Winnipeg South Chiefs AAA Baseball
Community Leaders in AAA Development
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Under the guidance and direction of Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association (WSMBA), the Winnipeg South Chiefs AAA Baseball program offers the highest level of competitive baseball to those players at the 13U (peewee), 15U (bantam), and 18U (midget) age levels that live within the Winnipeg South catchment area.
Generally, players that are not selected to the AAA program in the Spring, will join their Community Club Centre Team and compete at the AA level. The AA levels provides the opportunity for players to work on their skills and abilities with the desire to participate at the AAA level in the future. For those players that may need more work in the area of skill development, or are primarily seeking a baseball experience that is fun-focused without the pressure of high level competition, A level ball is available.
The purpose and intent of the AAA program is to present the highest level of competition available while simultaneously providing quality coaching that will enhance individual skill and team/game concept development. The AAA program provides the framework that identified players will face, as well as prepare them for entry into Team Manitoba Baseball development programs in future years. Through involvement and identification, many Chiefs players will be presented with opportunities to participate in Western Canada Summer Games Events and Baseball Canada Cup events during their minor years. In addition, many Chief players have furthered their careers within the game with College Scholarships that can potentially result in MLB Draft selection.
The mission of our AAA program is to develop the skills of baseball players to a high level of excellence. We promote strong character both on and off the field. We insist on good sportsmanship and proper behavior. Most importantly, we want everyone to have fun and enjoy AAA baseball – from the players to the coaches to the parents and the fans. We also want our opponents, their fans, and the umpires to enjoy the experience of participating in baseball. The foundation of the AAA Program is built on the following player principles:
Character, Class & Commitment
Excellence & Effort
AAA Program Philosophy
The AAA program firmly believes that:
- The level of effort committed to the program, determines the result one will achieve. Players are expected to work hard to be given their opportunities to practice, participate, and play.
- In order to fully enhance skills and development, players and parents should commit to the expectations of the program with regards to effort and attendance.
- There is a high expectation of respectful conduct of our players, both on and off the field.
- The definition of fair play differ from that of A or AA level baseball. For the WSMBA AAA program, fair play will also differ as age levels advance.
- It is important that Coach’s communicate their play time policy/strategies to parents and players at the beginning of the season.
Fair Play Policy
The intention of our Fair Play Policy is to provide a guideline for Coaches on how to treat players fairly so that players receive a reasonable amount of playing time for development, over the course of the baseball season. WSMBA AAA Program believes that fair play holds a different meaning as age levels advance.
- 13U ~ We consider our 13U team to be in a development stage of baseball, however it should be understood that even at this level, the AAA program brings together the best players within the WSMBA catchment area. With that in mind, our 13U Fair Play Policy is as follows:
- During 90% of the regular season, all players will play within 10% of the average innings played of the team. Coaches will calculate players’ innings played during the course of regular season play. If players miss games and/or practices, the coaching staff is not obligated to give players additional playing time for personal time missed; their play time may be affected at their next attended game; this will not be calculated against their 10% average innings played.
- Not all players will play all positions, however the goal will be for every player to play an outfield position and an infield position, during the course of regular season play. All players will have opportunities to pitch during regular season play and/or during tournaments. The positional play will be assessed by the coaches, and decisions made based on not only player ability, but also player confidence.
- Batting order will be at the discretion of the coach.
- During postseason play, some players may see less playing time, at the Coach’s discretion, with the focus on winning the game. However, all players will play in postseason games.
- 15U & 18U ~ At the more advanced 15U & 18U age levels:
- Fair Play does not mean that all players will receive an equal amount of playing, however they will be given equal opportunities to earn their playing time.
- Not all players on a team will play every position. Players will play positions to the strength of the team, where the coaching staff believes that players will contribute and develop their skills for the best of the team. The Coach’s objective is to develop all players.
- Batting order will be at the discretion of the coach.
- During postseason play, some players may see less playing time, at the Coach’s discretion, with the focus on winning the game.
- All age levels:
- Head coaches will convey their policies regarding playing times at an initial parent meeting.
- It is acceptable for a coach to use playing time as a consequence of inappropriate behavior including disrespect of teammates, coaches, officials and fans, and lack of effort at practices.
- There may be instances, during some game situations where players won’t play. Coaches will provide additional opportunities in future games to those players whose playing time was adversely affected.
- In the event that teams advance to Western or National Championship play, roster additions are generally made to enhance the overall strength of the team. Players and parents should be aware that roster additions may play more time than some original team members.
Season Length & Cost
The indoor tryout sessions begin in February/March, with the season potentially concluding in early to late August. Baseball at the AAA level involves a serious commitment that lasts 5-6 months of the year - 2 to 3 times longer than the AA or A season. Generally, team coaches will have a team Itinerary planned at the beginning of the season and attempt to schedule free weekends where families can plan weekend getaways to the cottage, etc. Parents should check before team selections are made concerning any conflicts that involve holiday plans, etc. Commitment is key to achieving Player & Team success.
General program cost is approximately $600 per player for the season that includes league play. Program cost does not equate to playing time received. Parents should be prepared to cover additional expenses ($300-600) associated with tournament entry fees, coaching travel costs, as well as their own hotel costs, Chiefs Team clothing, etc. Fundraising opportunities do exist for all teams.