**Tournament Team Tryout Information**

Updated Wednesday April 25, 2018 by Brian Pysher.

Dear Parents:
This message is a reminder that Lehigh Valley Cal Ripken will be holding tryouts for its tournament teams this weekend.  The event is set to take place at the Bushkill Township fields on Saturday, April 28thTryouts will start at Noon for the 9u and 10u players and at 2PM for the 11u and 12u players.  Please remember that all ages are calculated based upon the player’s age as of May 1st. 
Please note that 8 years old players who play for a Minors team may try out for the 9u team.  8 year olds who play for a Rookie team, however, may not try out since our Rookie teams do not have Cal Ripken charters.
9/10 year olds will try out at Field 5.
In the event of inclement weather, tryouts may be pushed back to Sunday and will take place either at the Bushkill Township fields or, if need be, at the US Armory in Forks Township.  If we are going to use the rain date, a message will be emailed and posted on the League’s website early Saturday morning.
There are a couple of other items of importance to keep in mind. 
First, it is extremely important that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.  This will allow for an orderly registration and for the players to warmup.  We are going to be pressed for time and tryouts will begin precisely at the set times.  Tryouts will consist of fielding, hitting, running and pitching.  If you arrive late and your player misses one or more of these categories, his/her score will be reduced accordingly.  As such, we again stress the importance of arriving timely.
Secondly, players may only tryout during the time scheduled for their respective age groups.  For example, 12 and 11 year olds will not be allowed to tryout early with 9 or 10 year olds and vice versa.  This is to maintain the integrity of the process and to insure that all of the players in a single age group are scored by the same evaluators.      
Finally, players will only be allowed to use USA Baseball certified bats. This should not be much of a problem since those are the only bats that are allowed during league play.  They will also be the only bats allowed for use during the Cal Ripken regional and state tournaments.  
We look forward to seeing you this weekend.  Please reply with any questions.