Spring Rookie House

Updated Monday April 15, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.

The Spring Rookie House Program is KBA's recreational (house) development program for players born 2013 - 2010.  This program focuses on Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and teaching the 5 FUNdamentals of baseball in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.  Each child is assessed at the beginning of the year and place in a development "Tier" with players of equivalent aptitude and ability.  Each Tier has specifically designed practice objectives and modified game rules based on Baseball Canada guidelines to maximize player development with enough fun built in to foster a long-term love of the game.

First time players born in 2013, may find this program challenging and are encouraged to consider the Spring Initiation House Program.

 

Image result for urgent symbol We are looking for volunteer coaches for this program, click here to register or contact James Moser

 

Registration

Eligible Players  Born 2013 - 2010
Registration Status  Closed
Evaluation Process  Sortouts April 13, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Season  Spring (May - June)
Cost  $150 ($25 Early Bird Discount - Expires March 18)

 

What to Expect

Pre-Season

Registration is now closed. 

Sort-outs are held April 13.  Players are expected to attend a one-hour session in which they are evaluated in throwing, fielding, batting, and base-running to ensure they are placed in a Tier which will provide the best development opportunities.  Your timeslot will be communicated by the convener in early April.

Season

The season begins in May after the city has released baseball fields, which can be as early as May 1.  All Tiers meet twice a week, Monday to Thursday, from 6:00 to approximately 8:00, depending on the weather and available sunlight.  Each session will consist of 50% practice and 50% gameplay.

Note, Tier 1 meets on a rotating schedule Monday to Thursday (games may be played on any evening).  Tiers 2 and 3 will play on fixed day schedules, either Monday / Wednesday or Tuesday / Thursday (you can express your preference during registration).

The following table summarizes some of the differences between the Tiers during gameplay.  KBA recognizes that players develop best when they are actively participating; gameplay rules have been modified to increase the speed of the game, yielding more at-bats and more fielding opportunities per player.

  Tier 1 Tier 2  
Schedule M / W or Tu / Th M / W or Tu / Th  
Pitching Coach Pitch Coach Pitch  
Basepaths 50 feet 50 feet  
Strikeouts None None  
Innings 3 Outs Bat-the-Order  
Catchers Yes No  
 
 
What is Included
 
Your registration includes:
  • Season registration and field fees
  • Team T-shirt and Hat

 

What Else You Should Know

  • The success of the program, and your child's enjoyment of the season, depends largely on the commitment of the team volunteers.  To improve development opportunities, teams at this level are intentionally kept small, which means most of the parents on a team will be called upon to aid in each session.  For example, during gameplay a team will require 3 coaches, an umpire, a score keeper, and a bench manager. 
     
  • Al players are expected to bring a baseball glove and batting helmet and should wear a jock/jill and appropriate footwear.  Baseball pants are highly recommended.  This article has some useful information regarding equipment for this level
     
  • Friend requests are accepted during registration subject to the KBA policy
     
  • KBA's geographical boundaries include Kanata, Carp, Stittsville, Ashton, and Richmond.  Due to the large program and relatively low number of available baseball diamonds, teams may be placed on fields outside of the understood urban Kanata boundaries.  In previous years, diamonds in Stittsville, Richmond, Munster, and Bells Corners were used.
     
  • The field and equipment requirements for each Tier differ considerably.  Siblings playing in different Tiers will not be playing at the same diamond, and could possibly be separated by a large distance.  Consider your personal scheduling challenges when selecting which days on which you would prefer your children to play.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact James Moser.




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