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Baseball Academy | Off-Season Training

Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8

The GRIT Baseball Academy is for young athletes that are looking for a competitive and challenging training environment.  Athletes will establish a strong foundation of skills and movements while exploring advanced techniques and training methods.

The primary focuses of this program include:

  • Hitting fundamentals: building complete hitters, understanding approach, mechanics, power.
  • Develop efficient throwing/pitching mechanics
  • Strength and conditioning: Improving explosiveness, stability, and mobility
  • Arm care

 

COACHES

Rob Butler | Rob has established himself as a legendary coach in Ontario. During his playing career, Rob played professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays and won a world series with them in 1993. After his incredible baseball career, Rob began coaching. Rob has coached thousands of athletes around Ontario over the last 20 years!

Lee Mosbaugh | Lee has been playing baseball for over 20 years and has been a staple in the Leaside Baseball community as a coach and player during that time. Lee graduated from Humber College’s Sport Management program where he played 3 years with their varsity baseball program. Lee studied a range of sport business courses as well as sport psychology and exercise physiology.

Marcus Knecht | Marcus was selected in the 3rd Round in the 2010 MLB Draft by his hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to beginning this professional career, Marcus played college baseball, was on the Canadian National Baseball Team for the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship, 2011 Baseball World Cup (Canada won bronze), and the 2011 Pan American Games (Canada won gold). Marcus has turned his professional baseball career into a collection of teachings to help athletes think big, set attainable goals, remove obstacles, and carve their own path.

 

Baseball Academy | High Performance Off-Season and Pre-Season Training

Grades 9-12

The High Performance Baseball program is designed for athletes who are more than just “interested” in development – they are committed to it.

This isn’t a casual program. Athletes in this program train with intent, passion, and purpose. When everyone buys into that, it creates an environment that is positive and fun. Our goal everyday is to encourage a culture that makes development contagious

This program is a combination of high level, position specific skill work in conjunction with a structured strength and conditioning program.

Players must be at the Elite or AAA level in order to participate.

 

All athletes will partake in:

  • Athletic assessment
  • Daily movement prep
  • Hitting program
  • Throwing program
  • Strength and conditioning program

In order to truly and objectively measure athlete progress, each athlete will have a digital and physical log of all personal performance metrics.

 

Headline Coaches

Rob Butler | Rob has established himself as a legendary coach in Ontario. During his playing career, Rob played professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays and won a world series with them in 1993. After his incredible baseball career, Rob began coaching. Rob has coached thousands of athletes around Ontario over the last 20 years!

Lee Mosbaugh | Lee has been playing baseball for over 20 years and has been a staple in the Leaside Baseball community as a coach and player during that time. Lee graduated from Humber College’s Sport Management program where he played 3 years with their varsity baseball program. Lee studied a range of sport business courses as well as sport psychology and exercise physiology.

Marcus Knecht | Marcus was selected in the 3rd Round in the 2010 MLB Draft by his hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to beginning his professional career, Marcus played college baseball, was on the Canadian National Baseball Team for the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship, 2011 Baseball World Cup (where Canada won the bronze medal), and the 2011 Pan American Games (where Canada won gold). Marcus has turned his professional baseball career into a collection of teachings to help athletes think big, set attainable goals, remove obstacles, and carve their own path.

Baseball Academy | In-season Training

Grades 5-11

The GRIT Athletics philosophy is rooted in 3 principles;

  1. Build a deep passion and love for the game
  2. Develop transferable skills that grow and evolve
  3. Train with intent and purpose

At GRIT, we believe our first and foremost mission when coaching sports is to make the activity as fun as possible and to inspire a lifelong love for the game! If you don’t love what you’re doing, the chances are you’re going to quit when things get tough.

Our Junior Baseball Academy is a full year academy that offers three separate programs customized to the players needs at different times of the year.

  • Spring Training Program | March and April
  • In-season Training Program | May and June
  • Off-Season Training Program | October and November

 

The Spring Training Program includes: 

  • Driveline certified pitching and arm care instruction, including: warm-up/recovery, movement and mechanic instruction, developing movement based power and velocity
  • Driveline certified hitting power and velocity with a metric based approach to skills that scale as we focus on the mechanics and strength to achieve the singular goal of hitting: hit the ball hard in the air
  • Infielding fundamentals and mental approach to improve range, eye focus and upper and lower half speed and power

 

Athletes most suited for this level of training play at the Rep AA or AAA level.

Baseball Academy | Spring Training

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-11

The GRIT Athletics philosophy is rooted in 3 principles;

  1. Build a deep passion and love for the game
  2. Develop transferable skills that grow and evolve
  3. Train with intent and purpose

At GRIT, we believe our first and foremost mission when coaching sports is to make the activity as fun as possible and to inspire a lifelong love for the game! If you don’t love what you’re doing, the chances are you’re going to quit when things get tough.

Our Junior Baseball Academy is a full year academy that offers three separate programs customized to the players needs at different times of the year. 

  • Spring Training Program | March and April
  • In-season Training Program | May and June
  • Off-Season Training Program | October and November

 

The Spring Training Program includes: 

  • Driveline certified pitching and arm care instruction, including: warm-up/recovery, movement and mechanic instruction, developing movement based power and velocity
  • Driveline certified hitting power and velocity with a metric based approach to skills that scale as we focus on the mechanics and strength to achieve the singular goal of hitting: hit the ball hard in the air
  • Infielding fundamentals and mental approach to improve range, eye focus and upper and lower half speed and power

 

Athletes most suited for this level of training play at the Rep AA or AAA level. 

 

Spring Break Training | High Performance Clinics

Grades 4 - 12 (April Break)

High Performance Baseball Clinics

This program is designed for high performance baseball players currently playing at the Rep or Elite level who are seeking a competitive training environment to prepare for 2021 gameplay.

Less lectures, more conversations. Our coaches will offer feedback on technique and approach, but ultimately we create an environment for our athletes to be empowered to workshop amongst themselves: what they feel, what they are thinking, and where they are directing their focus when performing in game-like situations. Throughout the week, the program will include:

  • Live at bats and simulated games
  • Batting practice with overhand and soft toss
  • Throwing workouts with emphasis on arm conditioning
  • Throw bullpens with and without hitters
  • Daily strength and conditioning

In addition to the daily schedule, athletes will have the opportunity to work on their unique development skills. At the end of the clinic, the athletes will be more confident, prepared, and energized for the baseball season.

Required Skill Experience

  • For grades 4-7 (ages 10 to 13), the athlete must be playing at a Rep level (A, AA, or AAA)
  • For grades 8-12 (ages 14 to 18), the athlete must be playing at a AAA or Elite level

Coaches  

Lee Mosbaugh | Baseball Coordinator

  • Baseball Programming, GRIT Athletics Toronto
  • Director of Baseball, Leaside Baseball Association
  • Elite Head Coach, Leaside Baseball Association
  • Former OCAA baseball player, Humber Hawks

Trevor Petersen | Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • Strength and Conditioning and Hockey Coach, GRIT Athletics Toronto
  • Owner, Petersen Athletics
  • Strength and Conditioning and Hockey Coach, The Hill Academy

Baseball Foundations

Grades 3-6

GRIT Baseball Foundations focuses on building strong fundamental movement patterns, developing a thorough understanding of swing and pitch mechanics, improving body awareness, and arming athletes with strong mental skills and strategies.

The GRIT Baseball Foundations program is designed for rep, select, and competitive house league level athletes to help set them on a path to success.

Home Run Derby

Grades 3-6

Hit bombs deep into the outfield and over the fence of major league stadiums using HITTRAX technology in our home run derby. Register with your friends and compete against other hitters in GRIT’s own home run contest.

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Baseball Performance Skills Development

Visit the GRIT Coaches Page to see our roster of experienced coaches.

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