Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association (WSMBA) sponsors AAA level baseball for 3 age groups:
13U, 15U, and 18U.
The mission of our AAA program is to develop the skills of baseball players to a high level of excellence.
We promote strong character both on and off the field. We insist on good sportsmanship and proper behavior. Most importantly, we want everyone to have fun and enjoy AAA baseball - from the players, to the coaches, to the parents, and the fans. We also want our opponents, their fans, and the umpires to enjoy the experience of participating in baseball.
Commitment and Program Philosophy
AAA baseball requires a significant time and financial commitments, depending on each individual team’s performance and tryout time. Once the team is formed, every player is expected to attend all practices and games. Absences could result in a reduction of playing time.
League play of 20 - 28 games, begins in May and continues into July. Also 2 - 3 weekend tournaments and possible exhibition games will be scheduled during the season.** The number and location of tournaments is at the discretion of the individual team.
Commitment from parents of AAA players is also very important. In order for our association to be a success and for our children to maximize their enjoyment of playing AAA baseball, your participation is required.
AAA Program Philosophy
The AAA program firmly believes that:
The expectation of all AAA players is to lead by example on and off the playing field. To help foster the leadership role in baseball, we ask that all AAA players volunteer in the baseball community in one of the following ways:**
When players are participating at a Community Involvement event, they are representing the Winnipeg South AAA Wolves organization and are expected to dress in either full uniform (including jersey & game hat) or in black shorts, jersey & game hat, depending on the event.
The team manager will collect a $300 volunteer bond cheque (dated September 30th) at the beginning of the season. This bond cheque is payable to Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association, not to the individual team, and must be handed in with the registration fees. It will be held by the WSMBA Treasurer until the end of the season. Any family that volunteers a minimum of 15 hours will have it destroyed. It is up to the family of the player to determine who is going to work the hours needed to satisfy the bond requirements. Failure to work the minimum hours will result in the complete forfeiture of the bond.
Examples of volunteer work include but are not limited to:
Assisting at tournaments/provincials hosted at Charleswood Place (this includes selling 50/50 tickets, canteen duty, scoring, gate duty), moving equipment, field maintenance, assisting with tryouts/clinics, team management, coaching, WSMBA board membership with ensuing duties.
Scorekeeping, pitch counting, selling 50/50 tickets at league games, regular required duties related to COVID-19**, or any other activity from which just your team receives a direct financial benefit will not count toward volunteer hours.
Any families with multiple players in the AAA program are required to complete 5 additional volunteer hours and pay an additional $100 on their bond cheque, per player. The volunteer bond is collected by the team manager of the oldest player.
Registration Fee and Other Costs
The Winnipeg South AAA Wolves registration fee is suggested annually by the WS AAA Committee and approved by the WSMBA Board of Directors. The registration fee for those players selected to WS AAA 13U, 15U, and 18U teams in 2021 is $720 per player.
WSMBA will conduct child abuse registry checks and a criminal records check for all AAA coaches. These checks will be good for a period of 3 years. The checks will be coordinated by the VP High Performance and results reviewed by the WSMBA Executive if required.
Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Policy
WSMBA mandates that any player or coach, regardless of age, shall not participate in any game or practice if that person has consumed alcohol and / or drugs immediately prior or immediately after the activity, is under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, or is deemed to be under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs immediately prior to, or during the game or practice by any individual in authority. Prescription drugs are included in this policy. If said prescriptions drugs alter of affect the judgment or performance of any player, that player may not participate.
WSMBA prohibits the use of tobacco, cannabis, or vape products in any form by all players and coaches during practice and games and all times while wearing a Winnipeg South AAA Wolves uniform.
Parents are reminded it is illegal in Manitoba to consume alcohol or smoke on or nearby the playing field. This includes any area designated for use by the fans.
Codes of Conduct
All AAA players, coaches, parents, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will serve as a positive example to others. Players, Parents, and Coaches are required to sign a Code of Conduct that applies to them. The signed Codes will be kept by the Team Manager.
Fair Play Policy
The intention of our Fair Play Policy is to provide a guideline for Coaches on how to treat players fairly so that players receive a reasonable amount of playing time for development, over the course of the baseball season. WSMBA AAA Program believes that fair play holds a different meaning as age levels advance.
Social Media and Photos Policy
Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association reserves the right to use any picture taken during camps, tryouts, and during the season/post-season play for instructional purposes, advertising, or posting on our website and social media outlets. Should individual players or parents have concerns with photos possibly being used of themselves or their player, please contact the AAA Committee Chair.
While we encourage positive promotion of the Winnipeg South AAA Wolves teams, coaches, and organization through social media, please be advised that our Social Media Policy is consistent with that of Baseball Manitoba with regards to conduct and discipline. This policy can be found on the Baseball Manitoba website at: http://www.baseballmanitoba.ca/sites/default/files/2014%20Social%20Media%20%20Policy.pdf
We encourage our AAA families to follow and participate on our Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter pages at wpgsouthaaa
As of 2020, wood bats are now optional at the 15U and 18U levels. As per Baseball Manitoba: On Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Semi-Annual General Meeting in Brandon the Board of Director’s of Baseball Manitoba Ratified a Motion that will allow the use of BBCOR Certified Metal Bats at 15U AAA and 18U (all categories, A, AA and AAA) in competition in 2020. Baseball Manitoba believes that Wood bats should still be used as a training aid and/or in competition, if the batter’s skill level allows. Baseball Manitoba’s 15U, 16U and 17U Male Provincial Team Programs will continue to promote the use of Wood bats, as the National and WCBA events will be played with wood bats and these players are striving to compete for Baseball Canada’s National Team. For more information go to: https://www.baseballmanitoba.ca/node/748