Tryouts

What are tryouts?
Scotts Valley Little League holds tryouts so that managers and coaches can evaluate the skill level and potential of all players. This is important to create competitive balance and fairness on all teams.

When are tryouts?
Tryouts will be held Saturday, January 20 (for last names starting A-L) and Sunday, January 21 (for last names starting M-Z), 2018. Now that it looks like the rain Sunday will hold off until late afternoon, we ask that you come on your assigned day if at all possible.

What time should we arrive?
Tryout times are by division:

AA 8:30-10:00am
AAA 10:15-11:45am
lunch (team managers only) 12-12:30pm
Majors

12:30pm-2pm


It's important that your child try-out during the time for the division the player registered for—the managers of the teams for each division may only see those tryouts.

Where are tryouts?
At the Scotts Valley Little League AAA field.

Does my son or daughter need to try out?
All players who wish to play in the AA, AAA, and Majors divisions need to try out to be drafted onto a team.

What happens at tryouts?
Please check in at the registration table (even if you've registered online), and your player(s) will be assigned a number. Players will be asked to enter the dugout on the third base side of the field, by age. Then players will be announced by name and number and asked to go to left field with their glove and hat. Each player will field grounders and pop-ups, make throws, and bat against a pitching machine. Players are also timed running the bases. Managers and coaches watch from right field.

Who should attend tryouts?
All 8 to 12 year old players eligible for AA, AAA, or Majors must try out. We recommend 8 year olds playing baseball for the first time register for Single-A. 7 year olds who have already played a year in Single-A with interest in AA should attend tryouts. Tryouts are conducted by age group, as recommended by Little League International. Managers' and coaches' sons and daughters are not exempt. Your children should attend tryouts regardless if you will be managing or coaching their team. Tryouts also ensure a child is eligible to play (if selected) for a post-season traveling all-star team. In other words, if a player does not attend tryouts he or she will be ineligible for the traveling all star team post-season.

What should we bring to tryouts?
A glove, (non-metal) cleats, and a hat are recommended. Bring a batting helmet and bat and have your player(s) wear baseball pants if possible.

Do I need to fill out any paperwork?
Yes. We need a completed medical release form and signed concussion form turned in the day of tryouts. If you missed the forms when you registered online, you can find them on ScottsValleyLL.org/forms.

Can I register at tryouts?
Yes. Please complete a registration form (see ScottsValleyLL.org/forms) in advance. If possible, please also bring a copy of your player's birth certificate and either a copy of your player's report card from a Scotts Valley school or two other proofs of address. You can also register online before the deadline, but bring the proofs of age and address and/or payment to tryouts.

Will the snack shack be open at tryouts?
Yes!

What if my child can't attend his/her tryout date?
Please attend the other tryout date. There are no “special make-up dates” if you miss.

What if my child can't attend either tryout date?
Please make every effort to attend. If there is an issue, please contact the player agent Jane Arcangeli (mjane333@hotmail.com) in advance.

What if tryouts are rained out?
If there is a forecast for rain, please check the ScottsValleyLL.org home page and/or www.facebook.com/ScottsValleyLittleLeague for updates. We will post field status the night before and update again early in the morning. But we will run tryouts “rain or shine” (if the fields are open) and will suspend tryouts if the rain becomes heavy or conditions are dangerous. (We have tentatively set aside Saturday, January  27, 2018 if either tryout date is rained out.)

What happens after tryouts?
The Majors, AAA and AA drafts take place after the second tryout date. Managers make every effort to contact their players within 24 hours of the draft in which they were selected. All drafts are supervised by the player agent.