Minor Mosquito AA

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 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 8th 6pm-8pm
Saturday September 10th 9am-11am

Sunday September 11th 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 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: Michael Doner – NTBaseball2007@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 – Practices 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. 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.

Games – The team will participate in the Toronto Baseball Association and will also play an “interlock” with teams from York-Simcoe Baseball Association. 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 exhibition games or make-up games for rain-outs at times. There are no games scheduled on the Victoria Day, Canada Day or Civic Holiday long weekends.

Tournaments – The team expects to participate in 3-5 tournaments, with 2-3 in May/June and 1-2 in late July early August. As well the team will look at playing in one US tournament in late April/early May.

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.

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 championships September 1-3, 2017.

A minimum 75% attendance is expected for the practices, games and tournaments and 100% attendance for TBA and OBA championships.
Please 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 equipment fittings will take place in fall 2016.

For those that do not make the Minor Mosquito AA (2007) team, NTBA is also fielding a Minor Mosquito A (2007) team. The tryouts for the Minor Mosquito A team will take place during the weekend following the AA tryouts.

Players that do not make either team will can sign up for North Toronto house league and if enough interest NTBA may field a Select team for those registered in the NTBA house league program and will take place in the spring of 2017. Registration for NTBA house league begins November 1st, 2016.

Thank you,
Michael Doner
Head Coach
North Toronto A’s Minor Mosquito AA (2007)

NTBaseball2007@gmail.com