FGLLS Player Evaluation Guidelines
Players will check in at the registration table and will be given a badge/sticker with a unique number and their league age (pre-assigned, see master list). Players will place their number on their upper left chest for identification that is visible throughout the evaluations. All grading of players will be accomplished through this number only.
Note: The following steps are recommended for organizing and evaluation and do not need to be followed verbatim.
FGLLS Player evaluations will follow a consistent grading system. All volunteer “evaluators” will follow this system. We will have 5 stations (running, hitting, infield, outfield, throwing) and use a 5 point grading system. Pitching and catching are optional stations for the players. NOTE: All Pitchers 10 years old or older must declare and participate in pitching evaluations in order to qualify to pitch in the Spring Season.
We will use a 5 point grading system - with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. USE NO 1⁄2 POINTS. There will also be a section for comments. Please feel free to write short comments that would be helpful at team selection for a particular player.
Evaluate carefully and accurately and make sure there is a clear distinction in your grading. Evaluating everyone as a 3 or 4 does nothing for our objective to obtain a distribution of equal talent among the teams during the team selection process. If you are not giving a range of 1-5 in your evaluation, then you are not getting the job done!
As needed, we encourage you to write quick comments in the Comments Section.
5 - Perfect mechanics and form
4 - Above average
3 - Average
2 - Needs Work
1 - Overwhelmed
When grading players, remember it has been 6 months since some of them have played softball. Look for form and proper mechanics. If you see one player with great mechanics and form but she misses 5 out of 10 pitches at the cage – give her a higher grade than someone who misses 5 out of 10 with bad mechanics. When evaluating/grading look for:
Hitting Station – 10 swings (not hits)
- Preparation-balance, proper stance, weight on back foot and holding bat correctly
- Weight shift-70% of weight on back foot, hands trigger and stride begins, weight transfer to front foot
- Transition stage – hip rotation, bottom hand driving the bat towards the ball
- Acceleration & eyes – tracking the ball, head down, weight transfer complete and eyes on the ball.
- Contact – hitting the ball
Infield Station – 5 ground balls
- Ready position – knees bent (not waist), hands out front (not on knees)
- Charge the ball – look for shuffle and crossover steps, aggressively going after the ball
- Square shoulders – proper fielding stance, butt down, legs bent, head up
- Accurate throw – Elbow above shoulder, follow through, accuracy
Outfield Station – 5 pop flies
- Proper stance – knees bent, arms out front (not on knees), feet shoulder width apart
- Footwork – drop step (no crossover step)
- Anticipation – reaching to flight of the ball, turning back towards ball and running to a spot
- Catching the ball – using two hands to catch ball, weight moving forward
- Throwing ball – release and accuracy of hitting cut-off man
Throwing Station – 5 throws (not pitching)
- Stance – weight equally distributed, hands relaxed, body relaxed
- Balance – head over back foot, free leg at highest point before forward movement
- Motion – smooth weight transfer
- Release – elbow above shoulder, feet ending up parallel
- Accuracy – hitting the person catching the ball in the chest
Running Station – running 60’
- Good start and acceleration
- Run through base
Pitching Station – 40’ or 43’
- Mechanics – Windmill, push, stride, delivery, recovery
- Accuracy – Throws strikes
- Stance (Inside, Outside, Center) – Proper stance with thighs parallel, free hand to side or back, glove up to receive, body square
- Blocking (5 Blocks) – Proper blocking motion with knees replacing feet, glove between knees
- Reaction – No step throw down
- Throw Down (from stance & knees) - Release and accuracy of hitting second baseman