Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child play on the same team as his or her friend?
The House League Directors, who are responsible in working with the coaches to select the teams, will make every reasonable effort to respond to a maximum of 2 friend requests, but there is no guarantee that this will be possible. At the Rep Level player levels are determined by evaluation and skill sets.
What if my child wants to play at a higher, more competitive level?
The SPMBA offers a Rep Program for this purpose. Please refer to the Rep Program section of the SPMBA website for more details, or contact the VP Rep.
What is the cut-off date for the age categories?
The player's age as of January 1st is used to determine their age category.
When is registration?
The first registration takes place in January (Ads are placed in the local papers at the beginning of January). The final registration takes place in mid-March. For more information, go to the Registration menu.
What does it cost to play ball?
All costs associated with playing House League ball are covered by SPMBA Registration Fees. Rep teams are responsible for fundraising to cover special team costs including travel and other expenses. For more information, go to the House League and Rep menu.
When does the league play begin?
Depending on field conditions, play will usually begin in the first week of May for House League Players; Rep players may meet earlier for information sessions.
What if my child wishes to play beyond the end of June?
Baseball Alberta 'A' Division Home
The objective of the Provincial 'A' League is to provide a longer season of baseball for community (house league) level players/teams, allowing them to continue to play through the month of July with a 'A' Provincial Championship at Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget categories.
Teams will compete in a Regional format for two weekends in July; the number and size of the regions will be based on the number of teams that register. If there are too few teams registered to provide a League, the teams that did register will be given the opportunity/choice to compete in the lowest tier of 'AA' for that age category; including the Provincial Championships.
Teams will be created in April / May, players participate in House League for May/June, with occasional “A” team practices outside of House League weeknight games.
Fall Ball is played in the month of September, games are typically played on Saturdays, practices are at the discretion of the coaches and typically during week nights. All skill levels are welcome to register. Note that you will register in the level of ball that you will play in the 2020 season. i.e. if you are a second year Rookie this season, you will play Mosquito Fall Ball.
SPMBA also holds summer. And Winter camps. These are all posted on the website during that time.
If I have a concern or grievance to bring forward, what is the process to follow:
SPMBA has a process to follow for concerns or grievances. Click Here for our Conflict Resolution Policy.
Does SPMBA host tournaments?
SPMBA hosts the Doc Plotsky Tournament and House League tournaments every year. See Tournament section.
What types of equipment do players require per Baseball Alberta guideline?
All players must provide the following mandatory safety equipment:
- CSA Approved Batting Helmet
- CSA Approved Athletic Protection
Can girls play baseball and does SPMBA support all girl teams?
Girls can play baseball in SPMBA and the process for registering and tryouts is the same as for boys. There is no all girl baseball team in SPMBA.
Is there an evaluation or tryout process my child must participate in?
House League evaluations are for Rookie to Midget aged players. The primary purpose of these evaluations is to attempt to provide balance in the selection of House League teams, so that no one team is too strong or too weak. Please refer to the registration page for location, date and times.
. The Rep Program has tryouts for each division, please review to Rep Program Menu.
Where do I drop off the raffle tickets?
Your teams Raffle Ticket volunteer.
Who do I contact for questions about the raffle tickets?
Raffle Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do I drop off the raffle ticket stubs?
On or before the date printed on the front of the ticket stubs.