AA Category


Softball Manitoba has approved the restructuring of the minor division by adding the AA category.

The three categories that now exist are:
(community level -formerly referred to as B)
AA (regional teams)
AAA (high performance - formerly referred to as A)

 

The ‘AA’ category is a development program to bridge the skill gap between the ‘A’ and ‘AAA’ categories.  The vision is a competitive program viewed as a support system for ‘AAA’ organizations to maintain athlete numbers for their programs. To protect the grassroots ‘A’ level of softball, all ‘AA’ players must register and play ‘A’ level softball in order to be eligible, and play will be restricted to a specific night and/or specific weekends between May 1 and the end of the specific age category ‘A’ provincial. This will ensure ‘A’ programs are not hampered.

  1. U13 U15 U17 ‘AA’ Categories will be run under the guidance of each region’s ‘AAA’ organization.
  2. The number of ‘AA’ teams in each U13 U15 U17 category will be restricted to a maximum of 3 from each ‘AAA’ region. ‘AAA’ organizations will oversee the ‘AA’ program in their region and be responsible to submit teams and rosters to Softball Manitoba. Overseeing will ensure that there is a process to select coaches, arrange tryouts, select athletes, and determine the number of teams registered based on athlete numbers at the tryout with the team’s ability to compete in mind. The ‘AAA’ organization is the stable and sustainable entity affiliated with each region and is the benefactor of the ‘AA’ softball program.
  3. This is a development program and age advancement will not occur. There will be no displacement of a player from their age eligible category by an age-advanced athlete. If the need to age advance an athlete exists, it would occur from the ‘A’ to the ‘AAA’ program. Under extenuating circumstances only, a region may be exempt from the age advancement policy in order to form a single team in an age category, subject to the approval of the Softball Manitoba Board. No displacement of an eligible athlete and formation of only one team at that particular age category are requirements to access the exemption.
  4. Team Registration - all ‘AA’ team (9 player minimum) rosters (players, coaches, manager) must be submitted to the Softball Manitoba office by May 20 for the upcoming season. Electronic copies will only be accepted.

 AA Softball Regional Tryouts - May 20-23, 2022 (unless stated otherwise by Region)

  • if preferred, regions are able to host gym session tryouts before the start of softball season May 1.

AA Softball Roster submission to Softball Manitoba - May 26, 2022

For further questions regarding Softball Manitoba’s AA Category please contact Executive Director Don Klym at 204-925-5674 or via email at executivedirector@softball.mb.ca 

 

2022 MINOR DIVISION ‘AA’ SHOWCASE WEEKENDS  - PROPOSED DATES

 

Age Category

Date

Entry Fee Location
1

U13 - Draw

June 11-12, 2022

$350.00 Brandon
2

U15 - Draw

June 11-12, 2022 $350.00 Brandon
3

U17

Cancelled

   
4

U13 - Draw - Revised July 18

July 23-24

$350.00 Winkler
5

U15 - Draw

July 23-24

$350.00 Headingley
6

U17

Cancelled

   

 

 

2022 MINOR DIVISION ‘AA’ PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - PROPOSED DATES 

CATEGORY

PROVINCIAL DATE

LOCATION

ENTRY FEE

ENTRY DEADLINE

U13 AA Girls

August 12-14, 2022

Brandon

$350.00

July 1st

U15 AA Girls

August 12-14, 2022

Brandon

$350.00

July 1st

U17 AA Girls

Cancelled

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Coaches must be certified by June 22nd to ENTER any of the above.

See Coaching Certification Requirements here, https://www.softball.mb.ca/content/nccp-coaching-requirements 

 

'AA' REGION CONTACTS

 

Westman

Jill Twordik 

Dauphin

Mermaid League

Neepawa

Roblin

Southwest Girls

Ste Rose

Westman Softball

'AAA' Parent Club: Westman Magic

 

Eastman

Amanda Peters

Dryden

Seine River

Southeast Girls

Springfield

Thunder Bay

'AAA' Parent Club: Eastman Wildcats


Central

Jodi Rouire

Portage Minor

Tiger Hills

MacDonald Minor Ball

'AAA' Parent Club: Central Energy

 

Interlake

Jason Cassils & Robyn Deprez

Interlake Minor 

'AAA' Parent Club: Interlake Phillies 

 

Northeast Winnipeg

Sarah Shotton 

NorthEast Softball Association

'AAA' Parent Club: Manitoba Thunder

 

Northwest Winnipeg

Dana Lovallo 

NorthWest Softball Association

St. James

'AAA' Parent Club: Manitoba Angels 

 

Southeast Winnipeg

Al Bruneau 

Bonivital 

'AAA' Parent Club: Winnipeg Lightning

 

Southwest Winnipeg

Renee Danchuk 

Winnipeg SouthWest Youth Softball Association

'AAA' Parent Club: Smitty's Terminators

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