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Skills Assessments

As per Little League's rules, FCKLL conducts skills assessments (aka "try-outs") to determine the skill level of players and ensure that players are drafted at the most appropriate level and that teams are competitively balanced. Children ages 8 - 12, not already on a Majors team, participate in a skills assessment to be eligible to participate on a Majors, AAA, or AA team, or for placement on a Single A team. Any league 7-year olds who would like to be considered for the AA draft also must participate in a skills assessment. If you would like your 7-year old to have a skills assessment, please to discuss.

At the skills assessment, the managers and coaches rate each player’s ability to hit, throw, run, field fly balls, and field ground balls. A player’s score is kept confidential. The skills assessment is approximately 30 minutes in length. Only players, coaches and League officials are allowed in the gym.

What to Bring
Each player should come equipped to play ball. Children should wear gym shoes (no cleats) and comfortable clothing, as they will be running indoors. Each player should bring his/her glove. Bats and helmets are provided; however, one bat and helmet per player is allowed. (New in 2018: All bats must conform to the new bat standard. See the list of approved bats for more information.)

Eligible Players
When the skills assessments are over and the scores are compiled, the player agent creates a list of players eligible for draft selection at each level by tabulating the scores each child receives for hitting, fielding, running and throwing.

Finally, and most importantly, please encourage your child to relax and enjoy the assessments. We promise to make it a fun experience!