The Ontario Blue Jays are an amateur baseball program designed to develop youth baseball players to move forward into collegiate and professional opportunities. Over the past 20 years the Ontario Blue Jays have lead the rise of Canadian’s in both collegiate and professional baseball. In those 20 years, OBJ has placed 422 players in college or university across the United States and Canada. In addition, OBJ has seen the most current and former players drafted in the MLB First-Year Players Draft with 108 players. Most notably, in 2015 OBJ reached a new milestone as first baseman Josh Naylor was drafted in the 1st Round, 12th Overall by the Miami Marlins. On that day not only was Naylor the Ontario Blue Jays first, 1st Round Pick, but he became the highest Canadian position player ever selected in the MLB First-Year Players Draft. To learn more about all of the former OBJ players collegiate placements, MLB draft results, and Team Canada honours please check out our OBJ Alumni section.
The 14U to 18U Ontario Blue Jays teams play their provincial baseball in the Canadian Premier Baseball League (CPBL). The CPBL features the top teams from across Ontario including teams in Aurora, Burlington, London, St. Mary’s, and Toronto. The CPBL season begins play during the first week of May and continues until the end of June. The CPBL then resumes for the Play Off Tournament during the first weekend of August to conclude league play and our baseball season.
The 11U to 13U Ontario Blue Jays team play their provincial baseball in the Fergie Jenkins Showcase League (FJSL). The FJSL is the only elite baseball league operating at the 11U to 13U level, featuring teams from Ajax, Guelph, Kitchener, and Niagara Falls. Similar to the CPBL, the FJSL begins play during the first week of May, but continues throughout June, July, and concludes the first weekend of August with a Playoff Tournament.
The Ontario Blue Jays travel across the United States varies based on age group and team. OBJ teams from 11U to 15U travel throughout their CPBL and FJSL seasons attending four tournaments at each age group. The majority of tournaments at this level are in Ohio, Michigan, and New York. The 2017 season will mark the first OBJ 12U team to attend Cooperstown Dreams Park this July. At the 16U to 18U level, OBJ teams travel extensively throughout the United States during July of each summer. All team travel at this level is done via Coach Canada, as we travel south to compete against some of the best teams and players at each age group. Here are a few locations that OBJ has travel to in recent years: Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Farmington, NM, Fort Myers, FL, Houston, TX, Memphis, TN, Nashville, TN, Orlando, FL, Pensacola, FL, and Waterbury, CT.
Below is a list of Ontario Blue Jays league, and tournament championships:
In addition to our summer travel schedule, the Ontario Blue Jays feature a Fall Collegiate Schedule that is only available with OBJ. Over the course of September and October the OBJ Collegiate Travel Roster will take to the road to compete against some of the best college baseball teams the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA have to offer. Although our 2018 Fall Schedule is not yet finalized, previous years have seen games against the following notable NCAA Baseball Programs:
Each Fall Collegiate Schedule is finished with an appearance at the 18U WWBA National Championship in Jupiter, Florida at Rogers Dean Stadium & Complex (Spring Training Home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins). “Jupiter” is the premier 18U event in North America featuring the best players from across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Jupiter is best known for its gatherings of hundreds of MLB scouts, and college/university coaches watching games across the facility. The Ontario Blue Jays have traditionally faired extremely well at the WWBA National Championship, finishing in the Top 10 several years.
For more information about the history of the Ontario Blue Jays or any other inquires about the program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.