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ELK RIVER TRAVEL TRYOUT PROCESS

2019 Travel Tryout Dates

2019 Travel Tryout dates are set for:

March 20-24, 2019

Participants are required to attend ALL tryout sessions. 



TRYOUT OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Elk River Baseball travel program. We are very aware that this is an exciting and stressful time for both the ballplayers and the parents. For that reason, we have prepared an outline that explains the tryout process in detail.

We are very confident that we have created a system that gives everyone an equal chance to compete for a spot on these teams.

There will be at least one team formed at each age level. Most age levels will have a AAA and a AA team formed, however this is dependent on numbers and ability.

Tryouts are held around the third weekend of March each year.  Exact dates are posted on our website around September/October.   Players are expected to make all three tryout sessions for their age group.

Thank you for your commitment to our program. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!

TRYOUT PROCESS

The players will be evaluated on the following areas:

Ground Balls: 35%
· Fielding Form
· Throwing Form

Fly Balls: 10%
· Catching Form
· Throwing Form

Machine Hitting: 35%
· Swing Form
· Bat Speed
· Contact

Live Hitting: 10%
· Swing Form
· Bat Speed
· Plate Discipline

Running: 5%
· Time 1
· Time 2

Pitching 5%
· Pitching Form
· Pitch Accuracy
· Pitch Speed


TEAM SELECTION

Our travel team selections are based off of a two part system:

1.  The top players (based on their scores from our tryout judges) are locked in each age group, and are automatically placed on the AAA team.  The amount of locked players varies per age group.  

2.  The remaining players are also based off tryout scores as well as coach input, and travel director approval.  

While no system of selecting teams will result in all players and parents agreeing, this system has proven to work well.  Our goal is ultimately to place the correct players on each travel team based on ability.

Any questions regarding this process can be sent to the Travel Director.


TRYOUT EVALUATORS

None of the evaluators used are affiliated in any way with Elk River Baseball and they do not live or have children playing baseball in the district.

Only the evaluators will score the players, no other input from any other sources will be used.   Each player is only identified by a random number placed on their shirt.

Some qualifications of our evaluators are as follows:

  • Professional baseball players.
  • Collegiate baseball players.
  • Professional baseball instructor.
  • Tryout judges for other communities.
  • Coaches from various levels.

SPECTATORS

Due to the small amount of room in the facility and for the overall benefit for the participants, NO SPECTATORS will be allowed in tryouts. This rule will be strictly enforced and we ask that you all respect this request!