Skills Evaluations: Details & Schedule

Skills Evaluations Details
WHAT?
Reston-Herndon Little League will be holding its annual skills evaluations on Sunday, February 12, and Sunday, February 19, in the South Lakes High School gym. Players should wear sneakers (no cleats!) and comfortable clothes, bring their gloves, and their favorite bats (if they have their own, no big barrels). Helmets and bats will also be available at the gym for those who do not have either. If there is a weather cancellation, an adjusted schedule for skills evaluations will be announced.
WHO?
All players born before 9/1/2009 are required to attend one of the scheduled evaluation sessions in order to be placed in a division.  Advanced players born between 9/1/2009 and 8/31/2010 may opt to participate in evaluations if they wish to be considered for the AA level of play.   For simplicity, evaluation windows are organized by birth year and first letter of last name.

Note that the Little League “league age” definition has changed for all leagues:

WHY?
The purpose of the skills evaluation is to assist the Player Agent and League Commissioners in properly placing players at the level most appropriate for their skills and experience. Little League regulations require every player playing AA Minors or higher to be assessed prior to placement.  The skills evaluation also helps the team managers’ plan for the AA, AAA, and Major league drafts. All players at AA, AAA, and Majors are selected for their teams through a draft process by the managers.
WHAT DO THE EVALUATIONS CONSIST OF?
Players will be evaluated on their fielding, throwing and hitting skills. Players may be asked to demonstrate pitching skills. It is probably a good idea to spend some time working on these skills prior to the evaluation. It may not be a good idea for the evaluation to be the first time the player has picked up a baseball since last spring or last fall.
HOW CAN MY CHILD DO WELL AT THE EVALUATION?
Arrive 15 minutes before your evaluations window.  Wear appropriate baseball or exercise attire, arrive with plenty of time to sign in and do some light stretching. Relax, have fun, and do your best!
WHEN AND WHERE?
Skills Eval Dates – Sunday, February 12, and Sunday, February 19, in the South Lakes High School Gym, South Lakes HS, 11400 S Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191.  Please park in the west parking lot on the football field side and follow the signs to the evaluation entrance.

CAN I OBSERVE THE EVALUATION PROCESS?

We limit the evaluations to as few people as possible – league officials, managers (or their proxy), and volunteers assisting with evaluations.  Not only does this provide a less stressful environment for the players, it helps keep the flow of the process moving along during two very busy days.  It also helps keep the number of distractions at an absolute minimum.
WHAT IF I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO PLAY BASEBALL, BUT HAS NOT YET REGISTERED? CAN THEY ATTEND THE SKILLS EVALUATION?
Yes, walk-in registration will be available for players who have not yet registered – but pre-registration is much preferred. Be sure to tell all your friends and neighbors!  Players must be registered for the RHLL Spring 2017 Baseball Season at the time of skills evaluations. Registration fees must be paid at the time of the skills evaluation.

RHLL understands that families in our community have financial needs. If your family needs assistance with payment of registration fees, please reply to this email. RHLL will provide families assistance with registration fees.

TIME SLOTS 

In order to decrease wait times and make the sessions move faster, we are splitting the player pool into two relatively equal parts with the top half of the alphabet assigned to come on February 12, and the bottom half of the alphabet assigned to come on February 19. Because the evaluations will begin on Sunday mornings, we have reversed the age order between the two weeks to give families flexibility. Our primary interest is keeping players of the same age group in the same evaluation groups.

Week 1 – Sunday, February 12

NAME              BIRTHDAY            LAST NAMES
10:00 AM     9/1/2009 to 8/31/2010     A – L
10:30 AM     9/1/2008 to 8/31/2009     A – E
11:00 AM     9/1/2008 to 8/31/2009     F – L
11:30 AM     9/1/2007 to 8/31/2008     A – E
12:00 PM     9/1/2007 to 8/31/2008     F – L
12:30 PM     9/1/2006 to 8/31/2007     A – E
1:00 PM       9/1/2006 to 8/31/2007     F – L
1:30 PM       5/1/2005 to 8/31/2006     A – E
2:00 PM       5/1/2005 to 8/31/2006     F – L
2:30 PM       5/1/2004 to 4/30/2005     A – E
3:00 PM       5/1/2004 to 4/30/2005     F – L

Week 2 – Sunday, February 19

NAME                BIRTHDAY           LAST NAMES

10:00 AM     5/1/2004 to 4/30/2005     M – R
10:30 AM     5/1/2004 to 4/30/2005     S – Z
11:00 AM     5/1/2005 to 8/31/2006     M – R
11:30 AM     5/1/2005 to 8/31/2006     S – Z
12:00 PM     9/1/2006 to 8/31/2007     M – R
12:30 PM     9/1/2006 to 8/31/2007     S – Z
1:00 PM       9/1/2007 to 8/31/2008     M – R
1:30 PM       9/1/2007 to 8/31/2008     S – Z
2:00 PM       9/1/2008 to 8/31/2009     M – R
2:30 PM       9/1/2008 to 8/31 2009     S – Z
3:00 PM       9/1/2009 to 8/31/2010     M – Z

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO COME TO THE ASSIGNED TIME SLOT.   That said, if your schedule prevents you from coming on the day (or the time) assigned, please come when you can.  If you are unable to attend the skills evaluation on the 12th and 19th or have any questions regarding the process, please contact Sean Dooley and Rob Ross at rll.player.agents@gmail.com.
Reston-Herndon Little League depends upon the generosity of parent volunteers who give their time and effort to manage teams, maintain fields, run the concession stand, run a station at practice, raise funds, and many other jobs.
If you are available to help with skills evaluations, please email us at