Team Selection Process

Updated Monday January 21, 2019 by OYO.

OYO strives to balance its teams and create parity in each league by selecting players based on evaluation scores.

During the 2018 Spring and Fall seasons, we asked all coaches to evaluate their players. This would ensure every returning player would have an evaluation the following spring. The parents of all new players to OYO are being asked to complete a self-evaluation of each player. This would help us have more skill-appropriate evaluations for a greater number of players entering the team selection process.

This information is balanced with input from all coaches in the league in ranking players. As a check-and-balance measure, each league will hold a coaches meeting to review evaluation scores and make adjustments before conducting an actual draft of eligible, registered softball players

Here’s how the process works for softball:

  • The commissioner of each age group places all registered players on spreadsheet and ranks them based on player evals from the previous season.  Returning players were evaluated by their coach.  Parents of new players complete a self evaluation for the draft at the time of their registration.
  • The players’ rankings are reviewed by coaches with input from as many people as possible as to their abilities and potential.  This is particularly important in the 8U Softball draft process.
  • The draft consists of two rounds for pitchers and then as many rounds as appropriate for the rest of the team.
  • Daughters of the head coach and eligible assistant coach represent the team’s automatic pick in the round where they are listed.
  • Draft selections are based on a coach’s self-selection for the first pick down to the last pick of the round with last pick being the first to pick in the second round until all players are selected.
  • During the draft, player requests are accommodated as possible if they do not negatively impact the balance of the teams.

We work hard to ensure team parity throughout this process. However, every season we discover some girls respond better to coaching and practice or mature quicker than others giving certain teams the edge. No matter how the teams turn out, OYO’s softball leaders hope everyone is supportive of their child’s team, has fun and focuses on the bigger picture of helping our girls develop their skills and passion for the game.


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