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Sharon Springs Athletic Association

REC BASEBALL

Welcome to Sharon Springs Recreation Baseball 2019 Spring Season 


It's about that time to hit the baseball diamond again at Sharon Springs.   Sharon Springs is a great place to play baseball and we are excited to continue to develop our program to be a good fit for all kids that want to play between ages of 5 and 18.   

Registration Opens on November 4; Early Bird Discount Ends December 16; Closes January 20


Register on our site www.ssaa-kids.com. Register on or before December 16 to receive an early bird discount!

The appropriate age group is based on his/her age as of April 30, 2019.  

Age Group

Birthday Begin Date

Birthday End Date

5U

May 1, 2013

August 31, 2014

6U

May 1, 2012

April 30, 2013

7U/8U

May 1, 2010

April 30, 2012

9U/10U

May 1, 2008

April 30, 2010

11U/12U

May 1, 2006

April 30, 2008

13U/14U

May 1, 2004

April 30, 2006

15U-18U

May 1, 2000

April 30, 2004

 

Parents may request league approval to play up one age group during the registration process. We recommend that players play in their respective age group unless they could compete for an all-star position in the next age group.

For specific Age Group information or general assistance, please click on your age group to see information and the designated Age Group Director that would more than happy to answer your questions. 

What does a Rec Baseball Season Look Like?

Pre-season practice begins the week of February 18th. 5U-8U typically practices at Joint Venture Park and 9U-18U practices at Sharon Springs Park. 8U Majors may have practices at Sharon Springs Park, depending on available field space. Pre-season lasts 4 weeks. You can expect to have 1 outdoor practice during the week and 1 outdoor practice on Saturday. Most weekday practices occur Monday-Thursday, but a small number of teams may have a Friday practice instead. Teams may also hold an optional indoor practice during the week. By rule, teams may not meet more than 3 times per week.

 

Division

Weekday Start Time

Weekday Practice Length

Saturday Start Time

Saturday Practice Length

5U

6 pm

1 hour

Varies 9 am to 2:30 pm

1 hour

6U

6 pm

1 hour

Varies 9 am to 2:30 pm

90 minutes

7U/8U

6 pm or 7 pm

75 minutes

Varies 9 am to 2:30 pm

90 minutes

9U/18U

6 pm or 7:30 pm

90 minutes

Varies 9 am to 2:30 pm

90 minutes

 

The season begins the week of March 18. The home park of 5U-8U is Joint Venture Park and 9U-18U is Sharon Springs Park, but you may also play games at other Forsyth County parks. The season is 12 games followed by a post-season tournament May 17th-23rd. There are no games the week of Spring Break, including the Spring Break weekends. You can expect to have 1 game during the week and 1 game on Saturday. Most weekday games occur Monday-Thursday except possibly for make-up games cancelled due to weather. Teams may also hold an optional indoor practice during the week. By rule, teams may not meet more than 3 times per week.

 

There are typically 2 games per field on a weekday. The earlier game time is 6pm and the later game time is set to immediately follow the first game. You may have either game time. Teams will typically warm-up 1 hour prior to game time. The game length varies by age group and is appropriate for that age group.

 

Division

Game Length

5U

55 minutes

6U

55 minutes

7U/8U

1 hour 25 minutes

9U/10U

1 hour 25 minutes

11U/12U

1 hour 25 minutes

13U/14U

1 hour 40 minutes

18U

1 hour 55 minutes

 

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation department sets and manages the game schedules. Coaches receive the game schedules at the county coaches meeting on March 13th. SSAA is unable to provide the game schedule before this date.



Important changes and information for the 2019 Spring Recreation Season

Important Dates

  1. 1/12 10 am to 1 pm - On-site registration at the SSAA building located at the rear of Sharon Springs Park
  2. 1/20 - Registration closes
  3. 1/26 – Evaluation Day 1
  4. 2/2 – Evaluation make-ups and Majors/Minors Call-backs
  5. 2/2 & 2/4 & 2/5 - Draft (see full schedule below)
  6. 2/9 - Academy Day
  7. 2/9 - Coaches Clinic on SS3 (5U-7U from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 8U-14U from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm).
  8. 2/10 6:30pm - SSAA Coaches Meeting (for all coaches) and NYSCA certification (for new coaches)
  9. 2/16 8 am to 11 am - Equipment Day
  10. 2/24 6:30pm - Team Coordinator Meeting at Old Atlanta Rec Center
  11. 2/18 - Recreation Baseball practice begins
  12. 3/9 - Picture Day
  13. 3/13 - Mandatory county coaches meeting (coaches will receive their game schedules)
  14. 3/16 - Rec Baseball games begin
  15. 3/30-4/7 - Spring Break (No Rec Games)
  16. 5/17-5/23 - Postseason tournament for all rec baseball teams



Majors/Minors expanded for all ages 7U through 10U!

Sharon Springs Athletics Association (SSAA) is pleased to announce an expansion of the Majors/Minors program for all 7U-10U players. Our mission in majors/minors is to build an alternative to travel ball by offering a competitive brand of baseball with less time and financial commitment while still having a fun environment for all levels of players at Sharon Springs.

Partnership with professional services expanded!
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Sharon Springs Athletics Association (SSAA) has formalized agreements to deliver an unprecedented level of professional services as well as expanding access to space for teams to practice throughout the season. The goals are to

  • Offer quality recreation and travel programs within our community,
  • Develop players into skilled players that can compete for SSAA All-star, SSAA Travel (beginning at 9u), and Forsyth County High School roster spots,
  • Raise the quality of league play and All-star team play,
  • Offer a year-round competitive alternative to travel baseball for older players at an affordable price, and
  • Develop and equip coaches to run efficient, productive, and fundamentally sound practices for the SSAA teams they coach.


We are pleased to announce partnerships with RedLine Athletics, Rawlings Southeast, Windward Baseball Academy, and D-Bat Johns Creek. For the Sharon Springs 2019 Baseball Season the following investments have been made into the program:



  RedLine Athletics Indoor practice option for all rec baseball teams! 

 

We are partnering with Redline Athletics Facility (1670 Redi Rd, Cumming, GA 30040) this season to provide teams the option to practice indoors, 1 day a week, throughout the Spring 2019 season.

  Windward Baseball Development Programs and Clinics

We have partnered with Howie McCann’s Windward Baseball Academy (1180 Tidwell Rd # 201, Alpharetta, GA 30004) to offer several new exciting player and coach development opportunities. These optional programs are opportunities for your player to work on development during the off-season. Register online using the registration system at www.ssaa-kids.com.

  • High School Winter Development Program: A 5-session development program at Windward Baseball Academy, in partnership with SSAA, offered to 15U-18U players. The dates are Sunday 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, and 1/13 from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Total cost is $175. Limited to the first 21 kids that register.
  • 6U-14U Winter Development Program (option 1): A 6-session development program at Windward Baseball Academy, in partnership with SSAA, offered to 6U-14U players. The dates are Wednesday 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, and 1/23 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Total cost is $175. Limited to the first 21 kids that register.
  •  6U-14U Winter Development Program (option 2): A 6-session development program at Windward Baseball Academy, in partnership with SSAA, offered to 6U-14U players. The dates are Thursday 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, and 1/24 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Total cost is $175. Limited to the first 21 kids that register.
  •  Pre-evaluation Tune-Up Clinic: Come out to Windward Baseball Academy on Saturday January 19 for a 90-minute baseball clinic from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to knock the rust off prior to baseball evaluations. We will send communication prior to the clinic for the specific time your player should attend. Players will be grouped by similar age. Total cost is $25. Limited to the first 80 kids that register.
  •  Catchers Clinic: A 2-session catcher’s development clinic conducted by Windward Baseball Academy at Sharon Springs Park on Saturday 3/2 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Sharon Springs Park Field 3 and Saturday 3/9 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Joint Venture Park Field 3. Registration will open prior to the first week of practice and head coaches should refer players to this clinic. Total cost is $50.
  •  Coaching Clinic: A coaching clinic conducted by Windward Baseball Academy on Saturday 2/9 at Sharon Springs Park Field 3. At least 1 coach from each 5U-14U team is required to attend. 5U-7U from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 8U-14U from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Related imageD-Bat Friday Night Clinics

We have partnered with D-Bat Johns Creek to offer Friday Night Baseball Clinics throughout the Spring 2019 season. 5 Friday night clinics will be offered for 5U-14U on 3/1, 3/22, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26. All clinics will be held on Sharon Springs Field 3. Details, pricing, and registration information to come.


Sunday Select Run by Professional Services

 

Sunday Select is the all-star selection process at Sharon Springs. Players with the highest evaluation scores, and head coach referred players attend 2-hour practices on Sunday afternoons. Upon conclusion of the 6-week process, all-star (and potentially development) teams are selected. This year, professional services will run each of these practices:

  • Rawlings Southeast will run 6U-8U Sunday Select practices. Our 9U and above travel teams at SSAA are Rawlings Southeast branded and run teams. By partnering with Rawlings Southeast for 6U-8U Sunday Select, players will learn the system and techniques that Rawlings teaches, so that players can compete for major and travel spots beginning at 9U and above.
  • Windward Baseball Academy will run 9U-10U Sunday Select practices. Howie McCann and his group of coaches at WBA have delivered professionally run clinics at SSAA for many years and we are pleased that they they will bring their expertise to Sunday Select.
  • D-Bat Johns Creek will run 11U-14U Sunday Select practices. D-Bat is a great partner that offers free cage nights to SSAA, discounted cage rentals to SSAA coaches, and will run our Friday Night clinics this season. We are very excited that they will bring their expertise to Sunday Select.


How to get Involved

Are you interested in getting involved as coach? Are you hesitant because you haven’t coached a team before? We have you covered! All you need is a positive attitude, desire to influence youth, and passion for the game. SSAA will provide the rest. We offer coaching clinics at the start of every season. These clinics are run by Howie McCann’s Windward Baseball Academy. They will show you how to run a practice, provide you sample practice plans, and teach you many drills to build fundamentals in your players.

Need even more incentive? Head coaches are reimbursed part of their registration fee each year. If you are interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach, please complete the coaches' application and background check found under For Coaches How to Volunteer once registration opens in December.

Head Coaches will receive a $75 fee reimbursement if they complete all of the following:
1. Attend the SSAA coaches meeting
2. Attend (or have an AC attend) the coaches clinic
3. Have a team coordinator present at the Team Coordinator meeting
4. Return their equipment.

Evaluation Dates

  • 1/26 – Evaluation Day 1
  • 2/2 – Evaluation make-ups and Majors/Minors Call-backs

* Other key dates will be posted on the HOME-CALENDAR soon.

Draft Schedule

SSAA Baseball DraftNight 2/4 & 2/5
Monday Tuesday
6:15 - 7:30 7U Majors, 9/10U Majors (7:00 pm) 6U, 7U/8U Minors, 11U/12U
7:30 - 8:45 8U Majors 9U/10U Minors, 13U/14U, 15U
5U - Saturday 2/2 - 9:00 am to 9:30 am