High Park Baseball League: News

Wednesday, April 1
In Memory of Nick Rico

For many baseball players who grew up in High Park and Etobicoke the name Nick Rico is synonymous with baseball. Nick Rico played pro baseball and came home in the 50’s.  He played and coached under the watchful eye of the famous Carman Bush who ran a baseball operation that was the true definition of community.  For years, Toronto produced the finest baseball players anywhere but more importantly developed young men who were taught to be strong contributors to society.  Nick Rico was instrumental in that development as nobody has ever been a better teacher of baseball than this fine man.

As Nicky got older he reserved his commitment to the game by instructing players. Teaching them what he learned in a way that was second to none.  One of Nicky’s favourite places to work with young players was High Park.  Nick worked at the High Park summer program where players from all over the city came for Nicky’s instruction.  On any given night, for decades, Nicky could be found patroling High Park hitting fungos, giving advice and loving the game.  It was always amazing  how Nick treated  all the beginners with the same respect as the superstars, just taking joy in seeing all players improve.  Today Joey Votto will tell you how it was Nicky who helped him develop his timing at the plate as Nicky’s ageless advice stood the test of time.

Nick Rico was a gift to the game of baseball. High Park players for decades benefitted from that gift as many went on to become successful players and more importantly successful  people because of Nicky.  Teach them play right, make sure they get it right, enjoy watching them play and prepare them for life.  That is the advice he gave to any young coach who would listen.  As Nicky always used to say “Take two and take it to right- Stay Loose!!!”

Missed but never forgotten.


Nick's family requested in honour of Nick's life and in memory of his committment to young baseball players, donations can be made to Toronto High Park LL.  Cheques or money orders, made payable to "Toronto High Park Little League” noting in Memory of Nick Rico, can be mailed c/o 287 South Kingsway, Toronto, ON M6S 3V3.

Nick Rico Memorial and visitation details



Tuesday, April 14
In memory of Aidan William Lillis-White

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of Aidan William Lillis-White. Aiden and his brother Conor were both graduates of The High Park T-ball and Little League programs.

We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to both Conor and Aidan's father Tom White. Tom is a Past President of The Toronto High Park Little League.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto.  You may click here for additional details. 



Thursday, March 12
High Park Braves (Rep) Eligibility Requirements & Workouts
 
As per Little League International, all players considering to try out for a HP LL Braves team must be registered and playing on a House League team to qualify to try out for a Rep Team.  Those selected to play on a rep team are expected to fully commit to the HP LL Brave team before any other Non-Little League team or to any other sports-related camps and/or teams during the Rep season.
 
The HP LL House League program maintains to be the primary focus of the LL program.  Therefore, players with the opportunity to play for a Braves team must maintain excellent attendance during the House League season.  Otherwise, the player may be removed from the Braves team. 
 
A player’s playing age is determined by the Little League age eligibility requirements. Click here for more details.
 
Players must reside or attend school within our boundaries of South of Lawrence Avenue to Lake Ontario, between the east side of Etobicoke Creek and west side of Bayview Avenue.
 
Workouts Schedule
 

9 year-olds:  Sat. May 23:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm / Sun. May 24:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

10 year-olds:  Sat. May 16:  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm / Sun. May 17:  9:00 am to 10:30 am 

11 year-olds:  Sat. May 16:  9:00 am to 10:30 am / Sun. May 17:  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm 

12 year-olds:  Sat. May 16:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm / Sun. May 17:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm  



Wednesday, January 22
2015 Registration

Registration for the 2015 playing season!

Monday - Friday 6 pm to 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm

In-person at the High Park Clubhouse

February 6-13: Returning Little League players and t-ball players

Returning players must return their jersey and belt upon registering.

February 21-22 and Feb 28-Mar 1: New players

Fee: $200

A valid Birth Certificate and Health Card must be presented.


For returning Little League players (10/11 year-olds currently not on a Majors roster) AND Graduating T-Ball  

  1. Ensure you meet the age requirements (see below)
  2. Must reside or attend school within the boundaries
  3. Be evaluated and drafted to a team (10/11 year-olds are guaranteed a spot on a team)  

 

For new players considering to join High Park Little League  

  1. Ensure you meet the age requirements (see below)
  2. Must reside or attend school within the boundaries
  3. Be evaluated and drafted to a team 

 

Little League Baseball Age Determination (click here for more details) 

T-Ball:  6 year-olds – Jan 1, 2009 to Dec 31, 2009

            7 year-olds – Jan 1, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008

    8 year-olds – Jan 1, 2007 to Dec 31, 2007 

*Check the T-Ball website for additional details 

Minors:  9 year-olds – May 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006

            10 year-olds – May 1, 2004 to Apr 30, 2005

Majors: 11 year-olds – May 1, 2003 to Apr 30, 2004

             12 year-olds – May 1, 2002 to Apr 30, 2003

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Players not assigned to a Majors roster must be evaluated to be included in the draft.  Evaluation group and dates are provided during in-person registration.

In 2015, we will be able to accommodate 208 players for 16 teams across the Minors and Majors Little League Program.  Priority is given to returning 10/11 year-old players.  All new players will be evaluated, entered in the draft, and placed on a waiting list to be considered for placement on a team when spots are made avaliable.  

Check the website regularly for registration times and updates. 



Sunday, February 1
Player Evaluations
Player evaluations are being held indoors at the LCI Sports Centre located at 290 Birmingham St (map).  Players are required to attend at least one evaluation.  However, it is preferred to evaluate the players twice.  Players must bring a glove.  

Saturday March 7	6:00 pm	9A 
				7:00 pm	9B
				8:00 pm	10A
				9:00 pm	10B

Sunday March 8		10:00 am	11/12 A
				11:00 am	11/12 B

Saturday March 14	9:00 am	9A 
				10:00 am	9B
				11:00 am	10A
				12:00 pm	10B
				1:00 pm	11/12 A
				2:00 pm	11/12 B




Sunday, January 4
The New Little League Baseball Age Determination Date

Important news from Little League Intl regarding the new league age determination.  The changes will be implemented for children born on or after January 1, 2006.  

 

In April 2014, the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®......read on.

As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the remainder of their Little League Baseball career......read on......Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the next three Little League Baseball seasons. 

 

 



Wednesday, August 20
High Park Braves 12U
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The High Park Braves 12U season came to an end on August 9th after a 4-1 loss to South Vancouver in the finals of the National Championship.  This was the team's first loss of the season, finishing 29-1.   This was the furthest that a High Park team has progressed since 2000 when they last won a National title.  While the boys fell short of their ultimate goal, this season was a success.  Many thanks to coaches Lou, Tommy, Paul, and Anthony. 



Thursday, July 31
Other HP Braves Rep Teams Highlights

HP Braves 11 year-old Team

Four new players joined this year’s High Park 11s team, coming off a provincial championship last year. The new squad jelled quickly, winning their first tournament of the year, the 11s division of the John Stokoe Major Tournament in Ancaster.

In the past two tournaments, the team has taken on stiff competition a year up. We made it to the semifinals of Brockville, losing to the Oakville 12s. At the Nokona PeeWee World Series in Cambridge, the team battled hard against elite teams of AAA calibre. It was an experience with many valuable lessons and highlights that we will remember a long time. 

HP Braves 10 year-old Team

The 10-year-old Braves have played in 4 tournaments this year.  After losing in the semi-finals in Ancaster and in the Districts in Oakville, the Braves came back in the Wes Snyder Memorial Tournament in Dundas.  There, the Braves went undefeated in the round-robin, before beating Ancaster 4-0 in an extra-inning game to win the championship.  

HP Braves 9 year-old Team

The High Park Braves 9 year old team has competed in 3 tournaments so far this year. The Ancaster Diamondbacks hosted the Father's Day Classic where the Braves went 5-0 to claim the John Stokoe Division Title. 

During the second tournament of the season the 9 year old team traveled to Amherst New York and competed in the Mel Ott Extravaganza.  Once again, the team was victorious going 5-0 to claim the 9U Championship defeating a very talented Central Amherst in the finals. Excellent defense and great pitching were instrumental in our success in Amherst.

The team met some excellent competition during its third tournament of the summer. The team's streak of consecutive wins dating back to the start of last season ended at the Orchard Park NY Little League tournament.  Competing in the 9U division, the team went 1-1-1 losing in the semi-finals to the Olean Oilers. 



Monday, May 12
Chuck Boyes

It is with great sorrow and sadness that I announce the death of Chuck Boyes, a long time team Manager and Coach in the High Park Little League Program.  Chuck started his volunteer career in the T-Ball Division in 1988, graduated to become a Manager in the Minor Division in 1991 and continued his service until stepping down early in 2013.  It was a personal pleasure to coach with Chuck on house league teams since 1990.  Chuck was also a long time Manager of the 9, 10 and 12 year old Rep Teams.

On behalf of the Toronto High Park Little League Baseball Association, I offer my sincere condolences to Chuck’s wife Kim, son Charles and daughter Krista.

Ken Sherbanowski, President



Little League Pledge
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             Little League Pledge
I trust in God I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose I will always do my best.





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Youth Sports Parent Code of Conduct
Preamble
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”

I therefore agree:

I will not force my child to participate in sports.

I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.

I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.

I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event.

I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.

I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.

I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.

I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.

I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.

I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.

I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.

I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

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The Little League Parent/Volunteer Pledge
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I will teach all children to play fair and do their best
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players
I will respect the decisions of the umpires
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game



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  • Please take a look at all of the High Park Little League sponsors now listed on our own website:  click on the sponsor tab on the left.
  • Thanks very much sponsors - you help keep the cost of playing baseball affordable for close to 200 players on 16 Little League and 4 rep. teams.




Monday, March 3
Still interested in registering your child for Little League?

It's not too late to register your child for Little League!

To get on our waiting list, submit your child's name, date of birth, and contact details by either emailing us at highparkbaseball@hotmail.com or leaving a voicemail at the clubhouse at 416-762-0521.



Tuesday, April 15
Sakura Trees Blossoms at High Park

The Sakura trees are quite beautiful to see and many people visit the park to see for themselves.  Plan to arrive at the park early to give yourself enough time to find parking. 

Check the High Park website regularly for updates on when the trees are expected to bloom.