Welcome to the Leaside Baseball Summer Camp!

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Registration for Summer 2021 Camp is Open!

Leaside Baseball Summer Camp 2021 Update

Building from the success and safe delivery of the 2020 summer camp, we look forward to our campers having a fun experience with fellow campers and our exceptional staff again in 2021.

 

About Leaside Baseball Camp

Great Person. Great Athlete. Great Player. 

The Leaside Baseball Summer Camp helps kids learn, practice, and improve their baseball skills and enthusiasm for the sport in a friendly, safe, and encouraging environment. Open to boys and girls, ages 5 to 16 years old, we offer programs that will allow your camper’s baseball skill and passion to grow with them.

Our energetic coaches and instructors cover the fundamentals of baseball — throwing, fielding, and hitting — through a combination of drills, competitions, and games that emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play.

Safety First | COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place, like physical distancing, health assessment checks, mask-wearing when necessary, and sanitizing stations with scheduled application breaks.

Emphasis on Life Skills | Encouraging teamwork, sportsmanship, and stepping outside your comfort zone.

Specialized Baseball Development | Campers are grouped by age (Minor, Major, Elite) and skill to encourage their growth and passion for baseball through customized instruction.

Learning Through FUN | Camper groups are limited to 8 with dedicated counsellors to offer a safe and personal experience.

Flexible Schedule Options | Full day, morning only, and unlimited Summer options are available.

Exceptional Counsellors | Our energetic and professional male and female counsellors have years of experience working with youth, and a number of them are coaches and players with the Leaside Baseball Association. We look forward to introducing you to our new counsellors as well as welcoming back favourites from last summer.

The Leaside Baseball Camp operates weekly throughout the summer at Howard Talbot Park near Eglinton and Bayview Avenues in Leaside, Toronto.

Hours of operation are 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

 

Ready with COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

As we prepare for our 2021 summer camp session, we are proceeding on the basis the Leaside Baseball Camp will need to operate in accordance with, and subject to, provincial and municipal COVID-19 requirements and guidelines similar to that of our 2020 session. As such, we will continue to follow policies and recommendations built off of the “COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps” document from the Provincial Ministry of Health prepared in 2020 and will revise this as 2021 information is released.

We ask that all parents read the Leaside Baseball Summer Camp COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines for Minor and Major League camp or for the Elite camp. The key points are:

  • Parents will be required to complete a daily health assessment form on behalf of their camper(s) and monitor their temperature being taken before admittance into the camp facilities.
  • Campers will be in groups of 8 and assigned 2 staff for the duration of the week with dedicated equipment. Group programming and activities, as well as their breaks, will be staggered to meet physical distancing requirements.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced across the entire camp as well as within each group. Where it can’t be maintained, campers and staff will be instructed to wear their masks. 
  • Parents/ guardians are required to wear a mask when dropping off and picking up their campers. 
  • Campers are required to wear a mask when being dropped off and when gathering in their groups. If during camp programming physical distancing measures are not possible, they will be directed to wear it then as well.
  • A strict “no sharing” rule will apply to water bottles, food, clothing, equipment, and rides to and from camp 
  • Personal hygiene breaks to wash and sanitize hands will occur at least five (5) times during the day.
  • Camp will be canceled due to inclement weather, as we do not have access to indoor facilities. Families will be notified by email.
  • Parents need to be prepared to collect their camper(s) within 1 hour of being contacted due to illness or weather-related cancellation.
  • We will not be offering a lunch or after-care program this year.

 

Leaside Baseball Camp Programs

Leaside Baseball Summer Camp will offer three camp programs based on age and baseball experience to better customize the experience for your child. Whether campers want to learn how to field a ground ball, run the bases, or hit a homerun, our experienced staff will help them reach their goals.

If after reading the descriptions below, you’re still unsure of the right option for your child, e-mail us at programs@leasidebaseball.com.

The Minor Leagues

Age | 5 to 8 years old during the camp

Baseball Experience | May play in House League but does not play on a Select or Rep team

The Minor League program is for kids who are trying baseball for the first time or who are still new to the sport. They may be a new camper or returning camper, and may play in House League, but they don’t play on a team (Select, or Rep). Players on the Leaside Baseball 6U Team can register for this camp. Players in the TBall and Coach Pitch House Leagues can register for this camp.

The emphasis is on fun, so this is a great option for kids new to baseball camp, or any kind of summer day camp. Baseball fundamentals will be introduced and reinforced but blended with general camp games and activities.

The baseball programming will include activities and light drills (including the use of wiffle balls) built around throwing, catching, and running the bases - the essential skills that every baseball player needs to succeed. Each day will also include non-baseball fun games and water activities. Campers in this group will receive a progress report at the end of the week.

The Major Leagues

Age | 7 to 13 years old during the camp

Baseball Experience | May play in House League or on a Select or Rep team

The Major League program is best for new or returning campers and who may have experience playing on a House League, Select or Rep team, and want to take their game to the next level.

The program’s specialty instruction will build from the basics to provide enhanced offensive and defensive skill development as well as an in-depth understanding of the sport’s rules and nuances. Campers will be grouped by age and skill level and the day will be full of high repetition and overall baseball immersion and will end with a friendly competitive game for the campers to have fun and practice their talent.

Elite

Ages | 13 to 16 years old during the camp

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

The Elite Camp is for Select, Rep, and Elite players  Rep or Select, LBA, or other, only.

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.

For more information about the Elite Baseball Camp and its programming, click here.

 

Leaside Baseball Camp Advantages

Counsellors  + Programs

Expert Leadership and Counsellors

We have an exceptional staff of elite and university baseball players, professional coaches, and experienced counselors to teach and mentor your children. Campers are grouped in a 1:5 coach-to-camper ratio. All staff is Standard First Aid- and CPR-certified, and have gone through a National Background Check.

We have been extremely choosy in selecting our counselors for maximum creativity and enthusiasm, so they will make a positive impact on your child in a supportive and safe environment.

 

Programming that Fits the Camper

Our goal is to ensure your child has a positive experience at camp and develops the baseball skills to reach their athletic and sportsmanship goals. Our instruction and activities have been prepared to meet the developmental stages of our camper age and experience groups.

 

Progress Reports

At the end of the week, Minor League campers will receive a progress report on sportsmanship and the five development levels.

 

Additional Services

After Care

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the After Care program will be canceled until further notice."

Standard hours for the camp are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. All campers must be picked up by 4:00 pm as the camp staff leave for the day and Talbot Park is used by competitive teams.

 

Lunch Program

Due to the extensive health and safety measures associated with COVID-91, we have cancelled the catered lunch program. Please bring nut-free snacks and lunch in containers that can be returned at the end of the day.

 

Weather-Ready

Rain Day Activities

A summer sprinkle certainly won’t ruin a camp day, but if the weather is stronger than that, we may need to cancel.

  • 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 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 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. 

 

Leaside Baseball Camp Schedule

The camp operates over the following weeks from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The camp will be closed on the August holiday so a pro-rated fee is applicable.

  1. Week 1 (July 5 to 9)
  2. Week 2 (July 12 to 16)
  3. Week 3 (July 19 to 23)
  4. Week 4 (July 26 to 30)
  5. Week 5 (August 3 to 6) *reduced rate as closed for Aug 2, Civic Day*
  6. Week 6 (August 9 to 13)
  7. Week 7 (August 16 to 20)
  8. Week 8 (August 23 to 27)

 

A Typical Leaside Baseball Camp Day

Minor and Major Leagues

TimeActivity
8:30 AMCamper Arrival, Warm-up and Get Ready for the Day
9:00 to 11:30 AMSkills Development (Varies from day to day), Shade and Water Break
NoonLunch, then Running Bases
1:00 PMSkills Development (Varies from day to day), Shade and Water Break
2:30 PMGame
4:00 PMCamper Pick-Up

Elite 

For Elite Camp schedule information click here.

 

Leaside Baseball Camp Fees

Various options are provided to fit your schedule and your child’s programming wishes. As Leaside Baseball is a non-profit, programming is free of HST charges.

 Minor and Major League

Full Day
Minor and Major League

Half Day
Elite

Half Day
One Week$375$225$280
Multiple Week Discount5%5%5%
Full Summer$2,000$1,200$1,500

Camp Fee Discounts

 

Multi-Week Discount

Benefit from a 5% discount from the camp fee for each additional week you register for.

 

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, the drive-up entrance is located off Parklea Drive.

 

Preparing for Camp Week

What Campers Should Bring

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

We ask campers not to bring their own bat to avoid the risk of it getting mixed up with the camp’s equipment. Also, note we are an electronic device-free camp. If campers need to be reached, please call or text the Camp Director at 647-381-1632.

 

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.

 

Our Staff for Summer 2021

Lee Mosbaugh, Camp Director

Baseball is Lee’s driving passion and Leaside Baseball Camp is truly his home away from home! Lee has played baseball for over 20 years at the Rep, Elite, and Collegiate levels where he learned from many of Canada’s top coaches and baseball minds. He's a graduate of the Sport Management Program at Humber College. Lee brings a fun and enthusiastic attitude to the ballpark every day, with the hope to continue to inspire a love for the game! This is Lee’s 4th year as Camp Director and his 9th year with the camp! He also is the Head Coach of the Leaside Leafs 15U team.

 

Lexi Rumer, Camp Administrator

Lexi is the program administrator for the Leaside Baseball community and this is her third year helping manage the camp! She runs all the parts of the camp that keep it moving smoothly - registration, pick up, drop off, camper health, and parent inquires. She is a Leaside local and a recent Western graduate. Lexi is extremely excited for another great summer at the Leaside Baseball Camp!

 

Parker Allen, Camp Manager

Parker has played competitive baseball with Leaside for almost 10 years and has experience as a player, camper (since he was 6!), coach, field maintenance manager, and House League Manager! He's been a camp counselor for the last 5 years. Parker loves sharing his passion for baseball with everyone at the camp and is always happy to go the extra mile for his campers and peers.

 

Matthew Policicchio, Camp Manager

Matthew has been part of the Leaside baseball community for over 13 years as a player, camper, coach, field maintenance manager, and House League Manager. He's been a camp counselor for the last 7 years. Through all of his experiences, he's acquired a ton of skill-sharpening baseball knowledge to mentor the future generation of athletes in Leaside!

 

Henry Kellen, Senior Staff

Henry is actively involved in the Leaside Baseball community in a variety of ways! He plays on the Leaside U18 Elite team, he’s our Chief Umpire, assistant coach for the Leaside U15 Elite team, and is coming on his 10th year since first coming to the Summer Camp as a kid. Through these experiences, Henry has developed a plethora of baseball knowledge and more importantly, hopes to make sure every camper leaves at the end of the day happier than when they arrived!

 

Cancellation Policy

In the event you need to cancel the camper’s registration, a refund or credit may be available. The Leaside Baseball Association reserves the right to grant exceptions to the policy stated below.

If written cancellation notice is made by May 1st, a refund is available. Eligible refunds will be issued in the format the registration fee was paid and are subject to a $25 administrative fee (per session/per player) deducted from the total allowable refund. Refunds may take 4 to 6 weeks for processing.

If written cancellation notice is made by June 1st, a credit is available. Credits are valid for one calendar year and may only be applied to Leaside Baseball house leagues, camps or clinics.

If the written cancellation notice is made on or after June 1st, neither a refund or credit is 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 the 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 a full refund.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email programs@leasidebaseball.com.