Divisions & Teams

Overview

Overview

We are pleased to offer the following divisions for players in our community for the spring baseball season:

Spring Divisions
Division Name Age
(at end of year)
5U Rally Cap 5
7U Rally Cap 6 or 7
9U Tadpole 8 or 9
11U Mosquito 10 or 11
13U Peewee 12 or 13
15U Bantam 14 or 15
18U Midget 16, 17 or 18
Challenger Minimum age: 6

5U Rally Cap

5U Rally Cap

Welcome to the 5U (Rally Cap) Division. Most likely this will be your son or daughter’s first experience in baseball. The Rally Cap Program was developed by Sport Canada to ensure that this first baseball experience is a positive one for all young players involved. The four main goals of the Rally Cap program are to:

  1. Create an environment in which children and adults can have fun with baseball.
  2. Teach baseball skills, rules and strategy to our players.
  3. Model and teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.
  4. Promote increased self-esteem among Rally Cap children and adults

There will be two one hour sessions each week. Each session will combine both a practice component and an actual game. The emphasis in both will be on the 5 FUNdamentals:

  • Throwing
  • Base Running
  • Receiving
  • Hitting
  • General Knowledge

5U Schedule Overview

  • The 5U season starts early April and runs until mid-June
  • The 5U group plays 2 games per week (1 weekday and 1 weekend)
  • Weekday games are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday starting at 6:00pm.
  • Weekend games are Saturday or Sunday starting at 1:00 or 2:30.
  • Days and times alternate to allow all teams to play each other throughout the season.

Your child will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at two Official Rally Cap Days during the season. All players will go through stations where they will perform different tasks. When a player succeeds at each task at a particular level, he/she will be awarded an appropriate coloured hat. These days are designed to build self-esteem in players, promote skill development and encourage fun with friends.

The only gear your child is responsible for during the season is a glove, a protective jock/jill, and a t-ball helmet. We also recommend cleats, but good running shoes will also work.

If you haven’t already, be sure and sign up for this awesome introduction to baseball!

For more information or any questions, please contact the 5U Rally Cap Division Coordinator.

7U Rally Cap

7U Rally Cap

The 7U Rally Cap program is Baseball Canada’s Official Initiation Program for players aged 6 and 7. Players’ first experiences in baseball should be filled with active and engaging activities that are developmentally appropriate for their age. The Rally Cap program has been designed specifically for young baseball players and aims to increase interest in baseball.

The goals of the Baseball Canada Rally Cap program are to:

  • Create an environment in which children and adults can have fun with baseball.
  • Teach baseball skills, rules and strategy to our players.
  • Model and teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.
  • Promote increased self-esteem among Rally Cap children and adults.

Players will participate in combined game/practice structured events. Teams will play/practice twice a week (Tues/Thurs at 6:00 to 7:15 and Saturday at 1:00 or 3:00 ) combining team play with practice while focusing on the Baseball Canada’s FUNdamentals:

  • Throwing
  • Base Running
  • Receiving
  • Hitting
  • General Knowledge

The 7U season starts early April and runs until mid-June

During the season, the teams will be working on the 5 FUNdamentals of baseball. There will be two Official Rally Cap Days in the season where players will perform various skills and a variety of skill stations in order to earn the “next” coloured hat from Baseball Canada Rally Cap.

Equipment:  All players receive a jersey and hat to keep from WRSSBA.  However, each player will need to supply a glove, protective cup/jill, a batting helmet and running shoes or molded rubber cleats. Grey baseball pants are recommended.

For more information or any questions, please contact the 7U Rally Cap Division coordinator.

9U Tadpole

9U Tadpole

Ages

The 9U (Tadpole) Division provides baseball for boys and girls aged 8 and 9. Starting in 2019, we will have separate leagues for each age. So the first year players will play in one league and the second year players play in a separate league.

Overview

A pitching machine is used for the entire game, with a maximum of 6 innings per game. For the second year players, live pitching will be used starting halfway through the season. Players will continue to develop their primary baseball skills such as hitting, base running, fielding, and throwing, with a concentration on having fun in a team environment.

Spring Season

The Spring Season runs from April to late June.  Tadpole players will usually have 2 games and 2 practice per week. For the spring season, games are only on the weekend. Game times vary, starting at 2:00pm Saturday and 9:00am Sunday. We are usually able to keep the two practice days the same, however the start times will fluctuate between 5:00pm and 6:30pm.

Most games are on the turf field (#3), south of the big boys baseball diamonds. A few games will also be held at one of the Bakerview Park diamonds. Most practices are on the turf field with some practices also at the Centennial Park Oval, on the days the 7U Rally Cap aren’t using the oval.

Scores and standings are only recorded in tournaments. Umpires are also only used in tournaments.

Player Requirements

Each player is required to have a glove, athletic supporter, cleats (molded plastic/rubber), and grey baseball pants.  It is recommended the players have their own helmet with strap, however helmets will be supplied if needed.

Teams

For team forming, please be aware that friend requests are not being taken. Our primary goal is to keep the teams as balanced as possible.

Summer Ball

There are usually one or two summer ball teams per age group. The summer ball season runs from late June to late July for the older team(s). Watch for information on summer ball tryouts which usually take place in June. There is an additional cost to play summer ball.

Questions

For more information or any questions, please contact the 9U Tadpole Division Coordinator.

Tadpole House Rules

Tadpole House Rules 

11U Mosquito

11U Mosquito
Spring Season

Mosquito baseball is played by 10 and 11 year-olds.

The division is divided into two leagues, American and National, based on player evaluations.

Most of the games are played at White Rock’s Centennial Park Diamond. Other games are at the SSAP turf field and Softball City.

Practices are held at Centennial Park Diamond, Bakerview Park East Diamond and south field, Crescent Park south field, and Laronde west mini-field.

Mosquito House Rules

Mosquito House Rules 

Summer Ball

In 2018, there were four summer ball teams.

  • A for the top 12 of the first year players.
  • AAA Tier 1 for the top 12 of the second year players.
  • AAA Tier 2 for the next best second and first year players.
  • AA for the remaining players

There is a summer ball tryout in the middle of June after general evaluations.

Questions

For more information or any questions, please contact the 11U Mosquito Division Coordinator.

13U Peewee

13U Peewee
Spring Season

This division is played by 12 and 13 year-olds. It supports tiering and interlock play with other associations so there will be some local travel.

  • Base paths are set at 70 feet.
  • Pitchers throw from 48 feet.
  • Lead-offs and stealing are allowed and games are 7 innings long.
  • Balks are called on pitchers and running to 1st on a dropped 3rd strike is allowed (if 1st base is unoccupied, or if 1st base is occupied with 2 out).

For the Spring season, players may try out for the “AA” team(s) that offer a more competitive level of play. Players not selected to the “AA” team(s) will be selected to one of the “A” teams which offer a more recreational level of play.

All players on the roster are in the batting rotation and all players will play a minimum of 3 innings of defense.

Summer Ball

To date, WRSSBA has only fielded ‘AAA’ and ‘A’ teams for the summer season.

The Summer Season typically sees the AA team(s) move up to AAA if a competitive level is met and the rules move to 9 man ball where not all players on the team bat. There is a coach’s option for a 10th batter (extra player) and all players are guaranteed 1 at bat and 1 inning on defense.

Players from A Teams will have the opportunity for a Summer Season team where all players continue to bat and get 3 defensive innings.

Provincial Championships are available for qualifying ‘A’ and ‘AAA’ teams and Western Canada Championships are available for the Provincial Champion in ‘AAA’, and Canadian National Championships for the Western Canadian ‘AAA’ Champion.

Questions

For more information or any questions, please contact the 13U Peewee Division Coordinator.

15U Bantam

15U Bantam

This division is played by 14 and 15 year-olds. This division supports tiering and interlock play with other associations so there will be some local travel.

  • Base paths are set at 80 feet.
  • Pitchers throw from 54′
  • Lead-offs and stealing are allowed and games are 7 innings long.
  • Balks are called on pitchers and running to 1st on a dropped 3rd strike is allowed (if 1st base is unoccupied, or if 1st base is occupied with 2 out).

Players may try out for the AA team that offers a more competitive level of play.  The AA team will play similar level teams from other associations across the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. AA players will receive the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches where the focus will be on development while bridging the gap between WRSSBA and the White Rock Tritons Program.

Players not selected to AA team will be selected to one of the “A” teams which offer a more recreational level of play. The “A” teams will play “A” teams from other associations.

Evaluation and selections for this ‘full season’ team are made prior to the start of the spring season, with player commitment required through the end of August.

Provincial Championships are available for qualifying AA teams with the provincial champions going to the Western Canada championship.

For more information or any questions, please contact the 15U Bantam Division Coordinator.

18U Midget

18U Midget

16, 17 and 18 year-old players eligible to play Midget AA. This division supports interlock play with other associations so there will be some local travel.

  • Play is on a major league dimension field with base paths set at 90 feet.
  • Pitchers throw from 60’6″.
  • Lead-offs and stealing are allowed and games are 7 innings long.
  • Balks are called on pitchers and running to 1st on a dropped 3rd strike is allowed (if 1st base is unoccupied, or if 1st base is occupied with 2 out).
  • All players bat in rotation and all players will play a minimum of 3 innings of defense.

For more information or any questions, please contact the 18U Midget Division Coordinator.

Post-Secondary Bursary

WRSSBA wishes to support young athletes in their post-secondary endeavors. Two $250 bursaries will be awarded for the academic year.

For eligibility criteria and the application form, please refer to the following form:

WRSSBA Bursary Application Form 

Challenger

Challenger

WRSSBA offers the Challenger Baseball Division to provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities.

Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. Able-bodied “Buddies” are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. These Buddies assist the Challenger Baseball players with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the base path, assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing, or providing protection for the Challenger Baseball player from a batted ball, are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball.

Each participant is treated like every other player in the conventional baseball program. All players are outfitted in uniforms, use the same equipment, and play their games at the local baseball parks. A team picture is a must for Challenger Baseball, as it is in the other divisions.

Last but not least, the smiles are plentiful and free! The joy on the face of each participant in Challenger Baseball makes it very clear how much fun they are having. No pressures, no playing time issues, everyone just has fun! It’s what baseball is supposed to be all about.

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