2016 Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball Select Update & Rep Information


The TP Rookie Ball Select team holds a pregame meeting prior to their EBA Select Loop game against the Annette A's at Christie Pits Diamond 3 on June 9, 2015.

The TP Rookie Ball Select team holds a pregame meeting prior to their EBA Select Loop game against the Annette A’s at Christie Pits Diamond 3 on June 9, 2015.

Hello Players and Parents:

As we head into Fall, I wanted to give everyone an idea of where things stand in terms of our 2016 Toronto Playgrounds Baseball Select program for next season.

First of all, and hopefully this will quash some of those rumours that were started and have been swirling for awhile, nobody has made a select team for next year at this point. Whatever teams we’re offering, all the roster spaces are available. Anyone who tells you that they know that a certain team will only have a certain number of spots available is mistaken.

Secondly, in terms of the demographics and the number of players moving up from one age group to another, we’re quite open to considering having more than one team in a particular age group….provided that three conditions exist:

  • (1) there are enough committed players and families to make two teams viable;
  • (2) there are enough committed and qualified coaches to make two teams viable; and
  • (3) there are enough committed manager/parents to make two teams viable.

We tried a couple of years ago to have two teams in one division, and it didn’t work out well for us or the organizers of the Select loop. We would need to be absolutely convinced that all three of the above-listed conditions were in place in order for us to offer two teams at the same age group.

We’re also considering holding some outdoor sessions during the fall (weather permitting) for our Rookie Ball, Mosquito, Peewee, and possibly Bantam-aged players, and also holding some indoor sessions during the fall and winter. Details regarding these sessions (including what they will be called and what they will involve) will still need to be sorted out by the committee. We will let everyone know as soon as possible. My personal hope is that before the spring we’ll be able to offer indoor opportunities both for players interested in select and for players who just want to warm up for house league.

A description of our Select program can be found on our website (www.tpbaseball.ca). Tryout information and contacts at the top of that page will be updated as soon as information is confirmed.

Also, anyone interested in finding out contact or tryout information regarding the TP Rep teams will find that on the Rep page of our website (www.tpbaseball.ca).  Please note that, while our house league shares the Toronto Playgrounds name with the Rep program and teams, we are not formally aligned. The Rep program is not coordinated or overseen by myself and the house league baseball committee.

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


Steve Smith

Coordinator, Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball