Select TeamsUpdated Thursday March 26, 2015 by West Hill Baseball League.
Players may also try-out for a Select Team, in addition to playing on a House League team.
Select Teams are designed to encourage players with more consistent and competitive skills to be grouped together. Skills, baseball knowledge, and competitive development for players are enhanced through the Select or ‘A’ level programs.
Space on Select Teams is limited, so interested players must try-out to join the team. A player must be registered in WHBL House League before they can be accepted on a Select Team. The season is about 25 games in total (including tournaments).
WHBL typically has a Select Team for every division starting with Rookie Ball. All WHBL Select Teams are known as the Blue Hawks. Our Select teams participate in tournaments and regular loop games on Sunday nights through the baseball season. Select requires earlier and more extensive organization by the league and coaches, and a commitment to the team and season by the players.
Cost: An extra cost per player over House League (estimated at $160-$170) to cover uniforms, League and tournament fees.
League Play: WHBL plays in the east loop on Sunday nights. Games generally start at 6:30 pm, but could start earlier if playing a double-header. Players are also expected to attend practices arranged by the Coach. Tournaments: WHBL Select fee includes 3 tournaments (June - August) with the possibility of additional tournaments for an extra cost. Playoffs are hosted by the Toronto Baseball Association - which is an end of season tournament.
Travel: How much travel is involved? Along with tournaments, there is also a Sunday night loop in Toronto, at parks such as Wishing Well (VP/401), Bond park (Leslie/Lawrence), Stan Wadlow (East York) and Ted Reeve (Gerrard/Main).
Time Commitment: The time commitment for Select is much greater than House League alone. Along with Sunday night games and at least three tournaments, there will likely be weekly practices. This is in addition to House League two nights a week.
Along with the Sunday nights, Players will need to commit to at least five weekends over the summer: three tournaments, Toronto playoffs in August, and the Labour Day Provincials if their team qualifies.