Frequently Asked Questions
Richmond Chuckers FAQ
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WHAT IS RICHMOND CITY BASEBALL?
RCBA is a fifty-four year old not-for-profit society that provides community baseball programming to youth ages four and up. 2017 saw over 550 youth registered and play baseball. Our association is a member of BC (Minor) Baseball which is comprised of 53 associations with over 18,000 players in British Columbia. BC Minor Baseball is the largest not-for- profit youth governing body in BC. https://www.bcminorbaseball.org
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
The Spring season of games for most players starts in April.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON END?
Most players play in the spring season which ends towards the end of June. Some players will continue on in the summer season until early August. We also offer Fall Ball at many levels 9U and up. Our 5U -7U programming runs through the end of July.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO PLAY BASEBALL?
At the lowest levels all you need is a glove, a “jock or jill”, and a batting helmet (chin straps are mandatory through 13U PeeWee). As you get older, you will want to have baseball cleats and baseball pants. You may start to acquire optional things like your own bat, batting gloves, slider shorts and more. RCBA supplies hat and “keeper” jerseys which the players that play spring baseball. Single season teams wear RCBA owned apparel to be returned at year’s end. RCBA does not supply baseball pants (though those who qualify for financial assistance may request for a donation).
AT WHAT AGE DO KIDS START PLAYING BASEBALL?
Our youngest players register for Blastball, usually when they are 4 years old. However, older kids are always welcome to try baseball, whether it is in Rally Cap (5U-7U) Tadpole (8U & 9U), Mosquito (11U), PeeWee (13U), Bantam (15U) or Midget (18U).
For Fallball (where offered) the divisions and ages are:
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BASEBALL, HARDBALL, SOFTBALL, FAST PITCH AND SLO-PITCH
It can be confusing to sort all that out! Richmond City Baseball Association, offers baseball to the kids of Richmond. Baseball and hardball are interchangeable terms and refer to the game played with the small, hard baseball and overhand pitching although to confuse matters more, the ball is softer when introduced to 5U (T-ball) and 6U &7U (Tadpole) players. Baseball is the game played at the Major Leagues (MLB) and all over the world. The RCBA has baseball for kids up to the end of high school. There are opportunities after that to play professional, collegiate or amateur baseball.
Softball refers to games played with the larger ball (not soft at all) with underhand pitching. Fast pitch is the competitive form of softball with fast, underhand “windmill” pitching. It is played by kids and adults. Slo-pitch is another softball game can be competitive or recreational and is generally played by adults.
The rules can vary depending on the level of competition.
CAN GIRLS PLAY BASEBALL?
Of course they can! Girls play with the boys through almost all of the divisions. At the higher levels, some girls choose to play in girls’ baseball leagues or on girls only teams. There are growing opportunities for girls to play baseball at provincial, national and international competitions. There are also opportunities to play for BC Selects programs.
CAN I PLAY BASEBALL IF I ALSO PLAY HOCKEY, BASKETBALL, SOCCER OR RUGBY?
Yes. In fact, RCBA believes that it is good for kids to play all sorts of different sports. It will make you a better all-around athlete, a better baseball player, and even a better person! Play lots of sports for as long as you can. Don’t forget that Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan both played baseball.
WHAT ARE AAA, AA AND A?
That’s a good question, and the answer is confusing because they mean different things at different levels.
In 11U (Mosquito), all players play “House” baseball for the Spring. All-Star Rep teams are then selected for Summer Baseball and a chance to compete for Provincial Championships. The best 11U (Mosquito) players, generally “Second Year” 11U players are chosen for the Mosquito “AAA Tier 1” team. The best “First Year” 10U players are selected for the Mosquito “A” team. All remaining Mosquito players can try out for the “AAA Tier 2” team.
In 13U (Peewee), the best 13U players are selected to play for our two Spring “AA” teams. These teams are selected to be as equal as possible with a mix of 1st and 2nd year players to continue the development model for continued tiered programming. Those players are then selected to represent the Chuckers in “AAA” and “AA” competitions during the summer. All other players play on Spring House teams in a local interlocking “A” league with Burnaby, Tsawwassen and Vancouver. The best RCBA “A” level players are then selected to represent the Chuckers to compete for a Provincial “A” All-Star league in the summer.
In 15U (Bantam), the Chuckers select the best 15U players to a single season “AAA” team which competes from April to August. This team can include up-to three (3) non-Richmond residents on its roster by BC Baseball rule. The next best are chosen for the Spring and Summer “AA” team, again to compete from April to August. All other players play on Spring “A” House team. This team(s) plays in a local interlocking “A” league with Burnaby, Tsawwassen and Vancouver. In the summer, the best Richmond “A” level players are then selected to represent the Chuckers to compete for a Provincial “A” Championship.
WHY DOES RCBA CONDUCT PLAYER EVALUATIONS AT 8U (TADPOLE) AND UP?
RCBA is committed to “Player Development” and this starts at the grassroots level of players. Each Spring RCBA host evaluation days (though not mandatory) to allow coaches to assess players. This allows RCBA to use the information for a number of things:
- it allows players to be evaluated for Divisions that have team drafts to help in making sure all Spring teams are balanced;
- it will allow the Player Development Coordinator to evaluate each player’s development through the years; helps RCBA understand where to focus future developmental programs
- it provides a standardized evaluation process and takes away individual grading opinions and provides insight towards making decisions to permit coaches to communicate to players, parents and RCBA Board.
WHAT IS LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (LTAD)?
RCBA is committed to player development and the first step in this process is LTAD. Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Baseball Canada to maximize a participant's potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete's career to enable him / her to reach his / her full potential in baseball and as an athlete. Tailoring a child's sports development program to suit basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the 'critical' early years of their development, enables him / her
- Reach full potential
- Increase lifelong participation in baseball and other physical× activities
RCBA is an entirely volunteer-run operation and a team effort on the part of players and families alike. Board members put in many hours before, during, and after the season to ensure the league runs successfully. In addition, each family is expected to assist in volunteering during the season. Each Team Manager will schedule parents for various duties prior, during and/or after their child’s game or Volunteering is a wonderful way to play an active role in your child's baseball experience and community.