SCMBA has an overall goal to ensure that every registered player and their family has a safe and fun environment to enjoy the game of baseball. Each division has rules and policies that are discussed by SCMBA board members to keep the development of each player appropriate for their age or division.
House League is recreational baseball for players of all ages and skill levels. We will promote skill development, team building, sportsmanship, confidence and an enjoyment of the game of baseball. We are focused on both player and coach development. Have fun and enjoy the great game of baseball!
Beginning in 2019 we were excited to be able to register up to three (3) 19-year-old players onto each Midget Team (as per Niagara Interlock Rules)!
For players 20 years and older, please reach out to us and we'd be more than happy to put you in touch with the right people to allow you to continue to play!
See our registration link for additional information.
Out of town players can join any SCMBA house league division (without a release) and will follow all the SCMBA rules and policies.
Once the required amount of players is reached for each division, a waiting list will be made. A Coach and a pre-determined amount of players will be required for another team to be formed.
Divisions are formed based on birth years not birth day.
SEASON START AND FINISH DATES
SCMBA has a goal to have the Coaches contacting their players before Victoria day and to start games before June. Practices will start soon after your contacted. Playoffs will start the 2nd week of August for division offering playoffs. Closing date is set for the 3rd weekend in August (could change for certain circumstances).
Official schedules for each division are made once the number of teams is known (after April 30). Suggested days from previous years are stated in each division's description.
PARENTS / GUARDIANS RESPONSIBILITIES
PARENTS / GUARDIANS are responsible to ensure that a player is in good health and has sufficient medical coverage, over and above the minimal insurance provided to the Association
PARENTS / GUARDIANS are responsible to purchase and ensure that the player wears the appropriate protective gear (i.e. jock or jill), when participating in all athletic events
PARENTS / GUARDIANS understand that Coaches, Players and Umpires are still developing skills and game knowledge at all levels. SCMBA holds zero tolerance of any abuse towards any of them.
All our Coaches are volunteers and a very vital part of SCMBA. Coaches are always needed so make sure you signup. Convenors will be assigned to each division to help with any decision making.
Coaches are encouraged to help at the indoor sessions to get training, skill development ideas and drills before the season starts.
Training and skill development resources are offered on our website. SCMBA has specific skill development fundamentals for each division that will make practice planning easier for Coaches. Drills can be found on the Canada Baseball website. The Rally Cap program offers many resources for each level.
Specific Board Members are available if any assistance is needed.
PLAYER FRIEND/COACH REQUESTS
In our scoring divisions (9U-18U) SCMBA will put an emphasis on balanced teams and divisions. As a result of this objective individual requests to play with friends or a particular coach in 9U-18U divisions WILL NOT be met. If a special request is needed, SCMBA will discuss the need and make a fair decision.
In our entry divisions (4U-7U) SCMBA WILL try to meet individual requests, but cannot guarantee any such requests will be accommodated. These requests should be directed to our Registrar at email@example.com.
SCMBA has valued sponsors that registered players are encouraged to purchase any baseball equipment or additional training equipment from. Getting the appropriate size of equipment is very important for proper development and the enjoyment of baseball.
Baseball gloves for all players are the responsibility of the Parent / Guardian to supply. The one exception to this is the “Decker”, which is used by all catchers, which will be supplied by SCMBA, one to a team.
Catchers gear will be supplied by SCMBA for the divisions requiring it. Players may use their own and will take responsibility of injuries if they use their own. Our coaches are volunteers and not trained professionals for equipment.
Tees, bases and pitching machines are provided by SCMBA and placed at all appropriate fields. SCMBA will provide a bat or 2 for each division (some bat rules apply for each division). Coaches will be given practice and game balls.
Helmets are NOT supplied by SCMBA. Approved OBA helmets must be worn with a chin strap. ALL players need to wear a helmet. A helmet cage can be worn and is mandatory for some divisions (please refer to division pages for details).
Baseball soft cleat shoes are allowed in all divisions, metal cleats are only allowed in Midget and up. Closed toe shoes are mandatory, running or athletic shoes are allowed.
Jocks or protective gear must be worn by ALL back catchers. It is suggested that ALL players wear a jock.
DIVISIONS OF PLAY
SCMBA has set out guidelines and information for each division, which will be found on their divisional home page.
For the Baseball season it is the goal for SCMBA to have the Rookie, Mosquito, Peewee and Bantam divisions participate in a St. Catharines League. 4+ teams in each division are required. All games and practices would then take place in St. Catharines.
If the required amount of teams is NOT met in a division they will participate in the Interlock League to ensure an appropriate amount of games are played. Games can be played in Beamsville, Thorold, Welland, Port Colbourne and Pelham. More League information is given if required.