Frequently Asked Questions
What is the focus of the academy?
The focus is to mentally and physically train at a level so that the players are prepared and capable of being recruited to an appropriate school that meets the players needs.
Can I still play for the team if I am too far to travel to Calgary twice a week for practice?
Yes, the academy is open to all girls in Western Canada. The staff will work with you to create a plan for private coaching in your area.
How will the academy be governed? How will decisions be made?
This academy is modelled after a California Academy and will be operated under the same model. The Academy is privately operated and decisions will be generated by the employees and general manager of the corporation.
What if I have other after school commitments?
The academy is looking for fully committed players for the elite travel team. The goal of the academy is to prepare you for collegiate level coaching and playing, therefore, the more time you can dedicate to your development, the higher chance you will have of being recruited. Please be honest about your other commitments at the start of the season so the team can evaluate and make a plan suited for you.
Is the academy trying to compete with existing softball clubs?
The academy is focused on helping players who want to pursue softball at a collegiate level only. The level of intensity and training is not for players who do not have interest in scholarships or preparing for college coaching. Our focus is to provide a service that currently does not exist in Canada. We feel we enhance clubs by offering specialized training and participating in US showcase/recruitment tournaments that are not available in Canada.
Do I have to travel with the team?
No, you have the freedom to book flights that work best for your budget and schedule.
Should I have travel insurance?
When traveling outside of Canada, it is always a good idea to have the best travel insurance for your budget. The club does have team travel insurance and additional options are available for purchase.
Do I have to have a parent with me when I travel?
When possible, we hope that parents can travel with and support (cheer) for the team, but in cases when this is not possible, parents may want to coordinate with coaches and or another team family. Parents should also review documentation requirements for players traveling alone to prevent any possible issues crossing the border.
How are accommodations and food being handled?
The current plan is to have 4 players per room. Food will be kept as affordable, but as healthy as possible to keep costs under control. Female Chaperones will be doing room checks and will be enforcing a zero tolerance surrounding disruptive behavior. This will be further outlined in the parent meetings for roster players.
Will there be team fundraisers to compensate the cost of travel?
Fundraising will be available on an individual player basis, not as a team. We are currently working with Spolumbo’s for fundraising opportunities. We believe this is the best fundraising model as individuals are directly rewarded for the time and effort they put in as the money is not split between the team.
Does the academy help with recruiting?
This organization will specialize in getting players recruited into a school that fits their educational needs. With the academy's extensive network of USA coaches, we feel comfortable consulting and advising possible schools for our players in a transparent manner.
How often are USA coaches involved? What will these coaches bring to the academy?
We will be in consultation weekly. These coaches are running camps for our athletes/coaches in both countries to allow our players the ability to train at a national championship level.
Will I only be playing the position I register for?
Not necessarily, you will be placed where your strengths best help the team and where you will have the greatest chance at success.
My daughter has a private coach- How can I make sure her travel coach is not contradicting what is already being taught.
Please ensure that the academy knows your daughter is receiving private coaching