Welcome to the Leaside Baseball Elite Camp

TalbotPark

About the Leaside Elite Baseball Camp

Great Person. Great Athlete. Great Player. 

The Leaside Baseball Elite Camp helps baseball players take their game to the next level.

The Leaside Baseball Elite Camp instruction is built for players looking for additional specialty training to sharpen their skills and get extra practice time. The instructional program is designed to develop individual hitting, pitching and fielding skills, as well as strength and general conditioning.  Additionally, the program promotes holistic development, good sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and respect for opponents.

Our seasoned instructional team is University and Elite Coaches and Players who have trained hundreds of players to be competitive on the field, and help them aspire to reach their full potential.

The camp is open to boys and girls that are on either Elite, Rep, or Select baseball teams, ages 12 to 16 years old.

If you are over the age of 16 and are interested in our programming, there may be opportunities for you to be a counsellor-in- training (CIT).  Please contact us at camp@leasidebaseball.com if you are interested.

The Elite Camp operates weekly throughout the summer at Howard Talbot Park near Eglinton and Bayview Avenues in Leaside, Toronto. Hours of operation are 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 

Leaside Elite Baseball Camp Program

Camper Qualifications

Age | 12 to 16 years old during the camp

Baseball Experience | Plays on a Select, Rep, or Elite team

For these campers with advanced experience, the program is tailored to provide elite skill development through tenured instruction, high repetitions, and overall baseball immersion. It is designed to develop individual hitting, pitching and fielding skills; strength and general conditioning; as well as promote holistic development, good sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and respect for opponents.

 

Elite Camp Advantages

Specialty Baseball Instruction and Feedback

Players will be provided elite-level instruction and age-appropriate resources on technical aspects of the game. They will also receive weekly assessments at the start and end of each week.

 

Each day will feature:

  • Hitting instruction
  • Throwing instruction (focus on mechanics and arm health)
  • Introduction to elite pitching (pick-offs, off-speed pitches, strategy)
  • Fielding instruction (by position)
  • Mobility work, arm care, and agility training
  • Situational play

 

Expert Leadership and Counsellors

We have an exceptional staff of experienced current and ex-collegiate baseball instructors with specialties in every aspect of baseball.  Our staff have standard First Aid and CPR certifications and have gone through a National Background Check. Campers are grouped in a maximum of 4 campers to 1 coach ratio.

Peter Nash, Elite Camp Co-Manager and Team Week Manager, was a varsity pitcher for the University of Toronto Blues. Peter is a certified National Certified Coaching Program (NCCP) facilitator and has led more than 20 workshops on behalf of Baseball Ontario. He has also worked as a facilitator for the Jays Care Rookie League and their Reviving Inner-City (RBI) Program. Peter has extensive experience designing periodized strength, speed, throwing, hitting, skill and athletic programming.

Peter also coaches the Leaside Leafs Elite 18U team.

Graeham Luttor, Elite Camp Co-Manager, is an infielder at Midway University in Midway Kentucky. In 2018, he was named to the River States Conference First-Team All Conference Team and won Freshman of The Year. Over his past three college seasons, he has a batting average of .303 with 20 home runs and an OPS of .991.

Graeham's been a member of the Leaside Baseball community since 2017 as both a player and coach. This is his second summer working for the Elite Program and applies a lengthy and successful track record of training youth in hitting, fielding and pitching.

Graeham is also the Assistant Coach for the Leaside Leafs 15U and 10U teams.

Gabe Bourgeois, Elite Camp Junior Staff, is committed to Seneca College to study firefighting. Previously with  the Scarborough Stingers and Toronto Mets program, this speedy outfielder/infielder joined the Leaside Leafs Elite 18u program for 2019-20. He represented Canada in the 16u Oklahoma Sunbelt Classic tournament in 2018, and was a key reason the Leaside 18u program won the fall ball championship in 2019. Gabe is a humble five-tool player with potential for a strong collegiate playing career ahead of him. 

Graham Henry, Elite Camp Junior Staff, is committed to Laurier University to study Communications and Management. As the starting catcher for the Leaside Leafs Elite 18u program since his 16u year, including being an underaged back-to-back EBLO All-Star representative, 2018 TBA Champion and 2019 Fall Ball Champion, Graham knows what it takes to compete at a high level. His leadership on and off the field compliments his strong bat, blocking, receiving, and throwing skills, while his dedication to learning the game has developed him into a strong pitcher and infielder as well. Graham has helped out with younger Leaside catchers, worked at the Elite camp in 2019, and the East York camp prior; he adds valuable exposure to players’ with intro and advanced catching instruction.

Sam Brown, Elite Camp Junior Staff, is entering his final year at Leaside High School. Sam, always a stand-out Leaside player since 6u, has played a year in Leaside up since his 13u year , and will be entering his second year playing at the 18u age group in 2021. An adept infielder, he can play anywhere on the diamond with an elite glove and strong arm, complimenting an elite contact bat with ever-emerging power, showcased by his 1.024 OPS, league lead in RBIs (42), and EBLO All-Star nomination in 2019. Sam has thorough coaching experience in the Leaside Baseball Association at both the Leaside Baseball Camp & Elite Camp, Fall Outdoor and Winter Dome Clinics. A model citizen, Sam is by far the most dedicated and humble player in Leaside Baseball.

Sam Kerr, Elite Camp Junior Staff, is entering his final year at John Polyani Collegiate Institute. Same came to the Leaside Leafs Elite 17u program from the North York Blues, where he tallied 1 no-hitter and 1 one-hitter. Touching 80mph for the first time in February, Sam’s potential on the mound projects for an exciting 18u year in 2020-21. He has coached previously with True North Baseball Camp and is also a level 2 umpire. Sam’s passion for learning and dedication to training has turned out a strong leader and developing pitching specialist.

Ryan Ricci, Elite Camp Junior Staff, is entering his final year at John Polyani Collegiate Institute. A two-time EBLO All-Star, Ryan is a power-hitting catcher/corner infielder for the Leaside Leafs Elite 17u team. Ryan projects to be a top hitter in the league after posting a 1.114 OPS in 2019; in fact, as a 16u call-up for a game with the 18u program in the Elimination tournament, Ryan’s single at-bat was a no-doubt home run off a top 18u pitcher. In addition to helping facilitate tryouts for younger Leaside teams, Ryan and his dad (Claudio) have been a staple presence in field maintenance at Talbot Park, demonstrating Ryan’s exemplary character off the field.

Peter
Graeham

Typical Elite Camp Schedule

Camp Weeks

The Camp operates over the following weeks, and will be open on holidays where applicable:

  1. Week of June 29 (Cancelled for 2020)
  2. Week of July 6
  3. Week of July 13
  4. Week of July 20
  5. Week of July 27
  6. Week of August 3 (reduced rate as closed for Civic Day)
  7. Week of August 10
  8. Week of August 17
  9. Week of August 24

 

Daily Schedule

 
12:45 PM Camper Check-In
1:00 PM Baseball-Specific Warm-Up
1:20 PM Skills Development Stations (Daily Hitting & Pitching, Mix of Infield/Outfield/Catcher training)
3:20 PM Situational training
3:50 PM Pack up & field repair
4:00 PM Campers Leave

* Additional private/small-group catcher training available by request

 

Leaside Elite Baseball Camp Fees

Camp Fees

As Leaside Baseball is a non-profit, programming is free of HST charges.

 

 
Elite Camp
Weekly $270
Full Summer $1,500

Camp Fee Savings

Early Bird Discount

Benefit from a 10% discount on the camp fee when you register for the camp between February 11th and March 6th. The discount does not apply to the Lunch Program and After Care.

 

Multi-Week Discount

Benefit from a 5% discount from the camp fee for each additional week you register for. The discount does not apply to the Lunch Program and After Care.

 

Financial Assistance

The Leaside Baseball Association provides an opportunity for players in Leaside and the surrounding community to develop their skills and passion for baseball by offering a wide spectrum of quality baseball instruction and programming.

To make this more feasible for youth who otherwise wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sport, we are proud to offer the Leaside Baseball Play Ball Financial Assistance Program. Leaside Baseball is committed to an equitable baseball experience for all of our families. For more information, click here.

 

Located at Talbot Park, in the Heart of Leaside

We are located at Howard Talbot Park in Toronto, the home of the Leaside Baseball Association and the Leaside Leafs! The field is southeast of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East. Located next to Leaside High School. 

Campers are to enter and exit the camp facilities through the Donegall Drive/ Fleming Crescent entrance.

The Elite Baseball Camp is located on the west diamond at Talbot Park.

 

Preparing for Camp Week

What Campers Should Bring

  • Comfortable athletic outdoor clothing (i.e. shorts and tee-shirt)
  • Baseball glove
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water or sports drink with refillable water bottle
  • At least 2L of water (there is a water fountain and a hydration station; however, it is recommended campers have their own water bottle, labeled with their name)
  • Baseball bag or knapsack
  • Athletic sunglasses
  • Jock or jill
  • Cleats, batting gloves, bat, and helmet 

 

Relevant Health Information

If you have any health information that impacts your child’s ability to participate in the drills and activities in any way, please let us know so we can do what is necessary to accommodate them during their time with us. Any medication to be administered during the camp day is to be provided to the Camp Director or Administrative Manager with instructions.

 

Weather-Ready

Rain Day Activities

As the transmission of COVID-19 is greater when inside, we will reduce the opportunity and need to be inside as much as possible.

If it is raining before the start of camp and is expected to last for the duration of the day camp will be canceled. Parents will be sent a communication via WhatsApp only the morning of.

If it is raining before the start of camp and is NOT expected to last for the duration of the day, the camp will be open. Parents will be sent a communication via WhatsApp only the morning of and can send their campers as they wish. Late arrivals will be directed to call the designated staff to meet them at the camp entrance for the check-in process.

If it is NOT raining before the start of camp BUT interrupts the camp activities, campers will seek shelter in their respective group tents. If the rain lasts longer than 1 hour, the camp will be canceled. Parents will be sent a communication to collect their camper.
Please note refunds will not be available for weather cancellations.

 

Hot Day Relief

We take the dangers of overexposure to the sun very seriously. We will provide breaks throughout the day for shade, water refills, and sunscreen application, and the campers will also get to cool off at the nearby splash pad or set up a slip ‘n slide. Campers can also cool down with drinks, freezies and other treats at our Snack Bar.

 

Cancellation Policy

We have revised our cancellation policy to accommodate the range of situations our families are being challenged to endure during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • If you feel under no circumstance you want to send your child(ren) to Leaside Baseball camp this summer, please notify us by July 1st by sending an email to camp@leasidebaseball.com  with your requested compensation of 1) a full refund, 2) credit for future Leaside Baseball Programming, or 3) the option to donate your fees to the Leaside Baseball Playball Financial Assistance Program.
  • If cancellations are requested after July 1st, a refund or credit is not available. However, if you need to cancel due to health-related reasons, we will provide you with a credit to be valid for one calendar year and applicable to Leaside Baseball house league, camps or clinics.

In the event we are unable to run our summer camp due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be provided the same refund, credit or donation options.

 

Questions?

Need to learn more to see if our camp is right for your child? Please email us at programs@leasidebaseball.com and we would be pleased to answer all your questions.