Frequently Asked Questions


What are the 2019 - 2020 fees?

 

Good news!  Our fees have remained the same for the 2020 season!

 

U12 $1,300

U14 $1,600

U16 $1,800

U19 $1,800

 

What do the fees cover?

 

We’ve been listening to families this year and we have reduced the fees to eliminate the apparel portion of the fees. There are still mandatory apparel requirements that families will be expected to purchase.  Those that have been part of the organization will not need to purchase the mandatory items again unless your child needs a new size or has lost some of the items. Families will order their apparel and clothing online.

 

The player fees will cover indoor and outdoor facility rentals, skills coaching and training, payment for one league entry fee per team, provincials/westerns/nationals expense, tournament expenses, equipment, skill clinics, coach training, bursaries/assistance, non-parent coach travel reimbursements, and some basic administrative costs like website and additional needs as required.

 

When are fees due?

 

Please see the Registration Fees page by clicking here.

 

What is the mandatory apparel required by players?  How much does the full package cost?

 

All athletes require the following items:

 

  1. Black matter helmet (full black)
  2. One green jersey
  3. One white jersey
  4. One black jersey (NEW 3rd jersey)
  5. Black ball pants (any make)
  6. White ball pants (any make)
  7. One black belt
  8. One white belt
  9. One green belt
  10. Black ball socks
  11. White ball socks
  12. Green striped custom Kaizen socks
  13. Kaizen jacket
  14. Kaizen visor or hat
  15. Kaizen ball bag

 

 

This year we will be using a new apparel provider Play it Again Sports Westhills. We have the Entripy store open year round for all fan gear to be purchased at any time.

 

 

Will we have to fundraise?

 

Yes, there are Kaizen Organization fundraising events and team specific fundraising activities.

 

Organization Fundraising

 

  1. Casino - We haven’t received our next date for the casino yet.  Typically, casinos occur every 18-24 months.  Our last casino was November of 2017.

  2. Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation 50/50 - The board has put applications in for all levels to potentially work at the Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks games.  

 

Team Fundraising

 

Depending on the additional expenses that teams elect to include in their team budgets (i.e. team meals, team bonding activities etc.), teams may be required to fundraise.  Your teams will approve the annual budget which will determine any additional fundraising required.

 

Last year we were able to fundraise to offset our fees.  Can we do this again this year?

 

Yes!  If you would like to fundraise at an individual level you can join in on any of the ongoing fundraising initiatives with the Bleed Green Society.  We have changed the traditional way of fundraising with the creation of this new fundraising society. We provide fundraising opportunities for you to help with travel costs to tournaments and other fees associated with softball. The Fundraising Society is set up to have the profits go directly to your athlete. You receive the profit from your sales therefore you can participate in all fundraising or as little as you wish. If you are an organizer of the “Team” fundraising, please do not plan the same fundraising the committee has planned. Try to keep your “Team” fundraising to bottle drives and other team events. Please email bleedgreenfundraising@gmail.com with questions, queries and if you would like to be a part of this committee.

 

What if I don’t want to fundraise?

 

If you elect to not fundraise, you can opt to make a cash payment.  Each family will be required to equally fundraise or pay cash calls.  For example, if a team needs additional fundraising of $1,200 and there are 12 girls on the team then each family will be responsible for $100.  If you elect to opt out of fundraising your family can choose to instead pay the $100 to the team directly.

 

What if I can’t afford the fees?

 

Kaizen Softball offers financial support to families who request and qualify for our fee assistance program.  Applications will be processed on a case by case basis dependent on funds available.  Please contact the board to discuss the process.

 

What leagues do our teams play in?

 

Our leagues are dependent on our teams.  Typically, teams will play in GPLS and/or CWFA.  It is mandatory that every team is part of a league to maintain good standing with the AGLC and continue to receive casino funds.  Coaches will assess which league they want to participate in.  CWFA is played locally in Calgary, while GPLS involves weekend play over typically four weekends that can range from Red Deer, Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Calgary.

 

How many tournaments do teams attend?  What tournaments have teams attended in the past?

 

The number of tournaments will be decided by coaches.  For those teams that play in GPLS, weekends available for tournaments are reduced as league play happens on weekends.

 

Our teams have attended a variety of different tournaments.  Some include Leduc, Irma, Sherwood Park, Edmonton, Red Deer, Kalispell, Great Falls, Coeur D’Alene, Kelowna, White Rock, Surrey, Tri-Cities, Las Vegas, Spokane and Helena.  Coaches typically like to attend tournaments in both Canada and the USA to give the girls opportunity to play at a higher level.

 

How big are team rosters?

 

Historically, our teams have had rosters of around 12 players.  In some circumstances we have played with 11-13 depending on the quality of players.  We are a competitive club program and looking for high level players and will set the roster accordingly.

 

Are teams arranged by birth year?

 

Our philosophy is that we will create the strongest team possible for each age group.   If teams are equal the board may evaluate having a birth year team for ease of playing in the USA.  Players should expect that teams consist of both first and second year players dependent on skill level.

 

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