Olentangy Stix Tryouts - 2022 Season
We have multiple teams at each age group, generally separated by skill level, so that each player gets the most from their experience. Our teams are Stix Black, Stix Blue, and Stix White.
Each team, regardless of skill level, focuses on a combination of skill development and competition.
Teaching kids to compete at a higher level is a focus of all of our teams – the primary difference between teams and age groups is the degree of competition, as well as minor philosophical differences described below.
Stix-Black teams are considered Elite level teams and expected to compete with elite level travel teams. Team selection is focused on assembling the most competitive team, expected to compete with the top teams in the area.
Players on these teams are expected to meet the following qualifications:
- Prioritize baseball during the months of March through mid July without any missed practices or game due to other sports.
- Have proven mental and physical success in at least 2 core areas of the game vs. high end community based and/or elite level competition.
Stix-Blue & White
Stix Blue and White teams are structured with a primary focus on development and teams are assembled to best facilitate the development of players.
We place a special emphasis on scheduling opponents and tournaments that appropriately reflect the team’s skill level and to best facilitate the development of players. As a general rule of thumb, Blue/White teams tend to have more of a focus on getting players experience at multiple positions, more consistent playing time, and generally putting players in positions to develop their overall skills and prepare them for high school baseball.
Tryout are held at the D-Bat Columbus North.
The Stix new partnership with D-Bat brings incredible resources to our program including all off-season indoor training, access to baseball and non-sport specific personal training, discounts on player memberships to the facility, team building training, access to technology such as Rapsodo and HitTrax, vendor discounts on uniforms and equipment, coach training and many other planned activities.
D-Bat instructors are directly involved in our tryouts, including scoring the players and running drills.
2021 Tryout Process
Open Tryout Process
- All players living in the Olentangy School district are eligible to attend the open tryout on the date and time listed below. Selection of teams will begin immediately after the tryout.
- Players who are not able to attend tryouts should immediately notify the age group coordinator to see if there is an alternative arrangement. Please indicate that you will not be available for tryouts during registration.
Open Tryout Process
- Our 14U-17U teams are also formed via an open tryout. Players are not required to reside in the Olentangy school district.
- Players can contact the age group coordinator Aaron Nicolosi for information on our 14U-17U teams.
- All parents/players will have 2 hours to verbally accept an offer and 24 hours to make their first payment.
- If payment is not made by that time, the roster spot will be given to another player. There will be no exceptions to this. If there are deliberations with other teams, you will want to make arrangements to have offers completed by that same time.
- Where appropriate, we will name coaches prior to tryouts. In certain circumstances, we may have to wait to see where players fall in the tryout process before naming a coach.
- New Stix coaches are vetted through a referral and interview process. Returning coaches are evaluated based upon parental feedback, council review, and developmental progress of their players.
- Most Stix coaches are parents of players.
Tryout Schedule by Age Group
Stix 2022 - 7U Tryouts
|Arrive No Later Than:||8:45 am|
|Start/End Time:||9:00-11:00 am|
|Location:||D-Bat Columbus North|
Eligibility: Cannot turn 8 before May 1, 2022
7U Coordinator: Matt Hammond