The Lions-CNE Peewee Baseball Tournament was sponsored by the CNE Foundation.
For more than half a century, young people throughout Southern Ontario have journeyed to the Canadian National Exhibition to compete in this tournament.
2023 marks the 66th annual tournament, the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in Ontario for U13s. Thirty-two teams from Toronto and Southern Ontario compete over 8 days in a single elimination event. Although teams vary from year to year, the excitement of a competitive ball tournament and a day (or four), at the CNE has always been a summer highlight for thousands of kids and their families. the 2023 Tournament will be played out of Coronation Park, which is located immediately outside of the Princes’ Gates (east end of the grounds).
On behalf of our Oshawa Legionaires players, their families, and our coaching staff, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for an exceptional experience at this year’s tournament. We had an amazing time competing in the tournament, and then afterwards at the CNE…On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to play in the tournament myself in the 1980s, and our team went pretty deep in the tournament, which included several trips to the CNE, and was one of the best experiences of my own (very modest) baseball career. Being able to bring our team, including my own son, meant so much to me as both a coach, and a father.Sandy Bailey
The PEGG CUP – a tournament within our tournament:
Although our 32-team annual tournament involves ‘AAA’ and ‘AA teams’, we also reach out to teams at the ‘A and lower levels, particularly from smaller communities, by instituting a tournament within a tournament. The PEGG GROUP is an 8-team grouping for teams at ‘A’ level or lower. The PEGG GROUP champions are accorded all of the honours of a winning tournament team, with an awards ceremony where the winners are presented with a championship trophy and individual gold medals.
The winner of this group continues on in the main draw with the opportunity to play in the quarter-finals and beyond, as occurred in 2017 when the Niagara Falls Falcons ‘A’ won the PEGG Championship and continued with wins in the quarters and semis, only to be defeated in the final by the Oakville ‘AAA’ team. One day the little guy will go all the way as Ron Pegg always prophesizes!
Past PEGG Champions:
2013: Peterborough Tigers
2014: Oshawa Legionaires
2015: Barrie Red Sox
2016: Welland Mustangs
2017: Niagara Falls Falcons
2018: Orillia Royals
2019: Simcoe Giants
2022: Orillia Royals
An eligible team is an OBA Major Peewee Team except for House League/Select Teams. Minor Peewee teams will only be considered after May 1, 2023, if space is available. Minor team reps may contact Larry Jaroslawski directly by email, as indicated below, after May 30, 2023.
There is no entry fee. A performance bond is required in $200. CNE passes are provided for all team personnel for each game day as well as vehicle passes to expedite equipment transportation.