The Barrie Minor Baseball Association has everything lined up to help you and your child have a summer that’s right out of the park!
From skill development clinics to its recreational league and umpire clinics, Barrie Minor Baseball still has spots for those who want to get on the field this spring. Barrie Minor Baseball action takes place in parks throughout the city as well as at the city-owned Barrie Sports Complex in Midhurst.
In recreational baseball – or house league – in Barrie, children and young adults play with others their age; they cannot skip up an age bracket.
Kids age 4 can pick up a bat and start learning the basics, with BlastBall, which teaches the basics like hitting a ball off a tee, fielding a hit ball and throwing a ball. The youngsters play in groups of six for an hour each week.
T-ball is likely what you imagine: the batter hits the ball off a tee and those in the field try to throw the ball or tag the runner out. Barrie Minor Baseball doesn’t keep scores and standings for T-ball and Jr. T-ball, so kids can have fun and learn the game without the pressure of winning.
Levels of Baseball in Ontario
Other variations of the action are Coach Pitch, the supportive skill-building game in which the team’s coach pitches to the batter and Rookie Ball, in which a pitching machine is used. At the Rookie level, there are teams for eight and nine-year-olds, and game night is Monday.
The on-field competition goes up a notch in Mosquito, when a player from the opposite team pitches. Minor Mosquitoes – who don’t bite – are 10 years old and Major Mosquitoes are 11. They play on Wednesdays.
Peewee action begins at age 13 and Bantam at 15. The action continues for 18-year-old Midget players and up to 21s are Juniors.
Regular season action starts mid-May and runs until the last week of August, which is topped off with a Championship Day on the first Saturday after Labour Day.
All your child needs is a glove, running shoes (or baseball cleats), a batting helmet or helmet cage, and protective athletic support to get in on the action at the diamond – along with a drive to have some fun!
Most games begin at 6:30 pm., for those for the younger players, including BlastBall, Jr. T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Rookie Ball, Mosquito and Peewee. Bantam and Midget game times vary based on South Simcoe Baseball scheduling. A complete summary is available online on the official Barrie Baseball website.
Registration fees, which vary by age and program, cover:
- Field costs and if applicable, field lighting costs, to the City of Barrie
- Uniforms, including a jersey, pants and hat
- Umpires’ fees
- Team equipment including baseballs, bats, bases and catcher’s gear
- Team and individual photos
- End of season awards
- Player and coach insurance
Barrie Baseball Registration
Early-bird registration ends March 31; after that, fees rise by $25. Blastball is $110 and Jr. T-Ball $135. For Coach Pitch and T-Ball, the fee is $170; for Rookies and Mosquitoes, $270. More baseball registration information can be found online. Rep and Select Teams are already formed and training is underway.
If you’d like to get in shape before the season starts in May, you can join The Warehouse, located at 49 Truman Rd., Unit 20 (at the rear of the building). Adults can apply to be an assistant coach when they submit their registration for their child.