HCYA’s philosophy on player selection is based on safety and ability. While mainly evaluating that players can safely play at the high school level and judging their current skill level, there is also a component of evaluation (especially for younger players) looking at their future potential. Our overarching goals every season are to build the best roster for the current and future success of the Varsity team and to arrive at reasonable roster sizes which will allow each player to have meaningful playing time throughout the course of the season.
Depending on the total number of players who come out for a given season, our tryouts may be handled as an informal assessment of each player’s skills as they practice with the team, or as a more formal organized process working the players through various stations or drills. Previous membership on the HCYA roster is not a guarantee of making the roster or a particular squad in future years, although generally participating in the HCYA program does prove very helpful in advancing a player’s abilities.
Most of our practices are combined with both V/JV players practicing together, and we strive very much to think of HCYA Baseball as “one team”. However, game/league roster limits and playing time considerations do require us to operate two different squads for game situations both in fall and spring, so there will be two squads formed for that purpose once the coaches have had a chance to evaluate the level of each player’s skill and how that fits into the needs of each squad.
Note: even if your son comes into this season having been a Varsity player at the high school level on another team, he will be evaluated in this process and may be slotted to JV, or as a “swing player” participating on both V and JV. Even if this happens initially, do not be concerned that this is a once-and-done decision. Evaluations are being made continually at each game and practice, and there are many examples of players moving up/down to/from Varsity as the season progresses, as their skills and/or team needs change.
Every effort is made to provide ample playing time for all players on the JV squad, as its purpose is to develop players who will contribute to Varsity’s future success. Depending on the size of the JV roster though, there will be some limitations to available playing time.
Varsity participation is by invitation only, and playing time on that squad is earned and allocated in our best efforts to play our best baseball every game (Col.3:23).