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Skills Assessments (Tryouts)

Skills Assessments (Tryouts) are used to determine the division that best fits each child, as well as allow the coaches to see the individual skills for use in their division drafts. They are mandatory for all Petaluma Valley kids aged nine through twelve. It is optional for eight-year-olds who wish to try to make a team in the Minor division.

Times & Dates

Assessments will be done at the Lucchesi Park Soccer Fields. They are done in three sessions divided by League Age, which is the child's age as of August 31st, 2020.

Saturday, February 1st, 2020
* 8:30 AM - League Age 8-9
* 10:45 AM - League Age 10-11
* 1:00 PM - League Age 12 & Returning Majors Players

Since the field is artificial turf, have your child wear athletic or turf shoes only (not cleats). Players should bring their glove and wear a baseball cap. Boys should wear a protective cup. They can use their own bat, or one of the league-provided bats.

Please plan for your child to attend one of the time periods. Players should arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled time to check-in and warm-up. If it is impossible for your child to participate on this day, please contact one of the directors listed below as soon as possible.

What Happens at Tryouts?

After checking in and warming up, the players will run through a series of three drills. These drills will test their coordination and ability to: 1.) catch grounders and make short throws, 2.) catch flies and make longer throws, and 3.) swing a bat. It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes that will allow the child to perform. 

The following table gives you an overview of which level your child is trying-out for:

 12 Year-Olds 11 Year-Olds 10 Year-Olds  9 Year-Olds8 Year-Olds 
Majors YesYesYesNoNo
 8-11 Minors NoYesYesYesYes

Note: All Returning Major Division Players and all 12 year-olds MUST be drafted to Major Division teams.

Note: 9-12 year-olds must participate in assessments. 8-year-olds may try-out for 8-11 Minor if they wish. 8-year-olds that do try-out but are not selected to an 8-11 Minor team will play in the 6-8 Minis Division. 4- thru 7-year-olds do not try-out and are placed on 6-8 Minis-Machine Pitch team or T-Ball team by the League.

When Will We Be Notified?

The Major Division draft is held on the Monday or Tuesday following the assessments and the 8-11 Minor Division draft is held a few days later. You should be notified soon after these draft meetings. If you have not been notified after one full week, please call one of the directors listed below. We hope the 2020 baseball season will be a rewarding one for your child.

NOTE: If it is raining, please check anyway. Light rain or intermittent showers will not stop assessments. If it is raining heavily, our rain date will be Sunday, February 2; same times

If it is impossible for your child to participate on this day, please notify one of the following as soon as possible:

Player Agent: Jimmy Gallagher at (707) 477-5664 
Information Officer: Mike Headley at (707) 799-5227

For more information, refer to the 2020 PVLL Information Packet or you can email [email protected]

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P.O. Box 5204 
Petaluma, California 94955

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