2023 is about through the Jr Fall classic and I thought I'd document some observations if it is helpful to someone in future.
1) the 60 yard dash is, in fact, slow. I know some kids that ran well but most, including my son, were slower than typical.
2) This is definitely mostly a D1 recruiting event. And I dont know if its COVID or what but there are much less coaches than what I expected.
3) "AZFC academic team". 2023s team didnt go to event but he was offered by the Fall classic to play on their own academic team. It was billed as a great opportunity as HA schools will follow the team as the kids all have GPAs above 3.75. First game I was pumped. At least 12 coaches for first 2 innings. 3rd inning they all left. Literally minutes after they leave, 2023 makes a diving catch at 3rd of an absolute laser. Doubles off the guy at 3rd. What was the deal? The pitcher who i thought was throwing mid 80s was actually 88-91. No coaches at all at his next 2 games. Worst part is the fall classic over sold spots on the roster. There are over 20 kids! 2023 will get a total of 6 at bats in 4 games. $80 per AB. LOL. Playing in the field 3 innings per game. But i got some good video of him smoking a couple ropes for singles.
4) academic game tryout. The few coaches there were all watching pitching. Literally no one watched the fielding portion. Not what i expected at all. Again maybe covid? They need to rake the infield more. 2023 was in next to last group, missed a backhand when it hit a clod or something. Boom done. Take a seat kid. Hit alright. Hit two back to back line drives up middle at 89 each. One mom exclaimed when the first smashed the L screen bar in front of the thrower. I swear on my grandmas grave the evaluators were mostly chit chatting by that time. They would go 8-10 kids at a time without watching a single swing or just a one time glance. One guy had his head down looking at papers of kids for 5 straight batters. Another actually said. "Oh good its time for lunch. " I wonder whether they had the 60 and infld scores by then and only paying attention to the kids with certain metrics. This part was really unprofessional. I almost said something like "these kids paid a lot of money and have a dream, the least you can do is watch them."
I hope this doesnt sound too bitter. If you are the right kid I'm sure this is a great event. But id say for 98% of the kids it wont matter. 2023 had fun in the dugout. And he is realizing where he fits in college baseball so there was a silver lining. Cheers.