Baseball Handbook

Rules and Regulations

  1. Tryouts are 3 days February 27th, 28th, March 1st, 2:50pm-4:50pm, and a scrimmage on March 2nd 4:30pm-6:30pm.
    1. Requirements for tryouts
      1. Must have a physical turned in or on file in the school office to tryout (I will be checking)
      2. If they do not have a physical they will not be allowed to tryout.
  • Players should bring all necessary equipment (Glove, cleats (outdoor), sneakers (indoor), hat, sweats, shorts, shirt (clothing for any type of weather), and catchers should bring their own catching gear, any equipment the player needs to be successful, and water.
    1. Post results on my door March 13th
    2. Practice starts March 2:50pm-4:50pm
    3. Practices Monday-Thursdays 2:50pm-4:50pm (unless otherwise noted)
  1. Evaluation of players 5 tools, Academics, and Attitude
    1. 5 tools
      1. Speed (60 yard sprint – timed)
      2. Arm Strength
      3. Hitting Ave. (Good Contact)
      4. Hitting Power
      5. Fielding (infield-grounder and outfield-flyball)
    2. Evaluation of the 5 tools

Players will be evaluated on a scale of 1-5 (1-lowest, 5 highest) for each of the 5 tools used by professional scouts.  Players will be evaluated during tryouts.  The highest score is 35.

Name, Contact phone # Speed Arm Strength Hitting Ave. Hitting Power Fielding Academics Attitude SCORE
Example – Mr. DeCola 4 3 4 2 5 4 5 27


  • Academics (average of grades will be rewarded a numerical value
    1. 0 or above (A average) – 5 Points
    2. 0-3.9 (B average) – 4 Points
    3. 0-2.9 (C average) – 2 Points
    4. 0-1.9 (D average) – 1 Point
    5. 9 and below (F) – 0 Points
  1. Attitude (school behavior)
    1. No minors or Majors – 5 Points
    2. 2 Minors, no Majors – 4 Points
    3. 5 Minors or 1 Major – 2 Points
    4. 6 or more Minors or 2 or more Majors – 0 Points
  2. Rules During Season
    1. Receives a Minor referral during the season – must sit out one game (they must attend the game but will not play)
      1. If they miss the game they are supposed to sit out they will be off the team
    2. Receives a Major referral during the season – must sit out 2 games (they must attend the games but will not play)
      1. If they miss either game they are supposed to sit out they will be off the team
    3. Receives 4 Minors or 2 Major referrals they will be off the team
    4. If your Grade Point Average (GPA) goes below a 2.0 average (C) you will have to sit out all games until your GPA is back above a 2.0.
    5. Be on time (notify me before practice or game)
      1. If a coach is not notified of your tardiness then you will run and do push-ups.
    6. Miss practice or game without notifying me – sit the next game
      1. Unless extreme circumstances (death, illness, etc.)
    7. If you parent fails to pick you up after practice or game (2 times you will sit the next game)
    8. If you throw equipment during practice or a game, miss treat a player on our team or the opposing team, do anything the coach deems disrespectful you will be addressed by the coach and may sit out the rest of the game and possibly the next game according to the discretion of the coach.
    9. The proper game uniform and equipment must be worn for all games. The uniform will be approved by the coach. (Baseball jersey, pants, socks, hat, and equipment, see – above rule 1. a. iii.)
    10. All these rules are subject to coach’s discretion.
    11. All I ask is you, DO YOUR BEST (not try – DO)

Team Philosophy

  1. Players are Students before they are Athletes, school comes first. I will expect each young man to carry a weekly progress report to their teachers.  I do not want to see any Player’s grades decline because of baseball.  Declining grades or behavior problems will result in loss of playing time.  If a player needs to attend tutoring we will make sure that it does occur.
  2. I will operate on a “TEAM FIRST MENTALITY”- the team comes first. The coaching staff will determine the best player for each position. Players should always put their team first- we cannot win as individual players but only if we work together as a team.
  3. I do expect Players to be respectful to coaches, each other, and to always have each other’s back. We will not be able to grow as individuals or team unless we work together, play together and are like a family.  The program will only grow if we show respect to our team mates, coaches, opponents, families, spectators and most of all the game.
  4. Parent and Coach Relationships: If you have a concern or question you can meet with the coaching staff after practice.  We will make every attempt to answer your questions and address your concerns but understand we operate a “TEAM FIRST MENTALITY.”
  5. Every attempt will be made to get all players some playing time. But this is not Little League and when it comes down to it we are “TEAM FIRST”.  Players that do not follow the Team Policies will see less playing time.
  6. Parent Expectations: I expect that when you are at a game you will cheer LOUDLY AND PROUDLY for every player. Our young men are awesome and they will play better that they have your 100% support.
  7. If you have any concerns please approach the coaching staff about it you cannot fault any of us for not being mind-readers, we want to help all these young men be successful.
  8. Trust the Coaches: We are not perfect but we will do our best to grow the program and teach them the game of baseball and if they learn the game of baseball we will win some games along the way.

5 Tool Information used my MLB Scouts

  1. RUNNING SPEED. Speed is the most “innate” (genetically predisposed) of the 5 Tools. It is possible to enhance a ballplayer’s speed, but substantial gains are dependent upon the athlete himself. Players with speed are counted on to make things happen and are catalysts both offensively and defensively in the game of baseball. Scouts look at speed, and know that if a player has it he is well on the way to becoming a 5 Tool player. iPB instructors work to improve running speed by improving form, efficiency of movement and first-step quickness. (60 yard Dash)
  2. ARM STRENGTH. Arm strength is often rated as the “least important” of the 5 Tools, but arm strength can be a lethal weapon in any defensive position. Along with arm strength, muscle endurance is an often overlooked area for baseball players. Pitchers realize the importance of muscle endurance – being able to throw hundreds of pitches weekly – but what about the shortstop who needs to make plays day in and day out, or the outfielder looking to gun down a baserunner at the plate? Arm strength AND endurance are two critical areas emphasized by iPB instructors (International Performance Baseball).
  3. HITTING FOR AVERAGE. Let’s face it, to score runs you need baserunners. Good hitters hit for average first and power second. Hitting for average requires the ability to hit to all fields and assess defensive situations – knowing when to hit to the right side, when to bunt, or being able to make contact when the hit and run is on. Hitting for average requires good decision-making ability and good pitch selection at the plate, foundational skills that are highly emphasized by iPB instructors.
  4. HITTING FOR POWER. The most obvious benefit of this Tool is that extra base hits increase a team’s chances of scoring. Power hitters also add an intimidation factor. Barry Bonds drew a record 198 walks in 2002, taking his on-base percentage to over 500. Power hitters have recently emerged because athletes recognize the importance of strength and conditioning programs, and the fact that power hitters generally demand the best contracts. Home runs and doubles off the wall are a fan, and scout, favorite. iPB instructors work to refine the athlete’s swing and maximize his physical abilities to hit the long ball.
  5. Scouts will often say a player has “good hands.” In reality, good hands – or good fielding position – are the result of a number of factors working together that make difficult plays look simple. Middle infielders, catchers, and outfielders must have the defensive skills required to take away base hits, know how to “read” a hitter, and know how to react and position themselves for the best chance for success. iPB’s fielding instructors start with the basics and work to develop a functional approach to fielding fundamentals at all positions.

These are the skills your athlete needs to strive for in baseball.