Play at Home

Player Development Program

A regional training program for all players living east of Toronto. A strong focus on skills development starting at U10/U12 with the goal to develop Tier 1 Teams at the U14, U16 & U19 age groups. And to put players on the path to high performance opportunities in softball.

Participation in the development program and partner services are open to all players living in the east. However, team rosters positions are limited and competitive.

Developing Tier 1 Teams & Players

Scholarship Program & Advisor

Following Softball Canada's Guidelines

Live in the East - Play in the West?

Play at home today! You can join our development program or one of our teams too! We'd love to have you be a part of a strong program in the East.

Player Development Roadmap

Player identification and tryouts for a U12 team start September 2020. Team will develop skills to play U14 Tier 1 when they age up.

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All players will be enrolled in an off-season regional softball skills camp where they will be introduced to age appropriate skills per Softball Canada's Athlete Development Matrix.

Regional Practices

Rostered players will develop their skills in-depth during team practices. And learn more advanced techniques as determined by their team's coach. Teams will practice multiple times per week.

Competitive Play

Teams U14 to U19 will be competing in Tier 1, with the U12 team  playing in U14 league/tournaments, in Ontario. The U14 & U16 teams will also participate in US tournaments.

Student Athlete Academy

All players will be automatically enrolled in the SAA's Roadmap to Athletic Scholarships program. This provides them guidance, tools and advice as they move through the program from U12 to U19.

Skills Development

Highly experienced instructors introduce fundamental skills starting with at the U12 Development Team. A strong foundation in needed to learn advanced skills as they progress through the program. The end goal is to ensure players perform their best at U14-U16, when Team Ontario, Team Canada and Scholarship opportunities arise.

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Tier 1 Teams in Ontario

All the associations in the region are collaborating to develop regional Tier 1 opportunities for players. The goal is to roster one Tier 1 Team per year at the U14, U16 and U19 ages by 2025. Kicking-off this effort is the launch of our U12 Development team September 7-14th, 2020. These teams will provide quality, stable, long-term opportunities locally for players living east of Toronto. Live at home, play at home!

United States Tournaments

Our U14 and U16 teams will play two US Tournaments  annually. This exposes players to the level of play in the US to evaluate if they want to pursue NCAA opportunities. Our scholarship advisor will support individual players in connecting with coaches in the US to maximize potential recruiting opportunities.

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Team Ontario & Team Canada

Navigating the provincial and national opportunities available to players can be challenging and time consuming. We will ensure players are aware of all opportunities available to them, and that their skills development path will empower them to perform their best when the time comes.

Our Play at Home Player Development Program follows Softball Canada's Athlete Development Matrix guidelines.

US & Canada Scholarships

Families will be educated on academic and athletic scholarship opportunities in Canada and the United States. Our Scholarship Advisor will give all players a head start guide on planning for university or college starting at U12. Additional tools and resources will be provided at U14/U16 as the student-athlete actively seeks a scholarship offer.

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Services by Tessa Thomas, former NCAA-D1 Softball Player and Founder of the Student Athlete Academy.

Play at Home! Great Value in the East

All teams at all ages include a year round focus on skills development, enrollment in the Softball Skills Camp and scholarship services from the Student Athlete Academy. Below is an outline of the "Play at Home" Player Development Program priorities at each stage as your player progress through the program.

We included the total cost to field a player because we believe in transparency and that we offer great value. Actual family cost may be less depending on each teams fundraising and sponsorship efforts. Cost for 2020 may vary if covid restrictions affect availability of some services.

U12- DEV

$2,200 per Player
  • Laying the foundation...
  • Year Round Skills Development
  • Enroll in Softball Skills Camp
  • Intro to Student Athlete Academy
  • Play for Canadian University/College
  • 1 Canadian Championship
  • 2 Provincial Championships
  • 2 United States Tournaments
  • 4 Ontario U14 Tournaments
  • 20 Games League U14

U14-T1

$2,800 per Player
  • All U12 plus...
  • Explore of US Scholarships
  • Tryout for Team Ontario
  • U17 Tryouts for Team Canada
  • Play for Canadian University/College
  • 1 Canadian Championship
  • 2 Provincial Championships
  • 2 United States Tournaments
  • 4 Ontario Tier 1 Tournaments
  • 20 Games League U16

U16-T1

$2,800 per Player
  • All U14 plus...
  • Pursuit of US Scholarships
  • Tryout for Team Ontario
  • U17 Tryouts for Team Canada
  • Play for Canadian University/College
  • 1 Canadian Championship
  • 2 Provincial Championships
  • 2 United States Tournaments
  • 4 Ontario Tier 1 Tournaments
  • 20 Games League U19

U19-T1

$2,000 per Player
  • All U16 minus...
  • Explore Canadian Education
  • Tryout for Team Ontario
  • U19 Tryouts for Team Canada
  • Play for Canadian University/College
  • 1 Canadian Championship
  • 2 Provincial Championships
  • 2 United States Tournaments
  • 6 Ontario Tier 1 Tournaments
  • 20 Games League Play

Your chance for an awesome experience

Enroll in the Player Development Program today!