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Pictures from the 2014 Toronto Playgrounds Select Baseball Season.

Pictures from the 2014 Toronto Playgrounds Select Baseball Season.

UPDATED on January 18, 2017

Depending upon player interest and coaching and parental commitments, the Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball Committee is planning on fielding Select Teams in  four age divisions for the 2017 season. They are as follows:

  • ROOKIE BALL (2008-2009)
  • MOSQUITO (2006-2007)
  • PEEWEE (2004-2005)
  • BANTAM (2002-2003)

The Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball Committee wishes to let everyone know that the indoor tryouts for our 2017 TP Select teams will be starting in late January/early February.

Information regarding our Select program, and the answers to the frequently asked questions, can be read below.

If you are interested in taking part in our indoor Select tryouts this coming winter (after reading through the Select FAQ information below), then you need to take a few minutes to complete the short survey via the following: Select Interest Survey Link.

Please be advised that we will only be emailing information regarding the indoor TP Select Team tryouts to people who have indicated their interest by completing the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact us at tpbaseball@gmail.com.

TP House League Baseball Select Program FAQs

Overview:

The Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball Select program is an extension of our house league program. Playing Select gives players the opportunity to play more baseball each week (one game and one practice (some weeks two practices)) at a higher skill level without having to make the larger time and financial commitment that is involved with “Rep” baseball. The select team is made up entirely of players who are also playing in our house league program. There are as you know tryouts involved for our Select teams, and players have to make the teams. Additionally, the Select game night is always the same…some weeks it’s a home game and some weeks it’s an away game.

Tryout Process:

The outdoor select sessions have now been completed. The tryouts will resume indoors during the last week of January/first week of February. Most of the tryout sessions will be taking place on Saturdays…the tryouts for the major rookie ball select team (2008s) will be on Tuesday evenings. The coaches for each team will be determining the minimum number of tryouts that players need to attend in order to be considered for the team, and they will be communicating that number to players and parents at the beginning of the indoor select tryout process.

Game Locations:

In 2017, our Select teams will play in the Toronto West Select Loop, which is coordinated by people from the Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA). This loop involves teams from Bloordale, Martingrove, Royal York, Weston, Annette and York. The longest trip for an away game is approximately 45 minutes.

Fees:

There is a registration fee for players on the select teams which is in addition to the house league registration fee. The select fee will depend upon the number of tournaments the team enters and the cost of the uniform they decide to purchase. For this past 2016 season, the fee ranged from $300.00 to $400.00 (depending upon the factors described above).

House League Participation:

Parents and players are advised that select players must also participate regularly and appropriately in our house league program. When playing house league games, the players will be expected to wear their house league uniforms, just as they will be expected to wear their select uniforms when playing their select games. Participating appropriately in house league also means that we expect select players to be supportive of and respectful to all of their teammates, players on the other teams, and umpires.

Teams for 2017:

For the 2017 season, we are planning to field minor and major teams in the Rookie Ball (players born in 2008 and 2009), Mosquito (players born in 2006 and 2007) and Peewee (players born in 2004 and 2005) divisions, along with one team in the Bantam division (which will be for players born in either 2002 or 2003).

Attendance Requirements for Select:

In deciding whether or not you’d like to pursue the select option for your child/children, you need to also consider the attendance requirement that we expect from select players. This required commitment stems from the fact that, as select baseball involves a wider range of skills and strategies than are traditionally featured in our house league program, the coaches need more opportunities to demonstrate these in practices and the players need to have consistent and regular opportunities to both work on them in practices and apply them in game situations. Select baseball will be fun for our players (we wouldn’t do it otherwise), but it does involve a more comprehensive and intensive set of training skills and drills, and players taking part in select need to be able to focus enough to make sure they’re taking advantage of the opportunities to enhance their baseball and teammate skills.

Here are the terms of the attendance requirements for Select baseball:  

  • the Toronto West EBA playoff tournaments will take place on one of the middle weekends in August 2017 (either 11th,12th,13th or 18th, 19th, 20th – we’ll know which one early in 2017) – in order to take one of the spots on a select team you will have to be available that weekend.
  • in order to enable coaches to fully make final preparations for the playoff tournament, players need to attend all games and practices from Tuesday August 1st until the end of the playoff tournament.
  • in order for players to maintain the skill and strategy development that will be taking place through the select practice/game process, the coaches of each team will be determining the minimum number of games/practices that players taking a spot on one of the select teams will need to attend during May June and July. This number will be communicated to players and parents at the beginning of the indoor select tryout process.
  • players must commit to attending practices as well as games.
  • if any of our select teams are fortunate enough to win the Toronto West EBA playoff tournament mentioned above, they will then be entered into the SOBA (Select Ontario Baseball Association) Provincial Championship tournament. While the locations are still to be determined, the tournaments will take place on Labour Day weekend (Sept. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2017), so players will need to possibly plan on being available that weekend.

Obviously, our expectations regarding attendance during the select season are different than the expectations we have regarding our house league program. While we expect players to be attending house league practices and games whenever they are in the city and available, longer holidays and/or more frequent holidays during the summer don’t impact house league participation the same way they would select participation. With the additional travel and time commitment required from everyone in select, including the coaches (most of whom who also participate in house league each week as parents and possibly coaches), we need to ask for a different type of “buy in” from those wanting to be involved in our select program.

If you’re interested in participating in the Select program or if you have any other questions, please contact us at tpbaseball@gmail.com.