Salmon Creek Little League

TRYOUTS / SAFETY EVALUATIONS:

Welcome to Spring Baseball & Softball

TRYOUTS / SAFETY EVALUATIONS:
Safety evaluations are scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, February 3rd at the Lumberyard (4212 NE Minnehaha Street, Vancouver, WA 98661). Note - the entrance to The Lumber Yard is at the end of the first row of buildings on the left, past the semi engines. Everyone in the following divisions are required to attend a tryout/safety evalutation:

Baseball: A, AA, AAA and new Majors players
Softball: PeeWee, Minors and new Majors players

Here are the times you should show up: Please note that some players will need to attend two different try-outs if they wish to "play up". Please be on time.

Baseball:
A: 9:00 - 10:30 AM
AA: 9:15 - 11:15 AM
Majors: 11:30 - 2:00 PM
AAA: 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Softball:
Majors & Juniors: 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Minors: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
PeeWee: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

** If you are unable to make the evaluations, please inform our player agents ASAP as you will need to schedule a Safety Evaluation at the convenience of our Safety Officer before your player can be placed on a team.

DRAFT & TEAM BUILDING: Baseball and Softball teams will be drafted between February 9th - 17th. Your player's coach should have a complete roster no later than February 17th and be contacting you by February 18th.

FIELD DAY: Field Day is Saturday, February 24th, from 9am-3pm. Field day is when EVERYONE goes to Gaiser Middle School and works on the 4-5 fields that are there. These are our practice fields that we use every week. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THERE FOR 6 HOURS. Come for an hour or two as you are able. Bring rakes, shovels, gloves, buckets, hula hoes, edger's, tools, whatever else you want to use. The majority of the work is weeding, edging, raking the dirt, cleaning the dugouts, and overall maintenance of the facility. Show up when you are able. You don't have to stay long. It can be a fun team building activity if you can come with your 'new' team! Able siblings, friends and family are welcome!

PRACTICES:
Can start as early as February 17th. As soon as your coach gets his/her roster and gets their ducks in a row, and we provide them a practice field, they can start scheduling practices. Expect to have a team meeting in the coming weeks, with practices starting shortly after that.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
2/3 (Saturday) Tryouts & Safety evaluations @ The LumberYard

2/9 - 2/17 Teams Formed and Drafted
2/24 (Saturday) Field Day @ Gaiser Middle School

2/24 & 2/25 (All Weekend): SCLL 20% Off Dick's Shopping Weekend
3/2 (Friday) Team Parent Meeting @ LJSP (details will follow)
3/7 (Wednesday) Parent Umpire Clinic @ LJSP (details will follow)
3/10 (Saturday) Opening Day!

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Below are some additional details about the try-out and safety evaluation process. We encourage you to read it and let us know if we can help answer any questions

WHAT TO BRING: Your player should bring their bat, fielding glove and helmet. No other equipment is needed. If your player does not have these items, we will have extras for your use. There will be lots of people there in a small area, so please only bring in what you need. Large bags of gear will make it difficult to move around.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please send your player in comfortable athletic clothing's (such as sweatpants or athletic pants and tee-shirt) and tennis shoes.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We are committed to making sure that our players have a positive experience and leave the evaluation with confidence and excitement for the upcoming season. While it is normal for kids (and parents) to feel some anxiety, please assure your player that everyone is placed on a team. We are an instructional league and are passionate about teaching your kids the fundamentals of the game while creating memories and friendships that last long after the season ends.

WHO NEEDS TO ATTEND: Softball players: PeeWee, Minors and new Major players. Baseball: A, AA, AAA, and (new) Major players. Returning Major players do not need to attend.

Your player may be asked to try-out for more than one division, depending on their league age. For example:

A league age 8 player registered for A will need to try-out for both the AA and the A level (A is a Safety Evaluation only).

A league age 8 players who wants to be considered to play-up into AAA will need to try-out in both the AA and AAA division.

A league age 10 players who wants to be considered to play-up into Majors will need to try-out in both AAA and the Majors division.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SAFETY EVALUATION AND A TRY-OUT: Try-Outs are held for all levels of play (levels above Single-A) where a draft is used to build teams. Try-outs provide our managers and coach an opportunity to meet and observe your player(s). Safety-Evaluations are for our Single-A and Pee-Wee level and provide our Safety Committee an opportunity to meet and observe your player(s) and confirm that they are placed on a team that best suits their skill level.

All players will be placed on a team, regardless of the division of play.

WHAT IF MY PLAYER WANTS TO PLAY "Up"? SCLL uses League Age as a guideline for player placement. While it is uncommon for players to play-up from their league age, players are able to try-out for the next division. They must be approved unanimously by the Safety Committee in order to play-up and be drafted for the team. Players wishing to play-up will need to try-out in both the division that matches their league age and the division they wish to play-up into. We have scheduled try-out so that players trying out in two divisions can move through as efficiently as possible. Kids will be placed on a team that best suits the skill level of the player. Players may not skip over a division.

WHY DOES MY PLAYER NEED TO TRY-OUT IN TWO DIVISIONS: Players wishing to play-up from the division recommended for their league age will need to try-out in both the division that matches their league age and the division they wish to play-up into. Additionally, there are circumstances when our safety committee recommends your player try-out in a different division. In those cases, we will do our best to speak with you at try-outs so that you can complete the additional try-out while you are at the facility. Our try-out schedule is designed to accommodate those scenarios.

WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND ON FEBRUARY 3rd? Players who do not attend a try-out will not be eligible for the draft and will be placed on a team only after they have completed a safety evaluation. A safety evaluation will be scheduled at the convenience of our Safety Officer.

SCLL has a limited number of openings for players to attend a make-up try-out. If your player is not able to attend on February 3rd, please contact your division player agent immediately.

CAN I WATCH MY PLAYER'S TRY-OUT? Space is at a premium and we ask that you be respectful to those players completing their try-out and safety evaluation. The facility is not set-up to accommodate a designated viewing area. We will have tents set up for you to wait for your player(s).

CONTACT US: info@salmoncreekll.com

Thank you for choosing to play ball this year with Salmon Creek Little League. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year! And as always...

GO CREEK!

Regards,

Your SCLL Board