Cougars Community Baseball
The Camrose Community Baseball Program is the foundation of the CMBA and is committed to providing players a program designed for all skill sets and athletic abilities. The intention of the program is to create a fun and fully inclusive playing environment with a focus on skill development, sportsmanship and recreation. However, players in this program will have skill and experience levels that range from introductory (eg. never played on a baseball team before) to rep player calibre. These teams will be entered in the Baseball Alberta CUB (County Union Baseball League), ERRBL (Edmonton Rural and Recreational Baseball League) or YEGA (Edmonton A League) to play teams close in proximity to Camrose to minimize travel as much as possible.
Players/Teams at this level will also have the option to join the Baseball Alberta Provincial A Baseball Championships in July. For more information scroll down to Provincial A Baseball. This will be at the discretion of individual players and teams.
What are you Committing to?
Your initial CMBA registration fee (taken at the time of registration) will cover basic expenses related to playing ball for our organization such as insurance, basic equipment, practice time, etc. Once teams are formed, any additional fees will be at the discretion of the teams to fund any additional activities, events or apparel the team wishes to partake in.
Once teams are selected, they will be assigned team Jerseys for which a $75 post dated cheque will be required as a deposit and will be forwarded to the CMBA Equipment Director to hold until the return and inspection of the jersey.
Outside of the required standard baseball equipment (bat, glove, helmet & personal protection), Individual Players will be responsible for the following:
The Player Evaluation Process
In April, players who have registered for the Community Baseball Program will be required to attend the evaluation sessions for their registered division. The evaluations are conducted under the direction of the CMBA Board and selected evaluators. Evaluations will be based on the players age category and current skill level. This enables the CMBA Board to ensure that teams are divided equally and appropriate depending on the number of registrants at each division.
The Evaluation Policy/Program is posted on the CMBA website if you wish to reference it for information on the Evaluation Process.
Once the evaluation process is over, team rosters will be placed on CMBA's website.
Coaches will be chosen based on the applications submitted to CMBA and the Coach Selection Policy. We strongly encourage parents to take an interest in coaching as it is an integral part of our ability to field teams.
All CMBA Coaches will be required to have the Respect in Sports Course for coaches. If you wish to be refunded, please contact or forward receipts to the CMBA Technical Director for reimbursement. You are also required to provide proof of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check. The form is available on the website http://www.camroseball.com/content/coachs-corner
All CMBA 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 you are familiar with:
Provincial A Baseball
The objective of the Provincial 'A' League is to provide a longer season of baseball for Community level players/teams, allowing them to continue to play through the month of July with an 'A' Provincial Championship at 11U, 13U, 15U and 18U categories. It is intended for players who have a desire to play at a more competitive level after the house league season ends.
Teams will compete in a Regional format for two weekends in July. The number and size of the regions will be based on the number of teams that register. If there are too few teams registered to provide a League, the teams that did register will be given the opportunity/choice to compete in the lowest tier of 'AA' for that age category, including the Provincial Championships.
The Fall Baseball Program is a strictly developmental program intended to provide 11U, 13U and 15U players an opportunity to further develop their baseball skills after the spring and summer programs have completed. The Fall league is similar to the Community leagues in terms of time commitment and the range of skill sets. The league runs for 4 weeks during September and October. Time commitment is typically 1-2 practices per week and 2 games (one double-header) on weekends. All skill levels are welcome to register. Please note that you will register in the level of ball that you will play in the next season (eg: if you are a second year 9U this season, you will play 11U Fall Ball).
The CMBA Community Directors will be responsible for setting up and overseeing the Community 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 Community Directors are dedicated to ensuring the guiding principles and the general philosophy of CMBA is followed by all players, parents and coaches.