|Craig Roberge||Competitive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
There may be (dependent on interest) one or two 11U Rep (AA) teams, Sox Black and Sox Grey. The teams are designed for players 10 & 11 years old with above-average ability, commitment and desire to play at higher levels of competition. The major objective of the 11U AA program is player development.
These teams play within the Baseball Alberta rep program and travel will be required for gameplay weekends.
Teams are tiered and play other teams from around the province with similar abilities.
Age: 2013-2014 (10, 11-year-olds)
Cost: Initial Registration: Tryout Fee $70. If a player successfully makes a Rep team, registration is $577.
Dates: Tryouts will be at the beginning of March.
Gameplay will continue to the August long weekend.
Participation on a rep team implies a certain commitment on behalf of the players and the parents. The major commitments are time, travel, and financial which also includes fundraising initiatives either of the Association and/or the team.
Rep teams typically utilize weekdays for practices and exhibition games (2-3 days per week). Weekends are for games (played in a round-robin format) and tournaments based on schedule and travel requirements as determined by Baseball Alberta. Non-playing weekends there will be other practices.
There will be a minimum of 3-5 days/week committed to baseball. Some games are scheduled during the week, depending on the distance teams must travel. Rep teams are required to regularly travel throughout Alberta. Rep teams (tier I, II, II) play through the August long weekend, Rep teams (tier IV, V, VI, VII) play to the last week of July. The length of time depends on the success of the team as it advances through to Provincial Championships.
Dedication to a rep team will prove beneficial to the player as a valuable learning experience. Failure to fulfill the commitments by the player or parent is denying another player a position on the team and will result in a review of the player's rep privileges.
Although SWEMBA player registration fees cover basic expenses related to Baseball Alberta registration, insurance, basic equipment/jerseys, umpires, etc. additional rep fees are collected by the association through the team budgets or sponsorship once the team rosters are completed to offset various operating expenses related to the facilities and/or team. Rep teams are required to prepare their own team budgets to cover expenses related to additional association fees, travel, tournaments, and additional apparel/equipment. The amount of fundraising activities varies per team and will have a direct impact on the final per player cost to the families.
Players are moved through stations to assess the five tools of baseball. Throwing velocity, throwing accuracy, catching ability, hitting, running speed, and coachability are evaluated. More details to come on specific drills and stations and criteria.
SWEMBA uses a combination of outside, independent evaluators and members with players not in that age category to assess the players.
The Team Selection Committee is composed of the Technical Director, Competitive Director, Division Director, Coaching Director and other qualified evaluators.
Team Selection for a AA team is based on the level of ability demonstrated at tryouts. At the AA level, a friend request does not contribute or impact your team placement. A player will be offered a spot in either the Black or Grey team. If they a player elects not to take his/her spot on the Black team, they cannot elect to be moved to the Grey team. If a player does not take their offered spot, they will be moved to house/tier 1 league and must attend house evaluations in April.