Baseball Draft Procedures

Updated Friday January 25, 2019 by Brookwood Athletic Association Baseball & Softball.

Our League Player Drafts are designed to create as much parity between the teams as possible. This approach fosters the best competition, and consequently the most fun for all involved. It is not an exact science, however, and we rely on the honesty and forthrightness of all Managers and Coaches to provide accurate player evaluations. These procedures are intended as guidelines. Since each draft class is different year over year, and league to league is not always equal, League Directors are given some small amount of discretion and leeway to ensure a fair and equitable draft. Equitable distribution of the league's talent among the teams is the goal. The objective is to provide all of the kids and the families the best experience possible. 

1.      All players will be placed into one of two categories:

Category A: Players whose abilities and talents can be verified by Managers or Coaches. These players are ranked as A, B, C, D.  Players rated C cannot be drafted prior to all A’s being selected, D’s may not be drafted prior to all B’s being selected etc.

Category B: Players whose abilities and talents are unknown to managers and coaches. These players cannot be selected before all known evaluated players are chosen. These players can be selected as hat picks, or some other agreed upon random distribution in later rounds.

2.      Brothers will be placed on the same team.  Once a sibling has been drafted, the other sibling will be discussed and assigned a draft round.  Based on this rating, the drafting Manager would then have the opportunity to withdraw his choice or take both siblings as determined.

3.     The Draft order will be determined in the following manner:

After the coaches' kids have been rated and assigned to a draft round, points will be assigned to the team based on what round the child is slotted. For instance, a First and Third round slotting will be assigned 4 points (1 + 3). The draft order will be determined by the total number of points assigned to each team, with the Manager having the highest point total selecting first.  In the event of a tie, the Manager with the best-rated player or combination will choose last. Further ties will be broken by agreed upon method at the Draft table. Draft order will go from highest sum to the lowest sum in the odd number rounds, then vice versa in the even number rounds.

4.     Each team’s Manager and Coach will be allowed to freeze their children playing in the same league.  If a Manager does not have a coach or if the Manager or Coach does not have a child playing, then their order will be determined by taking the round for the one child and multiplying by 2.  If neither Manager nor coach has a child, then their draft order will be placed in the middle.  If there is a tie in sums, then the stronger pairs will choose after the weaker pair(s).  If it cannot be determined who the stronger pair is, then the draft order will be determined by the flip of a coin, or by drawing a draft number. 

Manager/Coaches players will be ranked A, B, C, or D according to the criteria below, same as all other players in the draft. "A" players are automatic 1st round selections, "B" "C" and "D" are subjective and which round slot they are assigned will be agreed upon by all Managers prior to the draft starting. Manager/Coach players slotted below the 4th round will NOT be eligible to play All Stars. The only exception to this rule is if the slotting of the child would supercede the rule of all A players must be selected before C players etc. If it's not possible for the child to be slotted before the 4th round, that should not preclude them from All Star consideration. This will be an extremely rare instance. 

5.     Manager/Coach players ranked the same will be placed as follows:

1-1 result 1-2 (rounds) - This would be 2 "A" players for instance
2-2 result 1-3
3-3 result 2-4  etc.

In the case of both players being first round draft picks, the designation is a “1-2”, no third round pick; then a second fourth round pick to be taken at the end of the fourth round.

The following criteria will be discussed in determining the rank of players:

a)    Athletic ability (Used to rank the player "A", "B", "C, or "D")
b)    Returning All-Star (Automatically an "A" player)
c)    All-Star moving up to next league - Rising All Star (Automatically a "C" player - Typically, there will be returning players who are stronger than kids coming up, even if they were All Stars at a lower level)
d)    Returning starting player/pitcher (After other criteria exhausted - used to rank the player "A", "B", "C, or "D" - Typically a returning pitcher would be an "A", "B" or "C")

6.     Each team should be prepared for the draft procedures prior to the draft.  Preparation should include but not be limited to; an official numbered listing of all players eligible for the draft, identification of tryout players, identification of siblings/special needs, pens, pencils, hi-liters, marker (anything that helps keep up with the draft).  When the draft begins;  your selection should include the players’ name and number from the draft list.  Each team will be limited to “one minute” to make a selection in any given round.  The clock begins to run after the previous selection has been announced and the draft administrator announces it is “your team’s pick”.  The administrator will announce that you have 15 seconds to make a choice, if you do not select when time is called, the draft will proceed to the next team in the order.  The passed team will then be asked for a choice again, within 15 seconds.  This will continue until that team makes a choice.

7.     After the completion of at least 8 rounds of drafting; the managers by simple majority vote may speed up the final process of the draft by choosing all remaining players by hat pick.  These will be pulled by a neutral observer/asst. in the correct draft order established.

8.     Trades between teams will be considered to accommodate special cases, at the conclusion of the draft.  All teams are final once the draft meeting is concluded.

9.     Team names are assigned using the following criteria:

a)       Returning Manager (same league)
b)       Manager Moving Up
c)       Coaches (same league)
d)       Coaches (moving up)
e)       New Managers to league

10.     Manager must complete team roster for league director.

11.     In the younger age groups, if a manager or coach’s child was an All-Star in the previous year in the same age group, the player will be an automatic first-round draft pick. If they were an All-Star in a younger group (rising All Star), then they will be a third-round draft pick. In the older age groups, the same guidelines should be followed generally; however, concessions can be made if the player is not a pitcher.  In no case will a returning All-Star player be designated as less than a second-round draft pick.

12.     Tee Ball teams will be determined by the League Director.  Age and experience will be distributed as evenly as possible by the Tee Ball Director. The Tee Ball Director will also make every effort to keep kids with the same returning coaches they played with from previous seasons.