HILLSBOROUGH BASEBALL LEAGUE
2013 8U - SUMMER TOURNAMENT TEAM PROGRAM
Please Read below before Registering
Tryout Dates - 4/25/2013- Complex Field # 1 - 5:45PM- 8:00
4/28/2013- Complex Field # 1 - 12:45PM- 3:00
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Registration Deadline - 4/24/2013 (no walk ups will be allowed)
The 2013 8U Summer Tournament Team tryout process will take place over the course of -see above. It will consist of an evaluation from an independent and knowledgeable baseball instructor/coach in conjunction with evaluations from the prospective Tournament Team Managers, as well as final review by the Tournament Team Committee.
Players are required to register and participate in one (1) tryout session. Your child must be registered by -4/24/2013; no walk-ups will be allowed. The session will be 2 hours and consist of hitting and fielding drills. Players will also have the option of having their pitching and catching skills evaluated. The main sessions will be held -TBD. Team selection (manager and players) should be completed -TBD
Conduct During Tryout:
Parents are not allowed to provide instructions to their child during the actual tryout as it may be unsettling to the other children who are trying to stay focused. You will receive one warning and then be asked to wait in the parking lot. This will be strictly enforced.
Tryout Dress Code:
It is recommend that you have your child dressed for baseball: pants w/belt, tucked t-shirts, cleats and baseball cap. Players are absolutely NOT permitted to wear All-Star or travel uniforms from prior seasons. Additionally, no equipment for use during the tryout will be provided by the HBL.
Evaluators will apply a rating to each participant in four (4) categories: running, throwing, fielding (infield & outfield), and hitting. Those wishing to be considered as a pitcher or catcher will also get an opportunity to do so, but those scores will not be included in the overall total. Upon completion the total score of each participant will compiled and compared against each other (from highest to lowest) for the purposes of forming the team(s). Should there be enough participants to form two (2) teams the intention is that the teams will have equal talent levels.
Tournament teams are formed for the purpose of competitive play. Our managers understand that we are still in the business of youth baseball development and to the best of their ability make sure our kids get opportunities to get better. That being said, playing time & position placement is at the full discretion of the manager. We ask that you have a conversation with your child as to what this means and what could happen prior to joining a tournament team.
If you feel your child requires more development over the summer, we encourage you to consider our In-town summer baseball program as an alternative to the summer tournament teams.
In order to be considered for manager of a 2013 8U tournament team, an application must be submitted prior to Monday, April 15th. This deadline will be strictly adhered to. All applicants must be at the tryouts, submit evaluations of the players, and may be required to take part in an interview with the HBL Tournament Committee. The BOD will review all applications and choose a manager after the top players are identified from the tryout.
Summer Tournament team participation requires a significant commitment, particularly the entire months of June and July. For families who plan on vacationing during that time, we ask that you speak with the HBL Player Agent or your child’s regular season manager prior to entering the selection process to ensure this is right for your family. Being selected to a team and then being unavailable for extended number of games will severely impact your eligibility. Please understand we do this to be fair to some other family that may have been available to commit.
All tournament & travel team fees are at the expense of the parents/guardians of the players on the respective teams. Please expect the fees to be in the $250 - $350 range. This number may decrease/increase depending upon the number of games, practices, and tournaments on the team’s schedule. Special payment arrangements due to financial hardships will be considered and should be discussed with the HBL President