Welcome to the Leaside Baseball Summer Camp

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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.

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 with After Care and Lunch Programs available.

 

Ready with COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Leaside Baseball Camp will operate in accordance with, and subject to, all provincial and municipal COVID-19 requirements and guidelines. Additionally, we have developed a set of policies and recommendations built off of the “COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps” document from the Provincial Ministry of Health to increase the health and safety of our campers.

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. 
  • Campers are to bring a mask and they will be directed to wear it if, when and where physical distancing measures are not possible.
  • 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 an after-care program this year.

We appreciate your understanding that, while camp will look a little different this year, it will still be great.

 

NEW for 2020!

In our commitment to provide quality baseball instruction and programming, and with your feedback from last year's Summer Camp Survey, we are pleased to announce many enhancements to our 2020 Summer Camp.

Improved programming to better fit your child's age and baseball experience.

Our baseball programs have been rebuilt to provide instruction and daily activities that cater to the age and experience of the camper. Campers will be part of the Minor, Major, or Elite leagues with activities and instruction to give them their ideal experience at the Camp.

We want parents to love us too!

We have a new and (very much) improved registration process.

Register for camp before March 6th and get a 10% Early Bird Discount.

Get an additional 5% Discount when you purchase multiple weeks for each camper.

 

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 camp@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 | 12 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 for the 2020 summer season.

Standard hours for the camp are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. All campers must be picked up by 4:30 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 canceled the catered lunch program. Please bring nut-free snacks and lunch in containers that can be returned at the end of the day.

 

Leaside Swag

We have all the special gear for your camper to be wearing “Leaside Baseball” 24/ 7! Visit our online store and make your purchase by March 25th to get delivery in time for summer camp!

Leaside Baseball has partnered with Millwood Outfitters, a proud Leaside company, to bring you top quality t-shirts, sweatshirts, and cap.  A sizing chart is provided. Delivery or pick-up options are available. If you have any questions, please email support@millwoodoutfitters.com

Click Here to Shop

 

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 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. Campers can also cool down with drinks, freezes, and other treats at our Snack Bar. 

 

Leaside Baseball Camp Schedule

The camp operates over the following weeks from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM with After Care available to 5:00 PM. The camp will be closed on the July and August holidays so a pro-rated fee is applicable.

  1. Week of June 29 (CANCELLED DUE TO ONTARIO GOV'T EMERGENCY COVID MEASURES) 
  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

 

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
5:00 PMAfter Care Camper 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$365$220$270
Multiple Week Discount5%5%5%
Full Summer$2,000$1,200$1,500

Camp Fee Discounts

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, 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 Counselors

Lee Mosbaugh, Camp Director

Baseball is Lee’s driving passion and Leaside Baseball Camp is truly his home away from home! Lee's 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 3rd year as Camp Director and his 8th year with the camp! He also is Head Coach of the Leaside Leafs 15U team.

Lexi Rumer, Camp Administrator

This is Lexi’s second year at the Leaside Baseball Camp as our administrative manager. She runs all the parts of the camp to that keep it running smoothly - registration, pick up, drop off, camper health, and parent inquires. She's a Leaside local and a recent Western graduate. Lexi is extremely excited for another great summer at the Leaside Baseball Camp!

Peter Nash, Elite Camp and TeamWeek Manager

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 Manager

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

Matthew Policicchio, Senior Counselor

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!

Parker Allen, Senior Counselor

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.

 

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 camp@leasidebaseball.com and we would be pleased to answer all of your questions.

If you have registered for the camp and need to make any changes, please email us at camp@leasidebaseball.com.