11. Player Placement
Posted by Eric Bickford on Jan 17 2007 at 04:00PM PST in MVLL Baseball 2019
League Age: Players are generally placed according to their age. Those born in 2005 and earlier use a "baseball age" which is their age on April 30 (during the season). Players can play in a higher division if they have the physical, mental, and emotional capability to do so. Placement in a higher division requires league approval and may require a tryout. Occasionally, players play in a lower division if special circumstances apply. T-Ball: T-Ball division is primarily for players of league age 4 or 5. A player of league age 6 who has no baseball experience may be placed in T-Ball at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. Minors A: Minors A division is primarily for players of league age 6 or 7. A player of league age 6 who has no baseball experience may be placed in T-Ball at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. A player of league age 7 who has one full year of Minors A experience must attend tryouts for skills assessment to be placed in Minors AA at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. Minors AA: Minors AA division is primarily for players of league age 8 or 9. A player of league age 8 who has no baseball experience may be placed in Minors A at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. A player of league age 9 who has one full year of Minors AA experience must attend trouts for skills assessment to be placed in Minors AAA at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. T-Ball, Minors A and Minors AA Teams: Players are assigned to teams by the League. Teams are generally formed so as to keep together players from a specific school or neighborhood. The League does its best to satisfy requests to place certain players together until team sizes are filled. Minors AAA and Majors: Players of league age 10 through 12 are drafted onto Minors AAA and Majors teams, according to skill level as determined by the League. A player of league age 9 may apply for a position in Minors AAA by attending tryouts; if the player is not drafted onto a Minors AAA team, they will be placed on a Minors AA team. A player of league age 11 may apply for a position in Majors by attending tryouts. Tryouts (Player Assessment): All players of league age 8 through 12, plus any players of league 7 who wishes to play in Minors AA, must attend tryouts. To be eligible to play on a Majors Team, a youngster MUST attend at least one of the two scheduled tryouts. Players not attending tryouts are not eligible for the draft and will be assigned at random to Minors teams by the Player Agent. The purpose of tryouts is to give team managers, coaches and the Player Agent the opportunity to assess each youngster’s skills in catching fly balls, fielding grounders, hitting, running and throwing. The Draft: After the last tryout, the Majors team managers participate in a draft selection process. Managers select their players in ascending order from the last-place team to the first-place team as they placed in the previous season. The draft continues in this order until each team has filled their roster of players. Following the Majors Draft there is a second draft to form the Minors AAA division teams, which are also reselected completely each season. Players who are not drafted onto a Majors team are eligible for the Minors AAA draft. The draft continues until all players deemed suitable for Minors AAA are placed onto a team. Draft Rules: The draft process is designed to evenly allocate player talent among all teams in the league, ensuring that all games are competitive and fair. The Managers and League Officials strictly adhere to the Draft Rules of Little League Baseball. These volunteers evaluate all players and the drafting process is based on those evaluations. Managers, Coaches and League Officials complete the Draft in strict confidence and will not disseminate any information regarding a players pick or standing. Please understand and cooperate with the drafting process. Changing Divisions: If a vacancy occurs on a Majors team during the season, the Player Agent will promote a player from the Minors AAA to fill this vacancy. Players cannot be added to Majors teams after the draft unless a vacancy occurs. Players who turn down a promotion must remain in Minors AAA for the rest of the season. Similarly, some players may be offered promotion from Minors AA to Minors AAA during the season. Special Requests: Parents may request, prior to the draft and by contacting the Player Agent, that a player not be placed above a certain level. The Player Agent considers the safety of the player and the other players in each division when deciding whether to grant this request. Prior to the draft and by contacting the Player Agent, parents that have two players of similar age may request that these siblings be placed on the same team. If the Player Agent agrees that the request is appropriate, the draft process will be adjusted to keep the siblings together. Player Notification: After the teams have been formed, Team Rosters will be announced on or after Notification Day, where Managers will call or email to provide basic information and practice schedules to the players on their respective team. See the Events Calendar on the website for notification dates for each division.
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