NYBA Blues Rep & Select Tryouts
Tryouts for the NYBA Blues Rep and Select Teams are conducted in a safe and supportive environment. NYBA Rep Coaches and Executive Members attend tryouts to assist in the player placement. Parents and players will be encouraged to become part of teams that suit their skill and commitment level.
We have compiled the following FAQs for your comfort. Any questions not answered can be asked at tryouts or you can email a member of the executive.
Registration for rep tryouts is now open for all series in the A, AA, and AAA. Tryouts for our select division will be later in September.
NYBA has elected to follow a 'waterfall' approach to tryouts. All players regardless of their level will attend the first week of tryouts. Once the AAA players are chosen, players will be invited back to additional tryouts for the AA, A teams.
This allows the coaches to see all players together.
Baseball Ontario (OBA) and the Toronto Baseball Association allows players to try out for Rep programs outside of their home association. Once recruited to the NYBA team, every player must seek a release from their home association.
Players outside of the Toronto Baseball Association (Such as Mississauga, Simcoe or Richmond Hill) must obtain a release from their home associations before trying out for NYBA. Click here to learn whether your association falls within the Toronto Baseball Association.
Our recommendation is that players with no prior baseball experience above House League, and no supplemental training (such as baseball camp) register for Rep A, AA or Select tryout. Experienced players, unsure of their level of play should start at the AAA level.
All players will attend the first week of tryouts for that age group. Coaches along with parents and players can determine their comfort level and assess if they should continue with AAA tryout, or transition to AA or Select tryout.
The following items are required to be brought to/worn at each tryout:
- Ball Glove (required)
- Batting Helmet (required)
- Jock/Jill (required)
- Long Pants (required)
- Cleats or lace-up running shoes (required) – open-toed or slip-on shoes are not permitted.
- Batting gloves (optional)
Recommended: A bat that meets age requirements for the age level at which you are trying out (CLICK HERE for Baseball Ontario bat rules), If you do not have a bat, you may be able to borrow one at tryouts.
Not all players that try out will make a NYBA Rep or Select team. In the week following a team’s final tryout the head coach will send an email to the player’s family indicating that the player has made the team, has not made the team, or has not yet made the team but is still being considered.
Players who did not make a rep or select team are invited to participate in the NYBA House League in the spring (registration starts November) and to attend any one of our baseball camps, which have proven to be a highly effective training environment for Rep and Select players.
All Rep teams train in the winter at Out of the Park Sports in Scarborough. At the head coach’s discretion, informal training can start in mid-October. In all cases regular weekly (or twice weekly) training starts at the beginning of January.
Select teams training in the winter is typically determined on a team-by-team basis but generally starts on a weekly schedule in early January.
What is the expectation on commitment to the team? Expand
We understand that high performing athletes are often involved in other sports. In fact, we encourage participation in other sports as it provides cross-training benefits. Through the winter, we ask that players attend as many of the baseball practices as they can.
However, starting April 1, we ask that baseball becomes the priority sport. If players are absent from many games or practices they are letting the team down, they are not developing as baseball players and they are filling a spot on the team that could have been given to another player. So we ask that only players and families that can make the commitment join these teams.
Generally, starting April 1, coaches expect players to attend at least 80% of all games and practices. Coaches will set their own guidelines for attendance in the winter based on team philosophy and individual player circumstances.
What if we want to go on vacation, to the cottage or away to camp? Expand
Each team generally takes a two week break from all games and practices. This is called the “blackout period” and its dates are determined by the coaching staff. Players and families can use this time as they wish. We do ask that players and families avoid travelling in the two weeks leading up to the major end-of-season’s playoffs (i.e. TBA championships, OBA championships, and the Elimination tournament).
All coaches are unpaid volunteers at all levels. “Rep” coaches must be qualified through the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and typically have considerable coaching experience.
Typically, there are additional assistant parent coaches at the “Rep” level and more coaches per team to allow practices to focus, more fully, player skill development.
Many rep teams also have a manager.
The NYBA Blues practices and home games are held at Bond Park in North York. Rep teams also participate in the Toronto Baseball Association (“TBA”) or an interlocked league with the TBA and the York Simcoe Baseball Association (“YSBA”), depending on the age group and level. In either case, Rep families should be prepared to play away games from London to Barrie to Oshawa.
Teams may also elect to play out of town weekend tournaments.
Select teams play within the Toronto Baseball Association interlocked league, have a shortened season and no games on long weekends.
Team fees can vary considerably based on: the frequency of winter training selected by the team; additional professional or semi-professional coaching or instruction; weekend tournaments. In most cases the fee ranges are as follows:
- Rep teams: $1,500 to $2,500
- Select teams: $1,000 to $1,500
These fees do not include the cost of player’s individual equipment (e.g. baseball glove, cleats), player uniforms and cost of travel.