The tryout evaluators are from the Monticello High School Baseball staff and youth baseball experts all of which are independent from our association. These evaluators have a background in coaching and playing baseball at a high school level or above. Each AAA team will have 11 players and the In-House/AA teams will have 11-13 players. The players are scored on a scale from 1-9 in pitching, fielding and hitting. We have one evaluator for pitching (2 categories) and two each for fielding (three categories) and hitting (three categories). The total number of categories a player is evaluated on would be 14 with a maximum score of 9 points in each.
All players will be given a score based on the following:
Pitching (one evaluator): Form/Accuracy & Arm Strength
Hitting (two evaluators): Stance/Contact/Balance
Fielding (two evaluators): Catching Ground & Fly Balls/Fielding Form/Throwing Form
Each player will get to throw 3-5 pitches to a catcher, see 7-10 strikes in the batting cage from the pitching machine, 3 ground balls from a machine and 3 fly balls thrown by a volunteer with a baseball background. The 11-14U players will be asked to field a flyball and ground ball coming straight at him/her, moving to the right and moving to the left.
Players attending the tryouts will be required to use a bat with a weight to length ratio applicable to their age group. Our association will have the required bats available to all tryout attendees. Please refer to the link below for the current bat weight differential information only.
The general perecntage breakdown would be as follows:
Initial tryouts and callbacks will all take place on March 18, 2017 at the Monticello High School Fieldhouse. Once the first round of tryouts is complete, we will post on the website the call back list consisting of the top 16-20 players based on their tryout scores. These players will return later in the day for a more in-depth tryout.
The next step for the our association would be to select a coach**
The top seven scoring players for their age group will be an automatic selection for the AAA team. The final four roster spots will then be selected by the AAA coach from the players who return for callbacks later in the day. None of the players will know if they were in the top seven prior to the callback tryouts.
After the AAA teams are complete, we will use the tryout scores to form the In-House and AA (Quad City) teams. These teams are formed as evenly as possible based on the above mentioned evaluations. For reference, the total score for each of these teams is typically around 500 points with no more than ten points separating any one team from another within their specific age group. Each team has at least 11 players, so that averages out to be less than one point difference per player based on a 126 point scale.
**Coaching selection: Everyone is encouraged to apply for a head coaching position at all levels. We require a background check and concussion training for all coaches.
Potential 9u-14u traveling team coaches for 2017 must register as a coach no later than 2/26/17. Coaching registration can be found under the registration tab. Each potential new head coach for a 9u-14u traveling team (AAA/AA) will be required to interview with the Head High School Baseball coach and his staff. If you have coached in prior years, you do not have to interview. Following the interviews, the High School coach will make a recommendation to the Monticello Baseball executive board as to who should be the head coach for each traveling team. The entire board of directors will then vote on whether to approve this recommendation. Interviews for traveling team head coaches will be conducted the beginning of February 2016 and coaches will be selected shortly after. Please visit the website for updated information regarding coaching interviews.
AAA (MYAS Gopher State)- Traveling team that will play about 30 games from April through mid-July including two tournaments. There is an additional $70 fee to cover the cost of the tournament entry & gate fees. We will have a AAA team for every age group from 9U-14U as well as a AA team at the 14U level. Players making this team will be asked for a time and travel commitment due to the limited roster spots. If a AAA team is offered for an age group and a player elects to tryout for another community's baseball program, he or she would no longer be eligible to participate in the Monticello Baseball Association for the upcoming year.
Quad City- Teams consisting of players that are not on the above mentioned team. We typically have three to four Monticello teams and will play in a league with teams in close vicinity to us. We will have teams from two combined age groups, 11U & 12U and 13U & 14U. The season starts in late May and will last through mid-July.
In-House- Monticello teams that will only play against teams within our league. We have eight to ten teams for each age group which will be for the 8U(coaches pitch) and a combined 9U & 10U(players pitch) group. The season starts in May and will last through mid-July