Elite Baseball League of Ontario
In June of 2014, Baseball Ontario announced that four of its affiliated associations had signed an agreement to form a new 18u Midget Elite League (MEL) commencing with the 2015 season. With the success of the league, the “Elite Baseball League of Ontario” has grown to 13 regions, 3 age groups (15u, 16u, 18u) and over 50 teams. In that time the “EBLO” has had over 100 athletes pursue their dreams of playing University and College baseball.
Athletes are given the opportunity to compete at college showcases such as: Perfect Game, Prep Baseball Report, New Era and Ohio Elite Camps. Also, EBLO athletes have the opportunity to play for high profile teams, such as the Ontario Youth Team, Ontario Summer Games and International tournaments.
For more information on Baseball Ontario please visit www.baseballontario.com
Elite Baseball League of Ontario
1. FOCUS ON PROGRAMS – To join, and continue, teams at youngest divisions plus successive division teams, i.e. for 18U team, need 15U and 16U.
1.1 For greater clarity, all teams currently in Elite Division of Baseball Ontario continue to be grand-fathered in the league, until their existing players graduate from 18U after the 2020 season, as long as they don’t stop being an active.
1.2 Any new teams or programs coming into the league as of 2018 will have to be a 15U team.
1.3 In order for the 15U team to play as a 16U team in 2020, the same organization/program will have to field a 15U team as well for the 2020 season.
1.4 For 2021, the same organization/program is expected to have a 17/18U, 16U and 15U team in the league.
1.4 a) There is one exception to the program bench mark, If an EBLO program has operated a 15U team for two consecutive years, starting with 2019, and is unable to do so for reasons out of its control in third consecutive year, older teams in the program will be allowed to continue to operate in that third year. If the program does not successfully include a 15U team in its fourth year, the older teams are no longer eligible. The 15U team moratorium from year three may be allowed to continue within the program until it passes its 18U completion.
1.5 EBLO programs are a community based alternative to private programs. Players who participate with private teams from leagues such as the PBLO and CPBL may have some playing rights with Baseball Ontario but will not be eligible to be on EBLO rosters. Players from non-recognized programs also are not eligible to be on EBLO rosters.
2. 15U DIVISION MAY INCLUDE TEAMS THAT ARE 14U
2.1 15U DIVISION CONTINUES TO SPLIT BY GEOGRAPHY
3. FALL BALL MANDATORY FOR TEAMS/PROGRAMS STARTING SEPTEMBER
3.1 EBLO anticipates supporting 2 late September tournaments.
3.2 Teams are expected to schedule 4-8 additional exhibition games.
4. ELITE DIVISION SHOWCASE TOURNAMENT IN MAY IS A MANDATORY ATTENDENCE REQUIREMENT
5. ELITE TEAMS MUST PLAY MINIMUM 2 OTHER SHOWCASE TOURNAMENTS
5.1 Going forward the league will post US tournament options
5.2 Steering committee to provide a sample of Showcases for indication of competition quality, scouting and exposure opportunities
6. ELITE PROGRAMS MUST OFFER A SPRING TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
6.1 This could be through partnership with other programs to ensure a genuine opportunity for Florida training is available.
6.2 Send email to other programs letting them know who is going to Florida
7. 18U PREMIER DIVISION MADE UP FROM PREVIOUS YEAR RESULTS
7.1 There will be some discretion in determining final decisions based on unforeseen variables (i.e. what if a strong 2017 team loses half of its team the following year.
7.2 We will look to have a “pennant” flag as a prize for the winner of divisions
8. 18U ELITE DIVISION MADE UP OF BALANCE OF 17U & 18U TEAMS
9. COMPLIANCE – All teams are to pay a $1,000 performance bond every season and it shall be returned to the team at the end of the season, after Labour Day, if it has complied with all league benchmark
*The league will play using Baseball Ontario rules except for the following modifications*
1. League playing rules are only for league play
2. Game Length
All 15U games are 7 innings in length, but local curfews are in affect.
16U-18U games are 9 innings in length, but local curfews are in affect.
Game is official after 5 innings ( 4½ if home team is leading). If less than 5 innings played, game is rescheduled as a new game. If game is called due to curfew, weather etc, game will be carried forward as a suspended game from the point of delay.
3. Two out running for the catcher or pitcher is allowed and optional…runner must be a sub and where no sub exists (i.e. all players in hitting line-up), then last out is courtesy runner.
4. For greater clarity, if a team has 14 players present and 10 players are in the hitting line-up, then the 4 players on the bench are eligible to be a courtesy runner.
5. If all 4 bench players enter the game, then the new 4 bench players (i.e. the players removed from the game) become eligible to be a courtesy runner.
6. Mercy rule in effect, but teams can choose to play on for development purposes (mercy score is reported to league)
Note: Baseball Ontario’s mercy rule has changed to 18 runs after 3 innings, 15 runs after 4 innings and 10 runs after 5 innings.
7. Teams can bat as many batters as they wish, but need to maintain that number throughout the game…they are treated as EP’s and can be subbed in defensively freely.
8. Pitcher/dh rule in effect for 16U-18U, in which a player can be both the pitcher and a dh in the same game if reported on the line-up card as such…this allows the player to be removed from the game as a dh, but continue to pitch and vice versa.
For more information regarding tryouts for the 2021 season, please contact your local association.
Elite Baseball League of Ontario - FAQ's
Do Players Need a Release?
The Elite Baseball League of Ontario agreement allows players to try-out for any EBLO teams. Releases are needed, but they are granted if done by the September threshold date. If completed after threshold date, players will have to follow the normal release procedure.
What level is Elite Baseball League of Ontario baseball?
The Elite Baseball League is taking the place of AAA programming for the Bantam, Minor Midget and Midget levels. EBLO will have its own regular season loop.
Can Elite Baseball League of Ontario teams compete in OBA sanctioned tournaments, the OBA Provincial Championship or Canadian Eliminations?
When are Elite Baseball League of Ontario rosters due?
Mid-September 2020, for the 2021 season.
Can a Midget Elite Baseball League of Ontario team carry Minor aged players?
How does Elite Baseball League of Ontario player signing work?
Signing is the equivalent to the completion of the EBLO community’s registration form and payment.
If I sign with a Elite Baseball League of Ontario team, how long am I committed to that particular team?
For one (1) baseball season, starting in September and ending in August.
If I sign with a Elite Baseball League of Ontario team and then quit mid year, can I go back to my host community and play for them?
If the team you wish to play for is not a Elite Baseball League of Ontario team, yes.
Can a Player Be Rostered on a EBLO team and a CPBL, PBLO Roster?
No, EBLO does not allow for players to be on CPBL or PBLO rosters