Coach, In your opinion, what should coaches be evaluating on Assessment / Try Out day for kids that want to pitch at the 13-15 yr level? The purpose of the assessments is to determine who will play Varsity vs. JV since we usually only have enough for 2 teams. Below is what the league we play in has used in the past – The pitching ones look like they could use some work based on all you’ve been teaching us. Any comments or inputs would be greatly appreciated. OBJECTIVE Evaluations 1. Speed: how fast they run to first base – 3 tries keeping the best. 2. Agility: how fast they run through a small agility course. 2 times keeping the best. 3. Endurance Run: time how fast it takes them to make it all the way around the bases – 1 try. 4. Distance throwing: how far they can throw the ball – 2 times keeping the best throw. 5. Accuracy throwing: set up a target from a set distance(90′) how many balls out of 5 hit the target. 6. Velocity throwing: how fast do they throw(radar gun) 3 tries keeping the best SUBJECTIVE Evaluations 1. Batting: 10 chances to hit a coach pitched baseball evaluating batting stance, swing mechanics, adjusting to the pitch, contact, and type of contact(solid hits or barely getting the bat on the ball). 2. Fielding: 10 chances to field balls hit on the ground or in the air evaluating ready position, moving to the ball, body position at catch. transition to throw, and delivery of throw to correct base or cut man. This can be position specific. 3. Pitching a. Wind up: evaluating rocker, pivot, balance point, power position, stride, and release point. b. Stretch: evaluating signal receiving, set position, checking the runner(at lead base), and pitch delivery(timed). c. Simulated at bats: evaluate throwing strikes to get out a batter from the wind up and from the stretch. 4. Catching a. receiving position/stance b. blocking ball from getting past c. throw to second
Jason, Most of what they are evaluating is athleticism…which is very general. Most are not capable of assessing a pitchers potential since they are looking at how far they can throw, balance point, rocker step, pivot etc. Kind of nonsense. I assess based on results produced along with safe, efficient and explosive mechanics. Then I want to see his velocity and his ability to control the strike zone. I could care less about the wind-up as it does not produce more velocity. I personally like a no-leg lift delivery or momentum with a step back. An accurate throw at 90 ft is for a catcher or infielder…not a pitcher. The more specific the assessment the better. This is far too general. Hope that helps. Coach Mills
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