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May, 2021

Summer All Star Baseball Tryouts

Each spring AYRA holds tryouts for 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U Rec All-Star teams. AYRA All-Star teams consist of the best recreational baseball players in each age group.
All players are welcome to tryout regardless of their rec program affiliation provided they are not currently registered with a travel team.


These All-Star Teams typically compete in 3-4 local tournaments throughout the summer against other recreational All-Star Teams. They are extremely fun and a great way to keep the season going after spring. 


The three main tournaments this year are:

Howard Cup - June 26-27

HCYP Invitational - July 17-18

AYRA All Star Bash - July 31-August 1



To be considered for a team please attend AT LEAST ONE OF the following tryout sessions:



08U -  Saturday, May 22nd, 10:00 am, Hammond Elementary School 1 (kid pitch)

           Sunday, May 23rd, 11:00 am, Schooley Mill Park Field 1 (kid pitch)


           Head Coach Jack Herbert - [email protected]



10U -  Sunday, May 16th 11:00 am, Schooley Mill Park, Field 1

           Sunday, May 23rd 1:30 pm, Schooley Mill Park, Field 1


           Head Coach Matt Gordon - [email protected]



12U -  Sunday, May 16th, 12:00 pm, Hammond Middle School 1

        Sunday, May 23rd, 12:00 pm, Hammond Park


           Head Coach Eli Rivera - [email protected]




15U -  Sunday, May 16th, 12:00 pm, Schooley Mill Park, Field 2

           Sunday, May 23rd, 12:00 pm, Schooley Mill Park, Field 2


           Head Coach David Ormond - [email protected]



Please contact the coaches directly if you cannot make one of the dates.



During the tryout, we are looking for the BEST players in each age group across pitching, hitting, fielding and other specific baseball skills. Availability to be at each tournament WILL be a consideration for making the team. Coaches will be able to provide more information on which tournaments they are entering at the time you are offered a spot on the team.


Tryouts will consist of 5 major skills which will be evaluated by our head coaches:

Pitching: players will pitch 10-15 pitches to a catcher and are evaluated on accuracy, speed and ability to throw multiple pitches. 

Fielding / Throwing: players will be on the field while coaches hit them ground balls. They are evaluated on fielding form, throwing form and arm strength. 

Hitting: Players will either be in the batting changes or on an open field with a coach pitching to them. They are evaluated on quality of contact, form and power. 
Base Running: Players will be evaluated on speed and base running mechanics



All-Star teams use an age cutoff date of 4/30. The following is a breakdown of eligible ages for each group:

  • 8U – born on or after 5/1/2012
  • 10U – born on or after 5/1/2010
  • 12U – born on or after 5/1/2008
  • 15U – born on or after 5/1/2005


Please register for the tryouts by visiting and setting up an account. Registration is free and there is no cost to tryout. 


If you have any questions please contact [email protected]



Schooley Mill Park - 12975 Hall Shop Rd, Highland, MD 20777

Hammond Park - 10700 Glen Hannah Dr, Laurel, MD 20723

Hammond ES/MS - 8110 Aladdin Dr, Laurel, MD 20723 (middle school fields are around back)

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