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Tadpole (9U)

The Tadpole Division is sub-divided into Tadppole 1 and Tadpole 2.

Tadpole 1 is for players who will turn 8 during the calendar year of the season. Tadpole 2 is for players who will turn 9 during the calendar year of the season.

Tadpole 1 represents a “step-up” from T-Ball as the players will go to bat facing a pitching machine and/or coach for the entire game.

Tadpole 2 offers players their first opportunities to pitch.  Players pitch the first two innings of each game before giving way to a pitching machine and/or coach for the remainder.

In the summer, players have the opportunity to try out for 1 (or often 2) AAHA all-star/representative teams to compete in a “Mini-Mosquito” competition.  This is an introduction to “rep” level baseball and is also an introduction to Mosquito rules, as the players pitch the entire game and follow the other rules of the Mosquito division.

As the players progress from Tadpole 1, to Tadpole 2 and Mini-Mosquito, the competitive levels increase and players are introduced to more sophisticated concepts and more advanced levels of team play.  However, the primary emphasis remains on developing the individual skills of the players, while promoting fun, enjoyment and love for the game.

Tadpole 1 games take place at Mathers Park

Tadpole 2 games take place at Little Delair Park

Tadpole games generally take place weeknights Monday through Thursday, and/or Saturdays. Teams play generally once, but often twice, per week. The days can vary.

Tadpole practices are set at the discretion of each coach and vary from team to team.   Teams generally practice once per week. Teams generally have a usual practice day but may vary from it from time to time.

 

Tadpole Year at a Glance:

  • January: Indoor preseason training begins.
  • March: House teams are formed and practices begin (late March.)
  • April: Opening Day and the start of the Tadpole 1 and Tadpole 2 Leagues.
  • June: Tadpole 1 and Tadpole 2 Playoffs and Championships; Mini-Mosquito Summer Ball tryouts.
  • July: Mini-Mosquito Summer Ball season.

 

For more information on the Tadpole Division, please contact the Commissioner:

Steve Coleman
Commissioner, AAHA Tadpole Division
tadpole@abbotsfordbaseball.ca

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  1. Kelly

    Is there any practice in the fall?

    1. AAHA

      contact 1vp@abbotsfordbaseball.ca

  2. Kelly Ledbrook

    Another Tadpole parent here wondering when we will hear something about teams/practices.

    Thanks.

    1. AAHA

      All in good time…

  3. Darren Kirton

    Hi I signed up my son Tyson Kirton and have not heard anything I out a team or anything was wondering what was up

    1. AAHA

      You should be hearing Tadpole news soon…

  4. Mieun Kim

    I have a question about new registrations…. Today I registrationed in U9(2007 born). I know that the spring season is on April. But do you have training on February? If you have training on February, what time is it and where do we go and what is the supplies for baseball? When we registrationed a baseball, is the uniform are included? Or do I have buy an uniform? Please answer my question. Thank you.

    1. AAHA

      Good questions.

      Indoor training sessions for 9U are Wednesdays, 6:30 PM at Ag-Rec ShowBarn.

      For more on baseball equipment, uniforms, etc, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also contact the Tadpole Commissioner with more questions: tadpole@abbotsfordbaseball.ca

  5. Tammy Montgomery

    I’m wondering what day they will practice on. As well as times. I can’t sign up without knowing this.

    1. AAHA

      For more info contact the Tadpole Commissioner: tadpole@abbotsfordbaseball.ca

    2. AAHA

      Weeknights 6 to 8, weekends all day… generally your team will have a game and a practice a week, sometimes more, sometimes less…

  6. kaze

    Are team hats no longer provided by the league?

    1. AAHA

      This year our T-Ball and Tadpole players received Rally Cap caps from Baseball Canada.

      1. kaze

        our team in tball has not yet received caps. i thought maybe they would have them ready for team pics but they have not yet been supplied.

        1. Lorisa

          The tball and tadpole teams will receive hats from the rally cap program. These are sent from Baseball Canada back east and were on back order until late last week. We hope to have them distributed very soon.

  7. susan

    Sorry we have missed the last 2 sessions,I was unaware of the start date. are they located at the ag rec barn? At 615? On Monday’s?

    1. AAHA

      Yes, Mondays 6:15pm at the Ag-Rec Showbarn

  8. Carryl

    Thank you, how long does it last? I’m only asking because another parent is taking my son and hers.
    Thx

    1. AAHA

      You are free to leave anytime! We have the barn until 7:45 but it will likely wrap up by 7:15 or 7:30. Check with the coaches on the day.

  9. Carryl

    What time does preseason training start? Is it today Jan 12th, 2015 & if so what time?

    1. AAHA

      Indoor training starts tonight, January 12, at 6:15 PM, for Kids born 2006 and later. Kids born 2005 and earlier go on Wednesdays starting January 14.

  10. Rob

    Hi, we’re just about 1/2 way through March. Just making sure I haven’t missed any email about team creation. If not when might we be notified about teams?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. AAHA

      You should hear soon. Check with the Commissioner if you haven’t heard anything in the next week or so.

  11. Elisa

    My son is interested in playing baseball (it’ll be his first time) but I’m unsure when the season starts.

    1. AAHA

      Season of play starts in April, although pre-season training is going on now! Go to our online registration page to get signed up. Do it fast; registration closes soon!

  12. k barr

    Are the practises at the barn over?

    1. AAHA

      They are still going.

    2. AAHA

      No, still going!

  13. Jenn/Andy Taylor

    Hi! Can you please tell me what nights Tadpole will be on this year? We aren’t able to register our son until we know that, because we want to avoid schedule conflicts with other sports he’s already registered for. Thank you!

    1. AAHA

      Games could be any week night. Usually one practice on the weekend. Contact the commissioner for more info. tadpole@abbotsfordbaseball.ca

  14. andy

    how does the league feel about players born in 2007 playing in tadpole1? my son has a few friends who he used to play t-ball with who are moving to tadpole and would like to be on the same team with.

    1. AAHA

      While generally it is better for a player to stay with his age group, in some cases it makes more sense for the player to play up a division. In your case the best thing to do is to bring your son to the indoor sessions on Wednesday nights. There he can be assessed by some of the experienced coaches, including the Tadpole and T-Ball Commissioners, who can advise you on the best path to take.

  15. dpetrie

    I have a question about new registrations….our son (born Dec. 2004) has never played any sort of baseball….he would be a Tadpole 2….but are you looking for players who have some sort of experience? Is there another program that would suit him better? He’s a total beginner. Thanks.

    1. AAHA

      Lots of kids try baseball for the first time at that age. Tadpole is still very much a developmental stage where the emphasis is on learning the game, skill development, and of course, having fun. “Total beginners” are very welcome!

  16. Jonathon

    when is the next tadpole registration?

    1. AAHA

      You can now register online. Click on “Registration” at the top right and select from the drop down menu.

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