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PLAYER EVALUATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM Mike Hill Head Baseball Coach Lawrence Free State High School.

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1 PLAYER EVALUATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM Mike Hill Head Baseball Coach Lawrence Free State High School

2 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 1.Permits coaches to make best decisions for their PROGRAM: * Who should make the team? * Who should play at what level? * Who should play what position? A system provides your staff with the best insight towards making these decisions.

3 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 2. Permits coaches to make best decisions for their PLAYERS: * What skills do I need to work on? * What do I do well? * Why am I playing this position? An evaluation is the best foundation for having a productive discussion with your players

4 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 3. Permits coaches to properly COMMUNICATE WITH COLLEGE COACHES AND SCOUTS: * Why can your player play at my level? * What are positive and negatives? * Quantifies your conversation An easily communicated evaluation system provides coaches/scouts with your best insights

5 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 4. Permits coaches to properly COMMUNICATE WITH PLAYERS, PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATION: * How could you cut my kid? * Why is this parent calling my office? * Coach: Why did I get cut? A comprehensive evaluation makes the difficult conversations easier to have

6 CRITERIA FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVALUATION SYSTEM 1.Is the same PROCESS: * all players have the same evaluation 2. Is DATA DRIVEN: * It quantifies the evaluation 3.It MINIMIZES SUBJECTIVITY: * allows for opinions but from the same language 4. It is CLEARLY COMMUNICATED: * everyone knows what to expect 5. It is EASILY ACCESSIBLE: * can quickly and privately be shared with others

7 PROCESS Evaluations primarily are based upon the 5 Tools: 1. Speed 2. Hitting 3. Hitting with Power 4. Arm Strength 5. Fielding It’s easier to explain and harder to argue with numbers

8 PROCESS INFIELDERS EVALUATON: All infielders {except 1B} at short * 8 balls hit to each * 2 at them * 2 to the left * 2 to the right * 2 slow rollers * All throws to 1 st Base with radar gun behind

9 PROCESS 1 st BASEMAN EVALUATION: * 8 Balls * double plays * gun behind 2 nd base

10 PROCESS OUTFIELDERS EVALUATION: All outfielders in RF * 8 balls hit to each – combination of all * 2 at them * 1 left * 1 right * 2 go get * 2 charge All throws to 3B through relay/gun behind 3B

11 PROCESS CATCHER EVALUATION: * Pop Times * 6 on Monday and Tuesday * Wednesday as needed * Receiving * As pitchers throw pens

12 PROCESS PITCHER EVALUATION: * Utilize 3 mounds: Warm-up mound #1 Warm-up mound #2 Evaluation mound * Same catcher follows pitcher through * Radar gun at evaluation mound

13 PROCESS PITCHER EVALUATION: * 2 sets of 8: – can ask for more * 2 FB, 2 BB, 3 FB * 2 FB, 2 CH, 3 FB * can always adjust * use caution and be careful!!

14 PROCESS HITTER EVALUATION: * 1 set of 3 bunts and 8 swings * Coach Pitched * 1 cage for warm-up/1 for eval

15 PROCESS RUNNER EVALUATION: * 2 60 Yd. Dash times * only need to run once * begin on movement of runner * start from baserunning position * start on foul line * OF/C run when IF evaluated: switch

16 DATA DRIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF A DETAILED RUBRIC 1.Quantifies and streamlines varying opinions of coaches: good, ok, great, bad to a number. 2.Allows a player to be properly evaluated against his peers: 3.Grades players on a score of 1-8, with 4 being the average, varsity, high school player

17 SPEED, VELCOITY AND CATCHERS ScoreHome-1B60 Yd. DashVelocityCatcher’s Pop 84.0 L, 4.1 R6.4 & under and below 74.1 L, 4.2 R6.5 – L, 4.3 R6.7 – L, 4.4 R6.9 – L, 4.5 R7.1 – L, 4.6 R7.3 – L, 4.7 R7.5 – L, 4.8 R7.7 & above

18 HITTING AND POWER ScoreExplanation 8Contact is always made with line drives being hit to all fields. 7Contact is always made with line drives and groundballs being hit to all fields. 6Contact is always made with flyballs, groundballs and an occasional line drive to all fields. 5Contact is always made with flyballs, groundballs and an occasional line drive to the middle or pull side. 4Contact is usually made with groundballs and an occasional pulled flyball or lazy line drive. 3Contact is usually made but the ball rarely travels out of the infield area and is often popped up. 2Contact is seldom made and the ball is often foul or rarely travels beyond where the pitcher is. 1Contact is never made.

19 FIELDING SCORES ScoreExplanation 8Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is always used with an occasional great play. 7Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is always used. 6Ball is always fielded cleanly and proper technique is usually used. 5Ball is usually fielded cleanly and proper technique is usually used. 4Ball is usually fielded cleanly and proper technique is seldom 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.

20 THROWING SCORES ScoreExplanation 8Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with excellent velocity. 7Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with good velocity. 6Ball always reaches target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity. 5Ball usually reaches its target in the air, on a line, with adequate velocity. 4Ball usually reaches its target in the air, but often does so with a hump in it. 3Ball sometimes reaches its target in the air, but often does so with a hump in it. 2Ball never reaches its target in the air. 1Ball never reaches halfway to its target.

21 BUNTING ScoreExplanation 8Contact is always made with the balls always being placed in the appropriate areas. 7Contact is always made with balls usually being placed in the appropriate areas. 6Contact is usually made with balls usually placed in the appropriate area. 5Contact is usually made with balls seldom being placed in the appropriate areas. 4Contact is usually made with balls never being placed in the appropriate areas. 3Contact is seldom made with the balls seldom being placed in the appropriate areas. 2Contact is seldom made and the balls are never placed in the appropriate areas. 1Contact is never made.

22 PITCHING ScoreMovementPoiseCurveChangeControl 8Excellent movement with strikesAlways composedExcellent movement with strikes Excellent change of speed and movement with strikes 100% strikes 7Excellent Movement Excellent movementExcellent change of speed and movement 90% strikes 6Good movement with strikesUsually composedGood movement with strikes Good change of speed and movement with strikes 80% strikes 5Good movement Good change of speed and movement 70% strikes 4Adequate movement with strikes Adequate change of speed and movement with strikes 50%-69% strikes 3Adequate movementSeldom ComposedAdequate movementAdequate change of speed and movement 30%-49% strikes 2No movement with strikes No change of speed or movement with strikes Less than 30% strikes 1Ball does not moveNo composureBall does not moveNo changeNo strikes thrown

23 MINIMIZES SUBJECTIVITY All coaches work from the same rubric and framework: 1.Coaches speak the same language. 2.Coaches look for the same things. 3.Evaluations are not as varied. If all coaches work from the same rubric, a more solidified evaluation will occur

24 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED Dear Prospective Baseball Player: The following will be our guideline for the 2012 Free State baseball tryouts. Returning players are considered those who played in the program last season. New players include all freshmen and others who did not play in the program last year. Please know that this schedule is subject to changes which will be noted on our website BASEBALL TRYOUT SCHEDULE Monday, Feb. 27, Tues, Feb. 28, Wed, Feb. 29: INDOOR SCHEDULE:OUTDOOR SCHEDULE: 5:15-6:00: Returning players in cages3:25-4:45: Returning players on field 6:00-6:45: New players in cages4:45-5:30: New players on field 6:45-7:15: New players in gym5:30-6:15: Soph./Frosh hitters in indoor cages 7:15-8:00: Returning players in gym6:15-7:15: Senior/Junior hitters in indoor cages 8:00-9:00: All pitchers/catchers in gym7:15-8:15: All pitchers/catchers in main gym PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY ENOUGH THAT YOU ARE WARMED-UP AND READY TO GO AT THE TIME LISTED! SESSIONS FOR NEW PLAYERS CAN BEGIN EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED.

25 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED Thursday, March 1: All prospective players should report to the baseball office/locker room at the following times: Seniors 2:45 Juniors: 3:20 Sophomores: 3:30 Freshmen: 3:45 At this time, you will be informed of your status with the team in a face-to-face meeting with Coach Hill and the staff. Those who make the team will proceed to check-out equipment. During equipment checkout, apparel packages will be available for sell from a local vendor. The packages will include cleats, turf shoes, sleeves, socks, batting gloves etc. These items can be purchased at a discounted rate, but are not required. Arrangements are between the player and the vendor. It is suggested that a check be brought to equipment checkout and made payable to the vendor. Also, contracts for summer teams will be given at this time. The full payment due date, unless otherwise arranged with Coach Hill, shall be June 1. Members of the teams shall remain after equipment checkout for a program meeting. The evening should conclude around 7:30 pm.

26 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED Our intention is to let everyone know their status with the team during the meeting scheduled for Thursday. Team practices will begin Friday. All outdoor workouts will be held on the varsity field at Free State. Indoor workouts will be held in both gymnasiums and the hitting cages, upstairs, above the main gym. Remember, to tryout you must have the following on file at Free State: A signed physical. A signed and notarized proof of insurance and medical release form. A signed tryout agreement. A concussion/head injury release form. If you make the team, you will also need to: Have a signed Code of Conduct Contract on file in the main office. Pay your participation fee of $ Make sure you have your $25.00 activity ticket purchased.

27 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED Friday, March 2: Practice time TBA. Saturday, March 3: Practice time TBA. You are responsible for knowing if we are inside or out. If you are uncertain, check the website, We will do our best to give everybody 3 opportunities to be judged on the following skills: Arm strength. Fielding ability. Hitting ability. Hitting power. 60 yd. Dash. Bunting. Pitchers will be evaluated on: Pitches: Fastball/Change/Curve/Other Control. Velocity. Poise.

28 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED This letter has been given to each player who turned in a sign-up sheet. If you are aware of someone who would like to play but did not sign-up, pass on this information to him and have him call the baseball office. If you have questions, feel free to call the school. Information about items that need to be turned in prior to tryouts can be directed to Deb Carpenter in the Athletics’ office at Other questions can be directed to Coach Hill at , or at We look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 27. Sincerely, Coach Hill

29 CLEARLY COMMUNICATED: Evaluation Sheet BASEBALL EVALUATION SHEET 2012 TRYOUTS NAME: _________________________________________ CLASS: _______________ EVALUATION SCORES: HITTING ABILITY: /8PITCHING VELOCITY:/8 HITTING POWER: /8PITCH MOVEMENT:/8 BUNTING: /8CHANGE-UP/8 FIELDING ABILITY: /8BREAKING BALL/8 THROWING ARM:/8OTHER/8 60 YARD DASH:/8POISE/8 TOTAL SCORE:/48 TOTAL/48 SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT: SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT:

30 Evaluation #’s: OUTFIELDERS #NAMEYRHIT ABL.HIT PWR.FIELDARMBUNTING60TOT.COMMENTS 801* * wild with arm 803* * * * * minimal contact

31 Evaluation #’s: C and 1B #NAMEYR.HIT ABL.HIT PWR.FIELDARMBUNTING60TOT.COMMENTS good OF arm/good feet * good OF 207* from OF * * * *

32 Evaluation #’s: INFIELDERS #NAMEYR.HIT ABL.HIT PWR.FIELDARMBUNTING60TOT.COMMENTS 401* * * b only poor arm LH hitter/nice bat 409* all over on IF 410* ok feet/2B arm only: swings ok not bad no arm/some pop w bat/softball swing bp in flip flops 501* * * erratic w arm/good feet accurate w arm/ok rhythm: sb swing 505* wild w arm/ok feet: ok arm No

33 Evaluation #’s: INFIELDERS #NAMEYRHIT ABL.HIT PWR.FIELDARMBUNTING60TOT.COMMENTS 601* * * good arm/ok feet 604* bad arm angle: Move to OF *9 608* good arm/bad slot: good pop w bat

34 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 1.Permits coaches to make best decisions for their PROGRAM: * Who should make the team? * Who should play at what level? * Who should play what position? A system provides your staff with the best insight towards making these decisions.

35 GENERAL RULES 30+ = All-State Player/Pro-Style Prospect 25+ = Varsity Player/College Potential = Varsity Type Player = Junior Varsity Type Player = C Team Type Player 15 - = Not Likely to Make the Team

36 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 2. Permits coaches to make best decisions for their PLAYERS: * What skills do I need to work on? * What do I do well? * Why am I playing this position? An evaluation is the best foundation for having a productive discussion with your players

37 BEST DECISIONS FOR PLAYERS #NAMEYRHIT ABL.HIT PWR.FIELDARMBUNTING60TOT.COMMENTS 601* * good arm/ok feet 602* * bad arm angle: Move to OF 608* good arm/bad slot: good pop w bat

38 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 3. Permits coaches to properly COMMUNICATE WITH COLLEGE COACHES AND SCOUTS: * Why can your player play at my level? * What are positive and negatives? * Quantifies your conversation An easily communicated evaluation system provides coaches/scouts with your best insights

39 Communication with College Coaches/Pro Scout #NAMEYRVEL.MVMNT.CH.BBOTHERPOISETOT.COMMENTS Recruited Guy C team pitcher?

40 Communication with College Coach/Pro Scout ScoreHome-1B60 Yd. DashVelocityCatcher’s Pop 84.0 L, 4.1 R6.4 & under and below 74.1 L, 4.2 R6.5 – L, 4.3 R6.7 – L, 4.4 R6.9 – L, 4.5 R7.1 – L, 4.6 R7.3 – L, 4.7 R7.5 – L, 4.8 R7.7 & above

41 Communication with College Coach/Pro Scout ScoreMovementPoiseCurveChangeControl 8Excellent movement with strikes Always composedExcellent movement with strikes Excellent change of speed and movement with strikes 100% strikes 7Excellent Movement Excellent movement Excellent change of speed and movement 90% strikes 6Good movement with strikes Usually composedGood movement with strikes Good change of speed and movement with strikes 80% strikes 5Good movement Good change of speed and movement 70% strikes 4Adequate movement with strikes Adequate change of speed and movement with strikes 50%-69% strikes 3Adequate movementSeldom ComposedAdequate movement Adequate change of speed and movement 30%-49% strikes 2No movement with strikes No change of speed or movement with strikes Less than 30% strikes 1Ball does not moveNo composureBall does not moveNo changeNo strikes thrown

42 WHY IS A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATON SYSTEM IMPORTANT? 4. Permits coaches to properly COMMUNICATE WITH PLAYERS, PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATION: * How could you cut my kid? * Why is this parent calling my office? * Coach: Why did I get cut?

43 COMMUNICATION: Why you were cut/Your Son/Their Kid ok feet/2B arm only: swings ok b only poor arm not bad bp in flip flops no arm/some pop w bat/softball swing LH hitter/nice bat 409Your Son * all over on IF

44 COMMUNICATION: Why you were cut/Your Son/Their Kid # ok feet/2B arm only: swings ok b only poor arm not bad bp in flip flops no arm/some pop w bat/softball swing LH hitter/nice bat all over on IF

45 A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION SYSTEM IS VITAL IF YOU TRYOUT OR NOT 1.Quantifies your opinions for less subjectivity. 2.Helps determine who makes the team. 3.Helps determine who plays at what level. 4.Helps determine who plays what position. 5.Helps a coach communicate with college coaches, pro scouts, parents, players and administration.


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