Minor Mosquito A

The North Toronto A’s invite all players born in 2007 who are interested in competitive baseball to try out for the 2017 North Toronto A’s Minor Mosquito (2007) Rep “A” Team.  Team selection shall be at the sole discretion of the Head Coach.

In keeping with the NCCP Baseball Model of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), these young athletes fall into the FUNdamental and Learn to Train categories.  We will be emphasising skill development, proper training and the importance of having FUN!  Our program will focus on creating a fun and positive experience, developing young competitive baseball players, and instilling a love of baseball with heavy emphasis on teamwork.

TRYOUTS: 

Schedule

Thursday September 15th 6pm-8pm

Saturday September 17th 9am-11am

Sunday September 18th 9am-11am

Location - Memorial Park – 340 Chaplin Crescent (behind Forest Hill Arena)

Attendance at all of the tryouts is not required; however, attendance impacts the coaches’ ability to fully evaluate each player.  The coaches’ may at their sole discretion add a fourth tryout, if deemed necessary.

Be prepared for tryout times and dates to get delayed or moved due to weather.  We will do our best to run the tryouts on the days and times above.

 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for the first try-out to register.  There is a one time tryout fee of $20.00 (cash), to be paid before the start of the first tryout.

 

Confirm your attendance by emailing the following info to:

John Carere – NTMMA2017@gmail.com

1.     Player Name and date of birth

2.     Parent name, email and phone number

3.     Current Baseball Organization (if not North Toronto, a signed “Permission to Tryout” form will be required – See the TBA website for a copy of the form)

4.     Current Level of Baseball (i.e. House league, Select or Rep), if Rep or Select specify which team

Team Selection - Players will be selected on the basis of:

1)     attitude and coachability;

2)     level of commitment to attend practices, games and tournaments to ensure consistency of play and development as a team; and

3)     athleticism and skill

 

No previous Rep or Select level baseball experience is required.  All players will receive equal consideration.

 

TEAM SCHEDULE:

Practices – Weather permitting, light outdoor practices will take place in September and October.  Outdoor practices in 2017 will commence in late April or early May (weather dependent). The practice schedule will not be finalized until field permits are obtained in early spring however based on prior years the team expects to practice Saturday and Sunday mornings in April/May/June and one night per week.  During July and August the weekend morning practice will be moved to one or two weekday practices. All practices will take place at Memorial Park.  Note: Players on this team are not required to register for house league, which will enable more practice time and games in May and June.

Games – The team will participate in the Toronto Baseball Association.  The finalization of teams who will participate in this loop remains TBD.  In 2016, this loop included Markham, Thornhill, Vaughan, Stouffville, Barrie, Bolton, Newmarket, North Toronto, Leaside and Royal York.  The regular season will consist of 18-22 games starting in early May and running to mid-August.  The team will have one home game time slot per week, the day of the week for home games will be selected in early 2017 based on coaches’ and field availability.  Away games can be any day of the week, Saturdays games are unusual.  Home games take place at Memorial Park.  The Head Coach may also occasionally schedule additional games (e.g. exhibition, make-up games for rain-outs, etc.). There are no games scheduled on the Victoria Day, Canada Day or Civic Holiday long weekends.

Tournaments – The team expects to participate in 4-6 tournaments, with 2-3 in May/June and 2-3 in late July early August.

Summer Break - The team will take a 3-4 week break during July.  Players’ attendance at overnight camp and family vacations should be scheduled for this period.  Optional practices will continue to be run during this period.

Winter Training – The team will practice indoors with professional coaches one day a week starting in January through to mid-April.  Day of the week will be determined based on availability of facility and with the least amount of hockey conflicts amongst the team.

EXPECTATIONS:

Players are expected to attend all practices and games scheduled in August, including on weekends.

 

All players must be available to attend the Toronto Baseball Association (“TBA”) city playoffs on August,18-20, 2017 and the Ontario Baseball Association (“OBA”) provincial championshipsSeptember 1-3, 2017.

A minimum 80% attendance is expected for the practices, games and tournaments and 100% attendance for TBA and OBA championships.

DO NOT attend the tryouts if you will be unable to meet the minimum attendance commitment.

Please note there is a significant financial commitment as well. Depending on sponsorship, player costs are expected to be $1,800-$2,000, primarily to pay for training, uniforms, equipment and tournaments.  Any remaining funds in the team account will be refunded at the end of the season.  Team uniform fittings will take place in fall 2016.

 

Players that do not make the team can sign up for North Toronto house league and if there is enough interest NTBA may field a Select team for those registered in the NTBA house league program.  Tryouts would be expected to take place in the spring of 2017.

Thank you,

John Carere

Head Coach

North Toronto A’s Minor Mosquito A (2007)

NTMMA2017@gmail.com