SPRING 2013 ACC LEAGUE FAQs

Machine Pitch (1st-3rd grade)

Q: What is the ACC League?
A: The ACC League is the 1st-3rd grade machine pitch division of the Koa Spartan League.

Q: How do I register for the ACC League?
A: The ACC League is open registration. Simply register your athlete at the Koa website. Preformed teams are highly encouraged. If your player wishes to be placed with friends be sure to include those names at the player preference prompt. Registration closes 2/15/13 РREGISTER HERE!!

Q: Who coaches in the ACC League?
A: In the ACC League we offer a 3-tiered coaching option for all players and teams.

Option 1) The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Spartan League (includes bases, catcher’s gear, umpire fees, and game jerseys, practice jerseys and hats). A team parent handles the practice and game coaching. A practice field will be given subject to availability (please call for me information). All players can attend the seasonal clinics. Suggested practice plans are provided.

Option 2) The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Spartan League (includes bases, catcher’s gear, umpire fees, and game jerseys, practice jerseys and hats). A team parent coaches at the games. All practices are handled by the Koa coaching staff. All team players may attend any other Koa practice for makeups, and when available, to get additional practice. A practice field will be provided. All players can attend the seasonal clinics.

Option 3) The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Spartan League (includes bases, catcher’s gear, umpire fees, and game jerseys, practice jerseys and hats). A professional Koa coach handles the games, and the practices. All team players may attend any other Koa practice for makeups, and when available, to get additional practice. A practice field will be given. All players can attend the seasonal clinics.

Q: What does a “professional” Koa coach mean?
A: In simplest terms, it means that the Koa coach is required to (a) follow the practice plans designed and implemented by the Koa collegiate and professional baseball players (one of whom is a former World Series player), (b) have extensive background screening performed, and (c) strive to adhere to our code of “PEP” (always POSITIVE, with ENERGY, and PROFESSIONAL).

Q: What is the total cost for the Spring 2013 ACC League?
A: For players in the ACC League (1st-3rd Grades) the Spring 2013 total cost is based on the coaching option you select.
Option 1- $135
Option 2- $235
Option 3- $300

Q: Will the game coaches and the practice coaches be the same for teams choosing the Koa coaching options?
A: Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. During the practices (as you will see as the season progresses), different coaches will make appearances. Coaching is a collaborative effort. Many of the coaches will have interaction with Coach Tony (a Koa founder), Coach Chris Mata (who played professional ball), and others. Keep an eye out for emails about this.

Q: My son is better than other players and is too advanced for the league. What are my options?
A: Koa has Travel/Select teams. Players in the 2nd-3rd grade group are eligible to. Click here to find out information about our Travel/Select programs.

Q: Will the players get a chance to try kid pitch?
A: In the Spring of 2012, many of our players had an opportunity to start to learn the basics of pitching. And, several of our teams actually had instructional kid pitch games. We hope to do the same this year for some of the teams, depending on their progression.

Q: If I have a questions or concerns as the season progresses, whom should I contact?
A: We would like all questions to start at the PAC (Parent Assistant Coach) or PM (Parent Manager) level. If it’s something that the PAC or PM is not able to address, then we’re happy to step in.

Q: When will the kids learn about positions, proper situational play, batting stance, fielding properly, throwing techniques, and what a force out is?
A: In general, the kids will learn over the course of several seasons, and years, but not over the course of several weeks. For players on teams opting for professional Koa coaching, instruction will be consistent with our philosophy of gradual development particularly at the ACC age group.

Q: The team’¬Ä¬ôs other Koa coach was better than our coach. Can we have him?
A: No. The Koa coached ACC Division teams will have interaction with a handful of coaches as the season progresses. When players are new to Koa, this can be initially stressful for the parents; over the course of the season, however, the players get to know 3 or 4 different coaches, and this helps their interaction and development. Give it time.

Q: What do we do if our practice gets rained out? We heard that some teams went indoors
A: If there are multiple rainouts for teams with Koa coached practices, we will try to give the teams a chance to go to an indoor facility. This depends on space availability¬†with no guarantees, but we’¬Ä¬ôve been pretty successful in the past.

Q: How are teams formed?
A: First and foremost, a pre-formed team is kept together as long as they provide a full roster. Then, we split players by option (#1, #2, #3). We then move on to friend requests, and place athletes together by player preference. Priority number 3 is any practice day preferences listed during sign-ups. Lastly, we look at school/geographic location. Please be sure to indicate any placement requests at the “Player Preferences” prompt during registration.

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For the new players and parents to Koa, we ask that you please give things time to allow your teams to gel. From our perspective, this is your child’¬Ä¬ôs experience, not your experience. We hope that all parents will provide positive support from home, which we believe will help the children both on the field, and off the field. The season should be evaluated in November, not in September.

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