The Leaside Elite baseball program provides top-tier instruction, development and exposure to assist athletes in their pursuit of college or university baseball.
The Leaside Leafs Elite program has successful teams at the 15U through to 18U age levels, including the 2018 18U City Champions and 2019 16u and 18u Fall Ball Tournament Champions. The program is designed to support top-tier athletes that may have college, university, multi-sport and/or high academic aspirations in a successful and welcoming team environment.
New for 2020-21: Leaside Elite will have access to its own Rapsodo unit and high-speed camera for premium pitch design and analyses.
New for 2020-21 off-season: Leaside’s 15u and 16u teams will be training at a new high-performance facility in Leaside, GRIT Athletics Toronto featuring Rapsodo, HitTrax, strength training equipment, strength programming run by Dan Noble (Trainer for Mitch Marner) and Troy Kulusakere (CSCS), and pitching/hitting instruction run by Driveline-Certified Instructors.
LEASIDE LEAFS 2021 ELITE TEAMS
18U Elite | 2003 birth year | 18U
- Head Coach: Eric Stickney | (647) 338-3596
17U Elite | 2004 birth year | 17U
- Head Coach: Frank Salerno | (647) 878-7691 | firstname.lastname@example.org
16U Elite | 2005 birth year | 16U
- Head Coach: Lee Mosbaugh | (647) 381-1632 | email@example.com
15U Elite | 2006 birth year | 15U
- Head Coach: Peter Nash | (905) 706-0802 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LEASIDE LEAFS ELITE BASEBALL OFFICIAL PARTNERS
StudySpot provides Academic Coaching support to high school students. Ideal for athletes who aspire to University sports and recognize the importance of strong marks to attain athletic scholarships. Since 1999, we have helped students achieve their academic goals. Studyspot will be offering an exclusive discount to players in Leaside’s elite program.
Unlocked Fitness and Nutrition offers 12-week athletic performance packages which include an initial consultation (video call), weekly communication and progress tracking, and education on how to ensure your results are sustainable with your lifestyle and values in mind. You always have access to a registered dietitian and nutritionist whenever you need them. Each week is aimed to take your nutrition up one level at a time to accelerate you towards your goals. The initial consultation is free until you decide to move forward with a plan and the remaining 12 weeks. Unlocked will be offering an exclusive discount to players in Leaside’s Elite program.
Unlocked is led by: Eric Williamson, MSc, PhD (C), Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Nutrition Coach for the Oshawa Generals
Leaside Baseball is hosting the 2019 Baseball Ontario 15U “AAA” Playoff Tournament from Friday August 30 to Monday September 2. Games are played at Howard Talbot Park and Bond Park. Follow all of the game results here!
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ABOUT LEASIDE LEAFS ELITE BASEBALL
Q: What is Elite baseball?
A: Elite baseball is the top level of baseball competition and commitment facilitated by Baseball Ontario between the ages of 15U and 18U. The Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO) runs a 20+ game regular season for teams from across the GTA and beyond (Sudbury, Peterborough, Ottawa, Kitchener, etc). It features an annual showcase tournament in May, and teams travel to the U.S. for 2+ showcase tournaments each year. For more information, see the EBLO's website, Elite info page, and powerpoint on Elite Baseball in Ontario and moving to collegiate baseball.
Q: What is the difference between Rep and Elite baseball?
A: Elite baseball features more professional training to assist players in the pursuit of baseball in higher education and post-midget levels. For example, sport nutrition for youth athletes is highly emphasized through guest lectures and resources. Academic workshops are led by StudySpot to enhance academic success of these soon-to-be student-athletes. Diligently training through a collegiate-based strength training program is expected from all elite players. In sum, the Elite program is designed to support serious players in their preparation for collegiate baseball.
Q: What is the difference between Leaside’s Elite program and the CPBL or PBLO?
A: The most prominent difference is cost; EBLO player fees generally do not exceed $4000. In addition, CPBL/PBLO teams travel the U.S. more than most EBLO teams, who require a minimum of two U.S. tournaments per year.
Q: What is the official season for Elite baseball?
A: Elite tryouts happen in mid-August. Teams have fall ball schedules consisting of a handful of games against EBLO and university opponents, along with weekly practices to prepare for at least one tournament. Summer schedules consist of 18-24 regular season games against EBLO opponents, the EBLO Showcase tournament (May), 2 U.S. Showcase tournaments, Elims or OBAs, TBAs, and 1 to 2 more Ontario tournaments. Teams have a weekly slot at Talbot Park in Leaside and periodic extra slots on weekends.
Q: Where will we play in the summer?
A: Howard Talbot Park (West diamond) is the home of the Leaside Leafs Elite program. Away games take place across the GTA and beyond. For a list of teams in divisions of the current year, see the EBLO divisions on their website.
Q: What is the commitment required for Elite baseball in the winter?
A: The Elite off-season program will have two training groups: 15U/16U and 17U/18U. The 17 and 18u teams will be training at Baseball Development Group (BDG), while the 15 and 16u teams will be training at a brand new indoor high-performance centre in Leaside, GRIT Athletics Toronto. Each group will have 2-4 sessions a week from October to April, as well as a 2-hour weekly practice on Saturdays at the Major League Sportsplex (MLS), a 70,000 sqft turf dome.
Players are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible but are expected to attend at least one session per week. Since a main emphasis of our program is academic success, it is expected that players prioritize their school first while balancing family time and non-baseball athletic commitments. We encourage participation in other sports as it provides cross-training benefits and mitigates mental and physical burn-out. However, players need to collaborate with the Elite coaches on their workout plans to ensure their optimal baseball development is maintained.
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: Elite teams have very dense summer schedules. However, team managers will work to get some weekends off, especially holiday weekends. Families should communicate with team managers about what dates of the summer are best for any larger amount of absences. It is expected that families do not book travel that conflicts with July, as most big tournaments are in July with playoff tournaments in early August.
Q: What are team fees?
A: Elite team fees range from $3,000 to $4,000.
These fees do not include the cost of the player uniforms and cost of travel.
Players can directly off-set their personal team fee by acquiring sponsorships –brochure available.
A limited number of bursaries are available for players whose financial situation would prohibit them from participating in the program. See https://www.leasidebaseball.com/play-ball-financial-assistance-scholarship/.
Q: How many players are on a team?
A: Rosters generally range from 14 to 18 players depending on many factors.
Q: What if I played for an Elite, Rep or Select team in a different association last year?
A: The EBLO has an open release policy, making geography a non-factor in eligibility.
Q: Is there a March Break trip offered?
A: Players will be able to join a showcase trip in Florida with the Leaside program or as a part of a joint group. Information will be distributed to rostered players in the fall.
Q: How do we prepare for the recruitment process to schools in the United States?
A: With an undergraduate degree, masters degree, bachelor of education and nine years of university baseball experience from the University of Toronto, 15u Head Coach Peter Nash serves as our academic advisor to help our athletes prepare for collegiate programs. An active academic coach for Studyspot Academic Coaching, Coach Nash is well-equipped and experienced at guiding academic skills, bringing a variety of curated resources and advice for young athletes. As well, players will be connected to reliable SAT preparation materials and have SAT Mock tests available by request.
Fieldlevel profiles and recruiting videos will be available for players, including pitching reports from our own Rapsodo 2.0. As well, Leaside will host annual PBR Scout Day events (2020 event date is Aug 15, 2020). Lastly, players/families can take advantage of our database of NCAA programs to explore options and have personal reports sent directly to coaches.
Q: Are there any job opportunities that Elite players are eligible for?
A: Leaside Elite players are usually great candidates to serve as guest instructors or assistant coaches on younger Leaside Rep and Select teams, earning money in the local area performing a job that they have developed sound pre-requisite skills for. Many players currently work our Leaside Baseball Camp (daytimes July - August), Winter Clinic programming (Friday and Sunday nights in the off-season), and other periodic development clinics. Other opportunities include: umpiring, field crew, website/social media assistants, and administrative assistants.
Q: Are there any sources of financial assistance?
A: A limited number of bursaries are available for players whose financial situation would prohibit them from participating in the program. See https://www.leasidebaseball.com/play-ball-financial-assistance-scholarship/.
In addition, the Elite program currently awards an annual scholarship to one graduating player on behalf of the Leaside Leafs Senior Team.
Q: Is there baseball beyond the Elite program in Leaside?
A: The LBA facilitates a strong Junior team (21U) out of Talbot Park. Many graduates of our Elite program continue playing competitive baseball with the Junior program.