Spring is coming! And so is the 2018 baseball season. NEZ/Padres Baseball is pleased to host AAA performance baseball for Peewee and Midget divisions. The Padres will also host AA Baseball for Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions. All athletes living in the NEZ Baseball boundaries are welcome to attend tryouts. (NEZ is east of St. Albert Trail to the City limits, north of the river to the City limits.
The Edmonton Padres AAA and AA programs are the most competitive of the baseball programs offered by the NEZ, and therefore has the highest level of commitment required from players. The teams represent the NEZ in a league that includes teams from across the province. Rep teams are designed for players with more advanced baseball abilities and a desire to compete at a higher level, among peers and competing teams that will challenge their abilities. In order to support the players in continued skill development and provide an understanding of higher-level competition, the AAA and AA Padres teams receive coaching from a staff of highly experienced, NCCP-certified and technically proficient coaches. The AAA and AA program’s coaches and players are also guided by a Technical Director who works with all competitive and performance teams in player and coach development path.
The AAA and AA Padres teams typically consists of 14-18 players, who are selected by try-outs. In order to ensure the team is fully established in time for the beginning of the season, the try-outs are hosted indoors and commence on February 27, 2018) Please see the “tryout” dates, times and locations under the tryouts tab on this website. Please visit the NEZ website for all try out dates for all divisions. The dates are also posted below in this document. The specific time commitments will vary depending on the coach and Baseball Alberta’s provincial schedule but in general, players and parents can anticipate:
- 2-3 practices per week between April and end of July
- 2-4 games per weekend between May and end of July
- Provincials for Tier 3, 4 and 5 are typically in late July
- Provincials for Tier 1 and 2 are typically the first week of August
EDMONTON PADRES AAA and AA BASEBALL
- Do you like the intensity of competition?
- Do you want to further develop your baseball skills?
- Do you want a longer season to play?
If the answer is “YES”, the Rep Program is for you. It gives players the opportunity to hone their individual and team skills at weekly practices, to demonstrate those skills in competitive games in the surrounding area, and to extend the season through July (and into August at the higher levels).
Rep teams are designed for those player’s with above average ability, commitment and desire to play at higher levels of competition. These levels are identified as Performance (AAA) and Competitive (AA). The major objective will be player development through participation by all players on the team up to Provincial Playoffs and Championships. Teams earning a spot via Provincial Championships also have the opportunity to play in the Western Canadian Championships and National Championships.
Participation on a rep team implies certain commitments on behalf of the player’s and the parent’s. The major commitments are time, travel and financial which also includes fund raising initiatives. Rep teams typically utilize weekdays for practices (2 to 3 per week), exhibition games, etc. and weekends for games and tournaments based on schedule and travel requirements as determined by Baseball Alberta. Some games are scheduled during the week, depending on the distance teams must travel. Teams also play during July and August; the length of time depends on the success of the team as it advances through to Provincial Championships and/or post Provincial Championships. Dedication to a rep team will prove beneficial to the player as a valuable learning experience, failure to fulfill the commitments by the player or parent is denying another player a position on the team and will result in a review of the player’s rep privileges.
Player registration fees cover basic expenses related to Baseball Alberta, insurance, team registration. Additional rep fees are collected by the association through the team budgets once the team rosters are completed to offset various operating expenses related to the facilities and/or team. Teams are required to prepare their own team budgets to cover expenses related to additional association fees, travel, tournaments, additional apparel/equipment, etc. The amount of fundraising activities varies per team and will have a direct impact on the final per player cost to the families.
Each spring, players registered with NEZ Baseball who meet the above mentioned criteria are encouraged to attend the evaluation sessions to try out for positions on the rep teams. The evaluations or “tryouts” are conducted under the direction of the respective NEZ Baseball Director. These evaluations are based upon the player’s age category, direct observation of demonstrated skill, development potential, perceived dedication to the program/coaches and various other factors, this way they are placed at the skill level that is most appropriate for them.
There is a $50.00 non-refundable tryout fee for all players wishing to tryout for Peewee AA and AAA, Bantam AA, and Midget AA/AAA. There is no tryout fee for the Mosquito AA team. This fee is also waived for any player who was a full time HPP participant in the 2017-2018 program.