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frequently asked questions


We have created a quick video summarizing MVLL tryouts and the skill assessment that takes place  - Tryout Video Summary  

What levels require a Tryout?

We conduct tryouts (also known as “skills assessments”) for our competitive divisions (AAA, Minors, and Majors). We do not conduct tryouts for our Rookie, Star, Farm, or Junior divisions.

What are tryouts?

For our competitive divisions, we conduct a skills assessment that provides our Managers and Commissioners the opportunity to evaluate each player's baseball skills including fielding, throwing, hitting, running, and pitching (optional).  This evaluation helps us accomplish two things: 

(1) ensure each player is playing at a level appropriate to his or her skill set (so as to have the most fun and thrive)
(2) teams are evenly balanced in each division

When are tryouts?

Tryouts for the 2024 Spring season will be on January 20-21, 2024.  Tryouts are organized by a player's league age - see our  League Age chart for your player's age.  We will announce specific days and times for each age group once registration has closed.  Typically, the 12's tryout Saturday morning, the 11's on Saturday afternoon, the 10's on Sunday morning, and the 9's on Sunday afternoon, but be aware this could change depending on our final numbers in each age group and division.

Weather is a factor in January, so if the January 20-21 weekend is canceled due to weather, tryouts will be rescheduled for the following weekend - January 27-28 (same time slots as January 20-21 weekend). We ask families to be flexible if this happens – it’s completely out of our control.

We are out of town or my player is not able to participate in tryouts that weekend, are there makeup days?

Unfortunately, we do not offer makeup dates for tryouts (the exception is if the original tryout dates are canceled due to weather). In MVLL, the coaching staffs and commissioners evaluate the players during the tryout weekend.  To host a make-up session, we would need to bring back the managers and coaches of all teams in each division to evaluate the players who missed the main tryout.  

While we strongly encourage families to do their best to have their players at tryouts, we recognize that it’s not always possible. If your player has played in MVLL before, we have evaluation data that managers and coaches will be able to rely upon in making their drafting decisions.

Does everyone make a team?

Yes, every player registered will be placed on a team. During the skills assessment process, MVLL league personnel may identify players that may be asked to play in a different division than the one they registered for. This decision is made for the player's safety and/or because it is a better fit for skill development purposes. The division Commissioner and/or Player Agent will privately discuss this with the player’s family.

Players who are league-age 9 with prior playing experience will not be placed in a division below the Farm division. 
Players who are league-age 10 with prior playing experience will not be placed in a division below the AAA division. 
Players who are league-age 11 with prior playing experience will not be placed in a division below the Minors division.  
Players who are league-age 12 must play in the Majors division unless a waiver to a different division is approved by league and district administrators.

In the Minors and Majors divisions, it is possible that some players league-age 10 will not be drafted onto a Minors team, and some players league-age 11 will not be drafted onto a Majors team.  In these situations, a player league age 10 is guaranteed to play on a AAA team, and a player league age 11 is guaranteed a spot on a Minors team.  The player will be placed in the appropriate draft after being notified by the Player Agent of the situation.

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