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Rep Baseball

For those looking for the top level of baseball instruction and competition, Leaside's premium Rep program offers both AAA and AA tiers for advanced players.

Rep

Our Rep teams play in the extremely competitive Toronto and York-Simcoe loops.  Leaside has won numerous City Championships in recent years, including both the 2017 Minor Mosquito AAA and 2017 Peewee AAA crowns.

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Tryouts for the 2019 baseball season are around the corner!

Our open Elite, Rep and Select tryouts for the 2019 season have now been scheduled.  Players of all levels of experience are invited to register and join us this August and September.

Does your child love baseball and is born in 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013?

Come to our Rep and Select Rookieball Info Night to learn more about Leaside Baseball's advanced programming for our youngest players!

We will discuss player qualifications, development philosophy and approach, and a season overview as it relates to practice and game scheduling. The event will be run by Jesse Harrison, Leaside's Director of Coaching and Development, and several Rookieball coaches will be in attendance to answer your questions.

The Rookieball and Rookieball Development Program is for players with birth years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The event is Monday, August 20th at 8PM at Originals on Bayview, upstairs. Please RSVP by registering here.

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LEASIDE LEAFS 2019 REP TEAMS

Midget AA | 2001/02/03 birth year | 18U

  • Head Coach: Mike Morin | mike.morin@gwlra.com | 647- 309-0690

Bantam AA | 2004 birth year | 15U

  • Head Coach: Steve MacKinnon | steve.mackinnon@randstad.ca | 416-417-2714

Minor Bantam AAA | 2005 birth year | 14U

  • Head Coach: Lee Mosbaugh | leemosbaugh@live.ca | 647- 381-1632

Minor Bantam AA | 2005 birth year | 14U

  • Head Coach: Henry Dennis | henrydennis7@hotmail.com | 416-428-5247
  • Manager: Jeff Goldenthal | jgoldenthal@wvllp.ca | 416-254-0818

Peewee AAA | 2006 birth year | 13U

  • Head Coach: Casey Walsh | walsh@arenacap.com | 416- 528-5568

Peewee AA | 2006 birth year | 13U

  • Head Coach: John Yorke | johny@rain43.com | 416-277-4013

Minor Peewee AAA | 2007 birth year | 12U

  • Head Coach: John Watt | john.watt@gmail.com | 416-315-7409

Minor Peewee AA | 2007 birth year | 12U

  • Head Coach: Jim Georgiadis | jgeorgiadis@hotmail.com | 416- 520-9056

Mosquito AAA | 2008 birth year | 11U

  • Head Coach: Noah Koffman | noahkoffman@gmail.com | 647-308-0216

Mosquito AA | 2008 birth year | 11U

  • Head Coach: Adam Koffman | koffeetime47@gmail.com | 647-969-0216

Minor Mosquito AAA | 2009 birth year | 10U

  • Head Coach: Cameron Steinman | cameron.steinman@gmail.com | 416-670-5363

Minor Mosquito AA | 2009 birth year | 10U

  • Head Coach: Shady Ashamalla | shadyashamalla@gmail.com | 416-669-8596

Rookieball AAA | 2010 birth year | 9U

  • Head Coach: Jeff Wolburgh | jeff@beartradecorp.com | 416- 317-1513

Rookieball AA | 2010 birth year | 9U

  • Head Coach: Dan Cohen | dancohen@rogers.com | 416- 998-2900

Minor Rookieball AAA | 2011 birth year | 8U

  • Head Coach: Neal Prabhu | nsparch@rogers.com | 647-302-6523

Minor Rookieball AA | 2011 birth year | 8U

  • Head Coach: TBD
  • Head Instructor: Franklin Perez | jnpm03@yahoo.com | 416-451-3016
  • Team Coordinator: Jesse Harrison | jesse.w.harrison@gmail.com | 647-272-8302

Jr. Minor Rookieball “A Team” | 2012 birth year | 7U

  • Co-Head Coach: Matthew Leverty | matthewleverty@gmail.com | 416-399-9050
  • Co-Head Coach: Geoff Lamb | geoffreylamb@hotmail.com | 416-209-4521

Jr. Minor Rookieball “B Team” | 2012 birth year | 7U

  • Head Coach: TBD
  • Team Coordinator: Jesse Harrison | jesse.w.harrison@gmail.com | 647-272-8302

Jr. Development Team | 2013 birth year | 6U

  • Head Coach: TBD
  • Team Coordinator: Jesse Harrison | jesse.w.harrison@gmail.com | 647-272-8302

Leaside Baseball Three-peat!

By leasidebaseball | August 28, 2018

The Leaside Mosquito AAA Leafs Baseball team won the 2018 TBA Championship, defeating Etobicoke in a 3 hour, extra innings thriller.  It was the third consecutive TBA championship for this team, with victories also coming in 2016 and 2017. In this year’s final, Leaside was down 7-1 after 2 innings, but battled back and were…

Leaside Rookie AA Team Wins TBAs!

By leasidebaseball | August 19, 2018

After an undefeated regular season, the Leaside Leafs AA Rookieball squad cruised into the playoffs looking to carry on their winning ways. But standing between them and their coveted city championship was the tough competition of the East York Bulldogs. With the finals being a best of 3 series to decide the TBAs, Leaside came…

ABOUT LEASIDE LEAFS REP BASEBALL

Q: What is Rep baseball?

A: Rep baseball is the top level of baseball competition and commitment in Ontario.  Rep baseball is further sub-divided into three tiers, “AAA”, “AA” and “A”, with “AAA” generally representing the highest level of competition in Rep baseball.

Elite baseball is another level of competition above AAA Rep baseball and is reserved for the 15U age group and above.

Q: What is the official season for Rep baseball?

A: The Rep regular season typically starts the first week of May and ends on or before Labour Day Monday.  There are typically 18-24 regular season games (split evenly between home and away) as well as a small handful of exhibition games.  Additionally, Rep teams play between four and six weekend tournaments during the season (including the TBA playoffs in mid-to-late-August and the OBA playoffs on Labour Day weekend).  Additionally, Rep teams practice twice per week.

Rep teams typically play any day of the week.  Leaside’s home games are normally heavily weighted towards Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

About half of all tournaments are travel tournaments, requiring overnight hotel stays for the team players and families.

Q: Where will we play in the summer?

A: The Leaside Leafs try our very best to have home games as close to the community as we can.  However, due to the incredible interest in the Rep and Select programs we are forced to have home fields spread from within Leaside to the Beaches to north of the 401.  We are doing our best consolidate our home field permits closer to Leaside.

Rep teams normally participate in the Toronto Baseball Association (“TBA”) or an interlocked league with the TBA and the York Simcoe Baseball Association (“YSBA”), depending on the age group and level.  In either case, Rep families should be prepared to play away games as far north as Barrie and as far east as Oshawa.

Our practice fields are typically within or closer to Leaside than game fields as they do not require the same standard of upkeep and facilites.  Almost all practice fields are inside Leaside or within a 15 minute drive from Leaside.

Q: What is the commitment required for Rep baseball in the winter?

A: All Rep teams train in the winter.  Depending on the head coach’s discretion, informal training can start in mid-October.  In all cases regular weekly training starts at the beginning of January.

Teams typically train in the winter in local school gyms, as well as turfed sports domes and batting cages around Toronto

Q: My child plays other competitive sports, such as skiing and hockey. Is this a problem?  What is the expectation on commitment to the team?

A: We understand that young athletes are often involved in other sports. In fact, we encourage participation in other sports as it provides cross-training benefits and mitigate mental and physical burn-out.   Through the winter, we ask that players attend as many of the baseball practices as they can. If players have a regular conflict with winter sports they can consider going to another Leaside team’s non-conflicting practice during the winter.

However, starting April 1, we ask that baseball becomes the priority sport. If players are absent from many games or practices they are letting the team down, they are not developing as baseball players and they are filling a spot on the team that could have been given to another player.  So we ask that only players and families that can make the commitment join these teams.

Generally, starting April 1, coaches expect players to attend at least 80% of all games and practices.  Coaches will set their own guidelines for attendance in the winter based on team philosophy and individual player circumstances.

Q: Is there any break from baseball during the summer? What if we want to go on vacation, to the cottage or away to camp?

A: Many teams take a two week break from all games and practices.  This is called the “blackout period” and its dates are determined by the coaching staff.  Speak with the coach to detemine if this is a practice that they employ.  Players and families can use this time as they wish.  We do ask that players and families avoid travelling in the two weeks leading up to the major end-of-season’s playoffs (i.e. TBA championships, OBA championships, and the Elimination tournament).

Q: What are team fees?

A: Team fees can vary considerably based on two factors: (1) the frequency and quality of winter training facilities selected by the team and (2) the amount of professional and/or semi-professional coaching and instruction the team elects to use.  In most cases the fee ranges are as follows:

Rep teams: $1,400 to $1,800

These fees do not include the cost of player’s individual equipment (e.g. baseball glove, cleats), player uniforms and cost of travel.

Q: What equipment does a player need?

A: A player requires the following personal equipment: uniform (fitting and ordering coordinated by the team in the winter), cleats, sliding shorts or jock/jill with cup, baseball glove, batting helmet (some teams provide this), baseball bag (some teams has standardized), bat (most teams provide this).

Q: How many players are on a team?

A: Generally rosters range from 12 to 14 players between Jr. Minor Rookieball and Minor Bantam.

When a Rep team is short players for a game they may “call-up” a player from Rep team in the age group younger or the Rep or Select tier lower.

Q: I don’t really know what level of play my child can play.  Which tryout should we come to?

AOur recommendation is that if you are not sure of your child’s level of play that you come to the first Rep AAA tryout.  There will be players of many skill and experience levels at that first tryout.  From there parents, players and coaches can make a determination of their comfort level and assess if they should proceed with the Rep AAA tryout path or skip to the first Rep AA or Select tryout.

It is most common that a player with no prior baseball experience above House League, and no supplemental training (such as baseball camp) is ultimately most appropriate for the Select or Rep AA tryout.  Having said this, there are several examples in the younger age groups of special players jumping straight from House League to Rep AAA.

Q: What if I played for a Rep or Select team in a different association last year?

A: If the last Rep or Select baseball that a player played was outside of the Leaside Baseball Association, they player no longer need to produce a release document from their prior association before participating in Leaside Leafs tryouts.  Having said this, should they be offered a roster spot on a Leaside Leafs team they are required to produce a release from their prior association before joining.

Q: Can girls play on the Leaside Leafs?

A: Absolutely!  Some of the finest baseball players in the Leaside Leafs Rep and Select program are girls.

Q: How will I know if my child made or didn’t make a team?

A: Not all players that try out will make a Leaside Leafs Select team.  Within the week following a team’s final tryout the head coach will send an email to the player’s family indicating that the player has made the team, has not made the team, or has not yet made the team but is still being considered.  Many times notice comes much sooner than that.

If a player finds out that they have not made a Leaside Leafs Select team they are invited to participate in the Leaside House League in the spring as well as tryout for a Leaside Leafs Select team next year.  We also encourage kids with a passion for baseball to consider the summer Leaside Baseball Camp and the fall and winter Leaside Baseball Clinics, which has proven to be a highly effective training environment for Rep and Select players.

Q: What is the Jr. Minor Rookieball and Jr. Development programs?

A: The Toronto Baseball Association does not have dedicated competitve baseball leagues for children turning ages 6 and 7.  As such, the Leaside Baseball Association has developed a unique program for highly engaged and exceptional young players to experience Rep baseball instruction and team comradery.  We offer three "underage" teams:

  • Jr. Minor Rookieball “A Team” for kids turning 7 years old | competes in the Rookieball 9U Toronto East Select loop
  • Jr. Minor Rookieball “B Team” for kids turning 7 years old | competes in the Rookieball 9U Leaside House League loop
  • Jr. Development Team for kids turning 6 years old | competes in the Jr. Rookieball 8U Leaside House League loop

All three levels give children the experience of winter training, weekly or twice-weekly practices, tenured instructors and advanced competition.  All three levels use pitching machines set to 30 to 35 mph.

These teams typically graduate into the Toronto Baseball Association AAA and AA Minor Rookieball Rep leagues once they reach age 8.

Tryouts for these teams occur in September of the prior year, however players may also be selected from the the Leaside Fall and Winter Development Clinics.