What is Summer Ball?
Summer Ball is a competitive league that can potentially lead up to Provincial Championship play (except for Tadpole division). Summer Ball is like the all-star season and is thought to be more competitive than the spring season.
When is Summer Ball?
The Summer Ball season starts in July and can go into August, depending on how the successful the team is. If the team does not advance to Provincials, you can expect the Summer Ball season to run from the beginning of July to approximately the first week in August.
Who can play on the Summer Ball team?
Any player who plays in spring season (50% of the year), in the same division, is eligible to play Summer Ball. Try-outs may be required to form the Summer Ball teams and this is all dependent on how many players come out to be a part of the team at their respective division.
How is the Summer Ball team picked?
According to BC Minor rule 6.06, the Summer Ball team must have a minimum roster of 12 players. Through a number of open practices and a try-out (if needed), coaches will select the 12 most suited players to form the Summer Ball team.
Will Summer Ball take up a lot of our time?
Yes it can. Summer Ball is a heavy 4-5 week schedule where you may play or practice 5-6 times a week. There can also be a lot more travel than you may be used to from spring depending on what level your child plays at. Participating associations traditionally include Burnaby, Vancouver, Ladner, Richmond, etc. When making to decision whether to play Summer Ball, please be prepared to commit fully to the baseball program.
How much does Summer Ball cost?
The Summer Ball coaches, along with parents, often decide to purchase gear for the team. There is a registration fee for Summer Ball and often tournament fees that need to be paid. It will be up to the coaches and parents to decide how much to spend. Often parents organize small fundraisers to offset the costs incurred. Past seasons have seen costs between $100-$300 per player, again depending on the level of play.
How do I register for Summer Ball?
Summer Ball registration is handled by the Team Managers and Registrar.