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2018 Competitive Team Evaluation Information

The Mason Baseball Softball Club Board Members are pleased to announce the dates for evaluations for families that desire to play on 2018 competitive teams.  Here's what you need to know:

 

  • Evaluations will be held on Sunday, September 10th and Saturday, September 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Mason Middle School machine pitch fields. 

 

  • These evaluations will be for players eligible at the 9U through 14U divisions in 2018, with birthdays falling between 5/1/2003 and 8/31/2009.  These are typically players in grades 3 through 8, although there may be some 2nd graders on the young side of the scale.  Evaluations for 2018 8U kid pitch teams (typically 1st/2nd graders) will be held indoors in late winter.

 

  • Players that want to play on a competitive Mason team in 2018 must attend one of these two dates.  Athletes should be dressed to play, should wear no clothing that identifies them by name, and should bring all of their baseball equipment - gloves, helmets, bats, cleats, batting gloves, etc…

 

  • These evaluations are NOT mandatory for everyone planning to play baseball in 2018.  If your family is not interested in committing to a competitive team, you do not have to do anything other than look for our regular baseball registration opening announcement in January/February of 2018.

 

 

  • Families committing to a competitive team are making an additional commitment to baseball next spring.  Families of these players should expect to play in a few tournaments, more practices during the season, and the potential for winter practices as well. 

 

  • Additional commitment and opportunities means an additional cost for these teams.  Final costs will depend on tournaments attended and winter workout plans, but competitive team families last year typically paid between $200 and $275 for registration, plus travelling expenses for out of the area tournaments.  This dollar amount can be decreased through sponsorships or team fundraisers.

 

  • In a slight change from this past season, the number of competitive teams formed for 2018 will not be pre-determined.  Instead will we determine how many competitive teams to form based on the number of families that attend the evaluations, and the opinions of the evaluators.  It's entirely possible that some age groups will have multiple competitive teams while others have none; it all depends on how things go at evaluations.

 

  • Evaluations will be conducted by unbiased volunteers that have no ties to the age group they are evaluating.  Mason board members will be present and watching the practice, but will not actively be marking scores for the various skills.  Everyone that attends is given a fresh look every year; teams are not formed based on past relationships or participation on a team the previous season. 

 

  • Family members may stay and observe the evaluations, but will be required to do so from the sidelines and must refrain from coaching their athlete during the evaluation. 

 

  • Due to the number of players usually enrolled there will be no evaluations for softball.

 

Again, trying out for a competitive team is completely optional for those families/players interested in making such a commitment.  We offer these evaluations to meet the needs of competitive baseball families in Mason while still offering a great summer ball league for those that aren't ready for that level of commitment.  We are not looking to force families to choose between sports with this action, and we do anticipate many boys on competitive baseball teams will continue to play other sports/activities during the winter and spring seasons. 

 

Please keep in mind that kids develop at different ages and the kids that make up the team at age 9 may be very different from the kids that are on the team at age 14.  We expect that these teams will not consist of the exact same players on a year to year basis.  Further, we've seen many recreational level players play on the varsity baseball team in high school, and we've seen many 10 year old stars stop playing or fail to make the team as they get older. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact a Mason Baseball Softball Club board member by e-mailing masonponyleague@gmail.com.  

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