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EP Fastpitch Player Evaluations

We don't call this process "tryouts" anymore, because everyone who registers will be placed on a team, yay! Our primary goal will always continue to be: softball skill development. This applies to players of all ages and all levels of skill. 

The purpose of conducting evaluations is to determine team placement. Players who are able to demonstrate the highest degree of skill will be placed on a team with players of similar high skill, to play a tougher schedule of opponents with similar high skill and will also play in multiple tournaments throughout the season. Everyone else will be placed on teams to continue their skill development. Our webpage on Age Division Structure (link) can explain the differences in teams of each age group, including which types of teams will accept friend requests (after all, we're playing softball for FUN, right?). 

Player Evaluations will be conducted by a group of coaches outside of the EP Fastpitch Association who will assess each player's skills. EP Fastpitch Board members, who also serve as team coaches during the season, will run the stations (operate the pitching machine, run the timers, hit grounders, etc), but are not involved in the evaluation scoring; any Board member with a daughter being evaluated at their station is temporarily removed until their daughter's session is complete. Skill evaluation includes (but is not limited to):

  • hitting & bunting,
  • infield fielding & throwing,
  • outfield fielding & throwing,
  • base running.
  • pitchers and catchers will be evaluated separately

This is a closed-door evaluation. This process is not unlike the procedures used by other sports clubs- parents must wait outside the Activity Center while evaluations are conducted.

Sunday, March 11
EPHS Activity Center
Age Group Arrive Player Evaluations
12U pitchers/catchers, be ready to start at 7:40 am
12U 7:30 - 7:45 am 8:00 - 9:30 am
10U pitchers/catchers, be ready to start at 9:00 am
10U 9:00 - 9:15 am 9:30 - 11:00 am
8U 10:30 - 10:45 am 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Please arrive early to check in, size up uniforms, gear up and stretch out before you begin your session.

ALL players are encouraged to participate in the Player Evaluations.
If an athlete is unable to attend, they will be placed on teams at the discretion of the EP Fastpitch Commissioners.