Age: 8 to 18 year-olds (based on a tryout process each fall for the following season)
Season: mid-May to early-September
Game frequency: 12 House League regular season + playoffs; 12 Select games + playoffs; 2-3 Select tournaments; Provincial playoffs (depending upon standings)
Practice frequency: 1 practice per week
Winter workouts: 1 per week, beginning in January
Select teams are typically comprised of both age groups in the division.
Players register and attend Select try-outs each fall to determine the team for the following season (e.g. 2017 fall try-outs for the 2018 baseball season).
Teams play in the Eastern Ontario Select Baseball Association [EOSBA].
The EOSBA includes teams from Pickering to the west and Belleville to the east, in addition to playing on a Clarington Baseball Association House League team.
Advanced skill development, fun and competition are encouraged. Games are scored.
Notes about tryouts: each year in September/October, players have the opportunity to tryout for Elite, Rep and Select programs. Each of these programs offers a more competitive level of baseball, beginning with Select and reaching Elite, and has limited space. Players are selected based on skill to represent Clarington as “Orioles”. The registration fee for tryouts is good for all levels (Elite, Rep and Select) and teams.
To get the most from tryouts:
- Attend all tryout dates for a team that you can – this provides the most opportunity for a player to demonstrate their skills.
- Attend tryouts beginning with the highest level of baseball based on the players age (e.g. start at Rep Tier 1 for Mosquito, then Tier 2, then Select) to provide the most exposure for the player and ‘practice’ for how tryouts are organized and run.
- If you are released from a team, proceed to the tryout for the next lower level.
- If you are not selected for any of the teams, keep practicing, keep developing and try again for the following season…a lot of development and growth can occur in a season.