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Registration, Tryout & Draft Policies
last updated Feb 2020
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Lynnhaven Baseball will have an open registration for any potential players desiring to play the sport of baseball.
Players will register and be assigned to divisions based on age their age prior to May 1st of the next spring season.
Lynnhaven will continue with open registration of players until such time as the proposed seasons rosters are completely full, or at such time as registration will be closed as determined by the League.
Open registration will be in place until just before the tryout. Please registering post tryout will be placed on a Waiting List. Lynnhaven will assign all players on the Waiting List to a team until the season rosters are full. Lynnhaven makes every effort to see that players get to play baseball.
All eligible players of proper season age are encouraged attend tryouts. Only returning division players from the previous spring season and designated frozen players are excused from the tryout.
Players who wish to play into the next higher age division, must contact the Division Management for that age group prior to registration. Promotion of players is at the sole discretion of the Division Management.
Players seeking promotion must have played at Lynnhaven in a previous Spring season or must be a current rostered player on a school or advanced baseball team of the same division seeking promotion into. Verification will be required upon request.
Players may only be promoted one (1) spring season advancement and will only be promoted 1x in their career at Lynnhaven. Once promoted, players may continue their “new” season age path or return to their previous season age as determined by birth.
Any returning league player who does not wish to play for his or her previous spring season team may elect to return to the draft and are encouraged to attend tryouts. Players who take this course of action must declare to Division Management their intent to re-enter the draft prior to the date of the tryout.
Tryouts will be scheduled ahead of the season opening by the League. The League will set the format of the Tryouts. Tryouts will be held at Trant Field or other designated location by the League.
Tryouts are for the purpose of the objective evaluation of players for the selection process by the divisions teams’ coaching staff.
Tryouts will not be used to eliminate any players from participation in the designated season. All players registering prior to the tryout and draft are guaranteed a rostered position on a team.
Any player who is not a Frozen or Returning player and does not attend tryouts will become a “Blind Draft” pick. Players in this category will be chosen via a blind draw by the manager during the team’s draft pick order.
Returning league players who dropped from a team during the previous season will be placed back into the draft and must attend tryouts. Those players who played greater than 2/3 (min 7 games) of the previous season regular season games and had to withdraw due to notification of injury or medical illness, may request to return to their previous season team with the approval from the Division Management.
Returning league players who opted to return to the draft vs. their previous spring season team will not be eligible to be re-drafted by the previous season’s team, even if that team has a new coaching staff.
Returning league players whose previous team has been dissolved will be placed in the draft and are encouraged to attend tryouts. Players who do not attend tryouts will be placed into the Blind Draft.
Players who register after the draft has occurred, will be placed on the Wait List. Players will be assigned to teams by the Division Management. Consideration of returning players to their previous season team is given, but not guaranteed.
Wait List players will be assigned to teams by the Division Management according to the order of registration received and according to the teams’ next draft order. This will continue until such time all the season’s rosters are full as determined by Division Management.
Team Selection & Coaches
New Managers who will be filling leadership of a vacated teams’ roster for the upcoming season shall draw for the vacant teams and will be conducted by Division Management during the pre-tryout meeting. Vacant teams will be fully disclosed prior to draw of all returning players, frozen players, and only after any coach of record issues have been satisfied.
Vacated teams who have a parent/guardian of a returning player willing to volunteer to be the Manager of that team, shall be given priority of the team.
Coach of Records (COR) can be selected by the team’s Manager. Managers are required to name their COR at least one week prior to the draft. It is the Managers’ responsibility to notify the Division Management of his or her choice. A COR MAY NOT be selected from a frozen player within the same division. If a team does not have a Coach of Record identified by the date of the pre-tryout meeting, Division Management will assign a COR to the team at their discretion. Teams that still do not have a COR by the date of the draft, may then select a COR from the players drafted by the Manager for that team.
Managers Selections will be based on the following criteria:
Managers from the previous Spring season (within same division) will have first right of refusal to return as Managers of the coming spring team.
Coaches of Record from the previous Spring season (within the same division) will have second right of refusal to return as Manager of the coming spring team.
Managers from the previous Spring season of the next lowest division.
Managers from the previous Fall season within the same division.
Coaches of Record the previous Fall season within the same division.
Parents / Guardians (who haven’t previously coached) of players who played at Lynnhaven in the previous Spring or Fall season.
Parents / Guardians (who haven’t previously coached) of players who are new or did NOT play in the previous Spring or Fall season.
Frozen Player Rules
Frozen Players are any player that is assigned to a team by virtue that he or she is directly associated with the Manager or COR.
Returning Players are non-frozen players that register for the current spring season and are within the same division. These players will be re-assigned to their previous spring season team unless specifically requested to return to the draft.
Only 1 playing child of the team’s Manager and/or COR shall be considered to be a Frozen Player of that team. Siblings of the Frozen Player are not considered to be an additional frozen player. The Frozen Player status will be assigned to the player with the highest potential IPV.
A max total of two (2) frozen players are allowed per team. This may include the previous season’s frozen players, as well as any new current season’s frozen players.
Vacated Mangers or CORs whose player elects to return and remain on the same team, will still be considered a Frozen Player and will count against the max total. In this case, a new Manager or COR shall not be assigned to the team prior to the draft; then can only be selected from parties of that teams drafted roster.
Exception to the frozen player rule: In the event of a hardship occurrence, whereby the Manager or COR of a team is transferred out of town (i.e. military deployment, transfer), or has a medical condition which would render him or her incapable of carrying out the managerial or coaching duties for the team, the Division Management will make a judgment based on the circumstances as to allow or disallow a third frozen player to be added to a team roster. This exception does not apply to Managers and CORs who choose not to return, whose employment takes them out of town for periods of time and/or periodically during the season, or where they are otherwise generally just simply unable to fulfill their previous roles. A second COR will not be designated solely for the purpose of obtaining a third frozen player.
The draft will be conducted in a closed session with ONLY the following persons authorized to participate: Managers and CORs, Division Management, Executive Administrators.
Managers may elect to designate a third-party to attend the draft in lieu of the Manager or COR. No more than two (2) representatives from a single team shall be present for the Draft.
Following the tryout, a draft of all draftable players will be conducted by the League.
All teams entering the draft process will be assigned an INITIAL POINT VALUE (IPV). The IPV is used to determine a team’s draft order during drafting rounds.
IPV value is determined by the pre-assigned, pre-draft roster. Values for the players are set according to the following guide:
Returning division tournament/travel player
Incoming lower division tournament/travel player
Returning non-tournament/travel player
Incoming frozen non-tournament/travel player
A highest potential point value for any player will take priority over a lower point value.
Tournament-selected players from any league will have points assigned to him/her in accordance with the guideline above. This includes players who were nominated and then declined to participate in the Tournament.
Siblings who are assigned to a team players will incur the IPV points per the table above.
Team Draft Order will be established using a lowest to highest system. The team who’s total IPV is the lowest, will have the first draft pick of the round. Teams will continue to pick in order of IPV until the round is complete. In the case of two or more teams having the same IPV before drafting begins, the team with the fewer number of players will draft first. If two or more teams have an equal number of players and points, lots will be drawn to decide which team drafts first, and so on.
First Round Draft will have all teams participate. Each team will get a single first round pick according to the draft order.
Subsequent Draft Rounds will have teams participate according to their current roster size. Teams with the lowest number of rostered players will participate per round. This will continue until all teams have the same number of rostered players, or the draft has reached the final round.
No team will go more than two (2) rounds without a draft pick. Teams that did not participate in the previous round will draft first according to the IPV.
Final Round will have all teams participate. Once a team has picked a total of one (1) fewer player than the roster limit, as established by Division Management, that team will not draft again until the final draft round. The final draft round will reverse in order and go from the highest IPV to lowest.
Blind Draft picks may be selected at any time during the draft. A team may choose to select from the Blind Draft list in lieu of the active draft list. A list of all the players in the Blind Draft will be provided at the start of the Draft. Players will be chosen at random by a blind draw from the “hat”.
Following is an example of how a draft may flow. Based on a season roster max of 12 players.