Why does my son/daughter have to Tryout?
A: All players that wish to play in AA (or higher levels) must go through tryouts/evaluations. Whoever signed him up in registration picked a tryout time. There's several reasons for the tryouts:
1) The Player Agent needs to evaluate his skills to make certain it's safe for him to play at this level. This is a kid pitch level with some balls that are this fairly hard. FYI it's very rare that a kid would be a safety issue at this age but we prefer to put safety first.
2) The coaches need to evaluate his skill level. Teams are formed via a draft process to try to ensure that the skill levels on each team are roughly equal. In order to do this the coaches need to evaluate each player.
3) It's a requirement of Little League International. Walnut Creek Little League is a chartered organization and has to follow the Little League International rules in order to get the support and insurance that Little League International provides.
Note no players are "cut" from Little League it's not that kind of tryout. Each kid at tryout will catch some flyballs and throw to 2nd, field some ground balls and throw to 1st base, throw a few pitches and try to hit some pitched balls and run the bases. It's very low key.
What should my son/daughter bring to Tryouts?
A: Your player should bring a baseball glove and be dressed for running. Note that the players will not be asked to slide during tryouts. While there will be some batting helmets and bats available it is always best to bring your own. If you do bring a bat please make sure that it meets the little league bat requirements.
Many kids come in tennis shoes; however, they are running on a dirt infield so may want to toss on some cleats if you have them. Very few kids come in jeans, most wear sweats or shorts or some other lightweight athletic pans.
Each kid at tryout will catch some fly balls and throw to 2nd, field some ground balls and throw to 1st base, throw a few pitches and try to hit some pitched balls and run the bases. It's very low key.
I need to move my tryout date or time, who should I contact?