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Baseball Evaluations


2024 Baseball Evaluations (March 16th, 2024)

Location:
Monticello High School Fieldhouse (East Entrance)

9U - 7:00am to 8:00am

10U - 8:00am to 9:00am 

11U - 9:00am to 10:00am    

12U - 10:00am to 11:00am 

13U - 11:00am to 12:00pm

14U - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Callbacks:

9/10U - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

11/12U - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

13/14U - 4:45pm to 6:00pm

 

**Recreational league players are not required to attend.**


8U Play Up Policy

 

The Monticello Baseball Association allows 8 year old players the opportunity to “Play Up” to one of our 9U Quad City teams. 9U Quad City teams play kid pitch, 6 inning games with real baseballs against other, nearby, communities on Tuesday & Thursday nights. Quad City is not a Traveling League, it is a recreational league. 8 year old players will not be eligible to make the roster for a Traveling Team.

To be eligible to play up a player must do the following:

  • Register as an (8U Play up to 9U) Player before the 9U Traveling Team evaluation registration deadline.
  • Attend the 9U Traveling Team evaluations.
  • The player must have a tryout evaluation score of 42 or above.

Within 24 hours of the evaluation, the Association will post a list on our website of all 8U players who are eligible to play up.

If a player is eligible to play up on a 9U Quad City team there will be an additional registration fee due to equal the 9U recreational league fee.

Please email the Monticello Baseball Association at montibaseballassoc@gmail.com with any questions.

 


Tryout Evaluation Process 9U-14U


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 travel team will have 10-12 players depending on numbers and skill level. 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):   Mechanics/Contact/Power
Fielding (two evaluators): Catching Ground & Fly Balls/Fielding Form/Throwing Form

Each player will get to throw 6-8 pitches to a catcher, see 8-10 strikes in the batting cage from the pitching machine, 8-10 front toss pitches, 6 ground balls from a machine and 3 fly balls thrown by a volunteer with a baseball background.  The 9-14U players will be asked to field a fly ball 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 percentage breakdown would be as follows:

Pitching  14%
Hitting    43%
Fielding  43%

Initial tryouts and callbacks will all take place at the Monticello High School Field house.  Once the first round of tryouts is complete, we will post on the website the call back list consisting of the top players based on their tryout scores.  These players will return later in the day for a more in-depth tryout.  

The top seven scoring players for their age group will be an automatic selection for the top travel team.  The final four roster spots will then be selected by the coach of the top travel team 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 top travel team is complete, we will use the tryout scores to form the following teams and so on, if applicable. A minimum number of players must be registered to create multiple traveling teams. For example, there needs to be a minimum of 22 players registered for competitive in order to create 2 traveling teams. All players not selected to a traveling team are automatically put on a recreational (Quad City League) roster.

*The MBA executive team reserves the right to have final approval on all travel teams, whether coaches pick or top 7.

**Coaching selection: Everyone is encouraged to apply for a head coaching position at all levels.  We require a background check, concussion training and SafeSport compliance for all coaches.  

Potential 9u-14u traveling team coaches for 2024 must register as a coach no later than 3/1/2024.  Coaching registration can be found under the registration tab.  Each potential new head coach for a 9u-14u traveling team (AAA/AA/A) will be required to interview with the Head High School Baseball coach and his staff.  If you have coached for the MBA 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 week prior to tryouts and coaches will be selected shortly after.  Please visit the website for updated information regarding coaching interviews.


Gopher State Baseball Bat Standards


Do I Need To Attend Evaluations?


If your child would like the opportunity to be selected for a traveling/competitive team, he/she would be required to attend the evaluations.  If this is not of interest to your child, they are not required to attend evaluations and will be placed on a rec team. All evaluation participants are eligible to be selected for the traveling/competitive team for that individual's specific age group.

If you are unable to attend evaluations, please email the following information to montibaseballassoc@gmail.com to request an excused absence and receive communication on an alternate evaluation date if one is created.

1.   Players Name(s):

2.   Parents Name(s):

3.   Street Address:

4.   City, State, Zip Code:

5.   Age Level(s) Registered for:

6.   Reason why a player will be unable to attend evaluations & tryouts: 

7.  Additional Information:(if applicable)

**Alternate evaluation dates are not always available and will be scheduled as necessary. Please email the MBA as soon as possible if unable to attend tryouts.

***Players who have registered for tryouts and cannot participate due to an injury or illness may be excused, prior to the start of the tryout session. The board will review these unique situations, and a decision may be rendered based on a variety of factors and input relating to previous experience or precedence, past or present coach input, or many other potential factors relating to past participation in our program. These situations should be avoided whenever possible, and ultimately will be assessed by the board.


TEAM DESCRIPTIONS & INFORMATION


Traveling (MYAS/GOPHER STATE) - Traveling teams will play about 16 league games, league playoffs and tournaments from April through mid-July. There will be 2 tournaments paid for by the association for ages 9U-11U and 3 for ages 12U-14U.  Teams also have the option of additional tournaments paid at their own expense. 

There is an additional fee to cover the cost of the tournament entry, gate fees, umpires, etc.  For 9U-11U, this will be $100 and for 12U-14U this will be $135. For We will have a AAA, AA or A team for 9U-14U.  Some levels will have a AAA and a AA (or AA and A) team both of which will also play MYAS/Gopher State.

Players making this team will be asked for a time and travel commitment due to the limited roster spots. If a travel 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.  Please see waiver requirements in FAQs below.

Quad City- Teams consisting of players that are not on the above mentioned team.  We typically have multiple Monticello teams and will play in a league with teams in close vicinity to us.  We will have teams from four combined age groups, 9U, 10/11U, 12/13U and 14/15U. Practices can begin in late April, early May and the games begin in mid May and will last through mid-July.

In-House (6U & 8U)- Monticello teams that will only play against teams within our league.  We have multiple teams for the in house league for the 8U (coaches pitch) and 6U(t-ball). The season starts in May and will last through June.