REGISTRATION for the 2018 season is NOW OPEN!
RYBL AGM – January 24, 2018!
The RYBL Annual General Meeting will be held at Mimico Arena on Wednesday January 24th, at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome!
President’s Message for 2018!
Registration for the 2018 season is now open and again this year will be 100% online at rybl.com. Fees have been frozen – so no increase in 2018.
We will continue to use ProTeach baseball instructors to provide ongoing skills development for all players and coaches in April and throughout the early part of the season with on field assistance.
Royal York will again support the delivery of a summer baseball program in conjunction with ProTeach for Blastball, T-Ball, Rookie and Mosquito aged players, commencing in July at a nominal cost. Further information will beccome available in mid May through communication directly with eligible players. Royal York in conjunction with Pro Teach will hold a week long baseball clinic in mid August. Additional details will be circulated in late June.
The Women’s Fusion team will again host a free baseball clinic for Girls in Rookie, Pee Wee and Bantam divisions on Saturday April 28th. and Sunday April 29th. at Queensway Park – more details in future emails to these players and on our website.
The League will continue to upgrade baseball equipment. Please bring to the attention of your coach any substandard equipment and it will be replaced. Constant vigilance by all is crucial to maintaining a safe playing environment for our children.
Your executive at the Royal York Baseball League (RYBL) was pleased to announce in July of 2015 that we had received a Field of Dreams Grant from Jays Care Foundation for $150,000.00 to construct a new Bantam size lit baseball diamond at Connorvale Park in south Etobicoke. I am pleased to say that construction was completed in September of 2017. Our official opening of the diamond will be all day on Saturday June 2nd. 2018. Further information on our gala opening will be forthcoming in the early spring.
The Royal York Baseball League will be investing resources into upgrading the fields at Norseman, Lambton Kingsway South, Jeff Healy, Rotary Park, and Connorvale Park just in time for the 2018 playing season. With the number of teams that play there, the diamonds were showing their age and upgrades were well past due. The city has pledged to have Lambton Kingsway Park North and Mimico Memorial upgraded. I will do my best to make Parks and Recreation live up to that commitment.
Royal York Midget AA won the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Championship and Royal York Rookie Boys’ Select were the provincial finalists at the Select Ontario Baseball Association (SOBA) championship tournament.
Congratulations to the Royal York Rep and Select programs; they continue to field competitive teams year after year in every age group. The dedication of its coaches, volunteers and players makes Royal York a successful program.
Many younger girls are now recognizing the possibility of playing at a select level and aspire to be on one of the Cardinal teams. As a result, we as a league are re-doubling our efforts to support girls by increasing and intensifying their training and encouraging them to take umpire and coach courses. This season we will be taking 3 girls teams (18U, 14U and 11U) to the Baseball for All Nationals in Rockford, Illinois. Because of our focus on girls’ teams at RY, other Leagues in Toronto are taking note. Girls’ programs are now starting up in North York (Toronto Girls Baseball) and in Leaside. A Girls’ League in Toronto, is not far away.
Finally – please consider coaching. We need all the help you can provide. Coaches’ clinics will again be provided by ProTeach professionals in April, 2018. If Royal York Baseball is to continue to deliver the best program in the City we need you. We are the best because of our volunteers!
Register early as the Blue Jays had another exciting year in 2017 and that many more children will want to participate in baseball in 2018. We were able to accommodate a 15% increase in registration in 2017 but we are now at our limit. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Please register early online to ensure a place on a Royal York team and to take advantage of our Early Bird Special draw for a one-on-one training session for one player and two his or her baseball friends with a ProTeach Professional Instructor at ProTeach’s indoor facility early in the season!
Look forward to seeing you on the field!