Baseball

INTRODUCTION

Baseball is an exciting co-ed youth sport for the entire family. The 4 to 9 year old programs focus primarily on skill development first and competition second.

Players aged 10 to 18 can play ‘A’ baseball or try out for the more competitive ‘AA’ baseball teams.

The SNCC is responsible for player registrations and practices while the Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association is responsible for league schedule and umpires. The league schedule is available through the WSMBA website, you can subscribe to their calendar for latest schedules and changes or download a copy of the schedule.

Baseball Manitoba has starting using the Ramp system for all baseball registrations. You will need to create an account on Ramp if you do not have one, however If you already have a Ramp account from another sport, you do not need to create a new account, just follow the link below.

If you have any questions you can reach us through the following email address baseball@stnorbertcc.ca

baseball mb - return to play

The purpose of this document is to describe the Return to Play guidelines for the sport of baseball in the province of Manitoba. These guidelines will be provided to all organized baseball associations through membership at Baseball Manitoba and have been prepared through a collaboration of community volunteers and staff and further reviewed and ratified by Baseball Manitoba’s Management Committee and its member organizations on May 22, 2020. It is our desire to have approval by The Province of Manitoba as soon as possible.

These Return to Play guidelines are required to be in place and executed in full to start up any organized baseball activities by order of The Province of Manitoba and must be followed as outlined. Noncompliance can lead to removal of facility access through the municipality in which you offer baseball programming, by law fines or even provincial health officer order to cease activity.

This work came from Baseball Manitoba, in collaboration with other Provincial Sport Governing Bodies. The working group was assembled in April and was supervised by Baseball Manitoba Executive Director, Jason Miller and included Management Committee Members Tony Siemens (President), Alex Grenier (VP-Competition) and Louis Cote (VP - Coaching). Finally, multiple personnel from baseball associations across the Province were included in the process to prepare guidelines that could be submitted for approval that would allow our athletes and clubs to resume baseball in some form.

Required content included safety and personal hygiene measures to be incorporated for all participants during the COVID 19 pandemic, possible adaptations to standard practices to allow for the restrictions in place at any time through an Order of the Provincial Health Officer and general guidelines that may not necessarily fall under any of the above categories.

UPDATE - 2021 SEASON: REGISTRATION


Hello baseball families. As the COVID-19 situation hopefully continues to improve in Manitoba, it is looking more likely that we will be able to get a baseball season in for 2021. While the situation remains in flux we have the following information with regards to the 2021 season


2021 Season Start Date

Per Baseball Manitoba, the training and competition start dates will be fluid. With the ever changing environment surrounding our Public Health Orders, we are trying to be prepared for all scenarios. There is a high likely-hood that indoor training (tryouts and team formation) will be impossible or limited in some way. Therefore, Baseball Manitoba is considering a later start date than usual to allow for outdoor tryouts, team formation and training before competition may begin.


Registration

The SNCC online registration on the “RAMP” system will be open March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021. At this time, as the season is in flux we will not be requesting payment. Alternatively, within the system you should chose the 'pay by cash' option and at such time that there is more certainty around the baseball season, you will be asked to go back in the system and pay your fees (either by on-line credit card or by cheque at the community center). As well I will be including some survey questions regarding desires to play based on different start dates.


AAA and AA Tryouts

At this time no tryout dates have been set for either the AAA Winnipeg South teams or the AA SWCC, SNCC & FGCC blended teams. For the AA tryouts, you will find a link to the sign up sheet here “Sign up here” for AA tryouts. If your child wishes to tryout for AA baseball it will be important to sign up ASAP so we can get an idea of numbers in case indoor options for tryouts open up (which will be at limited capacities).


Rally Cap and Grand Slam Baseball

It is SNCC's intent to again partner with the SWCC’s Rally Cap and Grand Slams baseball program for 2021. This year we are looking for a volunteer to help coordinate the program. If you are interested in volunteering please contact me ASAP at baseball@stnorbertcc.ca


Coaching

The SNCC baseball program is built on the commitment and dedication of volunteers especially coaches. SNCC will pay the cost for the online coach certification courses. Coaching courses are now available online at the Baseball Manitoba website on the following link: Baseball Manitoba website


Jerseys

We are looking for any unreturned team jerseys. Please respond if you have a coach or player jersey.


Hopefully we will see you on the diamond.


Coaching Opportunities

The SNCC sport programs rely on volunteers from the community to step up and take on coaching roles with our club teams.

The community centre will provide prospective coaches the training and equipment necessary to perform their duties. Where possible, the SNCC can make arrangements for volunteers interested in obtaining coach certification through the Provincial Sport Organization and National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

For those who have coached or are still coaching realize that it is a tremendously rewarding experience. It is made that much better when you have the tools and confidence to really deliver value to the kids.

For more information on baseball coaching clinics please visit Baseball Manitoba, from there links are available to the NCCP website for additional information.

Baseball Manitoba also offers a Respect in Sport training supplement for all coaches and sport leaders. SNCC Coaches will be required to go through the free online training program to be eligible to coach.

Please contact the sport convener if you’re interested in becoming a coach, the SNCC will work with the provincial sport organization on clinic registration options.

Umpire Clinics

2020 Baseball umpire clinics will be identified in this section when it becomes available, you can also visit Baseball Manitoba for additional information.

Please note that umpire clinic fees are not covered by SNCC, umpires are paid directly for competitions they officiate if they are properly certified. Clinic fees are given priority to volunteer coaches.

Age Group information

Rally Caps

Born in 2013, 2014, 2015

2020 Fees: $90

OVERVIEW

This program is our introduction to baseball for our youngest players. Special safety bats and balls are used. Boys and girls learn fundamental baseball skills in a fun and non-competitive environment.

The players are divided by shirt color into different ‘teams’. Every evening, there will be three teams per field and they will rotate through a mixture of 20 minutes of hitting, 20 minutes of infield practice and 20 minutes of skill-development in the outfield. Many skills are taught in the form of games. A parent or adult companion is on the field with the players, and is their partner in the one-on-one skill development activities.

SCHEDULE AND PLAYING SEASON

Baseball season begins in early May, weather permitting. The season ends in late June. SNCC Rally Caps play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:15 pm, at fields located at the SWCC Richmond Kings baseball diamonds. Teams always play at the same location, with the same group of players and families.

Even though the Rally Cap program runs out of SWCC, You still register through SNCC Baseball.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet with working chin strap

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

Each player’s parent or on-field adult should also have their own baseball glove

Grand Slam

Born in 2011-2012

2020 fees: $150

OVERVIEW

In Grand Slam ball, players are divided into teams of 6-8 players. There are no outfielders. The focus is on teaching throwing, hitting, infield play, and base running. An inning is 3 fielding outs (strikeouts do not count), or one time through the batting order – whichever comes first. Coaches stand in the field during play to instruct defensive players during game play. Parent volunteers with their own baseball gloves stand in the outfield to field balls hit into the outfield.

Games incorporate most of the rules of baseball, but the purpose is instructional and non-competitive. Game scores are not kept or recorded, and there are no umpires.

A Louisville spring-loaded pitching machine that throws soft “Incrediballs” is used to pitch to the batters.

SCHEDULE AND PLAYING SEASON

The baseball season begins in very late April, weather permitting. Teams play 2 games per week, on Monday, Wednesday, or Sunday evenings, or Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May, and usually practice an additional 1 day per week. Games do get rained out, and coaches try to schedule make-up games. So, some weeks you may play three games, or on unusual nights.

Evening games begin at 6:30 p.m., and typically end around 8:00 p.m. Afternoon games begin at 2:00 p.m. Coaches usually require their players to arrive earlier for pre-game warm-ups. The Grand Slam league will finish play before the end of June.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet with working chin strap

athletic supporter

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

GRAY baseball pants are preferred but not required; gray sweatpants work just fine.

SNCC provides team bats. Players can also bring their own bats. Bats labelled Softball cannot be used.

At this age, a lighter bat is much preferred to a bat that feels heavy. Have your player hold their bat with one hand around the end of the handle, then fully extend their arm to the side of their body at shoulder height. They should be able to hold their bat for at least 10 seconds without their arm or the bat tip dropping down. If they cannot do this, the bat is too heavy for them.

AA Tryouts

SNCC holds combined AA tryouts with SWCC and FGCC, typically 1 team is created for each of the age groups 11U, 13U, 15U, and 18U, these teams will be hosted by 1 of the 3 clubs, follow the link to sign up for AA tryouts

Please note: These tryouts are not mandatory, and are only for players interested in playing competitive AA ball this season. As time is tight, we respectfully ask that this not be treated as a pre-season clinic or camp.

11U

Born in 2009-2010

2020 Fees: $190

OVERVIEW

This is the first age group where players pitch, scores are recorded, games have umpires, and playoffs happen at the end of the season. Both the A-League and AA-League use a continuous batting order, where all players on the team bat in order whether or not they are playing in the field. There is unlimited substitution at all fielding positions. Game length is 6 innings.

SCHEDULE

The baseball season begins in very late April, weather permitting. Teams play 2 games per week, on Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday evenings, or Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Games do get rained out, and coaches need to schedule make-up games. So, some weeks you may play three games or on unusual nights.

Evening games begin at 6:30 p.m., and typically finish before 8:30 p.m. Afternoon games begin at 2:00 p.m. Coaches usually require their players to arrive earlier for pre-game warm-ups.

The A-League plays entirely within Winnipeg South. Expect at least 1 additional practice per week for A-League teams.

The AA-League plays city-wide. Expect at least 2-3 additional practices per week for AA-League teams.

PLAYING SEASON

Teams in the A-League will all participate in the Winnipeg South playoffs in late June. Teams that qualify for the City Championship tournament may be playing the Canada Day long weekend, and into the first week of July.

All teams in the AA-League will play through the second weekend in July. Teams that qualify for the Provincial Championship tournament will be playing through the third weekend in July.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet with working chin strap

athletic supporter

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes (rubber or plastic cleats only) are recommended for the AA-League.

A Teams: GRAY baseball pants (gray sweatpants are fine for A-league)

AA Teams: head coaches can choose the color for their team’s baseball pants

SNCC provides team bats. Players can also bring their own bat. Bats must be a barrel diameter 2 ¾” or less and a length of 32″ or less. Bats labelled Softball cannot be used.

At this age, a lighter bat is much preferred to a bat that feels heavy. Have your player hold their bat with one hand around the end of the handle, then fully extend their arm to the side of their body at shoulder height. They should be able to hold their bat for at least 10 seconds without their arm or the bat tip dropping down. If they cannot do this, the bat is too heavy for them.

13U

Born in 2007-2008

2020 fees: $200

OVERVIEW

Though most of the rules of adult baseball are followed, both the A-League and AA-League use a continuous batting order, where all players on the team will bat in order whether or not they are playing in the field. There is unlimited substitution at all fielding positions. Game length is 7 innings.

SCHEDULE

The baseball season begins in very late April, weather permitting. Teams play 2 games per week, on Monday, Wednesday, or Sunday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Evening games begin at 6:30 p.m., and typically finish around 8:30 p.m. Afternoon games begin at 2:00 p.m. Coaches require their players to arrive earlier for pre-game warm-ups. Games do get rained out, and coaches need to schedule make-up games. So, some weeks you may play three games or on unusual nights.

The A-League plays entirely within Winnipeg South. Expect at least 1 additional practice per week for A-League teams.

The AA-League plays city-wide. Expect at least 2-3 additional practices per week for AA-League teams.

PLAYING SEASON

Teams in the A-League will all participate in the Winnipeg South playoffs in late June. Teams that qualify for the City Championship tournament may be playing the Canada Day long weekend, and into the first week of July.

All teams in the AA-League will play through the second weekend in July. Teams that qualify for the Provincial Championship tournament will be playing through the third weekend in July.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet with working chin strap

athletic supporter

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes (rubber or plastic cleats only) are recommended for the AA-League.

A Teams: GRAY baseball pants

AA Teams: head coaches can choose the color for their team’s baseball pants

SNCC provides team bats. Players can also bring their own bat. Bats must be a barrel diameter 2 ¾” or less and a length of 33″ or less. Bats labelled Softball cannot be used.

15U

Born 2005-2006

2020 Fees: $210

OVERVIEW

Though most of the rules of adult baseball are followed, both the A-League and AA-League use a continuous batting order, where all players on the team will bat in order whether or not they are playing in the field. There is unlimited substitution at all fielding positions. Game length is 7 innings.

SCHEDULE

The baseball season begins in very late April, weather permitting. Teams play 2 games per week. Evening games begin at 6:30 p.m., and typically finish after 8:30 p.m. Afternoon games begin at 2:00 p.m. Coaches require their players to arrive earlier for pre-game warm-ups. Games do get rained out, and coaches need to schedule make-up games. So, some weeks you may play three games or on unusual nights.

The A-League plays entirely in a Winnipeg West League, with teams from Winnipeg South, St. James, and North Winnipeg. Game days are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (rarely), or Sunday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Expect at least 1 additional practice per week for A-League teams.

The AA-League plays city-wide. Game days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday (rarely), or Sunday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Expect at least 2-3 additional practices per week for AA-League teams.

PLAYING SEASON

The top 6 teams in the Winnipeg West A-League will play in the City Championship tournament, which can occur during the Canada Day long weekend, and into the first week of July.

All teams in the AA-League will play through the second weekend in July. Teams that qualify for the Provincial Championship tournament will be playing through the third weekend in July.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet

athletic supporter

GRAY baseball pants for both A and AA teams

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes (can have rubber, plastic, or metal cleats) are highly recommended.

SNCC provides team bats, though most players bring their own bat. Bats must be BBCOR certified, have a barrel diameter 2 ¾” or less, and a bat rating of -3 or less. Bats must have the word Baseball on their barrel label. Bats labelled Softball cannot be used.

18U

Born in 2002, 2003, 2004

2020 Fees: $220

OVERVIEW

The AA-League is like adult baseball. Only the 9 fielding players bat. There are limited and clear re-entry rules for fielding players who have left the game. A designated hitter is used. Game length, however, is 7 innings.

The A-League uses a continuous batting order, where all players on the team will bat in order whether or not they are playing in the field. There is unlimited substitution at all fielding positions. Game length is 7 innings.

SCHEDULE

The baseball season begins in very late April, weather permitting. Teams play 2 games per week. Evening games begin at 6:30 p.m., and typically finish after 8:30 p.m. Afternoon games begin at 2:00 p.m. Coaches require their players to arrive earlier for pre-game warm-ups. Games do get rained out, and coaches need to schedule make-up games. So, some weeks you may play three games or on unusual nights.

The A-League plays city-wide. Game days are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (rarely), or Sunday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Expect at least 1 additional practice per week for A-League teams.

The AA-League plays city-wide. Game days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday (rarely), or Sunday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons in early May. Expect at least 2-3 additional practices per week for AA-League teams.

PLAYING SEASON

The top 5 teams in the A-League will play through the second weekend in July.

All teams in the AA-League will play through the second weekend in July. Teams that qualify for the Provincial Championship tournament will be playing through the third weekend in July.

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

baseball glove

batting helmet

athletic supporter

GRAY baseball pants for both A and AA teams

water bottle labelled with the player’s name

Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes (can have rubber, plastic, or metal cleats) are highly recommended.

SNCC provides team bats, though most players bring their own bat. Bats must be BBCOR certified, have a barrel diameter 2 ¾” or less, and a bat rating of -3 or less. Bats must have the word Baseball on their barrel label. Bats labelled Softball cannot be used.