Strathcona Pirates Development Program


This program is for athletes living in Strathcona County outside of Sherwood Park.

The foundation of the Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Association (SPMBA) is the Community League (CL) 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 CL coaches and assistants, as well as ensuring that quality equipment and playing facilities are provided.

The CL 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 CL program is determined by age category. Please go to CL Division for more information.

 Division  Year of Birth  Nights of play 
 5U (formerly Blast Ball)     2015, 2016  Tues., Thurs.
 7U Rally Cap (formerly Rally Cap)  2013, 2014  Tues., Thurs.
 9U (formerly Rookie)  2011, 2012  Mon., Wed.
 11U (fomerly Mosquito)  2009, 2010  Tues., Thurs.
 13U (formerly PeeWee)  2007, 2008  Mon., Wed.
 15U (formerly Bantam)  2005, 2006  Various
 18U (formerly Midget)  2002, 2004 2003   Various


Community League Frequently Asked Questions:

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

When does the community league play begin and end?

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

Can my athlete play on the same team as his or her friend?

The Community 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. SPMBA will try and field all girls teams at each level.

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.
  • Community League Runners are fine. Rubber or Hard Plastic Cleats (only) are optional.
  • Community League Grey Pants (Baseball pants are preferred).

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

Community League Evaluations (9u & Up): The primary purpose of these evaluations is to attempt to provide balance in the selection of Community 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 Community 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?

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.


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.

Community League Forms:

SPMBA Accident Report:  Click Here

SPMBA Safety/Medical Form:  Click Here

Community League Rain Out Process: Click Here

Air Quality Information: Click Here