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Basic Skills Review/Tryout Scoring Rubric

THROWING (Over-hand)
  1. Grip - Across seams, 2 or 3 fingers (3 for lower level). Grip with fingertips, do not grip ball too tightly. Not resting in palm.
  2. Keep eyes fixed on target.
  3. Opposite foot forward, shift weight to rear leg. Full 180o extension.
  4. Rotate trunk toward throwing arm.
  5. Wrist forward as the elbow leads the arm back. Elbow above shoulder.
  6. Transfer weight toward front foot, squaring trunk to target.
  7. Elbow, away from the body, leads the arm forward. Wrist is cocked.
  8. Elbow extends in a "whiplike" action, wrist snaps forward.
  9. Body follows through in the direction of the throw. (Arm from 2:00 - 7:00).
CATCHING
  1. Always give a target (open glove, shoulder height). Call for ball.
  2. Stand with knees slightly bent.
  3. Once ball is in flight, move in line with ball, body behind glove.
  4. Use bare hand to cover glove after catching ball.
FIELDING (right hander's perspective)
  1. Slight forward/backward stance. Weight balanced on the balls of feet.
  2. Three point bend - ankles,knees, and hips. (Keep butt down)
  3. Glove near ground and hands extended slightly in front of body.
  4. Bare hand adjacent to glove, little finger to little finger.
  5. Move in line with ball and watch it into the glove. (Don't flinch)
  6. Use bare hand to cover glove after fielding ball.
  7. Pull glove to right hip, reaching into glove for ball.
  8. Go into throwing motion.
HITTING (right hander's perspective)
  1. Choose bat that can be handled and swung.
  2. Grip bat in fingers not palm, right hand above left.
  3. Hands relaxed until swing begins.
  4. Assume a comfortable balanced stance. Knees slightly bent.
  5. Tuck chin close to front shoulder, eyes on ball, head still.
  6. Hands over rear foot, wrists extended, bat tilted back.
  7. Take short stride forward.
  8. Rotate hips forward first, followed by shoulders.
  9. Lead with the hands & butt of the bat, bring bat into plane of the ball.
  10. Force weight against front braced leg.
  11. Pull bat through plane of the ball, extending both arms at contact.
  12. Focus eyes on contact point, out in front of plate as wrists extend.
  13. Roll top hand over bottom following contact, allow bat to continue through.

Tryout Scoring Rubric

HITTING THROWING FIELDING
Form: grip, hands, chin-shoulder,
balance, weight shift, use of hips - shows
great discipline
• Keeps eyes on ball consistently
• Contact is consistent
• Bat speed excellent
• Contact shows excellent power

 
4  Hits target consistently
• Throws with excellent speed, power
• Can throw long distance with accuracy
• Form shows use of entire body (legs, hips,
shoulder, arms) most of the time




 
4  Movement to ball consistently shows
both aggressiveness/composure
• Form-hands, feet placement, balance-
• Excellent discipline both before & during
• Keeps eyes on ball consistently
• Fields ball cleanly and quickly
• Transition to throwing position quick
& efficient


 
3  Form shows good discipline
• Keeps eyes on ball consistently
• Contact is consistent
• Bat speed good
• Contact shows good power





 
3  Hits target consistently
• Throws with good speed, power
• Long distance throws accurate
most of the time
• Form shows use of entire body (legs, hips,
shoulder, arms) occasionally



 
3  Movement to ball frequently shows
both aggressiveness/composure
• Form-hands, feet placement, balance-
• Shows good discipline both before & during
• Keeps eyes on ball consistently
• Fields ball cleanly and quickly most of the time
• Transition to throwing position quick
& efficient

 
2  Form shows discipline occasionally
• Keeps eyes on ball often
• Contact is inconsistent
• Bat speed average
• Contact shows little power



 
2  Hits target most of the time
• Throws with some speed, power
• Long distance throws lack accuracy
• Form shows use of entire body (legs, hips,
shoulder, arms) occasionally



 
2  Movement to ball occasionally shows
both aggressiveness/composure
• Form-hands, feet placement, balance-
• Lacks strong discipline both before & during
• Keeps eyes on ball occasionally
• Has difficulty fielding ball cleanly & quickly
• Transition to throwing position can be improved

 
1  Form needs help
• Has difficulty keeping eye on ball
• Contact is inconsistent
• Bat speed below average
• Contact shows little power



 
1  Has difficulty hitting target frequently
• Throws lack speed, power
• Has difficulty with long distance throws
• Form rarely shows use of entire body (legs, hips,
shoulder, arms) in throwing 



 
1  Movement to ball rarely shows
either aggressiveness/composure
• Form-hands, feet placement, balance-needs help
• Has difficulty keeping eyes on ball
• Has difficulty fielding ball
• Transition to throwing position slow and ineffective

 

 
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