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Spring Player Evaluations

Spring Evaluation Policy

Player evaluations allow coaches from the AA Divisions and above to see players in action so they can better assess their skills prior to the team drafts. The evaluation process is used to help form more equal teams in each division to allow for a better experience for all players in all divisions. All players who participate in evaluations are selected for a team. 

Here is some important information to remember about evaluations:

  • Players LEAGUE AGES 5-7 do not need to attend evaluations.
  • Players only need to attend evaluations to be considered for the AA division and above.
  • LEAGUE AGE 8 players are not required to attend evaluations.  However, if they want to be considered for the AA Division, they must participate in one of the two scheduled evaluation sessions. If they forego evaluations, they will be placed on a Single A team.
  • All players LEAGUE AGE 9 AND ABOVE must participate in one of the two scheduled evaluation sessions, including Manager Protected Players.
  • ALL players league age 9 and above that either do not attend evaluations or register after Evaluation #2 will be placed on a wait list with no guarantee of placement on a team.
  • Players that played in a previous Majors Division spring season and wish to remain on the same team do not need to attend evaluations.  These players are considered property players (see table below). Please note that property player status is designated only when a player plays in a Majors Division spring season. Play during a Majors Division fall season does not qualify a player for property player status.
  • All Manager and Assistant Manager Protected Players must attend one evaluation session to remain protected in the draft.

Players must register prior to the last evaluation date. Players required to participate in evaluations must attend one of the two evaluation dates. 

Please do not attend both evaluation sessions. This is unnecessary and causes delays with the evaluation process. FALL team managers and coaches understand that it is the off-season and the player only has two or three attempts at each drill. They are experienced at evaluating a player's skill level based on mechanics, movement, and effort, regardless of the outcome of the drill.

Evaluation Dates

Player Evaluation Dates

  • Session #1: Sunday, January 8th, 2023 Location TBD
  • Session #2: Saturday, January 14th, 2023 Location TBD
  • See below for the detailed schedule for each evaluation date.
  • Times and locations of evaluations are subject to change due to weather and field availability.  Be sure to watch our website, your emails, and social media for notices on updates.

Evaluation Format

ONLY USA BASEBALL CERTIFIED BATS ARE ALLOWED FOR USE IN EVALUATIONS.
Visit our USABat Standard page for details.

All players participating in player evaluations will need to check in during the designated time slot. They will receive a number specific to their league age and then be grouped with other players with the same league age.  FALL Board Members will lead each group through a short warm-up session before they participate in the official evaluation.  Evaluations will consist of a series of simple drills that focus on fundamental baseball skills including catching, throwing, fielding, pop flies, and hitting.

Players can wear shorts or baseball gear and should come equipped with a glove, batting helmet, and a USA Baseball certified bat.  If they do not have a USA approved bat, one will be provided for them. NO CLEATS will be allowed when evaluations are conducted on turf fields. Regular running or athletic shoes will be fine.

The player evaluation experience can be nerve wracking for players.  FALL strives to make the entire experience a positive one for each player.  We encourage parents to support their players but to refrain from cheering or coaching during the process. All players who attend evaluations will receive a team placement, regardless of performance. The primary purpose of the evaluation is to ensure that the player is properly placed in the division that allows them to succeed and develop their baseball skills.

Detailed Evaluations Schedule

The evaluation schedule is not finalized and may change prior to the evaluation date.
Keep an eye out for an email with the final times as the date approaches.


Evaluation Session #1 - Sunday, January 8, 2023

Location: TBD

League AgeRegistrationWarm Ups
(Designated area)
StartEnd
13/147:30am8:00am8:30am9:30am 
128:30am9:00am9:30am10:30am 
119:30am10:00am10:30am12:00pm 
1011:00am (Last name A-L)11:30am12:00pm12:45pm 
1011:45am (Last name M-Z)12:15pm12:45pm1:30pm 
912:30pm (Last name A-L)1:00pm1:30pm2:45pm 
91:45pm (Last name M-Z)2:15pm2:45pm3:30pm 
82:30pm (Last name A-L)3:00pm3:30pm4:15pm
83:15pm (Last name M-Z)3:45pm4:15pm5:00pm 

All managers and coaches must be approved by the league in order to be on the field during evaluations. Parents will not be allowed on the field during evaluations.

Evaluation Session #2 - Saturday, January 14, 2023

Location: TBD

League Age Registration Warm Ups
(Designated area)
Start End
13/14 8:00am 8:30am 8:45am 9:00am
11/12 8:15am 8:45am 9:00am 9:30am
10 8:30am 9:00am 9:30am 10:00am
9 9:00am 9:30am 10:00am 10:30am
8 9:30am 10:00am 10:30am 11:00am

All managers and coaches must be approved by the league in order to be on the field during evaluations. Parents will not be allowed on the field during evaluations.

Evaluations by League Age

The table below lists player evaluation requirements by league age, including what happens if the player does not attend evaluations.  Please direct any questions on evaluations or the draft process to our Player Agent at [email protected]

League Age

Evaluation Policy

What if Player doesn’t attend evaluations?

8

Must attend evaluations to be considered for AA.

Player will be placed in Single A.

9

Must attend evaluations to be considered for AAA or AA.

If player played AA previously, player will be wait-listed and at risk of not being placed on a team.

10

Must attend evaluations to be considered for Majors, AAA, or AA.

Player will be wait-listed and at risk of not being placed on a team.

11

Must attend evaluations to be considered for Majors or AAA.

Player will be wait-listed and at risk of not being placed on a team.

12

Must attend evaluations to be considered for Majors.

Player will be wait-listed and at risk of not being placed on a team, unless player is a property player.  See PROPERTY PLAYERS below.

13/14

Must attend evaluations to be considered for Juniors

Player will be wait-listed and at risk of not being placed on a team.

PROPERTY  PLAYERS

Property Players are players that played on a Majors or Juniors team in a previous spring season. Property Players do not need to attend evaluations and remain on the same team as the previous season. However, if a Property Player does attend evaluations, they give up their property rights to their previous team and will be open to be drafted by any Majors level team. Please note that play during a Majors fall season does not qualify a player as a property player.

PROTECTED PLAYERSAll Manager and Assistant Manager Protected Players need to attend one evaluation session to remain protected in the draft.

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