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FAQ - Skills Assessment

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SKILLS ASSESSMENT


WHAT IF MY CHILD WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE DATE THAT SKILLS ASSESSMENT IS SCHEDULED?

TNC will communicate the date of the skills assessment far enough in advance that parents should be able to make plans to attend. TNC has a tight schedule to organize the league, build teams, order uniforms, and create a practice schedule.  There is no make-up date for children who are unable to participate on the designated Skills Assessment date for the season. 


CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND IF MY CHILD DOES NOT ATTEND A SKILLS ASSESSMENT?

The Board’s policy is that a refund will not be issued to those who do not participate in the mandatory Skills Assessment–this applies to new and returning participants, regardless of how long they have participated in TNC programs over the years.  This is to avoid the “no shows” who deprive children from the Wait List an opportunity to take their spot.  TNC cannot conduct Skills Assessment for an individual child; children must be assessed in a group of no less than 10 participants.


HOW WILL THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT DATES AND TIME BE COMMUNICATED?

Skills Assessment sessions are conducted by age division so the session times will vary based on your child’s age division. 

TNC will communicate Skills Assessment dates through email as well as post it on its website and social media accounts. It is very important that you are checking the email in which you used to register your child. Several reminders will be sent out prior to the scheduled dates.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/tncbb to “Like” our Facebook page for these important updates.


WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR OR BRING TO THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT?

We understand some children will not have baseball gear yet. Selecting the proper baseball equipment will be recommended by the coaches once assigned to a team. We do ask that kids wear sweat pants (no shorts or jeans or they may be asked to do sliding) and athletic shoes. It is strongly recommended that you provide them with a water bottle.

 

WHAT SKILLS WILL BE ASSESSMENT IN EACH AGE DIVISION?

4U – No Skills Assessment is required

6U – 12U Throwing, Batting, Fielding/Catching, Base Running

** The purpose of the skills assessment is to assess where each child's baseball skill level is currently. We do not coach or operate the skills assessment as a practice. If a child is not familiar with a drill, they may score lower in that category.

HOW LONG ARE THE SKILLS ASSESSMENTS?

Participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to their session time to check in and warm up.  Sessions are approximately 90 minutes and are run on time.  If a child is late there may not be sufficient time to assess their skill level. We will not host individual skills assessments. Sessions are conducted by age division so children must participate in the session they signed up for at registration.  

 

WHY DO RETURNING PLAYERS HAVE TO ATTEND A SKILLS ASSESSMENT?

Since children develop and learn at different rates, we cannot predict the rate of improvement by the end of the season.  Some players improve significantly, some a little, some none at all. 

Exceptions will not be made for returning participants to be exempt from the mandatory skills assessment.  Coaches’ or parents’ assessment of the participant will not be used to allow a returning participant to be exempt from skills assessment.  

DO YOU STACK YOUR TEAMS?

No. During the team draft, coaches will not be able to stack teams with only high-skilled players. We are getting back to what makes youth baseball great which is operating as 100% recreational baseball practicing Fair Play standards for all. We will hold Skills Assessments and our teams will be will be created as evenly-balanced skill levels as possible because it is fair and more fun when teams of equal ability play. If you are seeking more competitive tournament-level play, we suggest researching travel teams in the Tampa area.

We will offer All-Star team opportunities following the Spring Season. All-Star teams will require a try-out and will consist of the highest skilled players for the purpose of competing post season tournament play.


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