Everyone who meets the age and residency requirements can play in Dulles Little League. PE’s are used as part of the team assignment process in order to establish balanced teams at each level and to place players in divisions.
PE’s are applicable to all players that are registered or are waitlisted for the Spring DLL baseball season that wish to play in division Single A and above through Seniors.
Who MUST attend?
- All players of League Age 7-16 that want to play in the Single A through Seniors division.
Who MAY attend?
- Players of League Age 7 or 8 who are unsure of the division that they should play in, should attend the PE session. If you are unsure about your player’s skill level, have your player attend the session and ask your DLL Player Agent for guidance. E-mail
to help determine whether your 7/8 should play Rookie or be part of the Single A draft.
- NOTE 1: If your player is League Age 7 and 8 and does not attend a PE session, he/she will automatically be assigned to the Rookie Division.
- NOTE 2: All League Age 7's and 8's who are part of the Single A draft, but not drafted, will be automatically assigned to a team in the Rookie division.
Who should NOT attend?
- All players of League Age 5-8 who are registered for Rookie through T-Ball should not attend the PE session.
To have evaluations run smoothly we ask that you plan on attending your primary evaluation date and time. Do not just come to a different time, it will disrupt evaluations for all the other players and volunteers. If you cannot make your scheduled time or a scheduled make-up time, notify the playeragents so they can pre-arrange this during another time slot. These are the only available times we have with Replay Sports and all Spring players in Single A through Majors must attend one.
All Player Evaluation sessions will be held indoors at Replay Sports in Ashburn. Click here for driving directions to Replay.
Players are permitted to attend only ONE PE session. A player's PE date and time is determined by their League Age (not based on the division in which they hope to play).
Players should wear appropriate baseball attire, sneakers (no cleats) and bring their glove. They may also bring their own bat and helmet. Player equipment should be labeled with player’s name and phone number.
Parents are NOT permitted inside cages at Replay to watch their player’s evaluation. DLL has also created a DLL Player Evaluation Survival Guide which contains more information about the PE process.
Players who are eligible for a PE session have been assigned a time and a date based on their age and the first letter of their last name. Due to the substantial logistical demands of conducting the PE’s, the league asks that players make every effort to attend their assigned PE session. However, if due to unavoidable circumstances it is not possible for a player to attend his or her assigned session, players may attend another session for players of the same League Age.
2019 Spring DLL Player Evaluation Survival Guide - Provides additional information about how and why DLL conducts Player Evaluations.
2019 Spring DLL Player Evaluation Volunteer Sign-up – This is a great opportunity for HS students to earn volunteer hours!! Sign-up to volunteer to help during DLL’s Player Evaluations. Many positions do not require any experience! Here are the available volunteer positions:
- Check In Coordinator (2)
- Greet players by main desk as they arrive
- Verify player’s name and date of birth
- Assign player a number that corresponds with his age group and alphabetical order on a sticker or name tag
- Indicate that the player has been checked in on the master list
- Line players up by door to the stairs in ascending order
- Notify volunteer coordinator when a group is ready to come down. Groups of 8 during busy periods and groups of 4 – 6 during non busy periods.
- Usher (2) – During busy times ushers will be working simultaneously
- Escort groups of players downstairs
- Have players drop their bags / gear in front of the hitting area and take ONLY their gloves out
- After dropping gear, escort players to fielding cage to throw / warm up
- After a few minutes of warm up, line players up in front of fielding cage in ASCENDING order and loudly call their numbers as they enter for fielding evaluations
- After player is done with fielding, move him to the pitching cage and have him wait for the rest of his group to finish fielding. Group should remain in the same ascending order.
- Continue to announce players and move them through the fielding cage
- When all players have fielded, begin moving group in order through the pitching evaluation cage. During busy times, players can enter in pairs.
- Once player is done with pitching, escort him to the batting cage and have him drop his glove and get his bat and helmet then wait in the hitting area to be called to hit. If a player does not have a helmet, direct him to the Replay helmets on the wall and remind him to put it back when he’s done. If a player does not have a bat instruct him to borrow one from someone in his group.
- Once all players are done with hitting, instruct them to pack their gear and escort the group back upstairs to their parents.
- Fielding Assistant (1) – Ideal for HS player who needs volunteer credit
- Fielding assistant helps players demonstrate ground ball and fly ball fielding skills. Make sure player stands at opposite end of the fielding cage in the middle.
- Roll three ground balls to player – one to him, one range to the right and one range to the left. Player will throw balls back.
- Have player move in a few steps and toss three fly ball to him – one drop step right, one drop step left and one in front. Player will throw balls back.
- Players will be evaluated on fielding form, ability to move and strength / accuracy of throws.
- Pitching Assistant (1) – Ideal for HS player / student who needs volunteer credit. Any age is acceptable however.
- Retrieve players from usher and escort them to one of two pitching mounds. During busy times, players can enter two at a time in ascending order.
- Starting with the player on the right mound first, loudly announce his number to the evaluators and hand player 4 – 6 balls (depending on how busy it is).
- After player on the right mound is finished, do the same for the player on the left mound.
- Players should exit the cage in pairs where the usher will give them instructions on where to go next.
- Players will be evaluated on mechanics, pitching accuracy, velocity and pitch selection.
- Catchers (2) – Ideal for older players who want to get some catching reps. Typically Riverdog / travel players. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own catchers gear but gear will be provided.
- Catch for pitchers being evaluation.
- Place balls in ball carts and give full carts to pitching assistant.
- May be asked to help players warm up in fielding cage if there is an odd number of players in a group.
- Hitting Assistant (1)
- Retrieve groups from usher in the hitting waiting area.
- Loudly call out player numbers in ascending order and assign them to one of two hitting areas.
- When one hitter is done, help him out of the hitting area and have him remain in the hitting waiting area until the whole group is finished.
- Ensure that players always keep helmets ON in waiting area and that they are not swinging bats or horsing around.
- When entire group is done hitting show players back to usher to take back upstairs.
- Pitch to Hitters (2) – Ideal for a coach or HS player who has experience doing soft toss to hitters. It’s important that this person be able to toss strikes / hittable pitches so players may be properly evaluated.
- SOFT toss to hitters from approx. 20 feet. Typically underhand from behind screen works best for this.
- Each player gets a total of six pitches. Player may get one or two more if bad pitches but in the interest of time, they have to move quickly.
- The goal is to see hitters swing and make contact.
- Please make sure to stay behind the screen after pitching to avoid being hit by a batted ball.
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