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RYBA Majors/Minors Tryouts

6/7 Grade Majors Assignments:FINAL

If your number is listed below, you have been assigned to  MAJORS team for 2018.  Coaching will be contacting you shortly with practice and game information.  Thank you to everyone who tried out and for your flexibility in our ever changing tryout schedule.

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4/5th Majors assignments

The following players have been evaluated at the MAJORS level for 2018.  Your majors coach will be contacting you early next week.  If you do not see your number, your minors coach will be contacting you late next week.  Good luck and have a great season!

 

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2018 House (Majors) Tryout Schedule

Grade Level Dates Field Name Time
4/5th Grade April 30 RBC Field complex 6-7:30 Check-in begins at 5:30
6/7th Grade May 1 RBC Field complex 6-7:30 Check-in begins at 5:30
4/5th Grade May 2 RBC Field complex 6-7:30 Check-in begins at 5:30
6/7th Grade May 4 RBC Field complex 6-7:30 Check-in begins at 5:30
6/7th Grade May 6 RBC Field complex 5-6:30pm

8th/9th Grade League: UPDATE!!

Based on the registration numbers, 8/9th grade will have 2 teams of appox. 12-13 players playing in the Zumbro Valley League this summer.  That schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized.  Tim Heightland, the 8/9th grade commissioner, will be contacting coaches and setting rosters in the coming days.

Please click on the 8th grade rules link to familiarize yourself with the rules differences for this season.

8/9th grade rules

 

Tryout information

The RYBA majors/minors program has been designed to allow players to develop skills and improve as players by placing them on teams that they can be successful as individuals as well as participate on teams that can be competitive against each other within league play.  By evaluating and placing players at levels where they are playing with and against players with similar skills and abilities will allow them to grow in all aspects of the game.

As part of the evaluation process, the following skill sets will be evaluated.  The majority of the decision is based on having both offensive and defensive baseball skills.  Selections will include looking at what differentiates kids with similar abilities and they include speed, attitude/hustle, and pitching potential. 

  • Fielding/Throwing – The technical form and success rate are categorized by observing both grounders and fly balls.  Throwing accuracy and arm strength are also a factor.
  • Hitting – The technical form and success of both the players ability to make contact and the power generated by the players swing.
  • Speed/Baserunning – This part of the assessment allows differentiation based on the potential base running capability
  • Pitching – This part of assessment allows differentiation based on the pitching potential. This information is also used to equally divide teams when tryout areas include selection of multiple teams.  The evaluation is of both the ability to throw accurately and with what velocity.
  • Attitude – An important part of the assessment, especially for players close on decisions/selections. This includes listening skills, respectfulness, and player hustle. 

Evaluations will be done by coaches and board members, with 1 board member overseeing the entire tryout process.  We ask that you respect and understand that by no means is any tryout process perfect nor will kids perform consistently every day. 

Station 1: 15-18 players will be split into two groups at 3rd base and shortstop.  A coach at home plate will hit ground balls and players will attempt to field the ball and throw 1st base.   There will be a board member (or coach) evaluating the defensive station.  Players will switch lines at 3rd and SS after each ground ball.  Additional volunteers may be used at 1st base and to catch at home plate.  Players will be used for these two positions in the rotation if volunteers are not available.

Station 2: 15-18 players will be split into two groups.  One group will be in line to take batting practice. The batter will each be asked to attempt to bunt two pitches and then asked to hit 8-10 pitches.  The batter should swing at pitches in and closely around the strike zone.   The other group will be fielding for the batters and will switch as a group after hitters are complete.  There will be one board member (or coach) pitching and one evaluating at this station. This station will may be in grassy area away from the primary fields.

Station 3: 15-18 players will be at a station playing catch and also pitching.  At older grades, players who are interested in catching would be evaluated at the same time as a catcher (gear would be provided).  If no catchers are interested a volunteer would be used or the pitcher evaluator would do both.  A 2nd station evaluator would be evaluating the players playing catch in which the focus will be on simple throwing and catching fundamentals.

At older grade levels board members (or coaches) may supplement additional defensive drills in a 4th station.

Evaluation Tryout Day 2

At the second tryout session, there will be 3 stations that specific skills are evaluated.  Players will rotate stations as a group about every 30 minutes based on the number of participants.

Station 1: Same as station 1 on the first day.

Station 2: Same as station 2 on the first day.

Station 3:  15-18 players will be at a station catching fly balls.   A coach will hit or throw fly balls to the players in line.  Players will first catch balls straight on and then 2nd and 3rd rounds be moved to catch going left or right.  There will be a board member (or coach) evaluating this defensive station.
A baserunning station may also be set up as players will rotate between the two stations as they complete their turn.  This station will may be in grassy area away from the primary fields.


At older grade levels board members (or coaches) may supplement additional defensive drills in a 4th station.

Final Communication

The final assignment will be communicated on our website.

Team assignments

The head coaches selected to coach the Majors teams will get together and attempt to draft/split the teams evenly.   The players will be notified of team assignments as soon as they are completed and practice will begin as soon as spring cooperates.

Players assigned to the minor leagues will hear from their coaches approximately two weeks prior to the first game.

4th/5th Grade Majors Tryouts


We strongly encourage all players to attend tryout evaluations to be properly placed on rosters. Even if you did not select to attend tryout evaluations when registering, you can simply show up at the location and times listed below to check in. Tryout coordinators will have a list of all registered players.

Location:  Rochester Baseball Complex


4th/5th Grade Dates:  Monday April 30th,  & Wednesday May 2nd.

The 4th and 5th Grade House programs are going to be combined this year with 12 players on each team.

Players will be selected for Majors teams from the pool of players that attend the tryout evaluations. 

Commissioners will select players for the teams shortly after tryout evaluations end. The Registrar will send an email to each Commissioners, Coach, and Players, introducting them to their team. Team practices will begin shortly after tryouts. Regular season games for 4th/5th grade will be posted on the RYBA website.

4th/5th Grade Minors teams will be formed after tryout evaluations are over and Head coaches have been selected. Minors team players will be contacted by their head coaches within two weeks after tryout evaluations are over. Regular season games for 4th/5th Grade Minors will be posted on the RYBA website.

Questions?

Click here for House Tryout Evaluation Information: 
http://www.rybamn.com/page/show/262471-ryba-majors-minors-tryouts

4th/5th grade Tryout Evaluations Coordinators: 
 Darin Gasner  and Lisa 
Atkielski

RYBA House Directors: Dave Terpstra : DaveTerpstra@rochesterbaseball.com 

 

RYBA Registration Coordinator: Matt Murphy 

 MattMurphy@Rochesterbaseball.com

6th/7th Grade Majors Tryouts


6th/7th Grade Dates:  Tuesday May 1st & Thursday May 3rd.

Location:    Rochester Baseball Complex

The RYBA 6th/7th Grade House program is combined this year and plan to have 12 players per team depending on the registration numbers.

Players will be selected for the Majors teams from those that attend these tryout evaluations. 
The draft will take place 1 or 2 days after the tryouts and the commissioners and coaches will draft in snake draft with the commissioners drafting the first 6 players for each team and the coaches drafting the last 6 players. Coaches will contact their teams with the and date/time of their first practice. Regular season games will dates will be posted on the RYBA website.

6th/7th Grade Minors teams will be formed after tryout evaluations are over and head coaches have been selected. 6th/7th Grade Minors team players will be contacted by their head coaches within two weeks after tryout evaluations are over. Regular season game dates for 6th/7th  Grade Minors teams will be posted on the RYBA website.

Questions?

Click here for House Tryout Evaluation Information: 
http://www.rybamn.com/page/show/262471-ryba-majors-minors-tryouts

6th grade Tryout Evaluations Coordinators:
Hal Norman

RYBA House Directors: DaveTerpstra@rochesterbaseball.com

RYBA Registration Coordinator: Matt Murphy  mattmurphy@rochesterbaseball.com

 

 

8th/9th Grade Dates:  TBD



Commissioners and head coaches will draft their teams 1 or 2 days  after tryout evaluations end and coaches will contact their team by the weekend to give them the date/time of their first practice. Regular season games will be posted on the RYBA website.

Questions?

Click here for House Tryout Evaluation Information: 
http://www.rybamn.com/page/show/262471-ryba-majors-minors-tryouts

8th/9th grade Tryout Evaluations Coordinator: 
Tim Heightland at theight13@msn.com


RYBA House Director: Dave Terpstra at daveterpstra@rochesterbaseball.com

RYBA Registration Coordinator: Matt Murphy: http://mattmurphy@rochesterbaseball.net

How are House Majors and Minors Teams formed?

6th 7th and 8th Grade Majors teams are selected by draft and independent of school or geographic region.  4th & 5th Grade Majors teams are formed by the RYBA board after Tryouts/Player Evaluations.  The goal is parity in the league. Minors teams are selected after tryouts. Parity is a goal and typically coaching interest helps determine the split. There is no guarantee that players from the same school will be on the same minors teams but preference will go to those that do attend majors tryouts as we encourage all players to attend majors tryout evaluations to best ensure parity across our program.