Seasonal Evaluations

NWLL DOES NOT HAVE TRYOUTS for Regular Season, JUST EVALUATIONS! We need to determine what level the players are at to place them for success.

T-ball and Coach Pitch players do not evaluate. These teams are built based on information collected during the registration process.

Coach Pitch age players wishing to evaluate for Minors may attend the Minors sessions. Please email the NWLL Registrar if a Coach Pitch age player wishes to be evaluated for Minors. At evaluations, Coach Pitch age players must present a cheque for $55, the difference in fees between Coach Pitch and Minors. The cheque will only be cashed if the player is assigned to a Minors team.

Minors age players wishing to play up into the Majors division must attend the Minors evaluation sessions. Please email the NWLL Registrar if a Minor Pitch age player wishes to play up into the Majors division. Based on their 2020 Minors evaluation rating (must be in the top one third), a player may be offered the opportunity to attend the evaluation sessions for the Majors age division. Minor age players invited to participate in the Majors age division's evaluation sessions must present a cheque for $10, the difference in fees between Minors and Majors. The cheque will only be cashed if the player is assigned to a Majors team.

There is no guarantee that Coach Pitch and Minors players that wish to play up a division will be assigned to a team in the division they wish to play up into as it depends on if there are spaces available and if the player is successfully drafted.

External independent evaluators assess the player's competencies in various areas, including, but not limited to, hitting, fielding and pitching. NWLL also utilizes the University of Calgary Junior Dinos players and our coaches to run these drills.

Once the evaluations and division drafts are completed, players will be contacted by the team's coaches or managers they have been drafted in to.

Absolute Baseball Academy Evaluations Location

2020 Evaluations Location

Absolute Baseball Academy @ 2221 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4S7

Evaluation Sessions - Details and Procedures

All evaluations will be conducted at Absolute Baseball Academy @ 2221 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4S7.

  • All players must sign in at Dome A (main dome with batting cages)
  • At sign-in, each player will be given an identification tag number tag.
  • At sign-in, please identify if you are interested that your evaluation results be forwarded to the Travel Team for consideration. For more information on the Travel Team program, see the Seasons tab.
  • Players announce their identification tag number to the evaluators before beginning the drill to ensure they are on the evaluators' list.

All players will rotate through (4) evaluation stations. The same drills will be performed at each session.

  • Hitting (performed in Dome A) in a batting cage via a coach pitching
  • Pitching (performed in Dome A) in a pitching lane with a mound (catcher will be provided)
  • Infield (performed in Dome B) in the main area
  • Outfield (performed in Dome B) in the main area

Each station will have (2) evaluation volunteers assigned to facilitate each group of kids.

Each station will have 2 external independent evaluators assigned.

Players are to be dressed in appropriate baseball gear. Baseball hat, glove, groin protection, running shoes (no cleats), helmet, batting gloves, bat. Helmets and bats will be available for players that may not have their own.

To ensure a smooth process, no parents are allowed near the evaluation stations. These areas are small to begin with and will be crowded with players, evaluators and evaluation coordinators.

Parents, please note that the scheduled evaluation session may end early; therefore, please ensure that you do not leave the facility or if you do, please ensure that you are back at least 30 minutes before the scheduled end time.

Post Evaluations

See the calendar below or on the home page for upcoming important event dates. You will hear from your coach or manager before the opening day. The 2020 No Frills Season is scheduled to begin the week of June 22 (fingers crossed for great weather), but there is still a lot of work behind the scenes. The NWLL board of directors and committee members are assembling uniforms, organizing equipment bags, training and recruiting umpires, setting schedules, preparing diamonds for use, etc. We are hoping that 2020 will be a great season despite the late start.

General Information About Evaluations

NWLL utilizes external independent evaluators to obtain a fair and impartial evaluation of the players.

Minor, Major, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior age divisions are divisions with a draft where assigned coaches are given the evaluation information and select their teams based on their criteria.  Little League Alberta set the rules for the Drafts.

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