Purpose: The Advanced Baseball program exists as an extension of and to complement the recreational baseball program. As such, the ELDS AB program schedules its activities to co-exist with the recreational baseball program. The purpose of the advanced baseball program is to provide an “advanced” player that has a higher skill level and has a passion for playing an opportunity to compete at a higher level. This will be accomplished through advanced level instruction and more advanced competition.
Approach: ELDS will develop players selected to the AB baseball program by reinforcing proper baseball fundamentals, teaching advanced concepts appropriate to each individual age group and by offering advanced level competition. AB baseball program will place a focus on more practice time and place less of a premium on games.
Director of Advanced Baseball: Will be responsible for directing all aspects of the AB baseball program, communication with the ELDS Board and managing the coaches within the program. The Director of Advanced Baseball along with input from the managers and the ELDS Board will develop and implement a general baseball curriculum that all teams will adopt providing a consistent approach that prepares players to grow from age group to age group.
Manager Evaluation: Managers will be given objectives to achieve during the season based on the age group that they are managing. The manager and coaching staff will be evaluated throughout the season based on their ability to achieve the objectives and follow the guidelines of the program. Any manager found to abuse the rules of the program may not be considered for future seasons.
Tryouts: The AB program is a competitive program so each player is required to try out. Although participation in the advanced baseball program is not mandatory to play on all-stars, participation in the advanced program does provide greater development opportunity to players wishing to make the all-star teams.
Teams: The number of teams will be determined based on tryout participation. At a minimum ELDS’s Advanced Baseball Program will try to field teams at the following age groups: 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U.
Note: Additional teams in each age group or in other age groups may be added at the Board’s discretion.
Rosters: Rosters will consist of 11-15 players as determined by the Manager and the Director of Advanced Baseball. Mangers will be allowed to add players throughout the season based on need. Any roster additions will be approved by the Director of Advanced Baseball and executive committee.
Seasons: FYB AB Baseball program will consist of a Fall and a Spring season.
Uniform: ELDS will offer unique uniforms that will consist of a hat and a jersey for each season. Costs of the uniforms are TBD based on costs of the finalized designs.
Cost: ELDS will attempt to keep the cost of the AB program at a minimum. As a recreational program we do not want cost to be a deterrent to participation. Ideally, cost would be approx. $150, including uniform and umpire fees. Tourney entry is free, Umpire costs are pay at the plate game day.
Competition: The AB program will only play in games against other Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken leagues based on a prearranged schedule. The format will be primarily double headers, three-way games, single games and the league tournament. At no time will ELDS AB teams participate in travel baseball tournaments (this does not limit all star teams once named from participating in warm-up tournaments that include travel teams).
Mandatory Playing Rules: There are no mandatory playing rules. Playing time is completely at the discretion of the advanced baseball manager for his or her particular team. However, managers will make a conscious effort to get all players into games. Any issues with Playing time should be directed first to the Manager og of the team in question and then to the AB Director in that order. AB director will not address any issues without at least a converstion having been had with the Manager, not to happen just before, during, or immediately after any games.