18U AA is the House League for Vancouver Community Baseball's 18U age group. New players are welcome to join up, even if you've never played baseball before!
Vancouver Community Baseball's 18U AA Spring season division consists of 7 or 8 teams, depending on the number of players registered. There are 13-15 players per team.
Overall Spring Season Schedule
- mid February: assessments are done for all house-league players to help draft balanced teams
- players new to the division are drafted onto existing teams. Players returning from the previous year are drafted onto the same team they were on the prior year. You will be notified which team you are on 2-3 days following the draft.
- You may begin pre-season practicing in mid-March.
- mid-April: season begins
- mid-June: regular season ends.
- late June: playoffs end.
18U AA games are played primarily at Hillcrest and Trafalgar Park in Vancouver. Practices will mostly take place at Trafalgar Park.
Each team will play 14 games during the regular season, so most weeks each team will play two games, one on a weeknight and one on a weekend. There may be some variance of this, depending on how many teams there are.
At the conclusion of the regular season, there is a double-elimination playoff to determine a season champion team.
18U AA is a "bat through the order" division. There is no limit to the number of defensive substitutions, except for the pitcher: after a pitcher is removed from the mound, he or she cannot pitch again for the rest of the game. They can play any other position ( including catcher), however.
Equipment and Uniforms
All players are to provide their own batting helmets and grey baseball pants. Caps, belts, and dri-fits are provided by the league. These are yours to keep following the season.
For interested players, there is a second baseball season which follows the spring season. The summer season is managed by BC Minor Baseball. Each BC Minor Baseball Association can enter one or more teams into the league (most just enter one team).
The summer season runs from late June until the Monday of the BC Day long weekend in August. During that weekend, a provincial tournament is held to determine a Provincial 18U AA Champion team.
There are other open tournaments during July that summer teams may enter as well.
In late April or early May, players will be asked to submit applications to play on the VCB summer team. The roster is usually 13 players, so if more players want to try out, the head coach will conduct a try-out to select the most capable players.
BC Minor Baseball rules require that players play a minimum number of games in their association's spring house league to be eligible to play on a summer team.
Players selected to the summer team will pay an additional registration fee of $200 over their spring season registration.