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SYA Little League Player Evaluations

SYA Little League Player Evaluations

Player evaluations for Baseball Player Pitch levels and Softball Minors-Majors will take place on Sunday, March 1, as noted below. Location is Pure Performance on Pickett Rd, Fairfax. Baseball Age is determined by players age on Aug 31, 2020.

  • Baseball East: 
    • Age 11 and 12s, report by 10am
    • Ages 10, 9, and 8s, report no later than 11:30am
    • All player pitch players that live East of Rt 28 (unless waivered)
  • Baseball West: 
    • Age 11 and 12s, report by 1pm
    • Ages 10, 9, and 8s, report no later than 2pm
    • All player pitch players that live West of Rt 28 (unless waivered)
  • Softball: 
    • All Minors through Majors players report no later than 4pm
    • Seniors will not tryout at this time

These are our main evaluation so please try to make your appointed time. Sessions should last no more than 2 hours.

ALL PLAYERS (Baseball Player Pitch Levels & Softball Minors/Majors) MUST ATTEND THE EVALUATIONS AS NOTED ABOVE. If you cannot make either evaluation, please contact the appropriate Player Agent below regarding a potential make-up.

Player Agents:

  • SYA East: Regina Johnson at rjohnson@syabaseball.org
  • SYA West: Larry Hopkins at lhopkins@syabaseball.org
  • SYA Softball: Dawn Johnson at djohnson@syabaseball.org

Please note all the following information:

  • Wear tennis shoes (no cleats) as this is an indoor facility
  • Bring a bat, glove and a helmet (if you have them / we will have extras)
  • Please DO NOT bring entire equipment bags (there will not be enough room)
  • Players should run and stretch before they arrive (throw, if possible)
  • Session will last roughly 60-90 minutes for baseball and a little longer for softball

There are very few seats in the waiting room – we expect 50+ players are each session so there will not be seating for all parents. Parents will not be able to see any of the players during the tryout. Once your player is checked in you might want to run some errands or get a cup of coffee down the street. Parking is behind the ice rink next door (owner might complain), or the spots around Pure Performance.

Remind your child to relax and have fun during the evaluations. The coaches aren’t worried about results. They are simply looking at form and some other things.

Evaluations typically follow a structure similar to the below, so review it with your child to help them feel more comfortable:

  • Check-In and receive number sticker to place on shirt
  • Find the line, get in line (players only)
  • Run 60 ft. touch a cone and run back (total 120 ft.)
  • Play catch with coach from 50-70 ft.
  • Take 3 pop-ups from coach
  • Take 3 ground balls from coach
  • Bunt 1 pitch and then take 6 swings
  • We will allow players to Pitch if there is time

Again, evaluations are just a part of how we decide where your child should be placed. Our coaches and board members share information from previous seasons to put children in the best possible place to have success.

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Office Location:
5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 471
Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
Fax: (703) 815-2180
E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org