This page contains information that will help you better understand the program's expectations during the selection process. It is possible that the better you understand the expectations, the better your chances of making the team.
Is there a preseason meeting for baseball signups?
Coach Stiglich will schedule a meeting in his room (218) once winter sports are done. Players will sign up and receive a packet at the meeting. The coach will also give detailed information and answer questions about tryouts. The jv and varsity players are expected to talk to their coaches individually in order to sign up and receive a packet. Refer to article on the home page.
What will be discussed at the pre season meeting?
Tryouts/practice for all levels begin on March 2nd for the 2015 season. Unless a coach notifies you, tryout for your grade level team. In order to tryout, you must:
sign up with your coach & receive a packet (freshmen w/Stiglich, JV w/Cleer, and varsity w/Meyer)
Have an updated physical completed and on file with the nurse (must be dated February 1 or later of last year)
Complete an athletic consent/emergency medical form, then return it to your coach by the Friday before tryouts (these documents can be downloaded from this website)
Register for baseball during your lunch shift on the stage (this allows you to get cleared for academic eligibility)
Always be prepared to go outside or inside. That means have the following items with you every day for practice: tennis shoes, baseball hat, baseball pants or sweats, t-shirt (no sleeveless or tank tops), shorts, glove, bat (if desired), baseball shoes (spikes or cleats), long sleeve shirt, and sweatshirt. You will not be allowed to practice without these items. The weather and facility availability will determine if we practice outside or inside. You must be prepared for both. For example, the varsity will practice from 6:00 until 8:00 inside if and only if the weather is poor after school. If inside, the freshmen usually practice from 3:20-4:30 and the JV from 4:30-5:45. It is sometimes necessary to have pitchers throw before school a few times during the week. You must participate in 14 practices in order to play in the first game.
We will conduct the testing for 10 yard dash, 30 yard dash, and standing broad jump during the week of February 23-26 on the track if weather permits (if weather does not permit, we will test in a hallway)
Please check the schedules to see when the first games are of the season. The junior varsity and varsity teams will practice and play during the weekends throughout the season. Spring break schedule 2015 (March 13-22): the varsity and junior varsity will practice and play games (Jamboree at Eureka on March 17 and a DH on March 21 at Parkway Central). The freshmen team will have a few practices during spring break (TBD).
Once you are selected, there will be a fee for a game hat, game jersey, stirrups & performance shirt, which you keep (approximately $100). You will need to purchase a navy belt and spikes (black, navy, grey, green, or white).
LOCKER USE DURING TRYOUT WEEK: The baseball locker room is across the hall from the wrestling room. LOCK EVERYTHING UP OR TAKE IT WITH YOU.
This is a tryout. You must be prepared. The date for final cuts will be determined by a number of factors, although it is likely that the final teams will be selectd by March 7th for the 2015 season. If you have any questions or concerns see your coach. Once the team is made, a parents meeting will be held the following week on March 10th @ 7 pm in the small gym.
How many players tryout?
The freshmen team will have approximately 40 tryout (give or take ten on any given year). The junior varsity (made up of the best freshmen, sophomores & juniors not playing for the varsity) will usually have approximately 25 tryout (give or take five on any given year). The varsity will usually have approximately 25 tryout (give or take five on any given year).
Can freshmen play on the junior varsity or varsity?
Yes, if it appears he will start. If so, he must first prove he is superior to his peers before being promoted to another level. The coaches are constantly looking at the big picture and evaluating competition for each position according to grade level. We try to avoid having any one position overloaded in each class. We consider playing time and each team's specific needs. The program focuses on player development.
How many players are usually kept on each level?
Each team tries to keep around 16-18 players. Playing time is the main issue, therefore the fewer players on each team, the more chances for playing time. Also, the fewer players on each team, the more repetitions for each player in practice. The program tries to keep 4 outfielders, 5 infielders, 2 catchers, and at least 6 pitchers at each level. This is not always the case, but a simple goal for each level going into the season. Some pitchers may also play another position.
How are practices/tryouts organized?
The varsity & junior varsity practice together. The freshmen practice alone. There are occasions when the jv and freshmen practice together. Each player must participate in 14 practices in order to be eligible for games.
What position should I tryout for?
Be versatile. Avoid thinking you are only a shortstop or centerfielder. We believe there is a difference in ability between corner outfielders and centerfielders and corner infielders and middle infielders. How well do you run, hit, and throw? Some players don't run or hit well but have a good arm. If so, we enourage you to pitch. The best middle infielder usually plays shortstop and the second best middle infielder plays 2nd base. Other infielders become corner infielders (as long as they can hit). Our best outfielder (fast and best arm) is usually the centerfielder and the other outfielders (as long as they can run and hit) play left and right field. These are hypothetical scenarios and not always the hard fast rule. Try to have two positions: a primary and secondary position. Pitchers are allowed to play other positions as long as they prove themselves defensively and as a hitter.
What are the coaches looking for?
There are many factors that effect the selection process. The following list gives you a better understanding of what the coaches are looking for:
be a team player
be a leader
be a good decision maker
have baseball intelligence and instincts (pay attention to how the game is played)
hande adversity in a positive way
use positive body language
In most cases, your parents do not know more about baseball than your coaches
be a solid student (each varsity team since 2003 had a team GPA above 3.25)
avoid using the phrase "I know" (if you "knew" you would already be doing it)
attend our summer camps prior to 9th grade
be organized (pay attention to announcements & hand in paperwork on time)
understand that on time is early
communicate with your coaches
realize that everything counts, your habits determine your success, and you determine your habits
there is a difference between good and great
hustle, hustle, hustle
What is being evaluated during tryouts?
Arm strength, foot speed, bat speed, explosiveness (broad jump), and defense. Arm strength and bat speed are measured with a JUGS or Stalker radar gun. The foot speed (10 & 30 yard dash) is measured with a stopwatch. The explosiveness tests will be measured in feet and inches. These tests create objective results that can be compared from player to player. If we can get outside for defense, we will spend a long time evaluating ground balls and fly balls. The pitchers throw 15 pitch bullpens twice a week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday). Balls and strikes are recorded as well as velocity. Pitchers need to consistently throw low strikes and change speeds (fastball and off speed pitch for strikes in any count).
What if the weather is bad?
This may have to be done inside in the second gym which is not an ideal situation, but may be necessary.
Will a scrimmage occur during tryouts?
We hold controlled scrimmages. It is fast paced without live pitching. We do not scrimmage live because it is possible that the best player on the team may not see a strike or field a ball. The fastest player may hit a fly ball, get out and not have a chance to steal a base. It is possible the best pitchers walk the best hitters. These scenarios are numerous. Players can get lucky or have bad luck. The controlled scrimmage allows players to play an up tempo game without live pitching. We play 7 inning games in just over 30 minutes and are able to see many players handle a variety of situations in game speed.
Something to consider...
The best athletes or hardest throwers or fastest runners don't always make the team just as the nine best players don't usually start. We try to put the best nine on the field that play for each other as one unit. Chemistry is a vital component to the program's success. The coaches may find it necessary to cut a player regardless of skill level because their conduct is detrimental to the team.
Did you know that we conducted a long toss and conditioning program twice a week in September & October? Did you know that a majority of our best players have been training for eight to twelve weeks prior to tryouts in the weight room? Did you know that we have cages & bullpens every Sunday afternoon in January and February? These are voluntary workouts that provide each player an opportunity to improve and further develop arm strength, foot speed, bat speed, explosiveness/athleticism, and power. If any of the afore mentioned information seems unreasonable, then it is possible that this baseball program is not for you. It is safe to say that you select this program as much as it selects you.
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