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IMPORTANT DATES

ITEM DATE TIME LOCATION
9U/11U Tryout #1 October 23 5:30 - 7:30 pm Durham College Diamond
9U/11U Tryout #2 October 24 10:00 - 12:00 pm Durham College Diamond
13U/15U Tryout #1 October 23 3:30 - 5:30 pm Durham College Diamond
13U/15U Tryout #2 October 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm Durham College Diamond

WHAT IS SELECT?

The Select program is an extension of Baseball Oshawa’s House League, and functions as a bridge between the House League and Rep programs. The Select program offers skilled House League players an additional opportunity to participate in competitive games and tournaments. 

Similar to our Rep program, players are selected to play for our Select teams on the basis of skill at specific Select tryout events.

What are the goals of Select?

  • To have fun
  • To build advanced individual skills
  • To provide skilled House League players with additional and more competitive experience

Do Select players play in House League as well?

Yes. 2022 Select players must be registered with and play in Baseball Oshawa’s 2022 House League program. Select players will maintain a primary commitment to their House League teams during the season, while gaining additional experience and competitive play through their participation in Select. House League games come before Select; we do our best to minimize/eliminate any conflict.   

What teams will there be in 2022? 

We will be holding tryouts for the following age levels:

  • 9U (Rookie) - 8 and 9 year-olds (born in 2013/2014)
  • 11U (Mosquito) - 10 and 11 year-olds (born in 2011/2012)
  • 13U (Peewee) - 12 and 13 year-olds (born in 2009/2010)
  • 15U (Bantam) - 14 and 15 year-olds (born in 2007/2008)

Tryouts

Select team rosters are formed after two scheduled tryouts, which will take place for all ages on October 23 and October 24 (see details). Tryouts are open to all age-appropriate players with the understanding that players offered Select positions must register for the 2022 House League program when registration opens.  

A $10 fee normally applies to cover the cost of holding Select tryouts, but we are waiving this fee for 2022 tryouts.

Why are we holding Tryouts Now?

In the past we have held Select tryouts in the Spring to coincide with the start of House League. In preparation for the 2022 Select season, we are holding tryouts this fall (2021) to encourage teams to connect earlier, to develop optional off-season at-home training programs, and to begin spring training earlier, where there is sufficient team interest.

Who Should Attend Select Tryouts?

Players with an interest in playing more competitive baseball and in further improving their skill level should attend.

For parents considering this opportunity, Select offers an opportunity to build advanced baseball skills without the full financial and time commitments of Rep baseball. 

How do I know if my child is skilled enough?

You don’t, and we don’t, until they come out and try. So don’t miss out on the opportunity! Coming out to a tryout is good experience for kids and we highly encourage they do. 

As a general guideline, if your child is new to baseball or still in the early stages of skill development for their age level, House League is a better fit. For those players who have advanced to an intermediate or high skill level for their age should strongly consider attending Select tryouts.

We know that tryouts can be stressful for children, so we endeavour to make Select tryouts a low-pressure environment where they can get some additional diamond time and feedback on how to improve their game. We encourage all those interested to come out for the experience. 

How many players make a team?

The number of players on a team is dependent on the age level and at the discretion of Baseball Oshawa and the coaching staff. For Select, larger teams are encouraged to ensure sufficient numbers for summer games. 

What does the season typically look like?

Note that this is subject to change, based on COVID-19 precautions and team-specific decisions:

  • Fall 2021 - Players register and attend Select tryouts to determine the team for the following season.
  • Winter 2021/2022 - Off-season at-home training at Team and Coach’s discretion
  • May 2022 - Spring training at Coach’s discretion
  • Mid-May - Early September 2022 - Season, ending with EOSBA playoffs and Provincials (if qualify)

Where do Select teams play?

Oshawa Select teams play in the EOSBA. The EOSBA includes teams from Pickering to the west and Belleville to the east. Some games may be outside of EOSBA (e.g. Toronto), but we will endeavour to ensure that at least half of games will fall within this range. Provincial playoffs--if teams qualify--may involve a weekend of travel farther abroad.

What association do Select teams play in?

In addition to House League play, Select teams play in the Eastern Ontario Select Baseball Association (EOSBA). The EOSBA includes teams from Pickering to the west and Belleville to the east. There may be some play against Toronto-based teams as well.

When do I find out if my child made the Select team?

Assuming a sufficient number of players have tried out to field a competitive team, coaches will notify parents of team decisions within 1 week. 

What if there isn't sufficient interest to field a team?

Should there not be enough players to field a team, additional tryouts may be held in spring at the beginning of the House League season to try to field a full team. If you are potentially interested in playing, we strongly encourage you to attend fall tryouts.

Are there playoffs?

In a regular year, the EOSBA playoffs occur in mid- to late-August, and if teams qualify, they move on to the provincial playoffs. This answer will be updated once Baseball Oshawa confirms the approach for 2022.

How much does it cost to play Select?

Select fees for 2022 are set at $300 and will be payable in the spring when practices start. Payment plans can be set up for those who wish to spread the cost out. Costs may be slightly higher if coaches and parents collectively decide to increase training frequency, or perhaps enter an additional tournament.

Costs typically cover:

> Fully sublimated OLMBA owned jerseys on loan for the 2022 league and tournament season. Coaches are responsible for distributing and collecting these jerseys.

> Player-owned white pants.

> Player-owned Oshawa Legionnaires hat.

> 8-12 regular season games, plus EOSBA playoffs and Provincial Playdowns (if you qualify)

> Practises, as determined by Coaching Staff.

What is the time commitment?

Select players are required to place House League practice and play (typically 2 days per week) ahead of Select obligations.

Game frequency: Approx. 12 Select games + playoffs; 1-3 Select tournaments; Provincial playoffs (depending upon standings)

Practice frequency: 1 practice per week

Select team schedules may vary depending on their involvement in regular season and tournament play, and those formats, but a typical commitment of one practice per week and 2 back-to-back weekend games wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. Teams might expect to play 8-12 regular season games per year from June to mid-August, followed by EOSBA playoffs, and if qualifying, Provincial playoffs.

Teams with high coach and parent interest may opt to start training earlier in the year or play an additional tournament, at additional cost.

What if my child can’t make it to every game?

We understand that baseball sometimes conflicts with other commitments. While we do expect families to make every effort to attend all practices and games, Select teams strive to carry a few more players than typical in order to cover absences.

Can my team fundraise to offset costs?

At the discretion of the team’s coach, Select families may fundraise to help offset costs that arise as part of participation on a Select team. All fundraising must be done in accordance with Baseball Oshawa fundraising rules.