South Jeffco Baseball - 2017 Recap / 2018 Tryout Info
Parents / Coaches:
South Jeffco Baseball would like to thank you all for a great 2017 season! We had some great accomplishments along the way and South Jeffco continued to make a name for itself as one of the top baseball programs across the state. Within AYL, we were the 3rdlargest program behind Parker and Warriors.
As we continue to look and improve our product, we once again discussed the idea of moving our SJ Tryouts from mid/late October to July/August. However, after many discussions and debates we decided it was in the best interest of South Jeffco to leave our tryouts in mid/late October again for this year. This was based on several factors:
Impact on Fall Baseball, which is a huge part of the SJ Baseball Program.
AYL Final decision around Grade-Based, more info on this below.
SJ Baseball needs to review all Coach Evaluations from this past season.
Lack of notice to parents who may have vacations planned for July/August.
Meeting needs to be setup to discuss the 8-Majors and 9’s tryout process for those kids coming from the Minors program.
Date TBD, but will most likely be on a Sunday in mid/late October
Cost will be a $50 non-refundable fee for tryouts
Returning coaches will have until 9/25 to send their protected list of players which has to be a min of 6 and a max of 8 players
Tryouts are for the following players:
Players that are not being protected by their previous team
Players that want to tryout for 8-Majors
New Players joining South Jeffco Baseball
Players looking to change teams or tryout for a higher level
Form teams by Grade vs Age:
Most of you know that we at SJ really push for players to play at their grade, which we will continue to do. This only pertains to us encouraging players to not play down a grade. However, playing up a grade is permitted based on board approval.
14’s (8th grade)
13’s (7th grade)
12’s (6th grade)
11’s (5th grade)
10’s (4th grade)
9’s (3rd grade)
8’s (2nd Grade)
AYL did pass a vote at the start of this past season recommending AYL go Grade-Based in 2018. The next question on the table is if teams will be grandfathered in and if yes, how far back do we go? AYL is supposed to meet again soon to discuss the plan for 2018.
One item we will bring to a vote is for AAA/Majors to play grade but we can make exceptions for AA teams at the boards discretion.
Rumors continue to fly if USSSA, CABA, Triple Crown and/or PBR will follow and go grade-based, but I think everyone is afraid to be the first to make a move. At this time, I would think it’s unlikely for the tournament providers to make changes for 2018.
Please be on the lookout for additional communications including finalizing the tryout date, setting a date for the 8’s and 9’s to go over the tryout process (will be soon), as well as listing some of the accomplishments that our SJ teams had this year.
We also would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our Coaches and their Assistants for volunteering their time this season!