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OBA Baseball Evaluation Process

Based on results and feedback from the 2019 tryouts, OBA will be continuing with the structure of a two-day tryout for travel baseball. 

The first day of tryouts for ages 9-14 will be Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Maple Grove Dome. Day 2 player evaluations will be held at the Orono Activity Center on Monday, March 16th. Both sessions will be required for all Travel & Tournament Players ages 10-14. Any player that is unable to attend tryouts must inform OBA prior to tryouts at 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 8 at Maple Grove Dome
8 - 9am:
9 year-olds (3rd graders)
9 - 10am: 10 year-olds (4th graders)
10 - 11am: 11 year-olds (5th graders)
11 - 12pm: 14 year-olds (8th graders)
12 - 1pm: 13 year-olds (7th graders)
1 - 2pm: 12 year-olds (6th graders)

15 year-old Tryouts will be Sunday, March 15 at 3:30pm at Orono Activity Center. CANCELLED

Day 2 Tryout Times - CANCELLED!

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

March 16 at Orono Activity Center
6:00 - 7:00pm: 10 year-old Tournament Team players only
6:30 - 7:30pm: 13 year-olds
7:00 – 8:00pm: 11 year-olds
7:30 – 8:30pm: 14 year-olds
8:00 - 9:00pm: 12 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 20 and posted on the Travel Teams page.