTER the team is formed, based on the considerations above, the eligible coaches for that team will be contacted and have 24 hours to present a letter of interest to the board.
  • That coach will then contact the team they will be coaching. Players/families will then have 24-48 hours to  accept/decline their position on the team.
  • If declined, that player cannot opt to play for another TJYBB travel team for the 2021 season. (If you make the “A” team you cannot decline and request to play on the “B” team).



VERSION 1.1 - UPDATED 9/4/20 - JAMES FOSTER


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