|Ryan Popowich||AAA Program Director|| firstname.lastname@example.org |
|Deb Soch||AAA Program Treasurer|
|Ron Pederson||AAA Program Marketing/Sponsorship/Fundraising|
|Terry Soch||AAA Program Media/Communications|
The Cougars AAA Baseball Program is a highly competitive program, and therefore has a high level of commitment required from its players. Cougars AAA teams will be entered in the Baseball Alberta AAA Performance league to play teams that come from across the province. The Cougars AAA Baseball Program in alignment with Baseball Alberta's objective for the Provincial AAA League, is to provide a highly competitive yet developmental level of play for players/teams at the 15U and 18U age categories in a province-wide format. This program is 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.
As a program, we feel the importance to foster an environment that strives for high end development through hard work and a positive competitive spirit. In our AAA program, players will not only work to improve upon the skill set necessary to play the game at a competitive level, but also learn and experience the benefits of dealing with adversity, improving ones physical fitness, and having dedicated focus on achieving goals in sport. Our expectations for players, coaches and parents representing our program, is to exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship, teamwork, respect and positive attitude at all times.
Playing AAA baseball requires that certain commitments be made. These major commitments are time, travel, and financial. With approximately 11 - 16 players per team, all players are expected to attend all practices, games, and team functions as reasonably practicable. If families are taking extended vacations or have high commitment levels in other sports or activities this should be discussed prior to evaluations with the Program Director and/or Coach. We do not want to take away a roster spot from a full-time player for a player that can only play part of the time. Failure to fulfill commitments by any player or parent will result in a review of that player's privilege to play in the Cougars AAA Baseball program.
AAA Time Commitment
Independent Tournament Play
Travel Throughout the Province;
Your Cougars AAA Baseball Program costs will cover season Program Start-Up Fees (BBAB league/Coach/Players fees, & Association fees), as well as Team Season Fees (see under Projected Season Team Budgets). Team Budgets are created by the Program Director based on required projected team costs for that season. Click Here for Budget information on 15U AAA and 18UAAA Teams.
Once teams are selected, they will be assigned Team Jerseys for which a postdated cheque of $100 will be required as a deposit and will be forwarded to the Cougars AAA Baseball Program Treasurer to hold until the return and inspection of the jersey at the end of the season.
Outside of the required standard baseball equipment (bat, glove, helmet & personal protection), players will also be responsible for the following:
Cougars AAA Baseball Program Player Evaluation Process
In Jan./Feb. registered players for the Cougars AAA Baseball Program will be required to attend 2 of 3 evaluation sessions for their registered division. The evaluations (tryouts) are conducted under the direction of the CMBA AAA Director, the team coach and independent evaluators. Evaluations will be based on the players skill level, development potential, perceived dedication, character and coachability.
Once the evaluation process is over, team rosters will be placed on CMBA's website. Any Import Players not chosen for the AAA team, will be reassigned to their home association, and any Camrose Player who does not make a team will be assigned to the AA Competitive tryouts for placement onto a CMBA team.
Cougars AAA Baseball Program Coaching
Coaches will be chosen based on the applications submitted to the CMBA AAA Director. We are going to do our best to have qualified non-parent Head/Assistant Coaches involved with our teams, but this will depend on interest level and coach qualifications for those positions. Team fees will be responsible to cover a Coach Honorarium to help with their season expenses.
All AAA Program coaches are required to meet requirements in alignment with Baseball Alberta. Coaching certification courses will be made available in March/April/May prior to the start of the season. For more information regarding coaching certification, you can find it at:
Code of Conducts
As players, coaches and parents you will be responsible for reviewing, signing and ensuring your familiar with.
AAA Program Director
The CMBA AAA Program Director will be responsible for overseeing the AAA Program throughout the season. Responsibilities include but are not limited too helping in the coach selection process, providing team direction, conducting and assisting through the evaluation process, addressing disciplinary issues, parent concerns and general complaints. The Directors are dedicated to ensuring the guiding principles and the general philosophy of CMBA is followed by all players, parents and coaches.