House League

House League (Development) Program:

The foundation of the Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Association (SPMBA) is the House League (HL) Development Program. This program provides an opportunity for young athletes between the ages of 4 and 18 to experience the fun of playing baseball. Development of basic skills is fostered by providing free coaching clinics to our HL coaches and assistants, as well as ensuring that quality equipment and playing facilities are provided.

The HL program seeks to uphold the philosophy of the SPMBA, which is "To foster and encourage the growth and enjoyment of the sport of baseball by teaching the value of sportsmanship, skills and competition."  Participation in the HL program is determined by age category. Please goto HL Division for more information.

 Division  Year of Birth  Nights of play 
 5U (formerly Blast Ball)     2014, 2015  Tues., Thurs.
 7U Rally Cap (formerly Rally Cap)  2012, 2013  Tues., Thurs.
 9U (formerly Rookie)  2010, 2011  Mon., Wed.
 11U (fomerly Mosquito)  2008, 2009  Tues., Thurs.
 13U (formerly PeeWee)  2006, 2007  Mon., Wed.
 15U (formerly Bantam)  2004, 2005  Various
 18U (formerly Midget)  2001, 2002, 2003   Various

 

House League Frequently Asked Questions:

Questions Relating to the following, please refer to the applicable menu:

When does the house league play begin and end?

Depending on field conditions, play will begins first week of May and runs until end of June.  

Can my athlete 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.

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.

What types of equipment do players require?

All players must provide the following mandatory safety equipment:

  • CSA Approved Batting Helmet.
  • CSA Approved Athletic Protection.

Other Required Equipment:

  • Baseball Glove.
  • House League Runners are fine. Rubber or Hard Plastic Cleats (only) are optional.
  • House League Black Pants (Baseball pants are preferred).

Is there an evaluation or tryout process my athlete must participate in?

House League Evaluations (9u & Up): 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.  Player chooses One of the date/time for the applicable division in the registration system.

What is a Divisional Practice?

Divisional Practices provide an opportunity for our rep teams to mentor our house league 9U to 13U players and coaches. Divisional Practices occur in April, Team schedule will be added to Team Snap.

What if my athlete wishes to play beyond the end of June?

Provincial ‘A” Baseball

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 11U, 13U, 15U and 18U 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.

All interested players will attend open camps throughout May and team(s) selection will be made before end of May, under the direction of the Technical Coordinator, Division Director and VP of House League.

Once teams are created, players participate in House League for May/June, with occasional Provincial “A” team practices, exhibition games and possible tournaments outside of House League weeknight games.

Fall Ball

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 9U this season, you will play 11U Fall Ball.

Camps

SPMBA also holds summer & winter camps

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.

House League Forms:

SPMBA Accident Report:  Click Here

SPMBA Safety/Medical Form:  Click Here

 

Contact

Greg Berger

VP House League

780-668-7687