What is New in 2020?
The board of directors is always looking to make improvements on the hard work and ideas of past Board Members, the systems that make our organization run and the quality of the baseball experience for our athletes. Here is our list of what is changing in 2020:
What's in a name?
SPMBA has changed the name of the "House League" to "Community League." The reasons for the change are small, but we believe that the term Community League better incorporates our mission creating an environment that is positive for all in our community. It is also believed that this wording better welcomes our Strathcona Pirate families as we are no longer running our own house league, but a larger league that incorporates multiple communities.
Provincial A (11U and 13U)
Provincial A is moving under the guidance of the Rep Committee and will now be full season playing in the Edmonton Area League (YEG-A) ran by Baseball Alberta May-July (in other words players no longer play in Community League and provincial A, now just play in provincial A league). Evaluations will be in mid-March and teams will be created to compete in the league. This will be limited to two teams and top performers at evaluations will be placed on teams.
Registration Fees will stay the same as 2019 with the following changes:
A Capital Fields Savings Levy will be added to the registration ($10 for Community League and $30 for Rep League) This fee is being added to ensure that SPMBA is able to save for future capital field projects.
Rep Individual Baseball Alberta Player Fees will move to registration and be paid up front instead of through team budgets and cash calls. This is $80 for AAA/AA and $27.50 for Provincial A.
Rep Keeper Jersey and Warm-up shirts will move to registration and be paid up front instead of through team budgets and cash calls. Amount is still TBD.
In October, we signed a MOU with SCBA that stated that they would stop operations for two years to trial amalgamation of the two associations. All SCBA athletes will now register as Strathcona Pirates, but through SPMBA. SPMBA will now offer our younger programming (5U Blastall) in Ardrossan (if there is enough demand)
Community League Pants
All Community League athletes will now wear grey pants. This includes Sherwood Park and Strathcona Athletes.
Stealing the idea from SCBA, SPMBA will now have an opening day that will consist of all teams coming together for a fun day of activities while team volunteers also pick up all jerseys, equipment and information.
We are always looking for ways to improve our evaluations and are working diligently to ensure that both Community League and Rep evaluations are well planned out and efficient.
We will still run our camps the same way (High Performance and Community Winter Camps and Summer Camps), but will run additional camps for our youngest athletes all based on the Baseball Canada LTAD.
Board of Directors Structure Change
We have had a major change in the structure of the Board of Directors. See the below diagram and the operations manual for more information. We are also updating our three year vision and will present that to our membership very soon.