The TORONTO BLUE JAYS will host an elite national amateur tournament (Tournament 12) at Rogers Centre from September 20-24, 2013.
The goal of the tournament is to showcase the best college eligible amateur baseball players in the country to professional scouts from all teams and educational institutions across North America. The tournament will feature 12 teams from across Canada, including three from Ontario; two from each of British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta; one team representing the Maritimes; and one team representing Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The final squad will be a Blue Jays Scout Team comprised of players from all provinces.
“The creation of Tournament 12 is a first for amateur baseball in Canada. It is an opportunity to showcase the elite baseball talent that exists in our country. If, through this tournament, we help provide the opportunity for Canada’s best to further their education through baseball or pursue their professional aspirations, then the efforts of all involved have been well worth it.” – Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, Toronto Blue Jays.
Legendary Blue Jays Hall of Famer #12 Roberto Alomar will act as the Honourary Tournament Commissioner.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be associated with such an important event for amateur baseball in Canada. This tournament will provide young Canadian players with an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents and I’m very excited to be associated with such an important venture.” - Alomar
Each club will feature 22 players and four coaches, with all rosters selected by the Toronto Blue Jays Scouting Department. There is no age restriction, however all players must have college eligibility. Interested managers and coaches can apply to participate at bluejays.com/baseballacademy. Applications for players will be accepted in the new year once managerial and coaching staffs have been determined.