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    Summer Ball Info

    Due to the COVID-19 guidelines & restrictions in place, at this time we are unsure of the details for summer ball programming - please watch for updates

    What is summer ball?

    Summer ball is an All-Star program that is available in each division from Tadpole through 18u.

    8U/9U summer ball plays modified 11U rules, where a hard ball is used, 9 players on the field, and live pitching or pitching machine in all innings. If there is enough interest and coaching support there may be the opportunity to field more than one team.

    In 11U we form an 11U AAA Tier 1 team of 11U players and an 11U A team of 1st year 10U players. Each year we also attempt to form an 11U AAA Tier-2 team of 2nd year and 1st year players who were not selected for the 11U AAA Tier 1 team or 10U A team.

    In 13u we form a 13u AAA team and a 13u AA team. The AAA team comes from the spring rep players and the AA teams comes from the remaining rep players and players from house. Selecting players from the house program to play AA is at the coaches discretion based on the results of the evaluation process. We also form a 13u A team (the 13u A team is only open to players who played at the house level during regular season).

    In 15u we form a 15u A team with players from the spring house division.

    In 18u we form an 18u AA team with players from the spring house division.

    When is the summer ball season?

    Summer ball begins with tryouts in May and early June, with games beginning after the regular spring season ends. The season runs primarily for the month of July until normally the first week of August when the teams (should they qualify) play in the Provincial Championships.

    Who is eligible to play summer ball?

    All players who play in the spring season are eligible to try out for our Summer Ball teams.

    How are the players selected for a summer ball team?

    The summer ball teams are determined by open tryouts. Depending on the division, there may be a single tryout session for all players, or there may be separate tryout sessions for each level of play (A, AA and AAA). There could also be multiple tryout sessions, especially when it comes to trying to decide who the players will be to fill out the final spots on the roster.

    After the tryouts, the coaches will evaluate the results and make the final determination as to which players will make the team or not. The best suited players (in terms of ability, attitude, and commitment) will be selected for each team, this means that some kids who try out could unfortunately be cut and not be selected for a team.

    How many games and practices would we play in summer ball?

    This largely depends on the division and level of play, and how successful the team is (whether they qualify for provincials, or whether they qualify for semi-finals or final games in tournaments entered). But a typical Summer Ball team, between tournaments, exhibition games, and Provincial play down games, is likely to play in 15 to 25 games.

    As with all teams, the number of and schedule of practices is up to the individual coaches. However, as the goal of all Summer Ball team is to be competitive at a provincial level, you should expect to have 2-3 practices per week.

    What is the benefit for me or my child?

    Your child will essentially play an entire extra season of baseball in each year that they participate in summer ball. They will be playing with players of a higher skill level than they may have played with in the spring season. They will possibly be receiving better coaching given the coaches will be able to coach at a more advanced level than in the spring season. This means that your child's skill levels will increase proportionally for each Summer Ball season they participate in.

    What are some other considerations?

    Summer ball requires a commitment on your part. You need to commit to having your child available to participate in practices, games and tournaments from the start of July to the beginning of August.

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