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Draft & Roster Creation

We use a draft process to create rosters for our Spring seasons. Our goal is to set up teams and divisions that are fair and balanced so we can provide a better learning experience for all players.

We ask players that could potentially play in multiple divisions to participate in Player Assessment Day so the coaches can become familiar with them. 

🔴 Waterfall Draft Overview

We use a waterfall draft (called a "Plan A" draft by Little League) that starts by drafting with the oldest ages first and then successively moving to younger ages (12s→ 11s→ 10s→ 9s→ 8s). We apply this method to Majors and Minors ( AAA and AA Divisions.). Note that we are required to use your player's League Age when scheduling Assessment Day and conducting the draft.

Rookies and Tee Ball divisions are developmental, not competitive divisions, and so managers are assigned and rosters are selected by a League official. 

Here is our draft process:

  1. The League determines the number of teams at each division.
  2. Registered Managers for a division are assigned a team name.
  3. Registered, eligible players are organized by age in descending order.
  4. Team Managers' names are drawn randomly out of a hat to determine draft order position. 
  5. The draft begins, with managers first selecting from the oldest players eligible .
  6. One all players in an age group are drafted, managers begin drafting from the next oldest age group.

During the draft, managers will balance the competitiveness of the division by ensuring certain skill positions are equally distributed (i.e. we don’t allow one team to have 3 catchers while another team doesn’t have any).  

Out of respect for all involved, we will not share draft order results, only the final team roster. There is no signing bonus for being the #1 pick in the draft in Lawrence Little League. 

Placement Requests

The use of a draft means that Coaches make the final determination of your player's placement within a specific division or on a roster. This means that although you will be asked to select a Division during the checkout process, the final determination of your player’s placement within a specific division will be during the draft.  Your online selection during checkout is used only as a guide during our draft process. However, at the conclusion of the draft, your player may end up in another division than you originally selected.

As part of the registration process, you are asked to acknowledge that we may not honor a request to place your player:

  • On the same team as any other player (including their sibling)
  • On any specific team (exception: players who have families that are team sponsors are automatically placed on that team)
  • With a specific manager, or coach
  • With a team that practices or plays (or doesn't practice or play) at a certain time or day of the week 
  • Within a specific division or league
In short: Your player will be drafted onto a team by a coach. Appeals to League officials to place a player or to change draft results will not be accommodated.

In some instances a player's Little League Age and their calendar age are different. As such, they may be drafted in a different division than their classmates. Lawrence Little League must follow Little League International age guidelines in order to keep our charter and insurance, and cannot accommodate requests to keep a player together with classmates.

Fall Ball programs are more informal and while not guaranteed, we have more latitude to accommodate placement requests. Summer Tournament and Competitive Travel Teams utilize a tryout process for roster selection, not a draft. 

Player Assessment Day Overview

As part of our roster creation process, we may hold a Player Assessment Day. This short workout allows our coaches to meet your player and understand their skill level prior to the draft. The one-hour session is not a tryout, as everyone who registers makes a team.

Coaches will assess players in the five areas of our Player Development Rubric:  Throwing, Catching & Fielding, Hitting, Baserunning, and Pitching. The Rubric was developed by panel of high school and college teachers and coaches, specifically for Lawrence Little League.  It uses an absolute scale of 0-5, with "0" being a tee ball player on their first day, and "5" being a High School freshman on their first day of tryouts. 

🔴 When is Player Assessment Day held? 
Typically Assessment Day is held in early March, just prior to our draft.

🔴 How does the day work?
Players are assigned into small groups and parents are emailed times. Players are asked to participate in five short drills, where coaches will become familiar with their skill in throwing, catching & fielding, hitting, baserunning, and, in some instances, pitching. Returning 12 year old's are exempt from Assessment Day, as they are automatically placed in the Majors division.

🔴 Is this a tryout?
No! Every player that registers for Lawrence Little League makes a team. Division placement is directed by a combination of factors, including overall enrollment, the waterfall draft, a player's league age, and their skill level. 

🔴 Why isn't my player in the same group as others their age?  
Player Assessment groups are formed based on Little League Age, not calendar year age.  

🔴 What if my player doesn't perform well during Assessment? 
This is a chance for coaches to meet and get to know players. Our coaches are looking for players they have a rapport with as much as they are looking to understand skill level. 

🔴 My player can't attend Assessment Day. What happens? Will there be a makeup session?
Scheduling Assessment Day is a thread-the-needed process. We need good weather, the availability of a space big enough to accommodate 100+ players, a date where multiple coaches can attend, and a time  early enough in March that we form teams and have practices before a mid-April Opening Day. As such, it is rare we are able to hold a makeup day. 

The draft uses observations from Assessment Data to assist the coaches when selecting their teams. Generally, if coaches have not seen a player prior to the draft, they will default to drafting them "on age," meaning the lowest division for their league age, to avoid the player getting hurt. 

🔴 Can't the League just place my player in a higher division? 

No, Lawrence Little League forms teams via a a draft. Your player must be drafted by a coach in their Division. The League cannot place your player on any team. Please review the Placement Requests section of this webpage.  


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