Skill Assessments

So, my son/daughter is registered. Now what?
For players in T-Ball and Coach Pitch - We are hard at work creating your teams and assigning managers. Please be patient, once this task is complete you will receive a call from your team manager. You can expect contact during the second week of March. You will not go through Skill Assessments.  

The 2021 Spring Skill Assessments will be @ NW Athletic Center; 16303 NE 15th St STE B Vancouver, WA 98684 on Sunday Mar 14th and Sunday Mar 21st. 

Once you child has registered for the season you will receive a link to sign up for a Skill Assessment slot. Please have you player dressed in athletic clothing and bring a glove, helmet, and bat (optional). There will NOT be a warm up period, please have your player warmed up before arrival. Check in 5 minutes before your start time. Please wait in your car before check in. We ask that upon completion you immediately exit the premises so more families can participate. For questions or support please call/text 360.818.4471. 


Please assure your son or daughter there is no "failing" in the Skill Assessments. We use Skill Assessments to evaluate the best level of play for your child so they are playing with players with similar abilities and similar age. Since an assessment can be more nerve-racking for parents than the Little Leaguer, here’s some info to ease you through the process. 

To get ready for the Skill Assessment, we certainly encourage you to play catch with them in the days leading up to it. On the day of the assessment, it is probably a good idea to throw the ball with them to get their arms loose prior to coming. At the assessment, we will have bats and helmets available for players to use during their tryout. Players should bring their own baseball glove.

Players registered to play in a Minor Division or higher are required to go through the draft process.  To support the draft process, team managers will evaluate each player's basic skills by watching them "tryout" in a set of skill activities.

The assessment will involve five basic skills:

  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Fielding
  • Running
  • Hitting

 

Each player who is league age-eligible for the draft must attend 50 percent (or half) of the scheduled Skill Assessments to be eligible for any of our All-Star teams. What this means is if a league has two different tryout dates, the player must attend at least one tryout. It is not necessary to attend both. 

 

Once Skill Assessments are complete, the drafts will be held for team selections. The Majors draft will be held prior to the Minors draft and the following should be noted:

All returning players who played at the Major division last spring will be selected to a Major team.  

All league age 12-year olds will be selected to a Major team.  

Remaining 10-11-year-olds are available to be drafted to a Major team until the teams are full.

Players not drafted to a Major team are put into the Minor draft pool to be selected in that draft.

 

We hope this helps you better understand the Little League tryout process.  We look forward to seeing you at tryouts.  If you have any questions not answered here, please send an email to our Player Agent, Bryan Liudahl @ [email protected].

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