Reedville Competitive Baseball Programs

At Reedville Baseball, kids from 7-14 may compete in competitive baseball. In order to play competitive baseball, a child must sign up within their age group and participate in evaluations. This page provides additional information about the process of playing competitive baseball.

Competitive Baeeball and JBO Baseball

Reedville Baseball is an affiliate of Junior Baseball of Oregon (JBO). This includes teams from all over Oregon and Southwest Washington. Teams participating in JBO Baseball play games at one of three skill levels and compete each year for the JBO Championship at their level.

Team participating in JBO can qualify to play In the JBO Championship Tournament, which is comprised mostly of teams within the state.

Evaluations

In order to play competitive baseball, Reedville Baseball requires a player to participate in evaluations. REEDVILLE BASEBALL DOES NOT REJECT ANY PLAYER BASED ON THEIR EVALUATION. In fact, all kids can play competitive baseball, so long as they are the appropriate age. Instead, the evaluation system is to determine which level of play is appropriate for each player in order to ensure the player is playing with kids of like-skill. The process is further limited by age in order to ensure competitive balance.

The evaluation process is extremely important and often misunderstood. At Reedville, the evaluation process is designed to be as impartial and skill based as possible. Each season, kids are evaluated by a pre-selected evaluation committee for each age group. The committee includes ten individuals, five from the Century High School Baseball Coaching Staff and five provided by Reedville Baseball. The individuals from Reedville Baseball may NOT be a coach or have a child participating at the level they are evaluating. Scores are done "blind" with kids numbered (no names) and two evaluators at each station (5 total stations).

Important to note: During evaluations, players are not allowed to wear Reedville hats or gear that will identify them as participating at a specific level in the past. This allows evaluators to be to be as "blind" as possible to outside influences, and base their evaluation on the just player's skill during the evaluation process.

Players are evaluated on hitting, throwing, fielding grounders and fielding fly balls. Their scores are put in a database and sorted highest to lowest. Players are then divided into the appropriate level of play based primarily on their total score. All tie scores and/or groupings of close scores are sorted finally by the Reedville Executive Board. Once this is complete, player names are turned "on" in the computer system and teams are divided within each level in which the qualified.

Levels of Play

JBO Baseball mandates the placement of kids in different levels by skills during the evaluation process.

Federal Level Baseball:

Federal is the he highest level of play recognized by JBO. At Reedville, the top 11-13 kids in Midget, Junior or Senior Leagues often play Federal-level baseball. These players exhibit an extraordinary level of skill in four to five of the skills evaluated and are able to hit, pitch and field at very high levls.

Federal teams play a high number of games per year, often playing 14-20 league games and 20-35 tournament games each season. It's not unusual for a Federal team to play two league games per week for 10 weeks and participate in 4-7 weekend invitational tournaments in a 12-16 week period. Federal-level baseball is not just about how good a child is at baseball; it's also about a high level of time and financial commitment. The level is very competitive and intense, with all teams being 11-13 players deep with excellent talent and skills.

American Level Baseball:

The second level of JBO, American Level baseball traditionally includes players who show an extraordinary skill at two or three of the five skills evaluated and an above average skill level at the other skills evaluated. American Level players are often very close to Federal Level players and can compete with teams from that level, but teams are generally not deep enough to compete regularly with a Federal Level team. Generally speaking, a high-level American player is capable of playing at the Federal Level, but would struggle over a full season.

American Baseball teams play a high number of games per year, often playing 14-18 regular season games and 20-30 tournament games each season. Teams typically engage in two regular season games per week for 8 or 9 weeks and play in 4-6 weekend invitational tournaments in a 12-16 week period. American Level is also a major time and financial commitment and the competition, like the Federal Level, is advanced.

National Level Baseball:

The third level of JBO, National Level, is the largest and most widely played level in JBO. At Reedville, if 100 players try out for a specific age group, more than half will end up playing at the National Level. National Level players generally score exceptionally on zero to one of the skills evaluated and range widely from above average to developmental stage on one or two of the skils evaluated. Generally speaking, a high-level National player is capable of playing American Level, but would struggle significantly over a full season.

National Level team play a middling number of games per year, generally playing 12-16 regular season games and participating in 16-20 invitational tournament games each season. Teams typically engage in two regular season games for 8-9 weeks of the season and play in 1-4 weekend invitational tournaments in a 12-16 week period. National Level is a lesser commitment time-wise, but will likely still include games and practices up to a total of four days per week. Competition at the National Level can also vary significantly.


Frequently Asked Questions About Skill Levels

These questions regularly come up during the evaluation process about skill levels…

Q: Why do JBO and Reedville have skill levels? Why not just have teams with varying skill levels like Little League and then have All-Star teams who play at the end of the year?

A. Junior Baseball of Oregon (and Reedville Baseball) focuses on providing baseball at the right size and skill level for each player. Fields are sized by age group (with pitching and base distances changing for each group) and the core principal is that all kids are not at the same developmental level, therefore they should play against children with similar skill levels. Additionally, the JBO Championship System puts a high value on teams competing in a regular season and then competing through the playoffs as the same team.

Q. My child went to evaluations and did not score at the level we think they can play at. What recourse do we have? Is there an appeal process?

A. There is no appeal process. Players are placed according to their evaluation numbers and the discretion of the Board of Directors for Reedville Baseball. Over the past five years, Reedville Baseball has placed over 30 teams in JBO Championship Tournaments making this organization one the five most successful JBO's in Oregon. Our tryout system is often copied and utilized by other organizations throughout Oregon and has shown itself to work very well. Very few youth baseball organizations employ a system in which the High School Baseball Coaching Staff evaluates kids as young as 7 years old and even fewer use a blind sample system like Reedville.

Is it perfect? No. In fact, no evaluation system is. However, the Reedville system offers more fairness than almost any other tryout system in Oregon. We encourage parents to look around and find another system that goes to the lengths Reedville does to get players at the right level. There will always be kids that have a bad evaluation or kids who have an exceptional evaluation and end up playing at a level higher than they should. We do the best we can to get it right.

Q. Does that mean Reedville doesn't attempt to improve its evaluation system?

A. Actually, Reedville spends a great deal of time and energy to make the system transparent and to tweak the process each year. Reedville posts sample evaluation sheets for parents to look at and to use in order to prepare their child for evaluations. Reedville also offers a pre-evaluation camp during the month of February that focuses just on getting kids ready. Very few other leagues do this.

Q. I see a range of games listed? How do I know how many games my child will play?

A. If you child is of Midget League age, he/she will be more toward the low-end of the range. If your child is of Senior League age he/she would be more toward the high-end of the range of games. Junior League age group will fall somewhere in the middle.

 
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