Tryouts for 2020 Saxons Baseball begin on Monday, March 2. In order to tryout, a player must bring his blue card to the tryout (or bring it to Coach Price during the week prior to tryouts). Any players without a blue card will not be permitted to participate in tryouts.
When are tryouts?
Tryouts will be split into two sections. Any player who believes he has an opportunity to play Varsity baseball for our 2020 team will attend the Varsity tryouts on day 1. Any player who is trying out for the Freshmen and/or JV team will attend the Frosh/JV tryouts on day 1. See the full 3-day tryout schedule below:
Day 1: Monday, March 2:
Varsity tryouts: 2:45pm – 6:00pm (starting on the turf football field)
Frosh/JV tryouts: 3:10pm – 6:00pm (starting on the turf football field)
Day 2: Tuesday, March 3 (subject to change based on basketball playoffs):
Varsity tryouts: 2:45pm – 6:00pm (starting in the East Gym)
Frosh/JV tryouts: 3:10pm – 6:00pm (starting in the East Gym)
Day 3: Wednesday, March 4 (subject to change based on basketball playoffs):
Varsity tryouts (by invitation only on day 3): 2:45pm – 6:00pm (starting on the turf football field)
Frosh/JV tryouts: 3:20pm – 6:00pm (starting on the turf football field)
Day 4: Thursday, March 5
Varsity, JV, and Frosh team practices officially begin. Full program practice: 2:45pm – 6:30pm
For our full team schedule, click here.
If the tryout schedule does change (snow, basketball, etc.), how will we find out?
What criteria will be used to evaluate players?
- Character / commitment / coach-ability / hustle
- Hitting: mechanics / exit velocity / launch angle / barrel consistency / adaptability
- Throwing: velocity / accuracy / catching and receiving / footwork
- Fielding: range / quickness / glove action / footwork / versatility (all players will tryout at infield and outfield positions)
- Baserunning: speed / acceleration / footwork
- Basic athleticism: / flexibility / range of motion
What should a player bring, and wear, to tryouts?
- Blue card
- Baseball pants and socks
- Athletic long sleeves (for the turf)
- Cleats (for the turf) and athletic shoes (for hitting in the gym)
- Baseball glove/mitt
- Batting gloves (if desired)
- Batting helmet (if he does not own one, we will provide one)
- Bat (if he does not own one, we will provide one)
What if my son does not make the team?
Unfortunately, we are unable to maintain the large rosters that some other sports can handle. As such, our program will usually carry between 36 and 42 players. In some cases, we may carry additional players as practice players only. Our coaches will make every effort to ensure a fair tryout for all players. Bar none, the hardest part about being a coach is looking a person in the eyes and telling him that he will not be able to be part of the team this year.
Please understand that, while these are difficult conversations, there are hundreds of examples of professional athletes who were cut from their high school teams and went on to have successful athletic careers, and thousands of other young men who were cut from their high school teams but went on to have successful lives. We understand that some kids may be disappointed that they didn’t get placed on a particular team (or cut), maybe even some parents, too, but your child’s identity does not come from baseball. It doesn’t come from what team he’s on (or isn’t on). And as parents, our identities fortunately don’t come from those things either.
If your son is not chosen to be part of our program, we understand that it may be an upsetting experience. We are fortunate to be a highly competitive program, and not making our team does not necessarily mean that your son is not talented enough to play high school baseball – it simply means that our program could not fit him in for the current spring season. If that happens, his blue card will be returned to the office and a refund will be issued for his blue card fee. Players who do not make the baseball team are encouraged to join track and field, which is a no-cut sport. In the past, players cut from baseball who have subsequently participated in track have often either A) fallen in love with track and field, or B) became more athletic and made the baseball team the following spring.
What if my son does make the team?
There will be a mandatory meeting for parents and players on Monday, March 9 at 7:00pm in the North Library. We will introduce our coaching staff; discuss expectations, fundraising, and schedules; provide information on notifications and updates; and meet in smaller groups with individual teams. The meeting should end around 8:00pm, but please forgive us if we go a tiny bit later.
Contact Coach Price (firstname.lastname@example.org)