What teams (age groups) will OWBA be fielding?
OWBA will be fielding Midget (2002/2003) Minor Midget (2004) and Major Bantam (2005/2006) teams for the 2020 season.
Where will practices be held?
Practices will be held primarily in the area covering OWJ Baseball. Practice fields will be regulation sized with 90-foot base paths and 60-foot mounds.
Who will be coaching?
OWJ teams will be coached by provincially certified coaches to ensure eligibility to play in all Provincial Play downs.
Where do the players come from?
OWJ Baseball will geographically cover the areas currently mapped out here. Please note that the map is not completely accurate and those living on the borders of the region indicated should contact us to determine if you live in our region. Players in areas not offering similar programs are eligible to play in our region, as are players who are released by other leagues.
Does my child have to reside / go to school within the boundaries to play for OWJ?
As mentioned above, players must first try out for the team in their geographical area. Unlike Little League, school location is irrelevant to the process, only home location. And again, players in areas not offering similar programs are eligible to play in our region, as are players who are released by other areas after their tryouts.
For teams with parent-coaches, we are hoping to keep the cost below $1500, depending on tournament travel and provincial success. (Winning local teams represent their area at Provincial Championships on Labour Day weekend)
OWJ Baseball is attempting to form an Ottawa-loop for regular season play, or an unbalanced schedule, with the majority of games played in the National Capital region. Teams playing in the EOBA reach as far as Whitby, ON, but no further. The majority of away games are 3 1/2 hours out of Ottawa. Tournaments can be played locally or anywhere in Ontario or the U.S. Tournament selection is team dependent.
The season runs from the first weekend in May until the first weekend in August, followed by local play downs, and provincials. Regular seasons consist of 24 games. Weekend series are usually 3 or 4 games with an overnight stay. Assuming 12 away games, this means 3 or 4 weekends. With so much play on weekends, Mondays are usually off and Fridays are left for travel. Teams generally practice once or twice per week depending on weather and field availability. Players are expected to train (especially pitchers) on their own or with friends to maintain game-shape.