For those players interested in tournament teams for 2016, please read the following carefully. There are some changes from VLL Tournament Teams of past seasons.
Verona Baseball Tournament Teams
Objective: To offer a more competitive option for players with advanced skill and commitment levels.
The first step in the process is for the league to know how many players and coaches are interested in playing on tournament teams for 2016. All 8U – 14U players must submit self-nomination forms no later than 11:59pm Wednesday, April 6 using the Player Self-Nomination Form or Coaching Nomination Form. The tryout process is explained below.
Expectations: Sportsmanship, commitment, and communication are expected from players and parents of Verona Baseball Tournament Teams (VBTT). With an increased level of competition, an increased level of commitment is also expected. There is also an additional fee (uniforms and tournament entry fees) to participate on these teams generally in the $150-$300 range. Each team will have designated practices and tournaments; the number of each will be determined by the coaches of each team. The number and structure of teams in each age group is dependent on the number of players and coaches interested in each age group.
Attendance at practices and games is vital and will play a factor in playing time and positions played. Players selected to a VBTT agree to prioritize VBTT practices and games over other sports and minimize conflicts with VBTT practices and games. Communication with coaches is essential when practices or games will be missed. Please let your coach know of any planned vacations or other conflicts that will prevent attendance of practices and games. Ability to commit may play a role in VBTT selection. It is not the intention for a VBTT practice to conflict with a regular season Verona Little League (VLL) game, and VLL will work with VBTT coaches to minimize potential conflicts. It is understood that players may have vacations, illness, injuries, family obligations, or other emergencies that will prevent attendance. However, upfront communication about preplanned absences to coaches is important.
Eligibility: VBTT may consist of one or more teams in the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, and 14U year old age groups based on interest. Players are encouraged to try out for their own age group. Players must participate in the 2016 regular season VLL season to be eligible for
Tryouts: Tryouts will occur at the VLL Complex on Sunday, April 10 for 9U (1pm), 10U (2pm) and 11U (3pm). There will be a rain date/alternate tryout date on Saturday, April 16 from 11am-1pm at the VLL Complex. Please make every attempt to attend your correct time slot on April 10th. Players should arrive early enough to register, stretch and warm-up on their own. Teams will be selected by coaches and VLL Tournament Committee based on ability,
all assessments, attitude, work ethic, and commitment. Players will be notified of their selection once all tryouts are completed. Tryouts for 12U, 13U, and 14U will be held if needed based on numbers. Tryouts and/or selection of 8U teams will occur during the season – more details to come. Reminder, all interested players and coaches, 8U-14U, need to complete the self-nomination form no later than 11:59pm, Wednesday, April 6th.