News and Announcements
SPMSA has been proud to offer the Because We Can Program over the last decade. This year we are excited to partner with Sherwood Park Baseball to continue to offer programming for some very important athletes!
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Please mark this in your calendar and plan to attend:
Challenger Information/Registration Night
Location: The Log Cabin, 50 Spruce Avenue, Sherwood Park
Date: February 28th, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Sherwood Park Minor Baseball and Sherwood Park Minor Softball are joining together to provide this program for the Sherwood Park and Strathcona County kids.
Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball program designed specifically to empower children and youth living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Attached is an information sheet that outlines the program in more detail and has links to information on websites about the program.
We will be holding an Information/Registration night for Challenger Baseball in Sherwood Park (see attached information). If you have a child that would be interested in the program, It is important that you plan to attend on this night as we will be providing 1) an update on what has been happening with organizing and planning for Challenger this year and 2) a formal registration for the program. In addition, there are some items that need to be decided and SPMBA wants to consult with you, the parents, about these issues so that we ensure that we make the program as beneficial as we can for your child.
We currently have 22 names that have expressed interest in the program. We are still looking for anyone else who wants to attend. We don’t want to miss anyone. Please pass the attached letter and poster(s) to anyone who you think would be interested and who would be in a position to spread the word. It is our intent to take anyone who is interested in the program. This registrations is crucial as it will give us a good idea of what resources we require, how the program will be delivered and help us secure funding from various sources for the program. This will help us ensure that the cost is free to you for the program.
Thanks. I look forward to seeing you on February 28th and as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Richard W. Bourne
Co-Ordinator, Challenger Baseball
Sherwood Park Minor Baseball Program
The document SPMBA_Challenger_Program_-_Website_information__003_.pdf was attached to this post.
Provincial play is done for the season! We had great participation this year with 9 teams taking part.
Our U10A Storm took Silver on the B side of their event and our U10B had their first Provincial experience. In U12, our girls finished first in the round robin but couldn’t quite pull off a Sunday win and finished just out of the medals.
This past weekend we hosted 4 different age levels with over 40 teams! Our last Provincial hosting experience was in 2011. Looking through the names from that year, it was awesome to see how many of those girls have continued on to keep playing and have become excellent ball players. There is even one player who was a member of a U12C team that year and became a member of the Junior Women’s National Team! Last time, we had to deal with sleet and rain! Not the case this time, as players, coaches and volunteers had to cope with temperatures above 30 at times, got to love that Alberta weather! Happily, the hot weather didn’t stop some outstanding ball from happening this weekend.
Thanks to all who came out and supported our teams! To all the participating teams and their fans, we hope you had a great time. Thank you also to the supporters/sponsors who helped us out. Thanks to our special guests at the Opening Ceremonies, we got to see that you can play this sport for a lifetime at many different levels. We feel lucky our community has such a beautiful facility to host in. A big thank you to the umpires and Softball Alberta officials for their hard work, we know it can’t happen without you. Of course, thank you to the volunteers for working countless hours. This event will continue to benefit softball in our community for years to come!
Our teams had great success this weekend. There was excellent ball played by all our teams against some very tough competition. In the end, our players came away with two medals. U14 ‘03 Storm came away with Gold in U14A and now move on to Westerns in North Battleford! Our U16 Storm claimed the silver in the A division, a huge accomplishment for a mostly first year team! They now move on to Nationals in Delta, BC in August. Good luck to both teams, as they continue their season!
In conclusion, we got to watch some young women show us just how powerful and determined they can be, some fabulous memories were made, some character was built and some lifetime friendships were continued, what more could you want from a sport! Let’s keep growing the game!
If your child was born in 20010-2012 our U8 program is an excellent and affordable introduction to ball. This program is geared for both girls and boys. Low registration fees and great program format gives kids an excellent start in the sport. Please contact our U8 Director for more information or any questions you may have.
U10 House League
This year, in response to feedback from parents and coaches, SPMSA is hosting a house league at the U10 level. It’s goal is to meet the needs of all the players by…
• Bridging the gap between U8 Learn to Play and U10 league play. The focus will be on improving basic skills, learning the rules of the game, and developing pitching and catching skills for all players.
• Offering a community-based program that appeals to players not interested in the competitive team.
• Using modified game rules including the “NO WALK RULE” and smaller teams that follow the same format as the Provincial Jamboree.
Teams in House League will NOT play in the EYSA.
Practices and games will be in Sherwood Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays – May through June – ending with the Provincials June 30-July 2nd.
If you would like a more competitive experience, SPMSA will have a U10A team. This an excellent opportunity for additional games and advanced skill development. The U10A team will:
• play in the Edmonton Youth Softball Association (EYSA) – games in Edmonton and Sherwood Park
• have additional practices during the season
• attend weekend tournaments
• compete in the Provincial Tournament from June 30- July 2/18
• play lots of softball AND have loads of FUN!!!
Evaluations will be held in March to determine interest and team composition.