Due to the persistent rain, tryouts tomorrow (Saturday, February 23rd) have been cancelled. We are working on several contingency plans, including additional tryouts on Sunday as well as weeknight sessions, and will communicate those plans as soon as possible.
Please note that this weekend's rescheduled tryouts do not affect the t-ball (no tryouts) and coach pitch (tryouts next Saturday) leagues.
Thank you for your patience as we battle Mother Nature the next few days.
We are working hard to deal with this bad weather. As we told you earlier today (2/22), all Saturday (2/23) tryout sessions are cancelled. We have made a new schedule – moving some of the cancelled Saturday sessions to Sunday evening, and moving others to Monday and Tuesday evenings. A summary of that schedule is provided here: MPTLL Player Assessment/Tryout Schedule.
The forecast is questionable for Sunday (2/24) – the early afternoon sessions are most in doubt. If possible, we will conduct the full Sunday schedule; if that’s not possible, we will cancel some of the earlier sessions but go ahead with some of the later sessions. Any sessions cancelled on Sunday will be rescheduled for evening sessions throughout next week.
Please help us by watching your email closely for information about schedules, cancellations and make-ups, and arrive early for your scheduled tryout session – note your assigned field (which may change, in the event of a make-up), as well as your time.
A few reminders about the upcoming assessments:
By rule, Little League players age 10-12 years old not already on a major league team must participate in a skills assessment to be considered for a major league team. If a player does not participate in a skills assessment then they will not be eligible for the major league draft.
T-Ball players do not have skills assessments. The T-Ball coordinator will assign players to teams based on parent requests made during registration. T-Ball parents will hear from their coaches the first week of March.
Coach pitch players are still scheduled for a skills assessment on Saturday, March 2nd.
We hate that the weather is making things so difficult, but these tryout sessions are essential for starting the season, and we have to use whatever opportunities the weather gives us.
Carolina Bats will be at the Myers Park Trinity fields on Saturday, March 9th to let your baseball and softball player demo bats from Marucci, Axe, and Mizuno. Their representatives will be onsite to answer parent questions and help you make the right decision so you know your child is hitting with the right bat. To try one of their bats stop by the batting cage next to the upper parking lot anytime between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 9th. One reminder, if you purchase a bat for your player to use at MPTLL make sure it has the USABat decal. Parents can learn more about Carolina Bats here.
MPTLL Director of Instruction and Development Announced
In response to the valuable feedback our families provided over the past year via parent surveys, Myers Park Trinity has created the new volunteer position of Director of Instruction and Development. This position will be filled by former MPTLL player and coach, Brandon Merchant. Brandon has been a private baseball instructor for 12 years; he is currently the Head JV Baseball Coach at Charlotte Country Day School; and he was a successful Major League and All-Star Manager with Myers Park Trinity from 2001-2016. As Director of Instruction and Development, Brandon will:
Conduct occasional free coach, player and parent clinics;
Serve as an ongoing coaching and instructional resource for coaches in all divisions of MPTLL;
Provide online videos for League families and coaches on a variety of topics, from player fundamentals to drills and practice ideas to the overall player and coach experience at MPTLL;
And offer optional team training for the MP Challenge Program;
The MPTLL Booster Club began in 2015 and the club has been instrumental to MPTLL's success by providing help in various areas. 2019 proceeds from the Booster club dues will help pay for the following items: Internet connectivity and video streaming equipment, THOR GUARD lightning prediction and warning system, field maintenance equipment (rakes, chalkers, etc...), and batting cages and additional L-Screens. If you are not registering a player or you chose not to join the Booster Club during 2019 spring player registration and you'd like to be a 2019 Booster member then use this form to join the club. MPTLL appreciates the support!