About Us

The Toronto Baseball Association (TBA) is composed of amateur baseball associations within the City of Toronto that agree to abide by and comply with the rules of the association. The TBA also observes most rules of Baseball Ontario, Baseball Canada and the Rules of Baseball.

Leagues in the TBA may be classified in the following series for the purpose of deciding the TBA Championships: 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U,14U, 15U, 16U, 18U, 22U, and Senior.

Teams that win a TBA championship, and others when places are available, also earn the right to represent the association in the provincial championship series, held at the end of each season, usually on Labour Day Weekend, although some series are held earlier. TBA teams also compete in the National Elimination series to play for a chance to represent the association and the province in the National Championships.

Most TBA member clubs also operate active House Leagues for players of all ages. House League players play within their own neighbourhood against other teams in the club. Those House League players looking for a higher level of competition can also be chosen to play on Select teams that play in the Select Division of Baseball Ontario against other clubs in the TBA.

History of the TBA and OBA

Baseball in Toronto in the early 20th Century was loosely organized with clubs that recruited both amateur and professional players. In 1913, William J. Smith helped found a new city-wide association to promote the amateur game. It was the percurser to the Ontario Baseball Association, formed at the end of the First World War in 1918.

At the 100th Anniversary AGM of the OBA, the TBA produced a special commemorative booklet, telling the story of Smith and his efforts to bring baseball clubs together in a provincial organization that would host championships. Download a PDF copy of this booklet and learn more about the origins of the TBA and OBA.

The story of Mr. Baseball, W.J. Smith, who led the drive to create the Ontario Baseball Association in 1918 after founding the Toronto Baseball Association in 1913.