2022 Evaluation Process

2022 Evaluation Procedures

Standardized Player Evaluation

Criteria for a successful evaluation system and why it is important

1. Is the same PROCESS:

All players have the same evaluation. Allows a player to be properly evaluated against his peers.

2. Is DATA DRIVEN:

Quantifies evaluation and streamlines varying opinions of evaluators (good, ok, great, bad) to a single number. It’s easier to explain and is harder to argue with numbers.

3. It MINIMIZES SUBJECTIVITY:

Allows for opinions but from the same language. A comprehensive evaluation makes the difficult conversations easier to have.

4. It is CLEARLY COMMUNICATED:

Everyone knows what to expect. Permits zone to properly communicate with players and their parents.

5. It is EASILY ACCESSIBLE:

Able to quickly and privately be shared with others. Provides coaches with the best insights.

Evaluation Process

Evaluations primarily are based upon the 5 Tools that build a sound fundamental baseball player:

1. Hitting for Average

2. Hitting with Power

3. Arm Strength (including pitching accuracy)

4. Fielding Ability

5. Speed

Scoring rubrics are located in Appendix A – Rubrics

Hitter Evaluation:

Three separate evaluated stations: T-work warmup

Rotate through 3 evaluated batting cages.

The first evaluated station will be a batting tee. The metric of Exit Velocity will be determined. Going Yard evaluators will use a radar on each swing to determine the average EV of the players over 8 opportunities.

The second hitting evaluation cage will feature x8 pitches provided by a coach underhand in “front toss” fashion. Mechanics, swing contact, as well as swing power will be evaluated.

The third and final evaluation will feature x8 pitches overhand from a coach. Scored ranges for age group will be averaged into a 0 to 10 scale for mechanics, power, and contact for a total score of 30 points.

Pitcher Evaluation:

Three separate sessions, each session will consist of:

Groups of 8

Throw from 3 separate pitcher’s mounds at the appropriate age distance.

11U players will be required to throw 5 pitches per mound; 13U players will be required to throw 6 pitches per mound.

Each mound will be evaluated out of 10 for mechanics, velocity, and control for a total of 30 points. The velocity will be calculated by skill shark for median bell curve in each age group.

Infielders Evaluation:

A single session fielding at 2 infield positions; short stop and third base for all U11 players. We will include a glove-to-glove evaluation for 13U players. At the 13U level, left-handed throwing players will take their opportunities from the right side of the infield to make the glove to glove metric equal for both right- and left-handed throwing players.

Infield stations will have 4 players at each station. Half at each position

4 consecutive opportunities at each position. Fielding opportunities will range the players to effectively evaluate the players ability to move to the ball.

Balls will be regulated and thrown by a “hack attack” baseball machine.

All throws to 1B, except for 13U left-handed throwers who will throw to 3rd base for the purpose of the glove-to-glove evaluation.

Outfielders Evaluation:

A single session consisting of:

8 opportunities to each player.

combination of all scenarios (fly balls; left, right, back, short, and grounders)

The player will be evaluated for their overall mechanics while making the play, as well as their overall arm strength and accuracy while throwing to a target. 30 points

Speed Evaluation:

A single session consisting of:
X1 run time from home to 1st base
X1 run time from home to 2nd base
X1 run time through “box drill” agility based drill Timing to begin on the movement of runner.

Appendix A – Rubrics

Hitting and Power Rubric

30 total points; 10 each for contact, mechanics and power

ContactMechanics
Hard / Always madeAlways composed, great form
Always madeExhibits good mechanics
Usually madeExhibits proper mechanics, some flaws
Seldom madeBasic mechanics
Never madeNot aware of proper mechanics

Score Location
8-10
Line drives to all fields.

6-8 Line drives and groundballs being hit to all fields.

4-6 Flyballs, groundballs, and an occasional line drive to middle / pull side.

2-4 Groundballs and an occasional pulled flyball or lazy line drive.

0-2 Often foul or rarely travels beyond pitcher.

Pitching Rubric

15 total points, 5 for control, 5 for mechanics and 5 for velocity.

ScoreControlMechanics
8-1085-100% StrikesAlways composed, great form
6-870-85% StrikesExhibits good mechanics
4-655-70% StrikesExhibits proper mechanics, some issues
2-440-55% StrikesBasic mechanics
0-220-40% StrikesNot aware of any mechanics
0No StrikesBounces the ball towards home plate

Velocity

Score11U13U15U
545+49+63+
339-4542-4956-63
139-42-56-

Infielder Rubric

10 points for mechanics, 10 points for accuracy and arm strength in throw. Total of 30 points

Proper fielding technique will be evaluated subjectively based on the players ability to move then proceed into a good in fielding position generally observed with bent knees and hands extended out in front and bent forward at the hips and two hand being used for balls hit at the player. When ranging left and right, it is not advised nor mandatory for the player to use both hands. Ideally players ranging to their glove hand side would also have their left foot forward at pickup, and their right foot forward when ranging to their back hand side.

ScoreExplanation – Fielding
10Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is always used with an occasional
great play.
9Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is always used.
8Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is usually used.
7Ball is usually fielded cleanly and proper technique is always used.
6Ball is usually fielded cleanly and proper technique is usually used.
5Ball is usually fielded cleanly and proper technique is seldom used.
4Ball is seldom fielded cleanly and proper technique is usually used.
3Ball is seldom fielded cleanly and proper technique is seldom used.
2Ball is seldom fielded cleanly and proper technique is never used.
1Ball is never fielded cleanly and proper technique is never used.

THROWING

ScoreExplanation – Throwing
8-10Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with excellent velocity.
6-8Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity.
4-6Ball usually reaches its target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity.
2-4Ball sometimes reaches its target in the air, but often does so with a hump in it.
0-2Ball rarely reaches its target in the air.

OUTFIELDER RUBRIC

10 points for fielding mechanics, accuracy and strength of throw. Total of 30 points.

ScoreExplanation – Fielding
10Ball is always received cleanly, correct route always taken, quick transfer, with an
occasional great play.
9Ball is always received cleanly, correct route always taken, a quick transfer.
8Ball is always received cleanly, correct route usually taken, a quick transfer.
7Ball is usually received cleanly, correct route usually taken, a quick transfer.
6Ball is usually received cleanly, correct route usually taken, an adequate transfer.
5Ball is usually received cleanly, correct route seldom taken, an adequate transfer.
4Ball is usually received cleanly, correct route usually taken, and an adequate transfer.
3Ball is seldom received cleanly, correct route usually taken, and a poor transfer.
2Ball is seldom received cleanly, correct route seldom taken, and a poor transfer.
1Ball is never received cleanly, correct route never taken, and no transfer.
ScoreExplanation – Throwing
8-10Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with excellent velocity.
6-8Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity.
4-6Ball usually reaches its target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity.
2-4Ball sometimes reaches its target in the air, but often does so with a hump in it.
0-2Ball rarely reaches its target in the air.

SPEED RUBRIC

10 points for speed

Median running speed by skill shark and each player plotted on bell curve.

Overall Evaluation Breakdown

DisciplineValue% Value
Hitting30 points per eval – 90 pts30% overall
Pitching30 points per eval – 90 pts35% overall
Infield30 points per eval – 60 pts20% overall
Outfield30 points per eval – 30 pts10% overall
Speed10 points per eval – 30 pts5% overall
Total130 Points100%