Minor A

Who plays in Minor A?

Minor A consists of two age groups who play separately: 1) Minor A Jr for players who are baseball age 9 and 10. 2) Minor A Sr for players 10 and 11. Some 12 year olds who choose not to play Majors will also be in this division. At least one season of Minor B is strongly recommended before playing Minor A.

What is special about Minor A Baseball?

The Minor A division introduces batters to actual pitchers (no pitching machines) with regulation hard baseballs (vs. the slightly softer balls in Minor B). The means that there will be strikeouts and walks with limited stealing of bases. The emphasis is on development of baseball skills and team play.

What is the time commitment in Minor A?

The regular season begins in April and runs through to end of May. Two weeks of playoffs follow until the end of the season mid-June. Games are played on weekday evenings or on the weekend. There are usually 2 practices and 1 - 2 games per week. Plan for a 1.5 hour commitment for practices and 2.5 hours for games.

Where are Minor A games played?

Games are played at the Minor A diamond at Dunbar Memorial Park (33rd Avenue and Dunbar).

What is the format of Minor A games?

Minor A games 5 innings long with limits on the runs per inning. 1st & 2nd innings allow a maximum of 2 runs. 3rd & 4th innings allow a maximum of 5 runs. The 5th inning allows unlimited runs. Pitching limits must be adhered to for the protection of pitchers. All players are rotated through the infield and outfield positions.

Why are their skills evaluations?

For safety reasons, all players registering in Minor A (both Junior and Senior) must attend the Minor A assessments. These evaluations are also used to help balance the teams in this division. Balanced teams take precedence over teammate/friend requests.

What happens at skills evaluations?

Minor A players will be independently evaluated by members of the UBC baseball training program (with oversight from some Majors coaches). Players will be evaluated on skill and technique in throwing, fielding, batting and pitching. Note that evaluations are NOT a tryout. The results of evaluations simply help DLL to balance the teams so they are more even and season play is more fun. Evaluations usually take about 45 minutes.

What can I do to help my child prepare for evaluations?

Warm up your player before their session. There is limited space and time in the facility to warm kids up. At best, they will only get a few throws, catches, bats, and pitches in the session. Remind your child that this is not a tryout so there is no reason to be nervous. The evaluators want to see what skills your child already has to ensure balanced teams.

How are players assigned to teams?

While we will do our best to accommodate one friend request, balanced teams take precedence over teammate/friend requests. Team formation is a time consuming and complex task for our volunteers and available coaches, assistant coaches and overall skills mix are taken into consideration.

What baseball gear is needed?

Players are required to have their own grey baseball pants (with belt loops), baseball glove, batting helmet, and mandatory protective cup. Players are strongly encouraged to have their own bats but teams will also supply bats, catcher's gear, caps, and socks.

How can I be a Minor A coach?

At the time you register your player in Minor A, you will be asked to volunteer in some capacity with the League. Coach or Assistant Coach are volunteer options. All DLL coaches much complete a Criminal Record Check and will also be required to attend a series of coaching clinics. The DLL Coaching Committee will approve all coach selections.

What is expected of Parents in Minor A

All parents are expected to take on a volunteer role in the league. if you are not coaching, team managing, or involved in league administration, there are many other important ways for you to contribute. All parents take turns as scorekeeper and doing field prep prior to each game. Many parents also choose to help out at Work Day where we prepare all the fields to be ready for play for the season.