Due to the ongoing pandemic and because Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy does not look possible until at least November, the difficult decision was made to suspend the Padres Fall Performance Program (FPP) for 2020.  Players who register for the Padres High Performance Program (HPP) by September 14 will receive a value-add outdoor-only fall program starting September 15 and running for as long as weather permits or until mid-October, just before Thanksgiving weekend.  Registration is now open for the HPP (details below), which runs for 8-weeks from October 17 to December 12 with a three week break over the holidays and then another 8-weeks from January 2 to February 28.  Edmonton Padres AAA tryouts will run for the first half of March and AA tryouts will run for the second half of March.

Due to the 2020 Covid Season cohorts changing significantly as we transition from summer to fall (players graduating out of 18U, everyone playing at their 2021 age level and only one team per age group operating in the fall), we will be required under the current Baseball Alberta and provincial health authority guidelines for sport to have a 14-day dead period from the end of the summer season which is the August 29-30 weekend.  This means that any fall baseball offering would only be possible in the second half of September with weather challenges likely.  Therefore, the plan would be to offer the 2020 fall program as value-add for HPP registrants in order to begin their new cohorts before moving indoors and to take advantage of any good weather in September and early-October.  Any players who’ve already registered for FPP will have those payments applied to HPP registration once registered for HPP, if they haven’t registered already.  Fall programming and HPP will not be available for 11U or younger players but the NEZ Winter Camp will resume for these players in January/February 2021 (registration details will be available in early-November).  Players participate at their 2021 age groupings for HPP and value-add fall programming so second-year 11U players from 2020 Covid Season are eligible for 13U HPP.

During the value-add fall program, rosters are intended to be larger than in normal seasons to focus on tactical development and allow for scrimmages and intrasquad games, depending on player numbers.  The intention is that players will participate in various intrasquad, scrimmage and practice simulation scenarios to gain experience in strategy and situational play.  Practice sessions will combine tactical and technical elements for player development to provide the best of our regular Fall Performance Program’s team/on-field focus and a transition to the High Performance Program’s individual skill development activities.  Dynamic warm-up, arm care, throwing and pitching progressions and on-field high performance routines will be included.  Technical issues and baseline athleticism will be noted for areas of focus for each player during HPP.  All age groups will be scheduled to run out of Wally Footz Field and as a single cohort although the groupings will not overlap on the field.  The new LED lights at Wally Footz Field will be operational before this time so daylight will not be an issue.

HPP will then see the full focus shift to individual technical skill development, as per normal.  Players will indicate primary and secondary positions as well as whether they pitch and/or catch.  Specific groupings, drills and routines will establish the basis for individual development plans.  The full HPP offering includes a strength and conditioning component that is second to none in our region and options are available for baseball-only or just strength and conditioning (heavy focus on conditioning, especially since many players have lost a step during the lengthy COVID-19 shutdown in the spring, will also incorporate body weight strength training for functional movement with other activities geared toward building/rebuilding overall athleticism).  Some conditioning plus dynamic warm-up, arm care, speed and agility, mobility and core will be incorporated into the baseball-specific sessions – throwing and pitching progressions will resume in the second half of HPP in the new year).  A Life Skills / Mental Skills program will round out the program.

HPP is divided into five phases for developmental focus, intensity and activities:

  • Learn to Train: establish routines, introduce fundamentals and sequences, priority on proper mechanics and drill setup (return to fundamentals) – minimal throwing.
  • Train to Train: increased intensity, perfection of sequences, priority on proper mechanics as intensity increases (fundamentals with intensity) – no throwing.
  • Winter Break: maintenance program for strength and conditioning, dry swings and shadow reps, manage caloric intake (active over holidays) – no throwing.
  • Train to Compete: introduce arm strength program, focus on throwing mechanics, introduce competitive situations (situational awareness) – throwing program.
  • Train to Win: continue arm strength program, condition for tryouts, game-like situations, competitive environment (live-on-live competitions) – tryout prep.

For more information, visit the Camps & Clinics page on edmontonpadres.ca.

To register for HPP, visit: http://northeastball.rampregistrations.com/

WAIVERS: Return to Train & Play Program waivers will be required for anyone who did not participate with an Edmonton Padres or Edmonton Angels team during the 2020 Covid Season.  These will be emailed with instructions prior to the beginning of programming.


Due to the unknowns of COVID-19, refunds are only possible for HPP if the program is able to get refunds from facilities that are paid well in advance of the programming.  The majority of the registration fees pay for equipment, apparel, facilities and coaching as well as fees to Baseball Alberta as our provincial sport body to cover insurance and membership.  Although some of those funds are not spent immediately, the bulk are and the program is at the mercy of the third party facilities we use for cancellation/refunding of bookings paid for.  Northeast Zone will likely only receive a refund from these facilities if Alberta Health or the City of Edmonton mandates closures and/or if Baseball Alberta suspends sanctioned programming (in many cases, credit for future bookings is all that our program receives, even in these instances).  Equipment and apparel costs are not recoverable once spent and received.

Therefore, Northeast Zone must take all of this into account when determining what, if any, refunds may be possible due to a full shut down or suspension of sanctioned activities.  Temporary disruptions (14 days or less) to programming or cohorts for COVID-19 related reasons will not be refunded.  To alleviate any family financial challenges during these uncertain times, we suggest opting for the payment installment option available during online registration using a credit card.  For those not wishing to use a credit card, a formal payment plan arrangement may be coordinated with Northeast Zone which follows the online registration payment schedule for the HPP option selected.  Late or non-payments will result in the player being removed from the program until payments have been caught up or an alternative arrangement has been made with Northeast Zone.  As always, we will continue to support our players and families with as much flexibility as possible to still maintain the level of programming we have become accustomed to with Edmonton Padres Baseball.

For questions, please contact:

John Sutherland
Technical Director

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