NSLL Tryout Dates/Times
ALL PLAYERS WISHING TO PLAY IN MAJORS AND MINORS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND TRYOUTS INCLUDING 12 YEAR OLDS AND RETURNING MAJOR PLAYERS
Novato South Little League tryouts for the 2015 Season will be on:
Players League-Age 9-12 + Players Leage Age 8 who wish to try out for AAA Minors
Dates: January 10 and 11, 2015
Location: Hamann Field at Olive School
12 year olds
Check in and warm up 9:00 to 9:30 am
Try outs for 12 year olds 9:30 to 10:30 am
11 year olds
Check in and warm up 10:00 to 10:30 am
Tryouts for 11 year olds 10:30 to 12:00 pm
10 year olds
Check in and warm up 11:30 pm to 12:00 pm
Tryouts for 10 year olds 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
9 year-olds / 8 year-olds trying out for AAA Minors
Check in and warm up 1:00 to 1:30 pm
Tryouts 1:30 to 3:30 pm
- Players must be registered to try out.
- Players need only attend one tryout day, but may attend both days if they wish.
- Returning Majors players are required to attend tryouts due to yearly mandatory re-draft!
- Only 2015 league age 10-12 year-olds are eligible to play in Majors.
- 8 Year-olds not drafted to a AAA Minor team must tryout again at the 6-8 Year-old tryouts (see below).
- 10-11 year olds players who do not attend tryouts are not eligible for Majors, unless they are a returning Majors player.
- Parents of 10-12 year-olds who do not wish for their child to be drafted into Majors must complete a "2015 Age Waiver Form" before tryouts. The form appears on this website, under the "Documents" tab, in the "Forms and Waivers" section. The form should be returned at or before tryouts to the NSLL Player Agent.
Players League-Age 6-8
Dates: Saturday January 17, 2015
Location: Hamann Field at Olive School
- Players must be registered to try out.
- 8 Year-olds who tried out on Jan 10/11 and not drafted to a AAA Minor team must tryout again at the 6-8 Year-old tryouts.
- All players wishing to play in any division other than T-Ball must try out.
- 6 year-olds are not eligible for level beyond A. 6 year olds who are not drafted into the A division will be placed in the Senior Tee Ball division.
- A 9 year-old choosing to play in the A division must submit a 2015 Age Waiver Form.
- All 7-11 year-olds interested in playing AA or above should review the NSLL's Division Descriptions and Age Guidelines for further information.
Rating sheets will be passed out to managers and coaches prior to tryouts. Anyone wishing to help with tryouts please contact Kevin Metcalfe at 415-608-1152. Any questions regarding tryouts should be submitted to Greg Ott or Kevin Metcalfe.
What time are tryouts?
- Please see tryouts dates and times above, by division and age.
What should my child bring?
Players should bring:
- Baseball glove
- Batting helmet
- Bats will be provided; however, players are welcome to bring their own Little League approved bat [http://www.littleleague.org/Little_League_Online.htm] if they would like. While we encourage players to bring their own bats, they must be checked prior to batting. All bats must be Little League approved.
- Players should wear baseball pants or comfortable clothes.
- Please be sure to collect all of your belongings when the tryouts end.
How can I prepare my child for tryouts?
Please encourage your child to try his or her best at the tryouts, but in the end, this is supposed to be FUN! We want the kids to relax and take a deep breath - everyone of league age is going to get on a team!
Based on the player’s performance during the tryouts, he or she may be drafted by a manager to play at the higher level of their eligibility. Participating at the Tryouts does not guarantee the player will be drafted to the higher Division, but a player must participate in his or her age-level tryouts to be eligible to play at the higher level.
What if my child can't make the tryout dates?
If the registered and paid player’s schedule prevents him/her from attending tryouts, s/he will be placed in a pool to be selected at the lowest eligibility level (first time players) or the last division played in (returning players). The player will not be eligible for “call-up” during the season, nor will s/he be eligible for post-season teams (“All Stars”).
Registered players who do not attend tryouts:
- Will not be eligible to advance to a higher division (be “Called Up”) during the current season
- Will automatically be placed in their lowest division of eligibility (new players) or last division played (returning players)
Major and minor players who do not attend the tryouts are assigned to teams by "Hat Pick". See "Hat Picks" below, under "How are players assigned to teams"
What if a registered player can’t participate in the tryouts due to an injury?
A registered and paid player who is physically unable to participate in the tryouts due to a temporary injury (e.g., broken arm, sprained ankle, etc) should still attend at his or her scheduled time. By registering at the tryouts they maintain their eligibility to be drafted to a higher level. They will be excused after tryout registration.
What if I want my child to remain in Minors (A-AAA divisions)?
Occasionally, in the interest of a player’s safety or development, parents may prefer that the player not play at his or her highest level of eligibility. Sometimes playing a level below the minimum for his or her age group is indicated. For example, National Little League requires that all 12 year-olds, regardless of their experience level, be assigned to a Majors Division team. This might present a physical or emotional risk for the player. When it is in the best interest of the player, his parents can request a waiver of this rule to keep the player at the appropriate level.
Use the following chart to determine if you should consider requesting a waiver:
||What you should do
|More appropriate to play at level below Majors
|Download and submit a 2015 Age Waiver Form, available under the "Documents" tab, in the Forms and Waivers section.
||1) Will not be eligible for “Call-up” during season
2) Will not be eligible for post season (“All Stars”)
3) Will not be allowed to pitch or catch
|Do not wish to play in Majors
Download and submit a 2015 Age Waiver Form, available under the "Documents" tab, in the "Forms and Waivers" section.
|1) Will not be eligible for Majors draft
2) Will not be eligible for “Call-up” during season
3) Will not be eligible for post season (“All Stars”)
What happens at tryouts?
Novato South Little League uses a player tryout process to determine eligibility and skill level.
When the player arrives at the tryouts, they will be directed to the registration table. Only players who are paid registrants will be allowed to participate in the tryouts. The players will all be given an identification number to attach to the front of their shirt, and then directed to the warm-up area for their age group.
In the warm-up area, the players should stretch and pick a partner to throw a ball with and loosen their arms. When the managers and coaches are ready for that age group, they will be instructed on where to wait for their turn.
Each player will in turn be evaluated on the following:
- Catching fly balls
- Long throw after catching the fly balls
- Fielding ground balls
- Pitching, if desired
Each player rotates through positions 1) through 5) above until all players have had their opportunity by age. Then those who wish to stay to pitch may do so.
During each activity the managers and coaches from each division evaluate the players. Each manager and coach has his own style and preference, but they are all evaluating skill, results, and effort.
For example, the player who catches every ball, hits the target on every throw, and smashes his batting practice may score low if he also pushes the other players, doesn’t follow instructions, and displays a bad attitude. Conversely, the player who drops every ball, but chases them down like the game depends on it, will likely score higher than you might think.
After the tryouts have been completed, the managers and coaches will apply their own ‘science’ to ranking the players and develop a list of players they would like to draft for their teams.
I volunteered to manage a team. Does my child need to attend tryouts?
- Only players who tryout are eligible for post-season All Star teams. If your child only wants to play at the Minors level, does not want to play All Stars, and you have already been named a manager, s/he does not need to tryout.
- However, during the Minors draft, managers’ children are discussed in terms of placement in the draft so attendance at tryouts helps to make the placement equitable to all involved.
How are players assigned to teams?
The process differs at each Division level, and each level impacts the one below it.
- NSLL has adopted a complete redraft approach to Majors. All returning Majors and 2015 league age 12 players are not required to try out but are strongly encouraged to do so. All other eligible players are required to try out. Dates and location are noted above. Moving forward, Majors teams will be redrafted every year.
- Once all of the returning Majors players have been added to the teams’ rosters, the available slots are tallied. NSLL has 9 Majors teams with 12 players per team, for a total of 108 Majors players.
- The Majors managers (no coaches or assistants allowed) will meet at the conclusion of tryouts – around the end of January – to draft eligible players to complete their rosters. In order of priority, eligible players are:
- Returning majors players.
- 12 year-olds who attended tryouts.
- 12 year-olds who did not attend tryouts, but by rule must play in the Majors.
- 10-11 year-olds who attended tryouts and have not submitted an age waiver to play in a lower division.
- Majors managers and coaches are forbidden by National Little League regulations to discuss any aspects of the draft process outside of the meeting. Please do not ask, “Who was drafted first” or “What round was my child drafted in”, etc.
The selection process for Minors is similar to Majors:
- As with Majors teams, above, Minors teams are reformed each year from the pool of all eligible players.
- Managers in the Minor league select their coaches after the draft. Rules establish the round in the draft the manager’s players are ‘drafted’. No other players can be ‘reserved’.
- Registered and paid players who did not attend tryouts are selected by "Hat Pick." See below.
- Minors managers and coaches are forbidden by National Little League regulations to discuss any aspects of the draft process outside of the meeting. Please do not ask, “Who was drafted first” or “What round was my child drafted in,” etc.
After all eligible 12 year-olds have been drafted, the registered and paid 12 year-olds who did not tryout but must play in the Majors are assigned teams. This is completed by use of “Hat Picks.” As the name implies, each of the remaining 12 year-olds’ names are placed in a hat, and continuing in the same draft order each manager picks a player until all players have been assigned a team. (Recall that injured players who attended tryouts but could not physically tryout are part of the group eligible to be drafted and are not part of the Hat Pick group.)
After all eligible 9-12 year-olds have been drafted, the registered and paid players who did not tryout but must play in the Minors are assigned teams. This is completed by use of “Hat Picks.” As the name implies, each of the remaining 9-12 year-olds’ names are placed in a hat, and continuing in the same draft order each manager picks a player until all players have been assigned a team. (Recall that injured players who attended tryouts but could not physically tryout are part of the group eligible to be drafted and are not part of the Hat Pick group.)
What is a “Call-up”?
Little League regulations require Majors Division teams to play with the same number of players on each roster. This means that if any Majors team loses a player during the season for any reason the local Little League must have a process in place to replace that player in a timely manner. Novato South Little League employs a Player Call-up Process:
- Once a player has been officially released from a team for any reason, the Player Agent will consult the Division’s wait list. (Any player who registered after the draft is placed on a waiting list for the next available slot within his division). In the case of the Majors, the wait list will consist of 12 year-olds who must play in the Majors, but registered too late to be drafted. The manager of the affected team will be allowed to choose from the wait list to fill the vacancy.
- In the event that no players are wait-listed, the manager of the affected team will be presented a list of eligible 11 year-olds and 10 year-olds from the AAA division. ‘Eligible’ means the player attended tryouts, did not submit a waiver to remain in Minors, and has not turned down a previous call up offer.
- The manager will select an eligible AAA Minors player.
A Minors team (AA and AAA) that loses a player must now find a replacement using similar steps:
- If a player is wait-listed at the same division level, that player fills the slot.
- If no wait list exists, the Minors manager is given a list of eligible players from the division immediately below that being filled.
- The manager selects an eligible lower division player to join the team.
- The process stops at the level immediately below that being filled. Thus, the only replacements available to AAA teams are AA players, and the only replacements available to AA teams are A players. That means that during the season there may be an imbalance to rosters on competing teams. This may appear to give the team with fewer players an advantage, but recall that they are in this position because they just lost one of their strongest players to a call up.
What are a player’s choices if he or she is “Called Up?”
Novato South Little League considers a “Call Up” an extremely positive experience. The player is acknowledged for a skill level considered appropriate for the next higher division. Players are typically only eligible for a Call Up if they tried out for that higher division. The Call Up is recognition that the player would have been at the higher level had there been enough slots in the first place. In every way possible, managers, coaches and parents should promote this to players, especially the younger players who may be uncomfortable at the thought of moving to a new team and playing, developing a new set of friends.
As you might expect, the cascading effect of moving players from team to team can take time, time that can be better spent developing on the new team. Therefore, players are given only a limited amount of time to make a decision to move up. If a player declines a “Call Up,” he or she will not be eligible to be called up at any point later in the season.
You may elect before the draft to restrict upward movement for your player, but this must be done before teams are selected. If you have any concerns about the Call Up Process, please contact the Player Agent at:
I’m not happy with my child’s team assignment. What can I do?
Once the teams have been assigned, there are no opportunities for movement of players. Little League does not allow ‘trades’ between teams. If there are extenuating circumstances before the teams are formed, email
with the details and we will consider them.