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9U - Tadpole

9U Regional Tournament - July 6-8

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Age Requirements:

The Tadpole Division is designed for children born in 2009 and 2010.  It is sometimes possible for children to play up either from T-Ball to Tadpole or Tadpole to Mosquito, but these decisions will be made once all of age children (based on birth year) have been registered; and will based on available space in the league and the ability of the child(ren). All children wanting to play up will need to register for the division that corresponds with their birth year and thereafter make a request to the respective coordinator to have the child assessed. Should space be available AND the assessment confirms that they would be a better fit for the requested division, allowances may be made. Please keep in mind that the safety of all players is the Club's first priority.

Schedule:

You can expect your Tadpoler to have a practice or game 3x / week every week throughout the season. Although we strive to have a consistent schedule, it isn't always possible and likely the days and times of the practices and games will vary from week to week. All games and practices will take place at Fireman's Park (with Maynard Park used on occasion). 

Our Tadpole teams only play other Tadpole teams within Carnarvon, so no travel is required. The season will end with a fun all-club tournament! 

Gear Requirements:

Your child will receive a team t-shirt, socks and a Carnarvon Ball Club hat on the first day of the season. This is their uniform, so please ensure that they wear it for each game. They will also need a batting helmet, glove, grey baseball pants and an athletic support. Baseball cleats are not mandatory, but most children wear them at this level (soccer cleats are okay!). Please ensure that you mark your child's name in everything.  A white label or masking tape works well on the outside of the batting helmet and handwritten on labels in shirts, glove and hats.

Assessments:

Attendance at assessments is highly recommended. Our goal in doing assessments (at all levels), is to ensure that we have equitable teams within the division and thus, a more competitive league. Having equal and balanced teams also makes playing much more fun!  Assessments will include the following areas: hitting, pitching, infield and outfield skills.  

The date of the 2018 assessment is yet TBD. Once you register, we will send you more information about this process.

Team Selection:

Players are assigned a total score based on their assessment; these scores are used in drafting the teams.  We will make every effort to accommodate any friend or coaching request, however, given that it is a draft format no guarantees can be made.

For Tadpole Summer Ball, interested players from Carnarvon try out to make a Carnarvon Summer Ball team known as the Carnarvon Cannons. This team plays other top teams on the Island. The season ends in an Island-wide, regional tournament. 

Field Prep:

Near the start of the season we will have our annual pre-season field preparation day.  Date TBA. 

The more hands available to help, the more efficiently the work will get done.  Your brawn and tools will be greatly appreciated.  It is a great kick-off to the season and a demonstration of the community at work - not to mention a great way to meet the other Carnarvon families!

Coaching and Parent involvement:

This league is run entirely by volunteers, including coaches!  We will be looking for 2 coaches, 2 parent helpers (to help out at practices and games) and 1 administrative manager (to send email reminders to families on behalf of the coaches) for each team at the Tadpole level. 

All families will also be required to assist their child's team with scorekeeping and field prep duties at each game. Don't worry! We will provide training opportunities for these duties, so no advanced experience is required.

Each team will ultimately determine how they would like to structure their coaching staff, but the following is a rough guideline of what is entailed with each role:

Head Coach/Manager (1):

  • must submit a criminal record check prior to season start (done annually).
  • must complete an online NCCP Level 1 coaching certification (cost to be reimbursed by the league): http://nccp.baseball.ca/register.php
  • attend every practice and game, as well as scheduling meeting and draft
  • organize practices, drills
  • determine team line-ups for games
  • have a thorough understanding of the divisional rules
  • liaise with umpires
  • send team communications
  • organize team volunteers for field prep and score-keeping

Assistant Coach (1):

  • must submit a criminal record check prior to season start (good for 2 years).
  • must complete an online NCCP Level 1 coaching certification (cost to be reimbursed by the league): http://nccp.baseball.ca/register.php
  • attend every practice and game
  • assist with practices, drills
  • run warm-ups
  • base coaching and/or running the pitching machine

Helper Parents (2)

  • many of the practices and drills that coaches run require (or are better run with) additional helpers.
  • this is not an official coaching role, does not require a criminal record check and you will not get the glory of wearing a coaches shirt..but you will be greatly appreciated by parents, kids and coaches.
  • involves bringing your glove and helping out at all practices and games.

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