T-ball is a great way to introduce kids to baseball. In T-ball, the inning isn’t over until all 11 batters have been up to bat (the baseball concept of “three outs” doesn’t apply). So T-ball has 110 balls in play in every five-inning game. That means lots of hitting, lots of fielding, and lots of fun! Children at all levels get the opportunity to field the ball, and every batter swings until they hit the ball.
Playing in High Park
High Park has been offering T-ball, Little League and OBA baseball to the boys and girls of the Parkdale/High Park area since 1952. High Park T-Ball admits close to 200 players each season, split into 14 teams. Every team gets at least 22 games each season, played at our dedicated T-ball diamond in Toronto’s iconic High Park. Games are officially scored by a volunteer from both teams at every game, and two umpires per game ensure a fair and fast contest. Teams are spirited and fun – you’ll hear lots of chanting and cheering.
Every player gets a full uniform to use for the season (you keep the hat and pants when you’re done, returning the jersey and belt for the next year’s team). We open the season with an Opening Day parade and ceremony with the whole High Park Little League community, and we close it with a T-ball awards banquet where each player gets their own trophy.
We also field four (or five) rep teams each year, who travel Southern Ontario representing the best of High Park T-Ball, and our youngest players learn through our instructional league. Our amazing volunteer parent coaches are trained and dedicated, focusing each weekly practice on the skills each child needs to develop.
High Park is a great place to be in the summer. The T-ball diamond is right beside two Little League diamonds, so there’s always lots going on. We also have a snack bar and we’re right next to the pool.
What is T-ball?
T-ball is a lot like baseball in many ways, but you may be surprised to learn how many differences there are. The biggest one, besides the fact that the ball is hit off a tee instead of thrown by a pitcher, is that the concept of three-outs-per-inning-per-team does not apply. As we said above, eleven kids on each side come up to bat each inning, no matter what—so there are lots of balls in play, lots of action, and lots of opportunity to learn.
The best way to learn the game is to come out and cheer on your kids! But for the truly dedicated, please check out our official game regulations.
Registration takes place online (for returning players only) and in person in the High Park Little League clubhouse in February each year. Watch our registration page for registration dates.
- 2017 T-ball house league: $200.00
- 2017 instructional league: $100.00
Our Teams: Find the One That’s Right For You
All High Park teams, from instructional league T-ball to Little League, participate in a shared opening day in May each year (watch our dates page for this year’s dates). All teams parade into Ernie Keith field, led by a bagpiper in full dress. We celebrate last season’s winner, hear from local politicians and there’s a BBQ for everyone (proceeds go to the league). Later in the day we host skills competitions. This is a fun day for all of our baseball families, and a great official start to the season.
Annual High Park T-Ball Banquet
We finish the season each year with the High Park T-Ball Banquet following the completion of the playoffs. All players and coaches attend free of charge; additional tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are distributed during the playoffs.
- Every player and coach receives an individual trophy
- Individual and team pictures are distributed
- One player on each team receives the Most Improved Player award
- Two players from the league are awarded the trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player
- Trophies are presented to the most promising six-year-old and seven-year-old
- Trophies are presented to the house league champions and finalists
- Raffle for valuable prizes
The High Park Baseball clubhouse and diamonds are located just south of the Bloor St. entrance to the park, near the pool. Free parking is available on the east and west sides of the baseball area. We play T-ball in our own dedicated diamond, which is the northernmost (and smallest) diamond of the three.