East Lyme Little League: Baseball News

Baseball Tryout Schedule 2014

ELLL Baseball Tryouts & Evaluations

Tryouts - All baseball players league ages 9, 10, 11 & 12 (as of April 30, 2014) not already assigned to a Major League team are required to attend one of the two tryout sessions listed below in order to be eligible for the Major League draft pool. Players are not required to attend both tryout sessions.

Evaluations for "Play-Up" option - Players who are league age 7 (as of April 30, 2014) who desire to be considered for the "play-up" option to AA Ball and players who are league age 8 (as of April 30, 2014) who desire to be considered for the "play-up" option to AAA Ball are required to attend one of the two tryout sessions during the minor league evaluation time slot and not the Major League tryout session. As a reminder, any player wishing to be evaluated must meet the "play-up" option requirements.

Location: EAST LYME MIDDLE SCHOOL GYMNASIUM

Please arrive at a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled times noted below to check in and obtain a draft number.

Major League Tryouts will be conducted alphabetically by LAST NAME as indicated below.
Sunday March 9, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am   Minor League Evaluations
10:15am - 12:15pm  Major League Tryouts Last Name A - O
1:00pm - 3:00pm     Major League Tryouts Last Name P - Z
Sunday March 16, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am   Minor League Evaluations
10:15am - 12:15pm  Major League Tryouts (final)
As a reminder, league age 12 year olds (as of April 30, 2014) will automatically forfeit their East Lyme Little League eligibility if the player fails to attend one of the tryout sessions. Any league age 10 & 11 year olds (as of April 30, 2014) who fails to attend one of the tryout sessions will automatically be placed in the AAA Baseball draft pool.
Any league age 9 year old (as of April 30, 2014) who fails to attend one of the tryout sessions will automatically* be placed on a roster at the AA Baseball League (*unless decided otherwise by the East Lyme Little League Board of Directors).
Questions or concerns can be address to:
Vice President of Baseball Rob Tukey rtukey@sswbgg.com
Baseball Player Agent Scott Fraser s_fraser@mac.com
Coaching Coordinator Chuck Orefice charlesorefice@gmail.com

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League Description

ELLL Baseball League Descriptions

What is my Childs League Age

Major League [ league ages: 9, 10, 11, 12 ] - see TRYOUT section below.  Major League is played at a competitive level for players who have mastered or nearly mastered the fundamentals of baseball, displays good sportsmanship and has developed the self-confidence to play competitive Little League. This league plays an intense 20 game schedule. Practices start in mid March.

AAA Baseball [ league ages: 8*, 9, 10, 11 ] - see TRYOUT section below AAA Baseball is designed to give players the ability to play in a Major League atmosphere while playing at an appropriate skill level. The focus of AAA Baseball is on continuing the development of the fundamentals of the game while introducing game strategy and competition. AAA Baseball is considered an instructional level. Scoring and standings will be maintained throughout the year. Teams play approximately a 15 game schedule. Practices start in mid March.

AA Baseball [ league ages: 7*, 8, 9 ] AA Baseball focuses on the continued development of the player's fundamental skills. Skill development at this level is on hitting the pitched ball and completing plays in the field with introduction of field and base coverage. Approximately half of the season will be a "coach pitched" league. During the second half of the season players will be expected to pitch a certain number of innings per game. Teams will play no more than two games per week (14 - 15 game schedule), additional practices may be scheduled throughout the season. Practices start in late March, early April.

A Ball [ league ages: 6, 7 ] A Baseball provides the player with his / her first experience on the full size Little League field. The primary skills of baseball are reintroduced and practiced. This league will gradually introduce the pitched ball to the batter as a tee will be used sparingly for the first half of the season. Teams will play no more than two games per week. Additional practices may be scheduled throughout the season. Practices start in early April.

Tee Ball [ league ages: 4, 5 ] Tee Ball provides the entry level to the game of baseball and softball for young players. This league introduces the primary skills of catching, throwing, running and hitting. Teams play two games per week (typically one game M - F & one game on Saturday morning). Practices start in early April.

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Play-Up Option:

*Play - Up Option:

Players who meet the following criteria have the potential of having an option to "play-up" at the next level:

1. Player must have played one year at current age appropriate level. Example: a 2014 league age 8 year old desiring to "play-up" at the AAA level must have played at the AA level in 2013 as a 7 year old. A player cannot jump a level meaning a player cannot go from A Ball to AAA Ball.

2. Player must attend an evaluation session for managers / coaches to decide if the player has the ability / skills to play at the higher level. This will be determined by the evaluating representatives of the East Lyme Little League not by a parent(s) of a player.

3. There must be a roster position available in the league (level) the player is requesting to be considered for. Example: all 9, 10, 11 year olds who attended the tryouts but were not selected for a major league team will be assigned to the AAA level. If the total number of these players does not fill all the roster spots then any open roster spots will be filled by 8 year olds who were evaluated to "play-up". This all depends upon registration numbers and amount of teams. Just because a player is evaluated to determine if they are able to "play-up" does not mean the player will automatically be placed on a roster at the higher level. Those players who were evaluated to "play-up" will be rank ordered by skill level. If roster spots are available then those players having a higher rank order will be selected first to "play-up".

If a player has the ability based on the managers / coaches evaluations, he / she may be assigned to a higher level. If the managers / coaches feel the player still needs further development, he / she will be assigned to the player's appropriate age level.

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