Sherwood Park Athletics/Dukes Rep Program
SPMBA’s Rep Program is for those players that are interested in and are committed to development and competition.
The Athletics is the rep program for all rep teams from 11U to 18U, with the exception of the top 18U AAA team, who is known as the Dukes.
Team rosters for the Sherwood Park Athletics are formed following tryouts or evaluations that determine the players demonstrated ability at the tryout sessions. Each athlete will get at least two hours in a small group to demonstrate their abilities to the coaches.
Go to Registration Menu for Tryout dates and locations
The season typically starts in April or May depending on the weather and field conditions and extending into August. Post season play can extend into mid or late August. Games are typically played on the weekends, AAA program can expect to play nearly every weekend and AA can expect to play at least every second weekend. Please Baseball Alberta Calendar for full details. http://baseballalberta.com/
Rep players can expect to travel. Baseball Alberta schedules the league games and does their best to reduce travel when possible or have teams take turn hosting. Each division in the rep program has a AA and AAA level (exception is 11U, only AA), teams typically participate in a variety of tournaments both locally and in other provinces and in some cases the U.S. Almost every team will participate in a provincial championship tournament at the end of the season, this tournament can be hosted anywhere in the province.
The costs of registration cover basic expenses such as insurance, equipment, some apparel and a jerseuy and diamond rentals, A's teams are required to cover their own uniform, travel, umpire and tournament costs. In the case of non parent paid coaches, the team will be responsible to cover 75% of the coaches honorarium as well as expenses. A proposed budget will be presented for parent’s approval at the beginning of the season, after the team is selected. This gives parents the opportunity to see the cost of participating on the team and in the Rep Program. The cost is often offset by team fundraising activities. The amount of fundraising required varies by team and depends on travel and tournament activity (i.e. out of province travel to Western Canada or National Championships). Parents will be expected to contribute a “cash call” or “seed money” to get the team budget a kickstart.
The SPMBA Rep Committee consists of a Rep Vice President and two Rep Coordinators. It is responsible for setting up and overseeing the Rep Program throughout the season. Primary responsibilities include selecting coaches, providing team direction, conducting coach and player evaluations, and addressing disciplinary issues, parent concerns and general complaints. The Rep Committee is dedicated to ensuring the Guiding Principles and the general philosophy of SPMBA is followed.
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