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Q&A: Skills Demonstrations and Team Selection Process

What day/time are skills demonstrations?

CLICK HERE to view the League Calendar which includes Skills Demonstration dates and times.

Schedules are subject to change.

Players need to attend ONLY ONE of the sessions listed for his/her age group.

Are the skills demonstrations for baseball and softball?

The information provided below is for baseball and softball.

Does my child need to attend the skills demonstrations?

Yes, all players who are Little League baseball age 7 or softball age 6 and up are expected to attend. Please note that your player's little league age is not the same as their current age.

9-11 years old who do not attend will NOT be considered for the Majors division.

**  CLICK HERE to determine Little League BASEBALL age (Fall 2019 / Spring 2020)
**  CLICK HERE to determine Little League SOFTBALL age (Fall 2019 / Spring 2020)

What should my child bring?

Players should bring:

  • Baseball/softball glove
  • Batting helmet
  • Bats -- Players are welcome to bring their own Little League approved bat if they would like.  While we encourage players to bring their own bats, they must be checked prior to batting.
  • Players should wear baseball/softball pants or comfortable clothes.
  • Please be sure to collect all of your belongings when the skills demonstrations end.  

How can I prepare my child for skills demonstrations?

Please encourage your child to try his or her best at the skills demonstrations, but in the end, this is supposed to be FUN! We want the kids to relax and take a deep breath - everyone of league age is going to get on a team!
 
Based on the player’s performance during the skills demonstration, he or she may be drafted by a manager to play at the higher level of their eligibility. Participating at the skills demonstrations does not guarantee the player will be drafted to the higher Division, but a player must participate in tryouts to be eligible to play at the higher level.

What if my child can't make the skills demonstrations dates?

Players who do not attend the skills demonstrations, and did not reschedule a time with the Player Agent to attend a skills demonstration, will not be included in the Draft Pool and will be assigned to teams by "Hat Pick". See "Hat Picks" below, under "How are players assigned to teams" 

What if a registered player can’t participate in the skills demonstrations due to an injury?

A registered and paid player who is physically unable to participate in the tryouts due to a temporary injury (e.g., broken arm, sprained ankle, etc.) should notify the Player Agent of their injury and recuperative status and then still attend a skills demonstration session. They will be excused after skills demonstration registration.

What if I want my child to remain in Minors (A-AAA divisions)?

Occasionally, in the interest of a player’s safety or development, parents may prefer that the player not play at his or her highest level of eligibility. Sometimes playing a level below the minimum for his or her age group is indicated.  For example, Little League International requires that all 12 year-olds, regardless of their experience level, be assigned to a Majors Division team. This might present a physical or emotional risk for the player. When it is in the best interest of the player, his parents can request a waiver of this rule to keep the player at the appropriate level.
 
Parents wishing to exercise this option must notify the Player Agent in writing.

Please note that per Little League International rules, 12 year olds are NOT ALLOWED to pitch in AAA.

What happens at skills demonstrations?

Countryside Little League uses a skills assessment process to determine eligibility and skill level.
 
When the player arrives at the skills demonstration, they will be directed to the registration table. Only players who are paid/approved registrants will be allowed to participate in the skills demonstrations. The players will all be given an identification number to attach to their shirt and then directed to the warm-up area.
 
In the warm-up area, the players should stretch and pick a partner to throw a ball with and loosen their arms. When the managers and league staff are ready, they will be instructed on where to wait for their turn.
 
Each player will in turn be evaluated on the following:

  1. Fielding ground balls
  2. Catching fly balls
  3. Throwing after fly balls and ground balls
  4. Batting
  5. Pitching (if time allows)
  6. Running (if time allows)

Each player rotates through positions 1 through 6 above until all players have had their opportunity.
 
During each activity the managers from each division evaluate the players. Each manager and coach has his own style and preference, but they are all evaluating skill, results, and effort.

Who is allowed inside the field during the skills demonstrations?

Only managers, league staff, and other approved personnel are allowed.  Assistant coaches are not allowed on the field – as no assistants have been assigned prior to the skills demonstrations.

I volunteered to manage a team. Does my child need to attend skills demonstrations?

Yes, before and possibly during the draft, managers’ children are discussed in terms of placement in the division so attendance at skills demonstration helps to make the placement equitable to all involved.

How are players assigned to teams?

Majors:

  • Countryside LL has a complete redraft approach to Majors for the Spring Season. 
  • All league age 12 players will be drafted, unless a waiver to stay in AAA has been requested and approved.
  • All Majors division returning players from the previous Spring MUST be drafted onto a Majors team this Spring; Majors players from last Fall who did not play in the Majors in the previous Spring are NOT guaranteed to be selected onto a Majors team
  • Coaches/assistants are assigned following the draft; a Manager wishing a specific coach must select the son/daughter of the coach.
  • Little League rules establish the round in the draft the manager’s players are ‘drafted’. No other players can be ‘reserved’.
  • The Majors managers (no coaches or assistants allowed) will meet at the conclusion of skills demonstrations to draft eligible players to complete their rosters.
  • Managers, coaches and league staff are forbidden by Little League International regulations to discuss any aspects of the draft process outside of the meeting. Please do not ask, “Who was drafted first” or “What round was my child drafted in”, etc.

AAA:

The selection process for AAA is similar to Majors:

  • As with Majors teams, above, AAA teams are reformed each year from the pool of all eligible players.
  • All players who is Little League age 9, 10 and 11 that were not drafted onto a Majors team will be selected onto a AAA team.
  • Players 8 years old may be selected on a AAA team if (1) the player attended a skills demonstration and (2) there is enough room on a team after all 9s, 10s and 11s have been considered.  

AA:

The selection process for AA is similar to AAA:

  • As with AAA teams, above, AA teams are reformed each year from the pool of all eligible players.
  • All players who is Little League age 7 and 8 will be selected onto a AA team.
  • Players 6 years old may be selected on a AA team if (1) the player attended a skills demonstration and (2) there is enough room on a team after all 7s and 8s have been considered.

How are Siblings Allocated in the Draft?

Per the Little League Operating Manual rules governing the drafting of siblings, a Manager who drafts the first sibling automatically has the option of drafting the other sibling on their next turn.  The Countryside LL will strongly encourage Managers to exercise this option, unless the Player’s Parents indicate they will allow their children to play on different teams.  However, there is no guarantee that siblings will be on the same team.

How are Manager’s Children Allocated in the Draft?

If a Manager has children in the draft and wishes to draft them, they must indicate that they are exercising that option prior to the start of the draft.  Pursuant to the Little League Operating Manual, a Manager in the draft must select their children by the specific round specified for their League Age.

 A Majors Manager in the draft must select their children by the specific round specified for their League Age: 

Draft Round League Age
5 9-10
4 11
3 12

Source:  Little League Operating Manual
 
Similar for the AAA Draft, a AAA Manager in the draft must select their children by the specific round specified for their League Age:

Draft Round League Age
5 8-9
4 10
3 11-12

Similar for the AA Draft, a AA Manager in the draft must select their children by the specific round specified for their League Age:

Draft Round League Age
5 6
4 7
3 8


“Hat Picks”

Majors

After all eligible players have been drafted, the registered and paid/approved 12 year-olds who did not attend a skills demonstration but must play in the Majors are assigned teams. This is completed by use of “Hat Picks.” As the name implies, each of the remaining 12 year-olds’ names are placed in a hat, and continuing in the same draft order each manager picks a player until all players have been assigned a team. (Recall that injured players who attended tryouts but could not physically tryout are part of the group eligible to be drafted and are not part of the Hat Pick group.)
 
AAA

After all eligible players have been drafted, the registered and paid/approved players who did not attend a skills demonstration but must play in the AAA are assigned teams. This is completed by use of “Hat Picks.” As the name implies, each of the remaining 9-12 year-olds’ names are placed in a hat, and continuing in the same draft order each manager picks a player until all players have been assigned a team. (Recall that injured players who attended tryouts but could not physically tryout are part of the group eligible to be drafted and are not part of the Hat Pick group.) 

AA

After all eligible players have been drafted, the registered and paid/approved players who did not attend a skills demonstration but must play in the AAA are assigned teams. This is completed by use of “Hat Picks.” As the name implies, each of the remaining 7-8 year-olds’ names are placed in a hat, and continuing in the same draft order each manager picks a player until all players have been assigned a team. (Recall that injured players who attended tryouts but could not physically tryout are part of the group eligible to be drafted and are not part of the Hat Pick group.) 

What is a “Call-up”?

Little League regulations require Majors Division teams to play with the same number of players on each roster. This means that if any Majors team loses a player during the season for any reason the local Little League must have a process in place to replace that player in a timely manner. The Player Call-up Process will be used.

What are a player’s choices if he or she is “Called Up?”

Countryside LL considers a “Call Up” an extremely positive experience. The player is acknowledged for a skill level considered appropriate for the next higher division. Players are typically only eligible for a Call Up if the Managers in their current Division have judged them capable of the physical and mental demands of playing at a higher level. In every way possible, managers, coaches and parents should promote this to players, especially the younger players who may be uncomfortable at the thought of moving to a new team and playing, developing a new set of friends.
  
You may elect before the draft to restrict upward movement for your player, but this must be done before teams are selected. If you have any concerns about the Call Up Process, please contact the Player Agent.

I’m not happy with my child’s team assignment. What can I do?

Once the teams have been assigned, there are no opportunities for movement of players.  CSLL does not allow ‘trades’ between teams once rosters are established. If there are extenuating circumstances before the teams are formed, contact the Player Agent with the details and we will consider them – but, we cannot guarantee the request will be honored.

How are teams assigned for T-Ball and A-Ball?

Countryside LL experienced success in splitting LL aged groups of 4-6 yr olds into a T-Ball division and an A-Ball division

Generally,

  • The T-Ball division is made of Little League 4 yr olds and 5-6 yr olds who have NOT played T-Ball
  • The A-Ball division is made of Little League 5-6 yr olds who have played T-Ball

Countryside LL will divide the teams as equitably as possible while honoring as many parent requests as possible.

 

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