2017 Advanced Baseball

Updated Wednesday March 1, 2017 by Donnie Snyder.

ADVANCED BASEBALL IS BACK

FOR SPRING 2017 AT NORTHWEST

 

Northwest Youth Baseball enters our 4th season of the Cal Ripken Advanced Baseball Program. The Advanced Baseball Program provides an opportunity for players wishing to receive focused instruction while competing against top level competition within the Advanced Baseball Program. The AB Program competes in the Cal Ripken West Florida Advanced Baseball League in a league play format during the Fall and Spring seasons. For more information, please review the FAQs below.

For any further questions please contact:  Bill Gross (Director of Advanced Baseball) billkgross@yahoo.com or 727-433-0607

Website info:  www.wfabaseball.com

Advanced Baseball Spring Ball Information – 2017

Tryouts: Monday, January 30th 

  • 8U: 6PM - Field 8
  • 10U: 6PM - Field 1
  • 11U: 6PM - Field 2
  • 12U 7:30PM - Field 2
  • 15U: 6PM - Field 4


Parent Involvement

If you would like to be a manager or assistant manager for AB baseball, please select the coaching option when registering your child for the fall season.

Fees

AB players will receive a jersey and hat. Players will need to purchase pants, belts, and socks.  More information will be given by your manager.  Players must be registered for Spring Ball at Northwest.  There are no travel ball fees incurred in this program.

Advanced Baseball FAQs

Q. What is Advanced Baseball?
A. The Advanced Baseball program exists as an extension of and to complement the
recreational baseball program. The advanced baseball program exists to provide an “advanced”
player that has a higher skill level and has a passion for playing an opportunity to compete at a
higher level. This will be accomplished through advanced level instruction and more advanced
competition.

Q. Is Advanced Baseball the same as travel baseball?
A. No, Advanced Baseball is only for Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth players. The Advanced Baseball
program only competes against other Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth leagues and does not compete in
travel baseball tournaments.

Q. What is the purpose of Advanced Baseball?
A. The Advanced Baseball program will focus on developing players by reinforcing proper
baseball fundamentals, teaching advanced concepts appropriate to each individual age group
and by offering advanced level competition. NWYB’s Advanced Baseball program will place a
focus on practice and development.

Q. If my child makes the AB team will they also automatically make the all star team?
A. No, making an Advanced Baseball team does not guarantee your child will make an all star
team.

Q. How long is the AB season?
A. The fall season will be approximately 5 weeks and approximately 10 games. The Fall season
will begin mid to late September 18th and finish on November 13th. The spring season will be
approximately 12 weeks and 12-15 games. Spring will begin in late February and finish by the
beginning of May.

Q. How often do AB teams play?
A. The Advanced Baseball teams will play 1-2 times per month in a double header or three-way
format so usually no more than 4-6 games in a month. There will be one tournament each
season (usually at the end of the season) in addition to the regular schedule.

Q. When do the AB teams play?
A. AB games will usually be played on Sunday afternoons with the exception being the end of
season tournament. The Advanced Baseball program will make every effort to schedule all
Northwest teams at the same location as a convenience to families with multiple kids playing in
the Advanced Baseball Program.

Q. How often do the AB teams practice?
A. AB teams will have one field practices during the week and one cage practice per week.
Additional practices may be scheduled at the Manager’s discretion.

Q. How much does it cost to play Advanced Baseball?
A. The total cost to play Advanced Baseball can be the standard registration fee or an additional $75 for those who would like to play Rec-ball and Advanced.

Q. How are teams chosen?
A. A tryout will be held each Fall and Spring season. All players that participate in the tryout will be evaluated by a panel of at least 3 individuals, The Evaluation Panel. The Evaluation Panel will name the team after the tryout is complete.

Q. Can anyone participate in Advanced Baseball?
A. To participate in Advanced Baseball you must meet the below criteria for each season:

  • Fall
    • Participate in the Fall Recreational Baseball season
      or
    • If your child is participating in another Fall sport, they can apply for an exemption from playing Fall Recreational Ball.
    • Each player must commit to playing the Spring recreational baseball season
  • Spring
    • Each player in the advanced baseball program is required to participate with a recreational team during the Spring season.

Q. Is there a “must-play” rule in Advanced Baseball?
A. No, there is no “must-play” rule in Advanced Baseball.

Q. How will conflicts be prevented with the recreational baseball season?
A. The Advanced Baseball program was designed to complement the recreational baseball
program. Since most games are on Sundays, there will be no conflict with recreational
league schedule.