Select (Guelph Minor Baseball)


What is Select Baseball?

The Guelph Royals select program is an intermediate program that allows our house league membership the opportunity to supplement their house league experience with further development opportunities as well as an introduction to competition.  Our select teams join the Inter County select loop and will play some games against other local centres.  In addition to the select loop play, teams traditionally participate in tournament play throughout Ontario.
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Our Teams

Guelph Minor Baseball (GMBA) is planning on fielding 5 select teams for the upcoming season ranging from 9U to 18U.  Each team is led by a coach who has been selected by our GMBA selection committee for their baseball knowledge, leadership and dedication to helping our youth grow not only as skilled baseball players but as strong citizens within our community.   All coaches are provided access to the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and are screened per the 

GMBA Police Record Check Policy.

Team Coach Email 
 9U Select John Chambers  [email protected]
 11U Select Ryan Fitzsimmons  [email protected]
13U Select Brendan Campbell [email protected]
15U Select Trent Kowaluk [email protected]
18U Select Dorothy Karabela [email protected]

Who is Able to Join the Royals?

The select program is perfect for the house league player who wants a little extra baseball as well the player who hopes to transition to the rep program in the future.  In order to qualify for the select program, the player must register for the GMBA house league program and register for the select tryouts.  Unlike the rep program, the select program has no residency requirements so it is open to anyone. 

The Select Season

Tryouts for the GMBA select program typically take place in January.  Tryout dates and times will vary by age group.  Details will be posted on the website and social media.  Following tryouts, a team may choose to participate in some indoor workouts using some of our indoor training partners like PPA Hithouse, Marden’s Royal Distributing Athletic Centre, University of Guelph, etc.  The regular season begins in late May – early June and runs until mid-August.  Each team can expect 10-12 games depending on the age level and number of teams in the loop.  On average, this works out to one home or away game per week on top of one to two practices (at the discretion of the team’s coach and diamond availability).  The season wraps up with league playoffs late August and provincial playoffs (if the team qualifies) taking place Labour Day weekend.

Select teams also participate in tournaments throughout the summer.  Typically teams play in 2 to 3 tournaments.  Tournament locations are in Ontario, with specific locations and dates determined by the team. 

What Does the Fee Structure Look Like?

Players will be required to register for the house league program at their age-appropriate division.  Select teams will then be invoiced for any costs incurred.  These costs include but are not limited to coaches training, equipment, diamond and umpire costs for games/practices. 

Select teams also have additional costs for player and coach development, indoor training and tournaments. A typical select season costs $500-1000 per player, plus select uniform costs and House League fees.

Select Tryout Process

Tryouts for all divisions typically take place in January. Information on the tryout dates, registration process, venues and procedures will be start to be shared by mid-December.
Communications will be shared to all GMBA members via E-mail, Sportsheadz app, website posts and on our Social Media channels.

2024 GMBA Select Tryouts

Below are the 2024 Select Tryout dates.

All tryouts will take place at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre
7384 Wellington County Rd 30, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2

9U (players born in 2015 and 2016)

January 6, 2024- Time: 8:00-9:00AM
January 13, 2024- Time: 8:00-9:00AM
January 20, 2024- Time: 5:00-6:30PM 
*Invite Only*

11U (players born in 2013 and 2014)

January 6, 2024- Time: 9:00-10:00AM
January 13, 2024- Time: 9:00-10:00AM
January 20, 2024- Time: 3:30-5:00PM 
*Invite Only*

13U (players born in 2011 and 2012)

January 6, 2024- Time: 10:00-11:00AM
January 13, 2024- Time: 10:00-11:00AM
January 20, 2024- Time: 12:30-2:00PM *Invite Only*

15U (players born in 2009 and 2010)

January 6, 2024- Time: 11:00-12:00PM
January 13, 2024- Time: 11:00-12:00PM
January 20, 2024- Time: 5:00-6:30PM 
*Invite Only*

18U (players born in 2006, 2007 and 2008)

January 20, 2024- Time:6:30-8:00PM -Registration open



Select Tryout Preparation Sessions

GMBA will be hosting select tryout preparation sessions to provide athletes with the opportunity to throw, catch, hit, pitch and field prior to tryouts.

The select tryout preparation sessions will take place at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre
7384 Wellington County Rd 30, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2

Select Tryout Preperation Session Dates:

Saturday, Dec 23rd, 2023
9:00AM- 10/11U
11:00AM- 14-18U

Saturday, Dec 30th, 2023
9:00AM- 10/11U
11:00AM- 14-18U

Any general questions can be directed to the GMBA Select Committee at [email protected].