For the safety and wellbeing of the amateur athletes, coaches, scouts, and stakeholders who make Tournament 12 presented by New Era possible, the Toronto Blue Jays have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition of T12.
For the past eight years, Tournament 12 has provided a platform for the best amateur baseball players in Canada to be recruited by college and professional scouts. The success of the tournament has in-part relied on a calibrated in-person evaluation process, which starts in the spring and leads into the fall tournament, to identify the best players to be showcased. Due to safety precautions and travel restrictions, we will not be able to complete both the evaluation process and the tournament.
The Toronto Blue Jays look forward to welcoming the best amateur baseball players in Canada back to Rogers Centre in future years. Thank you for your support.
Tournament 12 (T12) presented by New Era is a national amateur baseball tournament held at Rogers Centre each September hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy and Tournament Commissioner, Roberto Alomar. The goal of T12 is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best amateur baseball players born in Canada, with college eligibility. T12 acts to centralize the best Canadian baseball players, with the intention of exposing them to as many pro and college scouts as possible. Simply put, the Blue Jays Baseball Academy's intention is to provide a platform that both highlights and markets the high level of amateur baseball talent in this country. Since 2013, over 90 former T12 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations with over 300 receiving college scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers.
2019 marked a new format for Tournament 12 in which tournament rosters were no longer based on regional teams but the best players in Canada. As a result, T12 welcomed more scouts from Major League clubs and colleges than ever before.
The opportunity to make T12 is available for all Canadians as we host open tryouts across the country in the spring and summer in partnership with our Amateur Scouting Department.
Amateur baseball players who are between the ages of 14-19 (as of September 1, 2019) can register to participate in the T12 Tryout Camp.
Evaluating and Selecting Potential Players:
The Blue Jays Baseball Academy hosts open tryouts across Canada in the spring months leading up to Tournament 12. Attending a tryout is the best way to be evaluated.
Players will be evaluated by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy and the Toronto Blue Jays Scouting Department. All final roster decisions will be determined by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy.
T12 is not only looking for professional prospects, as evaluators are looking for players that have the ability to play baseball at the next level (Professional, D1, D2, D3 or Junior College). We also put a strong emphasis on recognizing the potential top players in each class and exposing them to the showcase as early as possible.
There is no relevance to where the player was born in Canada, or what program/team they currently play for, or have played for. All potential players are evaluated based on their own skill and ability. In addition, a player's individual statistics on their club team or participation in national tournaments have no bearing on the selection process.