The minor baseball programs of Midland-Penetang, Orillia and Muskoka are joining forces to offer elite baseball locally. Starting in the fall of 2022, the Northern Elite Osprey will join the Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO), Baseball Ontario’s highest level of competition, with a 15U team. Over the following two years, the program plans to add 16U and 18U teams and expects that the Osprey teams will be made up primarily of the top-level players from each of the three local, community programs.
“A few years ago, we were able to offer elite baseball for our 2000 age group in Muskoka and 11 players from that team went on to play post secondary baseball. With the Osprey operating locally, we know from experience that the program will help to send several of our players to post-secondary baseball in the future ” said Peter Haynes, President of the Muskoka Hornets.
The Board of the Osprey will be made up initially of two executives from each of the three sponsor organizations. Haynes will take on the position of President initially and the organization will be looking for additional executives and volunteers over time.
The Osprey will form its first 15U team in the fall of 2022 and play home games in each of the three communities. The teams will practice during the winter at the Orillia indoor baseball training facility and Osprey executives expect to tap local baseball alumni to assist in player development and training.
The Osprey plan to host talent assessment clinics in the fall of 2021. The first 15U team will be for players born in the year 2008. In order to ensure that players remain local up until 15U, the program will only add underage players on an exceptional basis.
Please contact David Gemmell, Director of Player Development, at [email protected] if your son or daughter is interested in being considered for a spot on the 2023 team or if you are interested in coaching in the program.
You can fin out more at www.ospreybaseball.ca
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