Our 12u team split up at the end of this year and we will be doing tryouts for 2009 in another week or two. I've got a usual routine for tryouts but I'm looking for some fresh thoughts from the group of coaches here. I'd love to get some outlines of your tryout process. What are your points of emphasis? We're looking at doing it over 2 days, probably 3 hrs each day.
If you have ideas just for specific groups/skills that's fine too...e.g. pitchers and catchers, baserunning, etc.
One thing I'm thinking of is ideally I'd like to put the kids more in 'game situations' whether they're batting or fielding, as opposed to lining them all up at shortstop and drilling grounders at them, then throwing BP to each of them. Not sure how to accomplish that though.
Thoughts and ideas??