Hopkinton Little League



Summer Team Selection Process

All team coaches (head and assistants) are asked to complete a detailed evaluation of each player, where they rate a player's hitting, fielding, and pitching skills, as well as their overall game knowledge.  All evaluations are treated equally, so an assistant coach rating is given the same weight as a head coach rating.  Finally, all of the coaches must "force rank" all of the players on the team given what they have seen in both games and at practices. These evaluations are confidentially submitted to the League Information Officer, who compiles all of the data and, for each league, generates a consolidated report consisting of each player's average score and their pitching and hitting statistics, as provided in the head coach's evaluation.

All league head coaches then meet to discuss all of the players in the league, where the coaches are provided with the consolidated rankings and statistics for every player in the league.  Each coach opens discussion for players on their own team (in confidence), and the other coaches provide input based on what they saw as an opposing coach during games.  At the conclusion of the discussion, all league head coaches individually and confidentially "force rank" all of the kids in the league for each age group.

These rankings are then submitted to the League Information Officer, who consolidates all of the rankings and produces an average "forced rank" list that the League then uses to contact players in the order that they were ranked within their age group by the league's head coaches.  (Note: As the information is consolidated, the head coach ranking for a player on his/her team is not included in order to further ensure that there is no bias.)

Note:  A child will not be considered for a summer team if they have not played in at least 80% of the regular season games and scrimmages.