Baseball 2019 Evaluations

If your son is planning to play in KNLL Baseball Divisions AAA or Majors during the 2019 Spring Season, we wanted to remind you that evaluations have been moved to Sunday, February 17th due to the recent snow.  Please see below for the detailed schedule and what to bring.  Also, as a reminder, all players must be registered at www.kirklandnational.com/registernow, prior to evaluations. 

Evaluation Details:

  • Date: February 17th, Sunday
  • Location: Northshore Sports Complex - 14220 NE 193rd Pl., Woodinville 98072
  • Timing: Evaluations run from 1-4PM, however, we have divided the evaluation time based on division and last name in an effort to strive for an efficient flow and minimize players standing in line:
    • Majors 1:00 - 2:30 
    • 1:00 - Last Names WXYZ
    • 1:15 - Last Names PQRSTUV
    • 1:30 - Last Names HIJKLMNO
    • 1:45 - Last Names ABCDEFG
    • AAA  2:30 - 4:00 
    • 2:30 - Last Names WXYZ
    • 2:45 - Last Names PQRSTUV
    • 3:00 - Last Names HIJKLMNO
    • 3:15 - Last Names ABCDEFG
  • Please try to show up for the appropriate time slot based on your registered level and last name; if you have a conflict with your scheduled time slot, come at whatever time works for you.

What to Wear and Bring:

  • Please be sure your son has his baseball glove and that he is wearing both a protective cup and baseball or athletic pants (e.g. sweats).
  • Tennis Shoes or Turf Shoes - our evaluations are held at an indoor facility on turf.
  • Batting gloves, if available/desired.
  • Any additional equipment they would like to use during the evaluation.  We will have KNLL bats, helmets, and catcher's gear available for the players.  If they wish to use their own equipment, please have them bring it to the evaluation.

What to expect at the evaluations:

  • Players register/signup at the front, receive a number to wear, and take their gear to the designated area.
  • Players are split into groups and sent to a station.
  • The evaluations are run in multiple stations (Catching, Running, Pitching, Fly Balls/Grounders/Throwing and Hitting)
  • Each station will have operators and evaluators.
  • After all the players in the group have complete that station, the group moves to another station.
  • After the player has completed all of the stations, they will return their number and get fitted for a uniform, then you are free to go.

Some things to be aware of:

  • The players will be under a great deal of self-imposed pressure to perform. Please don’t add to it.
  • Do not coach or interfere with evaluations in any way.
  • There will be balls flying in all directions. We'll keep the players safe, please keep your other children safe.

What if my child is unavailable/sick/injured and cannot attend any of the evaluations sessions?

Accommodations are made on a case by case basis.
Please notify the Baseball Player Agent: Ryan Duckworth
playeragent.baseball@kirklandnational.com

 

 

Why does KNLL have baseball “evaluations”?

For AAA and Majors levels in baseball, KNLL strives to foster competition by creating balanced teams. The player evaluations are part of the process for creating balanced teams and ensuring parity. The combined evaluation scores (from all the evaluators and all sessions) along with league age and experience are used to create relatively equal teams. Additional steps for distributing pitchers and catchers, siblings, manager's children and other balancing work is done at the draft by the VP of Baseball, the Managers, and the Player Agent to create balanced teams to the best of our ability.

How do the evaluations affect what team my child is placed on?

Here are the main scenarios:

  • If the player is league age 12, the player will placed on a Majors team; unless there is a safety issue. They still must attend at least one Majors evaluation.
  • Players with league ages 10 or 11 that attend at least one Majors evaluation will be placed on a Majors team (highest evaluation first on down) until all the available spots are filled.  The remaining players will be placed on a AAA team.
  • Attending a Majors evaluation is required to be considered for Majors but participating in a session does not guarantee a placement on a Majors team.
  • Players with league ages 9-11 that attend at least one AAA (or Majors) evaluation will be placed on a AAA team (highest evaluation first on down) until all the available spots are filled.

How many slots/teams are available in Majors/AAA?

It depends on the number of players and age distribution of the registrations.

Who should attend the evaluations?

All league age 9 -12 year old players that wish to be considered to play Majors (10-12) or AAA (9-11) must participate in at least one complete evaluation session. Because of the variability of children’s performances, we recommend the players participate in multiple sessions, if available. Parents/siblings are welcome to watch the sessions.

What happens after the evaluations?

The score sheets from the evaluators are gathered by the Player Agent and compiled for use at the Drafts.  More information about the KNLL Draft Process for AAA and Majors can be found here.

 

 
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