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League Information

 

Bow Ridge Little League Baseball Association offers baseball programs
for boys and girl from age 5 to 18. Our program caters to all interested
players from first time to advanced skilled players. 

Bow Ridge is one of 17 leagues within Calgary and plays within Alberta
Little League District No. 3.  As Little League Baseball in Calgary is not
governed by community boundaries, Bow Ridge has no direct affiliation
with any community associations.

 The communities within the Bow Ridge boundaries include:  (click here for map)

  • Bearspaw    
  • Bowness
  • Cochrane
  • Crestmont
  • Greenwood Village
  • Lynx Ridge
  • Montgomery
  • Scenic Acres
  • Montgomery
  • Scenic Acres
  • Silver Springs
  • St. Andrew’s Heights
  • Tanglewood
  • Tuscany
  • Valley Ridge
  • Varsity
  • University Heights   
 


The regular season runs during May/June and  end of July for Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch Divisions. At the end of regular season play, Bow Ridge selects All Star teams for each of the age groups from 10 years old to 16 years old, while players aged 17 and 18 may try out for the District 3 Big League Team. The All Star teams participate in various tournaments and inner city play throughout the month of July and first week of August.

 Our Divisions are set up as follows:

Coach Pitch (Ages 5 & 6)

Machine Pitch (Ages 7 & 8)

Minor/Major (Ages 9 to 12)

Junior (Ages 13 & 14)

Senior (Ages 15 & 16)

Big League (Ages 17 & 18)

Junior AA (Ages 19 to 21)

Please note that a Players League Age is the age of the player on April 30th.

BASEBALL AGE - BIRTH CHART FOR 2014
 
  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
January 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
February 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
March 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
April 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
May   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
June   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
July   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
August   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
September   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
October   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
November   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
December   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


The following is a brief description of the various levels:

 

COACH PITCH 5 and 6 Year Olds

Coach Pitch is scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm or 7:00pm starting in May until end of July.  These sessions will be split to allow time for skill development followed by a 1 – 2 inning game. 
 

Coach pitch is a beginning level of ball designed for young ball players. Basic fundamentals of the game, rules, hitting, throwing, catching, base running and team play are introduced at this level. Coaches throw a designated number of pitches to their own players. If the player is unable to hit after the designated number of pitches, a batting T is brought out and players hit off of the T. Outs are not recorded and an inning ends after all of the players have had a turn at bat.

Players receive a team t-shirts and Bow Ridge baseball hat. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, and glove. An athletic supporter is recommended but not mandatory. Cleats are not recommended for this age group.

Players may request to play on the same team with one other friend as long as both players make the same request on their registration forms. 
 

MACHINE PITCH 7 and 8 Year Olds

Machine Pitch is scheduled every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm starting in May until end of July.  Players will also be expected to attend a practices, scheduled to be determined by the coach on an other day.  

As warm-ups are very important in baseball, players should plan to show up about ½ hour prior to the game. Players in this division will play a modified game that will prepare them for the regulation games played at the older levels. In this game players will receive a maximum of 6 pitches via a machine. If a player does not hit after six pitches they shall be called out, with 3 outs per inning. Other than some minor rule changes, (eg. runners cannot advance once an infielder is in control of the ball), the basic rules of Little League will apply. Sliding will be introduced at this level but base stealing will not be permitted.

As well as basic fundamentals and team play, batting will be an important skill taught at this level. It is important for players to feel confident at the plate especially when they start facing pitchers in the older levels. Consistent pitching received from the machine provides hitters real opportunity to develop and on the defensive side, players benefit from the increased action in the field.

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, and glove. An athletic supporter is mandatory. Cleats are not recommended for this age group.

Players may request to play on the same team with one other friend as long as both players make the same request on their registration forms.


MINOR LEAGUE 9 to 12 Year Olds

There are two games each week to be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 plus one other day of the week to be determined starting in May until end of June.   Players will also be expected to attend a practice scheduled by the coach.

At the minor league level, player pitching and base stealing are introduced. All basic Little League Rules will apply with some slight modifications to enhance player development. In addition to basic fundamentals and team play, the focus of this division will be on starting to develop young pitchers and catchers. Teams in these division field 9 players each inning and all players are in the batting line-up. All players can expect equal playing time.   The minors is the first level at which we have umpires to call balls and strikes as well as outs.

 At the end of the regular season, Bow Ridge sponsors a competitive AAA Allstar and a AA Allstar team for 9 and 10 year olds and 11 and 12 year olds respectively. These teams participate in a City tournament in July. Winners of this tournament go to the Prairie Championships and compete against other teams from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

All players must attend evaluation sessions. As a house league, the “stacking” of teams is not permitted. The purpose of the evaluations is to try and put together teams of equal strength. 

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, athletic supporter and glove. Rubber cleats are optional.



MAJOR LEAGUE 11 and 12 Year Olds 

Games are scheduled up to 3 times per week including weekends starting in May until the end of June.   Players will also be expected to attend a practice, scheduled by the coach.  Major League is an interlocking schedule with other teams throughout Northwest Calgary.

The Major Division is a competitive division where advanced strategies are taught. Eligible returning players from the Major Division will automatically remain with their previous team and do not need to attend evaluations. At this level we cannot honour any requests to have specific players play with other players or a specific coach.  All players aged 11 and 12 are eligible to try out for a Major team and those that are not drafted will remain in the Minor division.    Those wishing to be drafted to a Majors team must attend the Majors evaluation/tryout sessions.   

Home games are played at the Foothills Little League Park (located immediately behind Foothills/Burns Stadium), and Cosmopolitan Diamond (located on Bowness Road, east of Shouldice Pool). See Maps for details. The diamond facilities at Foothills are by far the best in the city and we take great pride in maintaining them. Parents of the players for this age group are required to volunteer to run the concession at Foothills Little League Park for the games where their teams are playing at Foothills. The task is fairly easy and does not keep you from enjoying the game. If everyone pitches in, each family will only be required to man the concession 1 - 2 times a season. A small price to pay for the convenience it provides.

At the end of the regular season, Bow Ridge sponsors a competitive Major Allstar team and a AA Allstar team for 11 and 12 year olds. This team participates in a City tournament in July. Winners of this tournament go to the Prairie championships and compete against other teams from Saskatchewan and Alberta. The winner of this competes at a national level for the right to represent Canada at the “Little league World Series”.   This team is put together on a tryout basis and players should be able to commit to play for the month of July.

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, athletic supporter and glove. Rubber cleats are optional but recommended.

For these divisions the league will supply umpires however, there may be circumstances where umpires may have to be solicited from the parent group.

 

Challenger Ball League

Calgary operates the largest Challenger Ball League in Canada. This league consists of mentally and physically challenged ball players from Calgary. Each weekend, teams meet on a Saturday to play at Challenger Park in North East Calgary. Each Little League club in North Calgary takes turns supplying baseball buddies from our Major and National divisions to assist these special players in their league play. Bow Ridge is very proud to be a part of this event and it is truly one of the highlights of our season. More info will be posted on our website at a later date.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE 13 and 14 Year Olds

Players will be drafted onto teams from pre-season evaluations. Players play on a regulation baseball field with 90 foot bases and a pitching distance of 60 foot. This league plays up to 3 interlocking games per week against other city leagues located in District 3. Home games and practices are held at the Sarcee Diamond .

Depending on the number of players registered in Juniors this year, we may tier the teams based on skill level.   The teams would then play in a seeding round to determine their level of competitiveness, to allow the players to be able to play at a level appropriate to their skill level.

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, athletic supporter and glove. Metal or rubber cleats are recommended.

 

SENIOR LEAGUE 15 and 16 Year Olds

Players league age 15 and 16 years old who have advanced skills. Players are drafted from pre- season evaluations. Teams play up to 3 interlocking games per week in a competitive citywide schedule. Games are played throughout District 3 with home games and practices held at the St. Andrew's Diamond

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, athletic supporter and glove. Metal rubber cleats are recommended.
 

BIG LEAGUE 16 and 17 Year Olds

Players league age 17 and 18 years old. The number of teams depends upon player registration and availability of coaches. No evaluations are planned for these teams. Teams play up to 3 interlocking games per week throughout District 3 with home games and practices being held at the St. Andrews Diamond .

Players will receive a full uniform consisting of pants, belt, jersey and Bow Ridge baseball hat. A $50 deposit will be required to ensure the return of the jersey and the belt. Players are required to have their own batting helmet, athletic supporter and glove. Metal or rubber cleats are recommended.



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