Performance Program ("A") Team Information
Performance Program ("A") Team Information
- "A" ID Camps/Evaluations for U13-U19 teams occur in the fall each year, with teams named shortly after and training commencing normally in October.
- Any athlete selected for the "A" level teams is required to participate in the FSA Performance Program. Any athlete not wanting to train throughout the winter should consider the B/C programming.
- FSA encourages and supports multi-sport athletes and therefore ensures winter training is flexible with many offerings for training and with some scheduling requests asked upon performance program enrolment. Athletes are not expected to make every session every week during winter training.
- Winter Performance Training consists of a 1.5 hour team practice (normally on Sundays), a 1.5 hour fielding/batting session with mixed players and performance program coaches and 1 hour of strength and conditioning with a certified trainer. Normally fielding/hitting and strength and conditioning will be scheduled on the same night where possible. Athletes selected to these teams as a pitcher or catcher will also have additional training for these positions.
- These teams will participate in GPLS which will provide 4-5 weekends of play, many of which will require out of town travel. The Mother's Day weekend of GPLS is hosted by St. Albert and will require volunteering from all families on teams participating in GPLS.
- Teams (with the exception of U19) will also participate in the FSA annual Tournament which will be held the first or second weekend in June. This tournament requires all FSA families to volunteer (with the exception of those who pay the opt out fee at the time of registration) to ensure a successful event.
- Additional Tournaments will be a team decision and dependent on the age group. Older teams will likely do more tournaments (which may involve additional travel) than younger teams.
- Teams will continue to practice 2-3 times per week and week night games may be as part of a league or on an exhibition game basis. This will again vary team to team but athletes can expect to be practicing and playing 5-6 days a week for May and June.
- Teams will participate in provincials normally in July and should they qualify, post provincial play which is normally in August.
Individuals selected for an A team will have the following costs:
- FSA Registration fee - This is the fee paid on a yearly basis that goes to the association for costs incurred by the association as a whole such as Softball Alberta expenses, insurance, equipment, field bookings, facilities etc. The fee depends on the age level but is $300-$400.
- Winter Team Performance Program - $1365 (can be paid in full or split into payments of $195 over 7 months).
- Team Fees - These are not dictated or controlled by FSA and will be dependent on your team budget and what the team is deciding to do for various things. Team fees will include items such as the costs for GPLS registration, tournament and provincials registrations, umpire costs for exhibition games, team building events, apparel including jerseys, team equipment e.g., team bats, coach expenses for non-parent coaching staff, team nutrition etc.
- Teams may choose to offset costs by doing fundraising and this will again vary team by team and how much fundraising each team wants to do.
- Additional costs to the player will include cleats, turf shoes, batting gloves and any apparel or uniform pieces that are not included in the team budget. Costs for personal equipment such as helmet, fielders mask, glove, bat and any other items the player chooses/needs to have will be at their own expense.
- Costs associated with travel for out of town tournaments and GPLS league play.
- Players needing assistance with fees are able to apply for KidSport or JumpStart grants as well as apply to the Fastball St. Albert benevolent fund (see the FSA Financial Assistance Policy). For more information, please contact email@example.com
FSA has spaces available for athletes who are not selected for an A level team but are looking for the type of training provided through the program. Please see "Performance Program for Individuals" under Player Development.