NEW PLAYERS TO SMGSA IN 8U AND HIGHER DIVISIONS (INCLUDING THOSE MOVING UP FROM 6U) ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A SKILLS EVALUATION IN JANUARY.
This evaluation is not a try-out as all registered players are placed on a team. The evaluation is a way for the Managers and Board of Directors to assess each player in order to create teams that are equal as possible. If you played at SMGSA during the prior spring season, your coach provided player ratings that are used during team selection
All Pitchers (8U and higher) plus Catchers (10U and higher) are also asked to attend a Skills Evaluations day. The 6U players do not have evaluations.
To ensure equitable distribution of talent, all players in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14/16U divisions will participate in player evaluations. Additionally, all pitchers and catchers will have their specific position skills evaluated.
Prospective managers or their designated representatives are required to attend evaluations. In addition, the player agent will require that managers help to conduct the evaluations for a division other than the one in which they are managing.
The player agent and competition committee will attend and supervise all player evaluations. The player agent will provide each manager a list of all the registered players in his/her division. The list will have spaces for managers to enter pitcher and catcher rating points, along with general player rating points.
Starting with July 2010, and each year thereafter at its first meeting, generally in July, the SMGSA Executive Board will choose three of its members to serve as a competition committee, hereafter referred to as the CC. If the League President is not among the three chosen to serve on the CC, he/she will participate in CC discussions as a non-voting observer. One of the goals of the SMGSA is to achieve competitive balance between teams. The CC is formed to assist the league in accomplishing this goal by overseeing player evaluation and selection policies and making decisions on matters affecting league parity and fair competition. In the event that one or more of the CC members has a conflict of interest involving a decision to be made by the CC, two alternate members should also be picked, so that they may serve the remaining members will choose another board member as a replacement. Specific situations that create a conflict of interest include, but are not limited to:
(Note: these situations are not intended to include decisions that affect all age divisions)
It is highly recommended that players participate in their correct USA-eligible age division. Parent requests for a player to participate at a higher-than-eligible division will only be considered under conditions deemed in the best interests of the league, as decided by the CC. The only conditions that warrant a player participating at a higher division are:
If appropriate, the CC may request that a player participate at a level lower than her correct age-eligible division. Parent permission is required before a player is asked to participate outside her correct age-eligible division.
If a player is recommended for participation outside her correct age-eligible division, she will be evaluated in both her correct age-eligible division AND the division for which she is recommended.
Pitcher evaluations will include an extra component in addition to general player evaluations. Pitchers will be given an opportunity to display command of a variety of pitches, if applicable.
Each manager should consider each pitcher’s skills in each of the following categories:
Considering the skills above, each manager will enter a whole-number rating of 1-low to 5-high for each pitcher.
10U and older catchers will be provided with full catcher’s gear and given the opportunity to demonstrate catching skills. Each manager should consider each catcher’s skills in each of the following categories:
Each manager will consider the skills above, and enter a whole number rating of 1-low to 10-high for each catcher.
All players will be given an opportunity to display a variety of softball skills at player evaluations. Each manager should consider each player’s skills in each of the following categories:
Considering the skills above, each manager will enter a whole-number rating of 1-low to 10-high for each player.
After player evaluations, the player agent will average all player ratings to generate a rating for each player (rounded to tenths). Pitcher and catcher ratings, if applicable, will be averaged separately, and listed under a separate heading for each pitcher and catcher. For draft purposes, a player’s official rating is the sum of her player rating and pitcher rating. Catcher rating points are not included in a player’s official rating. The CC reserves the right to adjust a player’s rating if it appears that a gross misjudgment of actual talent is evident.
The player agent will compile all ratings for and construct an official draft list for each division. Drafts lists may include the following information:
Pitcher Rating (if applicable) Catcher Rating (if applicable)
Previous year rating (if available)
Previous year all-star?
Sister in same draft?
Parent offer to coach / be a team parent
Special Requests (ex. “same team” placement, manager requests)
No later than one week, prior to all-star evaluations, managers will complete a rating sheet for each player on his/her team and submit said sheet to the Player Agent. A manager will not be able to participate in the all-star selection meeting if ratings sheets have not been submitted.
Rating sheets will include 1-low to 10-high number ratings for several playing skills, along with pitching skills on a 1-low to 5-high scale, if applicable.
Managers will also be asked to comment on other player attributes including, but not limited to, attitude, spirit, reliability, and knowledge of the game. Level of parent participation will also be requested.
Prior to the spring draft for the following season, the Player Agent will average all numeric ratings for each player to form a base rating. The CC may make adjustments for one or more of the following considerations:
Ratings obtained from the prior season’s rating sheet will be available in the following season’s draft.