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Tee Ball

Tee Ball is a modified version of baseball, typically played by children, in which players hit a ball off a stationary tee to score runs. Like in baseball, the objective of the game is for teams to score more runs than their opposition. After hitting the ball, players run around four bases to score a point; they may stay on a base to avoid being tagged by the defending team, which would result in them being "out" and leaving the bases. Whenever a player reaches the home plate (fourth base) without being tagged out, they score a point for their team. Major differences from baseball include: balls are hit off a stationary tee, rather than pitched toward the batter; the ball is softer than a regulation baseball; an inning ends after each member of a team has an opportunity to bat, rather than after three outs. A game can consist of five to nine innings, depending on level of competition and intended difficulty. Although the game can be played by adults, it is usually played by young children with the objective of improving physical literacy and as a safer alternative to introduce the concepts of baseball.

Is this activity known by any other names?

T-ball

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The game is thought to originate in North America, however the specific arrival in Canada and the GTA is not known.

Who takes part?

Boys and girls, typically under the age of 12, of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

The game is played outdoors in the summer, as well as indoors during the colder months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

North Toronto Baseball – Tball Junior; Little League Canada; High Park T-Ball; Toronto Girls Baseball; East Toronto Baseball Association; Forest Hill T-Ball Association; Orangeville Minor Baseball Association

Cultural Significance

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Is there anything else we should know?

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