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Overview

The goal of the rec program is to allow athletes to become active in the game of baseball in an environment that will encourage them to be active for life. Many athletes involved at this level have a great love of the game, however, they may not be able to be as committed as the rep program requires. This program is geared towards allowing all different levels to participate and have fun. and is very affordable.

This program typically runs from the last week of April through the last week of June. 

We require all recreational players to attend pre-season evaluations to assist in our team selection process. PMBA attempts to make all recreational league teams as equal as possible, so every player has an opportunity to have fun and be part of a successful team. All coaches are also encouraged to attend and assist with the running of the drills we will be using in the evaluation process. Pre season Player Evaluations typically takes place during the first part of April for all Recreational League Players. Details regarding possible date(s) and times will be posted and circulated to all registrants prior to the beginning of April. It is imperative that all players do attend the player evaluations.

Recreation Player Evaluations

Here are the updated times for the recreation evaluations. Due to the high number of registrants, Parkland Minor Ball had to separate the players into smaller groups.

This is for Rookie, Mosquito, PeeWee, Bantam, Midget Levels ONLY

All Level Evaluations will be held at the Tri-Leisure Center, please arrive approx 15 minutes prior to your time slot

Bring water, indoor running shoes, baseball glove, baseball helmet and any other pertaining baseball equipment.

Rookie:

April 8 (0800-0915) Group 1

April 8 (0915-1030) Group 2

April 8 (1030-1145) Group 3

April 8 (1145-1300) Group 4

Emails have been distributed by Rookie Coordinator - please contact Rob if you have not yet received your time his email is rookie@pmba.email

Mosquito:

April 16 (1730-1845) Group 1

April 16 (1845-2000) Group 2

April 17 (1730-1845) Group 3

April 17 (1845-2000) Group 4

Email will be distributed by Mosquito Coordinator identifying your specific group time prior to April 9. Please contact Bev if you do not yet receive your time, her email is 11U@pmba.email

PeeWee:

April 9 (1730-1845) Group 1

April 9 (1845-2000) Group 2

April 10 (1730-1845) Group 3

April 10 (1845-2000) Group 4

Email will be distributed by PeeWee Coordinator identifying your specific group time prior to April 7. Please contact Sasha if you do not yet receive your time, her email is 13U@pmba.email

Bantam:

April 18 (1700-1900)

Email will be distributed by Bantam Coordinator identifying your specific group time prior to April 14. Please contact Kris if you do not yet receive your time, his email is 15U@pmba.email

Midget:

April 18 (1900-2100)

Email will be distributed by Midget Coordinator identifying your specific group time prior to April 14. Please contact John if you do not yet receive your time, his email is 18U@pmba.email

If you have any questions about the evaluation process, there is a description on the website at:  www.parklandminorball.ca/recreational

or please feel free to contact Darren our Recreation Director @ recreation@pmba.email

Draft Procedure

Each coach will be identified and be given a master sheet of all registered players.

Evaluation sheets will be provided with pinnie numbers of the athletes.

Evaluation will consist of running, throwing, hitting, fielding ground balls and quarter back drills to cover fly balls.

Coaches will perform their own evaluations and prepare to draft a team after the Evaluation process.

This will take place at Tri Leisure upstairs.  

There will be independent evaluators that will do an evaluation that will be available to help coaches through the process if required.

Process:

Each coach will be given their child as their first pick. Depending on independent evaluators ranking in the event that a coach has an additional child that will be on their team the pick will be penciled in as the 6th round pick. However, if the coach’s children are deemed to be stronger athletes PMBA reserves the right to move the pickup. This could result in a coach not picking until the 3rd round of the draft. The decision will be made by the Recreation Director or the Vice President. Ultimately as long as no conflict is in place the decision will be final.

To determine the draft order we will put names in a hat and draw out the draft order. We will then use a Snake Format 1 to 10, 10 to 1.

Please understand, not everyone will or is expected to have the same draft philosophy. We are not suggesting that family cannot be on the same team. Coaches will have to pick their team knowing what is important to them. PMBA also reserves the right to make player trades when required to ensure no child will not be excluded from being able to play. For example 2 kids need to be on the same team for rides this was unknown during the draft. An equal player maybe removed and the request may be able to be met. Both coaches must agree or the request may be denied. The Recreation Director will make the final decisions if required. If a conflict is evident then the Vice President will act on behalf of the Recreation Director.

Be very clear, the results of a draft will get more coaches engaged. Still allow for players to be with some of their friends. All request will be provided to the coaches and PMBA will try and ensure all request are meant. There is no perfect system, however this system is proven and used all over the world. In a time when we are trying to ensure more development and a great experience this is becoming the most fair and productive way to ensure growth in our program.

Our mission is to run the best program in Alberta that can help develop the love of the game. We will see and understand the different values of our coaches. This will also help dramatically in our coach development.

The program continues to grow and we need to find ways to ensure that a majority of our athletes are getting what they need. We will not put individual’s wants  ahead of the needs of the programs!

No coach will be allowed to draft more than 1 kid that is not at the evaluation. Recreation director will assign players to team teams after the draft is done. If a coach drafts a kid not at the evaluation they must make the selection with their first pick.   

Trades can only happen after the draft. With the approval of the Recreation Director.

For example. A guy may trade up the pick to get a kid but may move down in the next round.

 


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