Frequently asked questions 

 

Q: What is the typical schedule for a season? - DATES TO BE MODIFIED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Category

Evaluation

Season

Playoffs (festival*)

Rally Cap (5-6-7 years)

None

June 1st to August 23rd

*August 24th to the 30th

U9 – Atom B (8-9 years)

Early April to May 17th

From May 25th to August 23rd

*August 27th to the 30th

U9 – Atom A (8-9 years)

Early April to May 3rd

From May 18th to August 16th

August 20th to the 26th

U11 – Mosquito B (10-11 years)

Early April to May 17th

From May 25th to August 9th

August 13th to the 19th

U11 – Mosquito A (10-11 years)

Early April to May 3rd

From May 18th to August 16th

August 20th to the 26th

U13 – PeeWee B (12-13 years)

Early April to May 17th

From May 25th to August 9th

August 13th to the 19th

U13 – PeeWee A (12-13 years)

Early April to May 3rd

From May 18th to August 16th

August 20th to the 26th

U15 – Bantam B (14-15 years)

Early April to May 17th

From May 25th to August 9th

August 13th to the 19th

U15 – Bantam A (14-15 years)

Early April to May 3rd

From May 18th to August 16th

August 20th to the 26th

U18 – Midget B (16-17-18 years)

Early April to May 17th

From May 25th to August 9th

August 13th to the 19th

U18 – Midget A (16-17-18 years)

Early April to May 3rd

From May 18th to August 16th

August 20th to the 26th

From the Atom category, there are practices or games at least twice a week. The team’s head coach will contact you during the first 2 weeks of May. All teams participate in the playoffs which take place from mid-August. Parents are asked to plan their vacation accordingly.

In order to maximize the use of our fields and better balance the schedule, it is important to note that before the end of the classes (around June 24th) it could happen that games are scheduled on weekends.

Q: What about girls' baseball?

The ABAA is working with the Outaouais Girl's Baseball Association (ABFO) to provide all girls who want to play baseball with the opportunity to do so. The ABAA allows girls to join a mixed team and / or an all-girls team. ABFO and ABAA provide level A and B baseball for girls. For more information, please refer to http://Facebook.com/BaseballfemininOutaouais.  Depending on the number of teams, we want to form all-girls regional B leagues at level U11 - Mosquito and U13 - Peewee. At U11, U13 and U16 levels, the ABFO will form A teams (Rapides de l'Outaouais) who will play in the LBO.

Q: Do teams travel?

Usually, all the teams travel to play outside the Aylmer sector, except the Rally-Cap. The Atom, Mosquito and Peewee B teams will play their games in the west of the City (sector: Aylmer, Hull, Chelsea and La Pêche). For the Bantam B and Midget B teams, they may be called upon to travel anywhere in the City of Gatineau (sector: Aylmer, Hull, Chelsea, Gatineau, Buckingham, Val-des-Monts). For the Atom A to Midget A teams, they will also be called upon to play a few games in Ottawa.

Q: What is expected from parents?

​Like all amateur sport organizations, the ABAA is run by volunteers and is supported by the City of Gatineau. Coaches, assistant coaches, administrators and any parent who gets involved, even for a single task, are essential to keep the organization running smoothly. The ABAA could not function without them. In general, parents are involved as long as their child plays baseball, from one to eleven seasons. Ideally, and out of fairness for all, parents should all chip in for their team and our association. At a minimum, they are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct (the link to which can be found on our Web site) and to attend their child's games.

Q: What is expected from players?

The more a child invests in the sport he practices, the more he benefits from it. Ideally, players are required to participate in all games and practices. In reality, this is unlikely, mainly due to the holidays. It is imperative that you notify your head coach in advance if your child is unable to attend a game or practice. In the LBO league, a team will lose by default if it shows up with less than 8 players. In such a case, the whole team will suffer.

Q: Do I receive a discount for registering more than one child?

When a parent registers 3 or more children (of the same parents, residing in the same home) the ABAA will reduce the fee for the 3rd child by 50%. If a fourth child is registered (of the same parents, residing in the same house) this child’s registration will be free. Discounts are calculated on the lowest fee charged.

Q: What is the registration policy?

All children must have submitted a completed registration form and payment in full to the ABAA before they will be allowed entry on the baseball field. No child will be allowed to participate in try-outs, evaluations, team practices or games if their registration form is not submitted and/or their fee has not been paid in full.
 
If you have an unpaid balance with ABAA from the last season, your child will not be eligible to register with the ABAA until the balance owed and the amount owed for the new registration is paid in full by the method of a cash payment.

Q: Is there a fee for late registration?

An additional fee will apply to any registration received after March 15. The fee for the 2020 baseball season is $50.

Q: What is the process if my registration payment is returned by my bank?

If you have made a payment for your child(s) registration in the form of a cheque and this cheque is returned by your financial institution for any reason, you must make immediate efforts to pay the outstanding amount to the Treasurer, ABAA. No child will be allowed on the field for try-outs, evaluations, team practices or games if the fee is not paid. The fee must be paid in cash. The ABAA will also charge the parent a $25 administration fee in the event the cheque is returned from your financial institution.

Q: If I withdraw my child from baseball, will I get a refund?

The ABAA allows the refund of the cost of registration if notified in writing on or before June 1st. At the time of a refund an administrative charge of 25 $ per child will be retained from the amount of the registration fee. The ABAA does not refund any cost of registration after June 1st for any reason.
 
At the discretion of the ABAA and in special circumstances, refunds MAY be provided after June 1st, however, such refunds will be in the amount of 50% of the original registration cost. No such consideration will be given after June 30th.

Q: How are coaches selected?

All persons requesting to be a coach will be considered. The coaches selected must follow the rules and regulations. All coaches should have the capability to communicate in both official languages with the players; if he doesn’t have that capability then he should ensure that one of his/her assistants do.
 
The coaches for the A and B divisions will be presented by the director in charge of that level and approved by the ABAA Selection Committee.
 
If there is a coach missing within a division, the team will be formed by the Director of that level and a meeting of the parents will be held to find a coach.

Q: What equipment is required?

Your child needs a baseball helmet with two ear protectors, a baseball glove, gray pants * and running shoes (or rubber cleats: suggested for Mosquito and older).
 
The use of metal cleats is permitted starting at the Bantam division.An athletic support with a protective shell for men or a pubic protector for women is also strongly suggested.
 
* The ABAA has an agreement with Marc Sport for gray baseball pants at a cost of $ 20 (plus taxes).

Q: How does the Rallye Cap (Novice) program work?

The Rallye Cap program is for players born between 2013 and 2015. It follows Baseball Quebec’s Rallye Cap program, which focuses on teaching the baseball fundamentals in a fun environment. This year, more experienced players born in 2013 will have the option of joining the “transition towards Atome” program, which will gradually introduce the pitching machine and Baseball Quebec’s 6-against-6 rules.
 
At the Rallye Cap level, there will be one session each week on Tuesday or Thursday night, from early June to late August. All sessions will take place at baseball fields in Aylmer.

Q: How does the Atom program work?

The Atom program is for players born in 2011 and 2012. Atom B is the entry level and uses the pitching machine and 6-against-6 rules. This format allows players to be involved in more plays during a game, with a focus on developing abilities in a fun environment.
 
The Atom A level is more competitive and introduces the traditional 9-player rules of baseball, including the use of the pitching machine. Player evaluations will take place in early May to determine the most appropriate level of each player.
 
At the Atom level, there are generally two games per week, which usually take place between Mondays and Thursdays, from the end of May to early August. It is however possible that some games will be scheduled on other days (for example, if rained out games need to be rescheduled). The schedules will be available during the second half of May.
 
Teams at the Atom level also generally have one practice per week, which will be determined by your coach.Although many of the games and practices take place at baseball fields in Aylmer, there will also be games in Hull, Chelsea and Lac-des-Loups at the Atom B level. At the Atom A level, there will be games in Gatineau and Masson-Angers/Buckingham. Parents will be expected to travel to the games that take place outside Aylmer. 

Q: How do I contact the ABAA?

You may contact any Board Member at the ABAA by email: contact@aylmerbaseball.ca

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