1. This is not the end...it should be the beginning: Whether you made the team or you were left off the roster, it is important to remember that your work is just getting started. For the players who were cut, it tends to go one of two directions. Players either become extremely motivated to improve in the areas that were exposed during the evaluation or they become de-motivated because they believe their careers are somehow over. Players need to remember that baseball is a late development sport and here in Canada we don't start truly "weeding players out" in their early teens. After getting past the initial feelings of disappointment, players need to assess their strengths, determine the weaknesses that were exposed by the evaluation, ask the evaluators for an honest assessment of their skill set, and set a plan for improvement.
2. Understand the process of forming a team: Players and parents sometimes forget that there is more to creating a team than simply selecting the best 14-16 players. Evaluations generally start with a determination of individual skill sets but the process ends with a depth chart and an understanding of where every player fits on the field. It wouldn't make much sense to carry 6 outfielders or 4 catchers because there simply wouldn't be enough innings to go around. In addition, tournament teams place a high priority on depth of pitching and this can have a big influence on the final 3 or 4 rosters spots.
3. Prove them wrong: Let's be clear - coaches do NOT enjoy cutting players. Although it is a part of the job, it is not enjoyable and when it comes to the players who were cut, the best coaches want to be proved wrong. Let the disappointment fuel your efforts to improve. Stay confident and play with a bit of a "chip" on your shoulder.
4. Player evaluation is happening everywhere: Scheduled evaluations are only part of the overall evaluation process. Coaches want to see players in skill evaluations, team practices, game situations, and around the diamond when they don't have their spikes on. Communication with current and previous coaches can provide a lot of insight into a players skill set and character. Remember that during game evaluations, coaches generally do NOT want to be seen at games because this gives them a better indication of a player’s true personality. I was recently coaching at a tournament and received a call from a college coach who had interest in a number of our players. He asked what time we were arriving at the park and I told him 2pm. He said "OK, I will be there at 1:45pm because I want to see them walk off the bus." I didn't see him until just before game time, but by that time he had a couple hours of player evaluation completed. The college coach wanted to see the way the players carried themselves, how they interacted with their teammates, how they communicated with their coaches, and how diligent they were during warm up.