Tryouts (Spring Rec)

UpdatedThursday March 3, 2022 byLMLL.

*** 3/2/22 UPDATE ***  MASK UPDATE: Following the recent changes in Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school policies, and in light of the latest guidance and statistics provided by local, state and federal authorities, LMLL is pleased to announce it is shifting to a MASK-OPTIONAL policy for the remainder of tryouts.  All attendees should feel free to wear masks if they choose, but they will not be required.

*** 2/12/22 UPDATE *** - This year, in order to keep the number of people congregating together to a minimum and due to space constraints, you must schedule your player’s tryout in advance.  You will sign-up for a 15-minute tryout slot (maximum number of players per slot limited) on one of the appropriate tryout days for your player’s league.  You should arrive at the tryout location 10- 15 minutes before the scheduled slot start time (no earlier) for check-in and warm-up.  NO WALK-INS WILL BE PERMITTED; every player trying out may only tryout at their scheduled time.  All players and families should leave promptly after their tryout is concluded.  Note that the location of our BB & SB Draft tryouts has changed from the original location – you will receive the new location information as a part of the sign-up process. 

Only registered players may sign-up for a tryout slot.  In order to sign-up, you will need the link to the sign-up and a special code, both of which you will receive in your email confirmation when you register (players who registered before 2/12/22 were emailed this information).

Note that, in case tryouts need to be cancelled for any reason, the registration form will ask you to provide your best assessment of your player’s skill to help in the selection process.  Aas always there will be no "cuts"; all players who timely register WILL be placed on a Spring Rec team. 

TRYOUTS FOR BASEBALL DRAFT

Tryouts for Baseball Green, Blue, Majors and Majors+ will be held:

GRADE DATE TIME LOCATION
6th/7th 02/28, Mon. 6:30-8:30 p.m. See note at top
5th/6th 03/01, Tue. 6:30-8:30 p.m. See note at top
4th/5th 03/02, Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. See note at top
3rd 03/04, Fri. 6:30-8:30 p.m. See note at top
2nd 03/05, Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. See note at top

(Grades listed above are preferred - you should sign-up for your scheduled day IF POSSIBLE, if not you can sign-up for any other day but should try to come as close to your day as possible.  Coaches kids may be required to attend on a specific day.)

Who must try out for Baseball Draft?

All 2nd through 7th graders who have signed up for Baseball Draft must attend the Baseball Draft tryouts. There is no exemption for coaches' children; they must try out. Any player who does not try out (i) will not be eligible to pitch in any game in any division, (ii) may not be eligible to be selected for an All-Star game in their division, and (iii) is not assured of a roster spot in any division.

2nd graders who have signed up for Baseball or Softball Gold and who played Gold or similar experience last year may sign-up to attend the Baseball Draft tryouts if they wish to be considered to be selected in Baseball Green (you must email Registrar@LMLittleLeague.org at least one day in advance to get the sign-up code and information). If they don't try out, or do but are not selected, they'll be placed in the Gold division they signed up for).

Which session do we attend?

All Baseball Draft players must attend ONE tryout session.  Players should sign-up for a Baseball Draft session designated for their grade if possible. If players have a conflict, they can sign-up for any other Baseball Draft session, but should sign-up for a session closest to their grade to be seen by the most coaches likely to select them. Coaches' children in certain divisions may be asked to attend a specific session and/or time so that they can all be assessed at one time. Our Division Commissioners will convey this to their Division’s coaches if they choose this option.

 

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TRYOUTS FOR SOFTBALL DRAFT

Tryouts for Softball Blue and Majors will be held:

GRADE DATE TIME LOCATION
3rd-7th 03/03, Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m. See note at top
3rd-7th 03/05, Sat. 8:30-10:00 a.m. See note at top

 

Who must try out for Softball Draft?

1. All 3rd through 7th grade girls who have signed up for Softball Draft must attend the Softball Draft tryouts. There is no exemption for coaches' children; they must try out. Any player who does not try out will not eligible to be selected for an All-Star game in their division.

2. 3rd grade girls who have signed up for Softball Gold and who played Softball Gold or similar experience in a prior year may sign-up to attend the Softball Draft tryouts if they wish to be considered to be selected in Softball Blue (you must email Registrar@LMLittleLeague.org at least one day in advance to get the sign-up code and information).. If they don't try out, or do but are not selected, they'll be placed in Softball Gold.

Which session do we attend?

Players can sign-up for either of the two Softball Draft sessions. Coaches' children in certain divisions may be asked to sign-up for a specific session and/or time so that they can all be rated at one time. Our Division Commissioners will convey this to their Division’s coaches if they choose this option.

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TRYOUTS FOR BASEBALL SENIORS DRAFT

Tryouts for Baseball Seniors will be held:

GRADE DATE TIME LOCATION
8th-10th 03/06, Sun. 12:30-2:30 p.m. See note at top

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ADDITIONAL TRYOUTS INFO

There are no tryouts for:

  • T-Ball Minors
  • T-Ball
  • Baseball/Sotball Gold

Why do we have tryouts?

Tryouts are an international Little League requirement. They allow the coaches who are selecting players for teams to observe their skills so that through the draft, competition is balanced to the greatest possible degree.  There are no "cuts;" all players who timely registered will make a Spring Rec team. Tryouts are only so that players are selected to teams and divisions most appropriate for them.

Which Division is my child eligible to be drafted into?

In Baseball and Softball Draft, players are eligible to be drafted into Divisions according to their grade in school. Check out the charts on our Division Descriptions page to see which grades are eligible for which Divisions.  Tryouts are ONLY to determine placement & team; all players who timely registered and tryout will be selected to a Spring Rec team.  (Players who register after the late fee deadline may be wait-listed depending on numbers.)  Players will be selected to a team in a Division best suited to their grade and skill, which may be in the Baseball or Softball Gold Division in the case of some 2nd or 3rd graders.  Note that Draft teams are selected by coach draft only; requests to be placed with certain other players or coaches cannot be honored in the Draft (but will be considered for 2nd or 3rd graders who are selected for Baseball or Softball Gold).

How long does it take?

Players must arrive 10-15 minutes (no earlier) to check-in before their scheduled time, and can leave once their tryout is complete. The tryout itself is very simple – a few swings, a few catches, a few throws – and only takes a few minutes.

Parents should note that this is not a drop-off activity. We are not able to provide supervision, so parents must either stay to keep an eye on their kids or make arrangements with others to do so.  However, other than coaches, in Baseball and Softball Draft tryouts parents are not permitted in the tryout area or to watch tryouts; once your child is called to tryout, you must wait for them to exit back to the waiting area.

What equipment is required?

Players must wear sneakers and bring a baseball or softball glove. Batting helmets, bats and balls are provided, but players are permitted to bring their own batting helmets and bats if they like.  Only soft balls (like tennis balls) are allowed to be used for warm-ups/practice (bring your own), and NO batting/swinging is permitted, while waiting to try out - do not bring hard balls.

What if my child is injured or ill?

Children who are injured or ill must still come to their scheduled tryout session if they are able to travel and not contagious; they will not be required to tryout if unable, but still must appear and be announced.  If unable to attend the scheduled session, you should reschedule for a later session if available.  If your child is unable to attend all of the tryout sessions due to injury or illness, you must contact us at Registrar@LMLittleLeague.org before tryouts have ended to make alternate arrangements.

When will we find out what team my child is on?

The Baseball and Softball Drafts will be held Sat-Sun March 12-13, while the Baseball Seniors draft will be held Thu March 17.  In each case you will be contacted within a few days after.