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UPDATED (1/16/19) TRYOUT SCHEDULE

We have made some adjustments to the tryout schedule in anticipation of weather. Please see below for the updates. The same information can also be found on both the CALENDAR page, as well as the individual TEAM pages.

Please keep in mind that this is all still subject to change.

MONDAY
9th Grade:  4:10 - 5:30/5:45         Exit Velos, Cage work, Bullpens
10th-12th:  5:00 - 6:45/7:00        Exit Velocity, Cage work, 10th Grade Bullpens, Mound short work.

TUESDAY
9th Grade:  4:00 - 5:15/5:30          Field Testing, 60’s, 10’s.
10th-12th:  5:00 - 6:30/6:4            Field Testing, 60’s, 10’s.

WEDNESDAY
11th-12th:  4:00 - 6:30/6:45         Live Scrimmage (Pitchers who didn’t throw bullpens).
NO TRYOUTS FOR 10TH GRADE TODAY
9th Grade:
  4:00 - 5:30                      Scrimmage

THURSDAY
9th Grade:  4:00 - 5:30/5:45          BP, Fielding
10th-12th:  5:00 - 7:30/7:45         BP, Fielding/Scrimmage

FRIDAY
10th-12th:  4:00 - 5:30/5:45
9th Grade:  5:15 - 6:30/6:45

SATURDAY
9th Grade:  10:00 - 11:00/11:15 am
10th-12th:  11:00 - 1:00/1:15 pm

2019 Tryout Information

A message from Coach Heusing:

Dear Milton Baseball Players and Parents,

I hope each of you had a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!  With the new year we are extremely excited to get into the next phase of baseball for the spring season.  With school starting back this week I wanted to send you some information on the coming weeks ahead.  We have had an amazing Fall with players making great strides at their game, signing and receiving scholarships, and giving back to our community.  Our focus this Fall has been in the weight room, and we are all excited to see the rewards for our kids' hard work.

We are looking forward to an incredible year and can’t wait to get to work.  The following contains information to help with our program expectations for tryouts and practice.

Thank you,

Coach Heusing

PLAYER MEETING: There is a mandatory player only meeting AFTER school at 4:00pm this Wednesday, January 9th at the baseball hitting facility.  We will cover tryout information, confirm player information and answer questions.

TRYOUT EXPECTATIONS:

PHYSICAL - Physicals need to be uploaded to PlanetHS.  Please double check for physical and make sure you have checked the box for “Baseball”.  If physicals are not up-to-date, players will be dismissed from tryouts.

TRYOUT TIMES - Tryouts will start on Monday, January 14th at 4:10pm.  That means dressed and ready to stretch at 4:10pm on the field.

Exact times for age groups will be sent by the end of this week.  Individual players may be moved to a different group and asked to stay later.

If weather becomes a concern, players should plan to tryout/practice at the scheduled time unless you are notified of a change. The coaching staff will try to give as much advance notice as possible.  We do have an indoor facility.

ATTIRE & EQUIPMENT - Players should wear baseball pants, protective athletic cup, long sleeve shirt or compression sleeves, pullover or hoodie, a baseball hat, turf shoes & cleats (no cleats allowed inside the hitting facility).

Prepare to dress in warm layers as tryouts can be very cold.

Players will need their glove and bat.  Please do not go out and purchase a bat for tryouts.  We can provide a bat to use.  

Catchers need to bring their catching gear everyday.  

The indoor facility will be open from 7:50am-8:10am during the week of tryouts for players to drop off gear if needed.

EVALUATIONS - Tryouts will consist of game knowledge, evaluations for 60 yd dash, speed, throwing velocity, time and accuracy.   Position fielding, including footwork, quickness, glove work and transfers.  Hitting mechanics, power and hitting consistency.  

Every player will have an opportunity to be evaluated at their best position and secondary positions.  If they are a pitcher they will either throw a bullpen or to live hitters.  If they are pitching live, they will be expected to throw 15-20 pitches.  

After Tuesday, January 15th we will begin making cuts and will continue the evaluation process through Friday or Saturday, January 18th or 19th.   It is possible some players may be asked to continue their evaluation into the following week, particularly with pitchers and weather concerns.  

Each player will individually meet with Coach Heusing whether they have made the team or have been cut.  If a player has made the team, it is possible a team designation (Varsity, JV, 9th) may not be determined right away.  

Parents, you are welcome to view tryouts at the field from the stands.  However, I would ask that you please do not enter the hitting facility during tryouts and practice.  Please do not come on to the field or into the dugout.  Please do not interact with a player during tryouts or practice.  

MAKING THE TEAM EXPECTATIONS - Players are expected to be at every tryout/practice, game and team function.  Once you have made the team, practice begins.  Practices and/or games missed for any reason will result in penalty at the discretion of the coaching staff.  Penalties can include suspension of games.  Please keep in mind that we do have practices and games on Saturdays and student holidays.  It is also important to remember that we are trying to play 72 games as a program this Spring.  There will be makeups and schedule adjustments.

Spring Break - Varsity players will practice and play games over Spring Break.  Varsity players will have time off from Saturday, March 30th to Tuesday, April 2nd.  Players will report back on Wednesday, April 3rd at 12:00pm for practice and game.  9th/JV players will not have games or practice over Spring Break.  

Practice Times - Practice times will be communicated as promptly as possible, but typically right after school.  A weekly schedule will be sent each Sunday evening.  Please be reminded that times are subject to change due to weather.  Evening practices are possible.  Practice end times will follow a scheduled time as closely as possible.

Communication - We are teaching our players accountability, so the first line of communication will occur between player and coach including practice times, uniform attire, player expectations, etc.  In addition, communication for cancellations and rescheduling will be communicated through the designated team coordinators.

Thank you all -- GO EAGLES!!

 

Milton Baseball Towel Drive

Today's Shelter Visit & Towel Drive Delivery
Dear Milton Baseball Players & Families—

We would like to thank all of the players and parents who joined us today for the visit and tour at The Red Shield Shelter in downtown Atlanta.  I know from talking to several players and parents that this was a rewarding investment of time for all who went.  We’d also like to thank everyone who participated in the towel drive.  Your generosity to help those in the most need is definitely noticed and valued.

In talking with Sgt. Janeane Schmidt, Director of Red Shield Services and the Shelter (we all met her), she was very impressed with the number of players who joined us today, and she is very appreciative of everyone's efforts.  Hopefully, the tour gave a glimpse into life’s challenges that can hit us, our friends, and our families at any time—often very unexpectedly.

A number of you asked how to get involved, how to volunteer, and how to reach Janeane.  She can be reached at janeane.schmidt@uss.salvationarmy.org and 404-550-4980.  As she shared with us today, the Shelter relies heavily on donations for towels and other personal items for the 325-bed facility, and it relies on volunteers for many activities.  There are also internships and other opportunities, as we discussed before the tour.

Thank you again, on behalf of the Milton Baseball program and The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Services.  I hope that everyone who joined us today, as I did, counted your blessings after seeing how life can turn and be very challenging for many, and realize just how blessed you are where you are right now in life.  And for the players, perhaps give your parents a special hug tonight and say “thank you” for what they do to provide for you each and every day.

Thanks again,

Bill Byron Concevitch
The Milton Dugout Club

 

 

 


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