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How To Evaluate Youth Baseball Players In A Draft

Updated on July 2, 2012

It isn't easy selecting players in a youth baseball draft. Some coaches look strictly at athletic ability while others focus more on players who have the desire to learn and get better. Regardless of the approach you take, you still need a way to evaluate their baseball skills.

Outlined below is a general guideline offering tips on how to evaluate youth baseball players in a draft.

How do you evaluate a youth baseball player?
Create a list of important skill and qualities you feel are important. Now create a scale for each from 0 to 10 with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Basic Youth Baseball Player Evaluation
Now you are ready to assign a score to each player at the tryouts. Many youth baseball league tryouts are held over several days with batting held one day and throwing/fielding on another. In this case evaluate only those skills being evaluated that day.

For qualities such as attitude evaluate each day and take the average over thee entire tryout period for the final score.

Intangibles is a way to score variables that aren't covered. Other important skills to look for in a youth baseball draft are positive attitude, desire to learn, respect, disciple and hustle. It's foolish to discount these intangibles.

Always remember, there is more to evaluating players in a youth baseball draft than looking at pure baseball skills. The Intangible skills are just as important.

Weighed Average Youth Baseball Player Evaluation
Just as we did above, create a list of the important youth baseball skills and qualities that you feel important. But you realize that not not all the skills and qualities are equal. You may feel stronger about one skill than another. In this case we introduce the Weighted Factor.

A easy way to understand the weighted factor is to use an example and compare it with the basic evaluation above. Let's assume a youth baseball player is given a score of 8 for Arm Strength. For argument sake lets multiply that value by 1.0; the basic evaluation would assign a score of 8.0 Now let' assume you feel that arm strength is very important and should have more emphasis. Using the Weighted Average technique you have assign a "factor", say of 1.3. Now multiply the factor by the weighted factor of 8 X 1.3 = 10.4. The weighted average score is significantly larger than the basic score and reflects your strong emphasis on the skill of Arm Strength.

In designing your own formula you will need to consider a standard score and standard factor for skills and qualities when they may not apply. Again, be consistent with using the same values throughout the tryout.

Below is a comparison of the basic youth baseball evaluation score versus the weighted average score: The Weighed Score (WS) is calculated by multiplying the Basic Score (BS) by the Factor.

By using the weighed factor you get a more accurate score based on your assessment of skill and quality. Using the weighted factor method is an extremely valuable youth baseball league draft tips.

Applying these youth baseball draft tips is the basis for putting together your youth baseball dream team!

Weighted Average Youth Baseball Draft Score
Weighted Average Youth Baseball Draft Score


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      Jonny 3 years ago

      You forgot to rate their parents.