Panthers Elite Program

What is Elite Baseball?

There are a lot of programs available that advertise as “Elite”, but what exactly is Elite baseball in Ontario? Elite teams not only provide teen players with competition and instruction at a higher level, but also compete as part of an Elite League, such as the Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO).

Elite divisions in Ontario are at the 15U, 16U, and 18U age groups.

About Panthers Elite

The Kitchener Panthers are proud to offer our players the opportunity to compete as part of the EBLO in an Elite Program lead by Jeff Pietraszko & Brian Bishop.

We field teams at 14U (playing in the 15U Division), 15U, 16U, and 18U. We also have a pre-Elite program for our 12U and 13U players, playing at the AAA OBA level in preparation for 14U Elite.

Our Elite program offers:

  • top level competition – measure yourself against the best in the EBLO, as well as AAA OBA Teams
  • advanced, year-round training (with short designated rest periods)
  • position-specific training to hone skills specific to your interest and abilities
  • training progression through the duration of the Elite program – this unified, strategic approach ensures players can continue to build on their training year over year
  • an extended play season (with our Fall Ball program)
  • the opportunity to compete in US based tournaments
  • a pathway to collegiate baseball through opportunities to be seen by college scouts
  • opportunities to try out for provincial youth teams (which can lead to national team and beyond)
  • a base program with additional a-la-carte offerings
  • one of the most affordable Elite programs in the province – fees for our base program are $3000-$4000 (depending on age group)

Our Coaching Staff

14U – Ron Mooibroek
15U – Brian Bishop
16U – Chris Bishop
18U – Jeff Pietraszko
Instructors: Current and former IBL Panthers

Tryouts

Our 14U-18U Elite teams are selected in August, prior to Pre-Elite and Rep tryouts.

We are currently accepting applications for players born 2002 to 2006 who are interested in trying out for our 2020 Elite teams!

2020 Tryout Dates

14U/15U
Location: Lions Park, Diamond #1
Monday, August 19 – 6:00pm-8:30pm
Tuesday, August 20 – 5:00pm-8:30pm
Thursday, August 22 – 5:00pm-8:30pm
Friday, August 23 (Rain Date – Breithaupt Park, Diamond #2)

16U/18U
Location: Lions Park, Diamond #2
Monday, August 19 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, August 20 – 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Thursday, August 22 – 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Friday, August 23 (Rain Date)

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