REP LEAGUE PROGRAM:
Our Rep program is open to both boys and girls aged from 8-18. "Rep" means that you are representing your local Association and this is the highest level you can compete at with the Ajax Spartans.
Rep teams travel within Southern Ontario and will usually enter 2-4 tournaments per season with at least one being an away involving a 1 or 2 night stay at a hotel. Rep teams generally play one to two games per week with some being on the weekends and the coach will usually run a practice a week as well.
The Ajax Spartans Minor Baseball Association is affiliated with the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association (EOBA) and our loop goes from Pickering to the west, Kingston to the east and Peterborough to the north.
Tryouts for our Rep teams are held in mid-September for the next season. Tryout schedules are posted on our website. To attend a tryout, you must first register with the ASMBA and have paid the registration fee and a nominal tryout fee. The number of Rep teams will depend on the number of players trying out in their particular division and the availability of volunteers to coach and manage these teams.
Volunteer coaches and managers are always needed for our Rep teams. As Rep teams are more competitive than house league, to become a coach or manager of a Rep team you must obtain a coaching certificate by completing a coaching course and obtain a police background check with a Vulnerable section report. Applications for Rep Managers (Head Coaches) are accepted in August, before the tryouts begin, and the applicant will go through an interview process.
The cost associated with being on a Rep team is higher than with house league as it is more competitive and there is travelling involved. Each player must pay Rep fees which are due May 1st. Each team manager will create a budget for the team to cover many of these costs and some teams do fundraising initiatives to offset these costs.
The Rep season begins in early May and could go to early September. However, once the team has been selected, many of the managers start indoor practices in January. Playoffs are usually held in mid August and provincial championships over the Labour Day weekend except at the Midget level which are held earlier.
Rep baseball is definitely more competitive and more costly, but it is also a lot of fun for players who want to play a higher level of baseball and improve their skills.
For further information, please contact our Rep Convenor; John Warwick