"The Leader for Performance Baseball in Edmonton"
South Edmonton Elite Baseball Association (SEEBA) offers a performance baseball program at the midget, bantam and peewee levels for players who primarily reside within the Edmonton city limits and for players in surrounding communities that don’t offer performance programs. Players attend winter camp in early January for training and evaluation. Prior to the regular summer season, players are selected and placed on teams that play in performance leagues within the region and/or Alberta. Traditionally, the focus of the program is midget performance, but we also want to develop bantam and peewee players who will eventually progress to play at the midget performance level. Midget teams have extensive travel to a variety of tournaments in Alberta and the United States, as well as participation in the Norwest League, which gives the players the best possible exposure to different levels of competition and experiences.
The purpose of the Edmonton Cardinals program is to develop elite athletes so they can advance to the next level (college or professional baseball). We strive to make each player better every day, whether it’s a game or practice.
In addition to developing their baseball skills, players also have an opportunity to learn life skills. Situations will arise that help young adults learn how society works, how to deal with problems, conflict, teamwork, time management, peer pressure, respect, etc. Life-skills development is also crucial in the development of the athlete. Only a select few go on to play college and/or professional baseball, but all teenagers require life skills. SEEBA tries to encourage and help our players, who range from 13 to 18 years old, be successful on and off the baseball diamond.
As with any high-performance athletic program, there are many expectations placed on the players and parents. This includes a commitment to attend all practices and games for the entire season, which could stretch into late July or early August. All teams compete in league play and tournaments, as well as a chance to compete for the opportunity to attend a provincial or Canadian championship. This requires a sacrifice for the players and their families for the entire season. It is essential that all players be available to their teams until the season is over. There are exceptions, specifically to do with school and family, but attendance is considered a mandatory obligation.
Peewee AAA Program
The peewee program is typically a development program for younger players who show an aptitude and desire to play at the AAA performance level. Introduced are more advanced techniques and strategies, and more time in practice with skill development and conditioning.
The team plays in a local league and has one traveling tournament to Kamloops, B.C. The cost for this tournament is covered by the parents, including travel and accommodation. The team is also welcome to play in any local tournaments, which will be determined by the coach and parents during the season.
SEEBA covers the costs of any tournament entry fees.
Bantam AAA Program
The bantam AAA level is the next step. Players are required to have a higher commitment to the game in terms of time and effort. Competition becomes better, and players must improve their skills and conditioning to compete. The team plays in a regional league, and SEEBA covers the cost of players to attend one out-of-town tournament (this season in Kamloops, B.C., along with the midget 2 team). This will include tournament entry fee and accommodation. Meals and spending money are not provided.
In addition, SEEBA will cover the entry fee for any other tournament the team decides to enter.
Midget AAA Program
The midget AAA program is the primary focus of the organization. Hopefully, all players from the peewee and bantam teams progress to play on one of the two midget teams. Both teams play in the Norwest League, which is comprised of 11 teams in the province, and both teams travel extensively to various tournaments throughout Alberta, B.C., Montana and Washington. Playing with these teams requires a high level of commitment in both time and financial resources. During the height of the season, players may only expect to have one day off a week from games and practices. Players at this level play the highest calibre baseball available to players of this age group in the province, and many go on to play at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
Winter camp is an opportunity for players to get into shape for the upcoming season. Players learn and review skills, improve conditioning, and compete for positions on the summer teams. Winter camp is open to anyone wishing to have an opportunity to play on one of the teams or to improve their skills. Unfortunately, we cannot accept every player who comes to camp, as there are a limited number of spots on each team. As such, there may be players who will not make one of the Cardinals teams. However, there is an opportunity for these players to play with the South Jasper Place organization. Many players have gone to SJP to improve their skills and have successfully made one of the Cardinals’ AAA teams the following season. SJP provides an excellent program that allows a player to progress and continue to play baseball at a high level.
SEEBA coaches are typically people who have played at a high level of baseball, many at the college level or higher. Many of our coaches came up through the SEEBA organization and have now returned to try to help young players become better athletes and individuals. All our coaches have various levels of NCCP certification and are required to take courses on abuse prevention. As well, all of our coaches will be screened through the Edmonton Police Service as just another measure of protection for our young athletes.
Rod Scammell is the coaching director. He assembles the best coaching staffs in the province to lead our players.
One of the key roles required for each team is a parent liaison. This is someone who acts as a go-between for any issues involving the coaching staff, executive, parents and/or players on the team. This person’s role is to reduce the possibility of conflict and to find a way to resolve an issue at the team level. Fortunately, there are very few occasions when a liaison has been involved recently, but it acts as a first step for any issues to be dealt with in a calm and timely manner.
One key thing to remember about team relations is there is a 24-hour “cooling off” period required before any dispute is addressed with a coach. Emotions often run high after games. Waiting a day usually allowed individuals a chance to settle down and deal with situations in a manner that will lead to an amicable and timely solution.
If a situation cannot be properly addressed at the team level, the issue can be forwarded to the board of directors in writing. Only submissions received in writing will be addressed.
All teams that travel must adhere to a strict set of rules set out by each coaching staff, and each player is reminded that they are representing themselves, their community and the organization. SEEBA prides itself on having an excellent reputation in the baseball community, and as a result, we are able to attract players who want to be a part of the organization and tradition of excellence being established.
Motor coaches are provided for players and coaches. Trips with two teams sharing the bus are reserved for players and coaches only. Parents are discouraged from traveling with the teams, although there may be room available on the bus when only one team is traveling to that tournament. In that case, arrangements must be made at least one week in advance with a member of the board (not the coach!), and there will be a charge of $50 per person. Siblings and friends of players are strictly prohibited from travel on any trip.
We encourage any parents going to a team’s tournament to share transportation with other parents whenever possible.
PLAYERS WHO ARE TRAVELLING TO THE UNITED STATES MUST HAVE PASSPORTS. Any player who does not have a passport will not be able to attend tournaments in the United States.
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstance, than failure, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a team … a company … a family. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day, in school, at work or in the yard. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so, it is with you and your teammates we are in charge of our attitudes. If we think we can or if we think we cannot, we are right."
Prairie Baseball Academy coach Blair Kubicek
P.O. Box 32087
For individual contact information, go the "Contacts" tab on the left for the current volunteer board members.