Memorial Skills Program 2017 Registration

The Skills Program will hold its sixth season in 2017, and baseball players ages 7-12 as of August 31, 2017 are invited to participate.  If you are interested in remaining in Memorial Little League, and would like the option to accelerate your child’s baseball development, I encourage you to consider the program and read the information below.

First, and most importantly, the evaluation date for the MLL Skills Program will be Sunday, August 28th at the Columbus Park field at 24th & Woolworth.  A specific time will be assigned to you once we know how many players will be participating.  A make-up date may be offered at a later time, but our goal is to evaluate all players on August 28th.

I have attached an explanation of the Skills Program for those of you who are not familiar with the program.  Even if you are familiar with the program, I encourage everyone to read the attached program overview.  As stated in the document, to qualify for the Skills Program, your son must meet the following criteria:

Participation requirements
A player is only eligible for the MLL Skills Program if:
(a)    He played in the Memorial Little League regular season in 2015 or 2016, OR he lives or attends school within the MLL district boundaries, AND
(b)    He is playing the MLL regular season in 2017, AND
(c)   Players age 9-12 will possess a minimum level of skills, including the ability to consistently catch a ball (both forehand and backhand) and throw the ball accurately.

Evaluation Outcomes
After review of the evaluations, your son will be placed in one of two programs:

Playing Team:  ONLY 12 kids per age group will be selected to be a part of a team which will begin playing competitive games in April.  We will have only ONE playing team per age group in 2017.  Depending on the age group, teams play on average between 10-15 games against strong competition throughout the metro area.

Practice Squad:  If your child is not selected for a playing team, they will be offered to participate in an extensive skills clinic group which will meet four-six times starting in January.  While this group will not be playing competitive games, this is a comprehensive program to improve skills and prepare your son for the regular season.

We are e-mailing this information to the e-mail addresses that were used to register players for the 2016 regular season.  These e-mail addresses are not always accurate and all inclusive.   If you know of a Memorial family that would benefit from the program, I encourage you to forward this e-mail.  I would rather oversaturate interested parties than leave anyone out.

If your child is interested in being evaluation for the 2017 baseball Skills Program, please submit your application no later than Thursday, August 18th using the following link.  If you have multiple sons participating, please sign each boy up separately:

Memorial Skills Registration Form

If you have a conflict on August 28th, please email me what times your son would be available that day, if at all.

After August 18th, I will provide a specific evaluation time for your son on August 28th.  Thank you.

Jim Vokal
Memorial Skills President

2016 Dundee Day Parade

Once again, we are registered to walk in the 2016 Dundee Day Parade! We will meet and assemble in the Brownell Talbot parking lot on Saturday morning, August 27. All past and present ballplayers, coaches and families are encouraged to participate. Expect future updates and emails in preparation for event. Please contact Joe Craig at joseph.craig(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.