Skills Assessment for all players will be held at the Badger Ridge Middle School (BRMS) Gym from 11 am to 4:30 pm this coming Sunday, March 8.
You should receive an e-mail this week detailing the exact assessment time assigned to your player.
Daylight Savings begins on Sunday. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour that morning to avoid missing your player’s assessment time slot!
Why Assessments are Important
The Skills Assessment is not a tryout.
All players registered by the March 1 deadline are guaranteed placement on a team.
During assessments, coaches evaluate players’ current baseball skills at a series of stations. This process gives each division a chance to create more balanced teams during their draft. Teams are chosen using knowledge of all players, with the help of observations made at assessments.
Simply encourage your player to come to the assessment and put forth the same effort that he/she would in a game during the season.
What to Expect
You should receive an e-mail this week with the exact assessment time slot for your player.
Please show up at BRMS a few minutes before your time slot to check in at the information tables. An assessment lasts about 30-45 minutes.
Players will be running, hitting, catching, and throwing. They should have comfortable athletic clothing, clean gym shoes (NO CLEATS), and a glove. They are welcome to bring a bat, although it is not required. There will be an assortment of bats provided in the gym. Players will NOT need batting helmets, catcher’s gear, or any other special equipment.
Parents are not allowed in the gym during assessments. We will have coaches there to help guide younger players from station to station.
Here are some other items for parents to focus on at assessments:
Revenue from our concession stand is a major source of income for the league. Healthy sales help keep our registration fees from increasing and our fields looking great. To keep operating costs to a minimum, families are required to volunteer two hours per player. If you would like to reserve a volunteer shift before assessments, visit the concessions volunteering page. Otherwise, we will help you reserve a spot on Sunday.
Filling another key VLL position (coach, team parent, board member, etc.) satisfies this volunteering requirement, too. Families may also buy-out of volunteering at $75 per player. However, your time is valued far beyond this amount!
Every family will receive five calendar raffle tickets, which were paid for along with registration fees. You can fill out these five and turn them in immediately at assessments. If you would like to sell them to family and friends, they can be turned in at the VLL Complex (when open) any time before Opening Day. Additional raffle cards will also be available to purchase for $10 each while supplies last. There will be one winning entry drawn every day during the season. A winning card goes right back into the drawing, giving you another chance to win. More than $6,000 will be raffled off throughout the season. Winners will be posted on the Calendar Raffle page.
Apparel & Gear
Browse samples of the 2015 VLL custom-branded apparel before placing your order at our online store this year. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 22nd. Spirit apparel will ship directly to you.
This year, we also offer discounted shoes, apparel, and other baseball accessories. You can place an order for these non-branded items by phone whenever convenient. They will ship directly to you within a few days. A representative from Eastbay will be available during assessments with samples and ordering details.
Assessments are a great time to hit up a VLL board member with all your questions about volunteering. There will be several current and past members around who can provide details about positions that help keep our league running. We have a number of board positions that are still open this year and more that will be open next season. Find out about upcoming meetings and where we need the most help this year!