Fort Garry Baseball Association registration policy info 2010
FGCC code of conduct
Baseball web site
Baseball Convenors Mel Toews and Marshall Kirton
FG Baseball was formed many years ago by a group of dedicated volunteers and continues to be operated by a small group of dedicated volunteers. FG teams play in leagues administered by the Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association (WSMBA). Both organizations are affiliates of Baseball Manitoba and Baseball Canada.
Age Divisions, Fees, and Playing Schedules
Age Divisions are based upon the player’s age as of December 31.
Registration Fees include, per-player fees charged by WSMBA, Baseball Manitoba, Baseball Canada, and the City of Winnipeg. With the remainder, FG pays for equipment, uniforms, field maintenance, and umpires. Older age groups pay higher fees because they have more expensive equipment and more umpires, and umpire fees are higher for each age division.
In addition to the Registration Fee FGBA also requires coaches to pledge a postdated cheque for $250 as a uniform and equipment deposit. These cheques will be destroyed upon return of the entire team’s/player’s uniforms and equipment at a specified date at the end of the season. Cheques will be cashed if uniforms and equipment are not returned by that specified date.
Players Pee Wee or older may try out for “AAA” teams, which are run by WSMBA with different fees, playing schedules, and equipment requirements. If interested, ask for information at the registration table. Any player trying out for a WSMBA “AAA” team must first register with their local community club prior to trying out.
This year, players attending “AAA” tryouts will need to show proof of registration in order to participate.
Rally Cap: Ages 5 - 7, not divided by skill levels. League includes FGBA and other local community area teams. This program offers a basic introduction to baseball for our youngest players. The teams usually consist of a minimum of 6 players. These teams will meet for an hour twice a week, to learn the basics of the game and have fun.
Equipment required: baseball glove. Rally Caps play for an hour or so on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Rookie: Ages 7 - 9, not divided by skill levels. Rookie League includes all
teams in WSMBA. Rookie games incorporate most of the rules of baseball but use a pitching machine for safety and to help players learn to hit.
Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet and water bottle. Rookies play 2 games per week, varying among Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Mosquito: Ages 10 & 11, divided into “A” and “AA” levels. “A” League includes
all teams in WSMBA. “AA” League includes WSMBA, St. James & North Winnipeg. At this age level players pitch to opposing teams. Limits are set on the number of pitches pitched in a day and a week to help safeguard young arms from overuse.
Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet and water bottle. Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes with soft cleats are
recommended, particularly at the “AA” level. Team bats are supplied, but players may bring their own bat as long as they are barrel diameter 2 1/4” or less.
Mosquito plays 2 games per week, varying among Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings.
Pee Wee: Ages 12 & 13, divided into “A”, “AA” and “AAA” levels. “A” and
“AA” Leagues include WSMBA, St. James & North Winnipeg. This is the first age division where essentially all the rules of adult baseball are used, including leading off and stealing bases. Pitching limits are still in place.
Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet and water
bottle. Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes with soft cleats are highly recommended. Players may bring their own bat as long as the barrel diameter is 2 3⁄4” or less.
Pee Wee “A” and “AA” play 2 games per week, varying among Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Bantam: Ages 14 & 15, divided into “A”, “AA”, and “AAA” levels. “A” and
“AA” Leagues play citywide.
Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet, and water bottle. Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes are highly recommended.
Players may bring their own bats, as long as the barrel diameter is 2 3/4” or less.
Bantams play 2 games per week, varying among Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings. Note due to numbers, some players may be moved to other local community areas to form equitable teams
Midget: Ages 16, 17 & 18, divided into “A”, “AA”, and “AAA” levels. “A”
and “AA” Leagues play city-wide. Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet, and water bottle. Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes are highly recommended. Players may bring their own bats, as long as the barrel diameter is 2 5/8” or less, with a weight to length ratio of minus 3.
Midgets play 2 games per week, varying among Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., or Sun. evenings. Note due to numbers, some players may be moved to other local community areas to form equitable teams
Junior: Ages 19, 20, 21 & 22, “AA” level only in WSMBA. The “AA” League
Equipment required: baseball glove, athletic supporter, helmet, and water bottle.
Although not required, batting gloves and baseball shoes are highly recommended. Juniors play 3 games per week, usually Wed. evenings and Sunday doubleheaders, though games can be played on other days. League play is from mid-May until the end of July. Playoffs may extend into August.
The Baseball Season
The baseball season begins for all ages during the first full week of May (weather permitting). Rally Caps and Rookies finish their baseball season before the end of school in late June.
The baseball season for ALL Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget teams will include the last weekend in June, and may continue into July. “A” and “AA” League Playoffs, involving all the teams, will be held usually the last weekend of June. Two or 3 teams from each league will advance to City Championship Tournaments, which is usually held on the first weekend in July. The “A” League season will be finished after Cities, but for the “AA” Leagues, the top teams ( 5 teams went last year) from Cities will participate in the Provincial Championships, which is usually held the third weekend July. Provincial Championships for WSMBA “AAA” teams will be held August.
League games begin at 6:30 p.m. Coaches usually require their players to arrive 30minutes earlier for the pre-game warm-up.
Rookie games are finished by 8:00. Mosquito games finish before 8:30.
Pee- Wee and older usually finish the inning that is under way at 8:30 (if the game hasn’t ended before then).
All leagues play 2 scheduled games per week, but it does rain in May and June, and coaches try hard to schedule make-up games for those that were rained out, so some weeks you play 3 games and on unusual nights. Most teams have at least one scheduled practice during the week, in addition to the 2 games.
FGBA is always looking for additions to our excellent staff of umpires. Umpires must be at least 14 years old. FGBA will cover the cost of certification for our umpires, provided that they pass the course and work for us throughout this season. Umpires are paid on a per-game basis, and rates vary by age division. Email us as soon as possible if you are interested, as we will be organizing a pre-season certification clinic for potential new umpires.
Pre-Season Player Assessment Why? There is no pre-season assessment for Rally Caps. In the Rookie division, players are assessed in order to ensure that all teams in FG are well balanced with a range of ability levels on each team.
In all other age groups, the reason for skill assessment is, first and foremost, the safety of the athletes. We will attempt to place each athlete on a team with players of a comparable skill level in order to promote a safe baseball environment. We also assess the athletes so that when tiered into “A” or “AA”, they are afforded the greatest opportunity for fun, further skill development and success at practices and during games. There has been some discussion of having a development team in Pee Wee age group, which was done in 2008, meaning a team of the younger age group would form to play AA. This had some merit depending on the numbers and abilities of the baseball players and will be considered in 2009 and may be further explored at the Bantam level as well. Please make certain that your player attends their FGBA pre-season assessment / tryout sessions.
For Mosquito division and older, all players who do not attend the pre-season assessment tryout sessions will be assigned to an “A” team. The convener for each division organizes and oversees the pre-season assessment sessions. The actual assessing of the players is done by volunteers with significant baseball experience. Except at the Rookie level, these assessments will NOT be done by individuals who have children playing at that age group.
Teams will be assembled by the convener for each age group and then coaches will be assigned once the tierng and team selection has been completed.
NOTE THERE HAS BEEN PROBLEMS IN THE PAST WITH PLAYERS PLAYING OTHER SPORTS (SUCH AS HOCKEY) AND THIS HAS EFFECTED THE TEAM CHEMESTRY, FORFIETS, AS WELL CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT ON THE TEAM THAT IS NOT PART OF OUR BASEBALL PROGRAM. WE URGE THOSE PARENTS TO PLEASE ADVISE YOUR AGE CONVENER PRIOR TO FGBA FORMING THE TEAMS. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO MAKE PLAYER / TEAM ADJUSTMENTS ACCORDINGLY. THANKYOU
Baseball Starts When? Mid to late April. Weather permitting; assessments are usually completed in two sessions. You will get an email notice about the time and date. For anyone without
email, a volunteer will phone you.
Where? Most tryouts will take place at FG C.C. however last year we moved in doors and may do this due to weather and timing. If we do this we may charge a small fee for the indoor use and provide clinicians too. (stay tuned)
What to wear and bring? Please arrive 20 minutes before the specified start time so that you can sign in and players can begin to stretch, jog, and warm up.
- bring your own water bottle, labeled with your name.
- wear sweat pants or baseball pants. NO SHORTS!!
- bring your baseball glove and if you wish you might bring your own helmet, bat and batting gloves.
- wear appropriate footwear (baseball shoes or good athletic shoes).
FGCC has in place policies and procedures for issues of Refunds, Age Advancement, Fair Play and Player Transfers between clubs. In addition we have developed and implemented Codes of Conduct for players, coaches and parents. These are all posted in their entirety at
Refund Policy Summary
Refund requests received after registration, but before player pre-season assessment: we will refund the full registration fee minus a $20 processing charge. Refund requests received after player pre-season assessment sessions but before the start of the regular season: we will refund 50% of registration fees.
After the start of the season, partial refunds will only be considered in the case of a season-ending injury.
Policy Regarding Age-Advancement Of Players Summary
The FGBA believes that it is normally in the best interest of young athletes to play in their age- appropriate divisions. Safety is our primary concern, but even if young players have the physical skills to play safely with older children, many lack the emotional or social maturity to do so successfully. We believe it is always desirable for young athletes to succeed to the best of their abilities, and that they are much more likely to do so playing with peers than with older athletes. We recognize, however, that there may be extraordinary circumstances in which it may be preferable for children to “play up” to the next age level. In such cases we will entertain a petition from players and parents to do so. Such requests must be approved by a majority of the FGBA Board on a case-by-case basis. Permission will not be granted if, based on pre-season skills assessments, we believe that there may be significantly greater risk of injury for the child, playing with older players.
Age-Advancement is granted more often between the younger age divisions; specifically, from the Rally Cap to Rookie age division or from the Rookie to Mosquito age division. Requests will be considered only if the player has at least one season of experience in organized baseball, and is not more than one year younger than other players in the division to which advancement is requested. Any under-aged player moving up to Mosquito from Rookie will be eligible to play only on a Mosquito “A” team. We do
not believe it is appropriate for under-aged players to usurp “AA” positions from kids of standard age for that division. The full policy can be found on our website.
Fair Play Policy Summary
The FG Fair Play Policy is that every player is entitled to a fair and equitable amount of playing time over the course of the regular season and the opportunity to develop skills at the various positions.
The full policy is extensive and can be found on our website. This fair play policy applies to “A” and “AA” teams at all age levels. Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association policies apply for “AAA”.
Transfer Policy Summary
Baseball Manitoba policy is that individuals are to register and play in the area where they live and this policy is strongly endorsed by both WSMBA and FGBA. No player who lives within the boundaries of FGBA can register with or play for any other community club without the written permission of FGBA, and also WSMBA is the transfer involves moving between area associations. Please contact us by email if you feel that you need to request a transfer and allow several weeks for this process to unfold.
Parents, we need additional volunteers and coaches to help make our FG baseball
program even better. Please contact any member of the Board to talk about how you might lend a hand or simply sign up today. Remember, without volunteers there is no youth baseball!