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2022 Season timing

ITEM DATE
Registration opens December 1, 2021
Select Tryout March 27 (see Select page for details)
HL Registration closes April 29
Last day to withdraw (full refund) April 29
Rosters to Coaches (possible Coaches meeting) Week of May 9
Deadline for Coaches to connect with team Week of May 16
Schedule released online Week of May 16
Season start (practice; uniforms handed out) Week of May 24
Baseball Day in Oshawa June 18
Break Week Week of June 27
Season end Week of August 15

How will COVID-19 affect the 2022 season?

Please note that we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and are focused on providing a safe environment that adheres to provincial requirements. We are optimistic that 2022 will be a return to normal for baseball.

Season details (divisions, nights of play, season start/end) are subject to change based on pandemic factors, and while we don't anticipate change, we will seek to minimize the impact of changes if they become necessary. Any changes we make to season details as a result of external factors will be made as soon as possible and will be clearly communicated on this website, Facebook, and through email for registered players' families. Thanks in advance for your continued understanding.

When does the season start? 
The Season typically starts with practises on the week following the Victoria Day long weekend. No practises will be held on the Victoria Day holiday (Monday, May 23). 

When does the season end? 
House League typically ends on different dates in mid-August. Playoff schedules will be confirmed and posted along with the league schedules on our website during the regular season. Note that a possible season-ending tournament may be held for older divisions, but that it is simply being discussed at this time (December 2021). 

2022 Nights of Play

Division Birth Year Level Rate Nights of Play Start Time
5U — Rally Cap 2017-2018 Tee / Coach Pitch $185 Tuesday 6:30pm
6U — Minor Tyke 2016 Pitching Machine $195 Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm
7U — Tyke 2015 Pitching Machine $195 Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm
8U — Minor Rookie 2014 Pitching Machine $230 Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm
9U — Rookie 2013 Pitching Machine $230 Tuesday & Thursday 6:15pm
11U — Mosquito 2011-2012 Live Pitching $265 Tuesday & Thursday 6:15pm
13U — PeeWee 2009-2010 Live Pitching $265 Tuesday & Thursday 6:15pm
17U — Bantam 2005-2008 Live Pitching $265 Monday & Wednesday 6:15pm

What equipment does my child need to play?
See our list here.

Can my child play “up” a division?
Players may play in a division no more than one year older than their year of birth. All requests must be submitted by email prior to April 29 to the Registrar. Note that for 2022, division consolidation is a strong possibility and will mean that some age groups will play together. 

Can my child play "down" a division to play with their sibling/friend?
We generally do not allow children to play down a division. Rare exceptions to this rule, especially as a result of players missing time from COVID-19 restrictions, will be at the discretion of the House League Director.

What if my child has never played organized baseball before?
No experience is necessary; House League is all about playing the game as a team, with the comfort of developing skills at an individual pace. Many teams, no matter the age level, typically have players who are new to the game. 

How many games and practices will the teams play?
Teams will play 17-20 regular-season events, dependent on the number of teams in the division. This will consist of 12-15 games and 2-5 practices. Beginning at Rookie division, teams typically play at least 2 playoff games. Please note that these figures are subject to COVID-19 considerations.

When will I hear what team my child is on?
You will hear what team your child has been placed in early to mid-May. 

Can I volunteer for my child's team?
Volunteers run the show at Baseball Oshawa, and we'd be glad to consider to your application. Please see here for more information.

When are team photos taken?
Team photos are scheduled later in the season. Parents/guardians will be notified. 

I have an issue with my child's coach. What should I do?
Please try to resolve with the coach first, in a non-argumentative manner. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, please reach out directly to the Division's Convenor. The Convenor will discuss with the coach and yourself, and possibly the House League Director, as necessary. We will ensure any resulting actions will be communicated to you.

At what parks will my child play?
A large number of City diamonds are used for Baseball Oshawa House League games during the summer. Play for each team will not be dedicated to one particular diamond; this is standard for minor baseball.

Parks used in the City include, but are not limited to: Knights of Columbus (3 diamonds, primarily Minor Tee Ball, Tee Ball, Minor Rookie Ball and Rookie Ball), Iroquois Shoreline Park (Grandview north), Glen Stewart Park, Alexandra Park #1, Sherwood Park (Wilson north of Taunton, and other parks, as required.  Mosquito, Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions will play at a variety of parks including Lakeview #3, Lakeview #2, McLaughlin Field and Ritson Field. 

My child is doing really well. Are there opportunities for them to play more competitive baseball?
Each September we have open tryouts for all Rep and Select teams.  Times and locations are posted on our website in late August.

Note that some of our Select teams will be holding further tryouts in the late winter or spring. This will be announced closer to the tryouts, through our Facebook page, website and email list.

How many coaches are there per team?
Each team has, at minimum, one Head Coach assigned at the start of the season. Assistant coaches are often—but not always—assigned as well. We strongly encourage parents to step forward as Assistant Coaches. If necessary, Coaches are encouraged to reach out to team parents at the season's start to recruit 1-2 Assistant Coaches.   

What is Select?
Baseball Oshawa offers a level of baseball called Select for House League Players at the Mosquito, Peewee and Bantam levels for players interested in playing a little more baseball at higher level as well continuing to play in our House League. The Select team will also enter in a few tournaments and there is an SOBA Select Championship teams can qualify for.  

You must play in our House League full-time in order to be eligible to tryout and make one of our Select teams.

Mailing Address
Attn: Bryan Howcroft, Treasurer Baseball Oshawa
1274 Tallpine Ave
Oshawa ON L1K 0G3