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OBA Baseball Evaluation Process

As OBA continually works to enhance the baseball program for the Orono community, we are excited to announce that we will be adding a second day of travel baseball tryouts!

The first day of tryouts will be Sunday, March 17th at the Maple Grove Dome. Day 2 player evaluations will be held at the Orono Activity Center on Monday, March 18th. Both sessions will be required for all Travel & Tournament Players. Any player that is unable to attend tryouts must inform OBA prior to tryouts at President@oronobaseball.org. Guidelines regarding players that are unable to attend tryouts are listed in our Travel and Tournament Handbook.

Ten-year olds that will only be playing In-House/Major League and all 9-year olds are exempt from Day 2.

Day 1 Tryout Times

Please check-in at least 15 minutes before your assigned time. Allow time after the tryout for uniform fitting & order:

March 17 at Maple Grove Dome
8:30 - 9:30am:
9 year-olds (3rd grade)
9:30 - 10:30am: 14 year-olds (8th grade)
10:30 - 11:30am: 13 year-olds (7th grade)
12:00 - 1:00pm: 12 year-olds (6th grade)
1:00 - 2:15pm: 11 year-olds (5th grade)
2:15 - 3:30pm: 10 year-olds (4th grade)

Day 2 Tryout Times 

All players should check in at the Orono Activity Center Main Entrance.

March 18 at Orono Activity Center
6:30 - 7:30pm: 10 year-olds Tournament team players only
7:00 – 8:00pm: 12 year-olds
7:30 – 8:30pm: 11 year-olds
8:00 - 9:00pm: 13 year-olds
8:30 - 9:30pm: 14 year-olds

Tryout Details

Day 1 tryouts will again be evaluated by Pitch2Pitch. OBA will provide volunteers to help execute the evaluations, but those volunteers will not evaluate players. The stations for Day 1 will include:

  • Infield Defense - Players will be evaluated on glove work, footwork, arm strength and accuracy.
  • Outfield Defense - Evaluations will include form, footwork, throwing accuracy and arm strength.
  • Pitching - Players will have 6-7 pitches to warm-up, then will throw 7-8 pitches for evaluators. Players will be evaluated on mechanics, arm speed, poise and accuracy.
  • Hitting (front toss) - Players will receive 8 pitches from a volunteer throwing front toss. Players will be evaluated on stance, load, bat speed and contact.
  • Hitting (machine) - Players will receive 6-7 pitches from a pitching machine. Players will be evaluated on mechanics, bat speed and contact.

Day 2 tryouts will be evaluated by OBA-provided evaluators. These evaluators will not have a direct relation to any of the tryout participants. The stations for Day 2 will include:

  • Defensive Specialty Station (player to choose 1 of the 3 below):
    1. Catching - evaluation to include positioning, blocking and throwing.
    2. Infield - evaluation to focus on ability to catch thrown ball, footwork, quickness of release and accuracy of throws.
    3. Outfield - evaluation will focus on footwork, long toss arm strength and long toss accuracy.
  • Live Hitting - Players will see 7-8 pitches from a volunteer throwing live. Players will be evaluated on mechanics, bat path and exit velocity.
  • Bunting - Players will have 6-7 pitches from a machine. Players will be evaluated on bunting form, contact and control
  • Quickness shuttle station - Players will have 2 chances to complete a quickness shuttle station with the best time being recorded.

Travel & Tournament Teams will be announced the evening of Friday, March 22 and posted on the Travel Teams page.