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Welcome to the Junior House League Program

T-BALL

Age: 4 & 5 year-olds (born in 2014 or 2015 for the 2019 playing season)
Season:mid-May to mid-August
Game frequency: 1 session per week (2:1 practice to game ratio, incorporated into the weekly session)
Game Nights: The 2019 Season will play Monday nights at 6:30 PM.  An award night will follow the season for all teams.

T-Ball is a simplified game of baseball.  Players hit off a rubber ‘tee’ rather than from a pitcher.  Hitting from a tee teaches players the skills of batting, catching, running the bases, and throwing, before having to learn how to hit a moving target.  Teamwork and skill development are encouraged. Games are not scored.

What players need: water bottle, sneakers, baseball glove, batting helmet, grey baseball pants, jock/jill. Optional:  baseball bat, batting gloves, cleats (without metal spikes)

What the CBA provides:  team jersey, hat, team equipment (bases, T, balls, bats), individual and team photos, award night/awards at end of season

 

MINOR 4 PITCH

Age: 6 year-olds (born in 2013 for the 2019 playing season)
Season: mid-May to mid-August
Game frequency: 1 session per week (2:1 practice to game ratio, incorporated into the weekly session)
Game Nights: The 2019 Season will play Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.  An award night will follow the season for all teams.

4-Pitch is a step up from T-Ball.  Players learn to hit a moving target, with coaches or parents tossing the ball to the batter. Batters get up to 4 good pitches to hit the ball per at-bat.  Teamwork, skill development and sportsmanship are encouraged. Games are not scored.

What players need: water bottle, sneakers, baseball glove, batting helmet, grey baseball pants, jock/jill. Optional:  baseball bat, batting gloves, cleats (without metal spikes)

What the CBA provides:  team jersey, hat, team equipment (bases, practice T, balls, bats), individual and team photos, award night/awards at end of season

 

MAJOR 4 PITCH

Age: 7 year-olds (born in 2012 for the 2019 playing season)
Season: mid-May to mid-August
Game frequency: 1 session per week (2:1 practice to game ratio, incorporated into the weekly session)
Game Nights: The 2019 Season will play Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.  An award night will follow the season for all teams.

Major 4-Pitch is for children 7 yrs old.

Players hit balls pitched from a pitching machine. Batters get 4 up to good pitches to hit the ball per at-bat.  Teamwork, skill development, sportsmanship, fielding and learning rules of the game are encouraged. Games are not scored. Scores are kept at subsequent program levels.

What players need: water bottle, sneakers, baseball glove, batting helmet, grey baseball pants, jock/jill. Optional:  baseball bat, batting gloves, cleats (without metal spikes)

What the CBA provides:  team jersey, hat, team equipment (bases, practice T, balls, bats, pitching machine), individual and team photos, award night/awards at end of season

INTERESTED IN COACHING A TEAM?  We are looking for volunteers for all teams in the Jr. House League program.  You can indicate your interest in coaching when registering your player.  Coaches are essential to the development of our young players “A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life” [John Wooden]

New for 2019: Partnership with Their Opportunity to offer low-income families a means to enroll their children in the Jr. House League or House League Programs.  Spots have been reserved in each program for Their Opportunity applicants.

Mission Statement: Their Opportunity exists to provide low-income families with the means to enroll their children in local sports & recreation programs. By alleviating the financial costs of enrollment fees, children can develop the confidence, social skills and healthy lifestyle attainable through sport.

What makes us Unique: Children receiving sponsorship are required to “pay it forward” through Their Opportunity’s give-back program. This program is beneficial to both the child and the community, as children use the skills they have developed through sport to enhance the community through service and engagement.

How to apply for funding:
1) Then, go to the ‘Their Opportunity” webpage to apply for funding:

2) when your application is processed, your player’s registration will be finalized with the CBA and you will complete a Manual Registration form

To learn more about Their Opportunity visit: http://www.theiropportunity.com/ or follow us online at www.facebook.com/theiropportunity or on twitter @Their_Opp

 

In the 2018 playing season we made some changes to the Junior House League Program.  Specifically, the schedule was adjusted so that over the course of the season, a significantly larger proportion of the schedule is dedicated to practice time. For some, this may seem like a particularly sharp departure from how things have been done in the past, however significant consideration into the development needs of young players has been used to form this decision, with the fundamental goal of helping teach baseball fundamentals, and have fun doing it.  Over 2018 we saw an improvement in the skills development and greater engagement for all players.

Key advantages of structuring the schedule to include more practice time include:

  1. Practices allow us to build skill and ability deliberately and in a controlled setting. Building capacity and skill as baseball players takes repetitions which are not possible when there’s no or limited practice time.  A schedule with limited practice time is therefore not going to help your child learn the skills needed to play the game at older ages.
  2. In controlled practice settings building confidence is much more likely.  Your child will have more opportunity to succeed when they swing, throw and catch more in controlled practice scenarios.  In a game, they might only swing the bat twice, and may not ever field or throw a ball.
  3. There is a greater opportunity to learn because the coach can create scenarios and situations under control and without pressure of split second decision making.  We can build good habits through routine practice.
  4. In practice settings, there are more opportunities for coaching and immediate constructive feedback. In a game it has to wait until between innings or after the game has ended.
  5. Practices guarantee more activity and engagement of the players as we can break into smaller groups where the ratio of coach to players ratio is more efficient. An attentive player is more likely to absorb the information, and apply it.
  6. Practice is more fun because we can set up little challenges, games, competitions and have lots of movement and social interaction.
  7. Practice will help our children have longer ‘careers’ as baseball players. There will be less attrition (loss of interest, loss of confidence) because they can’t play well later.
  8. Almost no one plays recreationally outside of structured setup of the league, so without practice, any improvement made by the player will be based primarily upon natural development of strength and hand-eye coordination.
  9. Ontario Physical Education guidelines explicitly state that before the age of 8, “games” with “winners/losers” are damaging to developing egos.
  10. Winning and losing is not what sport is all about. Can anyone name the t-ball champions from last year? (Trick question) We are coaching to teach. We want our kids to be enthusiastic about this sport. We project our need to win and have a definitive answer as to who lost and why onto them, but in reality, they’re happiest when they’re moving and learning. Practice makes that possible!

“My personal commitment to all parents and coaches of the CBA’s Junior House League program is to be available to field your questions, help with practice design and troubleshoot whenever possible.  We are hoping that coaches will access the resources available to build their own capacity and confidence moving forward.” Sincerely, Matt Thomas (CBA Player and Coach Development)

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