Tryout Criteria - Softball
· During the tryout process, the players will be evaluated on the following skills.
1. Fly Balls:
Evaluators will be watching for: Proper use of the drop step. Glove position at the point of the catch, position of feet at the time of the catch, and also strength and accuracy of the throw after the catch.
2. Ground Balls:
Evaluators will be watching for: Fielder’s ready position, glove position with hands low, knees bent, player being on the balls of their feet. Lateral movement left and right, and also strength and accuracy of the throw.
Evaluators will be watching for: Proper fundamentals in hitting such as balance, weight shifts, eye contact and hand speed.
Evaluators will be watching for: Proper balance when squaring up, hand position on the bat, bat position when attempting the bunt. Ability to place bunts to the left, center and right sides of the infield.
5. Running time:
Evaluators will be timing the players running from home to first base.
Evaluators will be watching the player "stealing" and sliding into the base at the same distance of 60 feet. Evaluators will be watching for acceleration, position of hands as they are sliding, and their ability to lay out flat as they finish the slide.
Evaluators will be watching for: Proper arm and body mechanics for infield and outfield throwing. Velocity, accuracy, quick release and control are the key items that evaluators will be grading on.
Evaluators will watch for hustle, support of teammates, dedication, mentoring and respect. This will be one of the most important categories for evaluation.
As with all evaluations there is no perfect way to grade players, so coaches will be allowed personal judgment when going over the scores and deciding on team selection. Teams will probably carry 12-16 players.
Evaluations will be as follows:
4 – Skills are well developed and the game is well understood.
3 – Skills are developed and apparent, but need more understanding of the game.
2 – Skills are developing, but they need some improvement.
1 – Skills need more developing and improvement.
Evaluation Rubric – Softball 7th & 8th Grade
Skills need more developing and improvement
Skills are developing, but they need some improvement
Skills are developing and apparent, but need more game knowledge and understanding
Skills are well developed and knowledge of the game is understood
Fly Balls Drop step, glove position, feet in proper position
Ready position, glove position, knees bent, balls of their feet
Throwing Proper arm and body mechanics, velocity and accuracy
Hitting & Bunting – Proper balance, weight shifts, eye contact, hand speed, hand position on the bat
Running & Sliding – Timed running from home to 1st, acceleration, hand and body position during slide, lay flat out at finish
Attitude – Hustle, support of teammates, dedication, mentoring, and respect
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