The following are our Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions. If we missed anything, please let us know!
- What do campers need to bring each day?
Equipment: Campers should bring the following equipment: a baseball glove, a protective cup, athletic clothing, running shoes or cleats (plastic spikes only), sunscreen and a hat. While baseball pants are not required, athletic pants may be a good idea for sliding. In terms of shoes, baseball cleats are optional. Some campers find it more comfortable to wear running shoes throughout the day. As well, campers are allowed to bring their own bats or helmets, although all items coming to camp should be labelled.
Lunch: Campers must being their own lunch, snacks and water bottle. We will provide coolers of water throughout the day and some Gatorade in the afternoons.
Please note that we are a nut free camp and please ensure that all lunches and snacks do not contain nuts.
- What equipment does NT Baseball Camp provide?
NTBC will provide all bats, helmets and other baseball equipment. Campers only need to bring their own gloves.
- What kind of baseballs are used at the camp?
NT Baseball Camp uses hardballs, “soft” baseballs, wiffle baseballs, tennis balls as well as other types in its programming. “Soft” baseballs are often used by campers based on their age and skill level. These baseballs are the same size and weight of a hardball, although are much softer with a nylon cover. As well, the “soft” baseballs, wiffle baseballs, tennis balls and others might be used by campers of all ages and skill levels in certain games or drills.
- Do the campers take breaks throughout the day?
Definitely! Campers will take at least two water and snack breaks in both the morning and afternoon. The lunch period will also be approximately 45 minutes and takes place in the middle of the day. Our staff are very focused on ensuring that all campers stay hydrated and spend an appropriate amount of time off of the field. On hot and humid days, campers will take more water breaks and the camp might also spend some time indoors depending on the weather.
- Are the campers divided by age and skill level?
Yes! Campers are divided into groups based on age and skill level. These groups help make camp activities more fun, competitive and safe for every camper. Generally groups are made up of 6-8 campers, however for some days and types of activities, different size groups will be formed.
- Can my child be in the same group as his/her friend or sibling?
We work hard to accommodate all group requests by campers and their families. On our camp application, parents are able to request that their children are placed in the same group as specific friends, teammates and siblings.
While these requests are almost always manageable, there are times when differences in age and skill level prevent campers from being placed in the same group. However, our directors will let a parent know if this is the case and will explain the reasoning behind their decision. As well, campers spend less than half of their time at camp in the initial “skill groups,” and efforts can be made to pair campers together whenever possible.
- My child has not played much baseball before, is this camp the right fit?
We definitely believe so! NT Baseball Camp was founded on the principles of providing high quality baseball instruction in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Our goal is to foster such an atmosphere for children of all ages and levels of baseball experience. Campers are divided into groups throughout the week based on age and skill level. The NTBC coaches are given the flexibility to alter the types of activities that different groups participate in. As well, these coaches work hard at their ability to provide different teaching styles based on the age and skill level of their campers.
The directors and head staff of NTBC put significant thought into camp programming each week to ensure that both beginners and expert baseball players alike can have an amazing camp experience. This is accomplished through the different activities made available to campers, the different groups campers are placed within, and the different forms of instruction that campers receive.
- Where is the camp’s indoor facility in case of rain?
The camp’s indoor facility is the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Arena, located next to the baseball fields. The arena has an ice pad that has been cleared for the summer and the camp will spend much of the time it spends indoors focusing on baseball related games and activities. The camp will also have access to the arena change-rooms and will set up games and movies in those rooms.
Please remember to check your emails during rainy days for information from the camp regarding any changes to the drop-off and pick-up location.
- How do parents get to the camp drop-off and pick-up location?
The camp drop-off and pick-up location is located at the south end of Memorial Park, by the parking lot for Forest Hill Arena.
- Can I get a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit from NT Baseball Camp?
Yes! NT Baseball Camp qualifies for a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. To receive a tax credit of up to $500, feel free to submit your NT Baseball Camp invoice with your income tax. If you have already registered for NT Baseball Camp, this invoice was sent by email upon registration. The invoice can also be accessed via your online camp registration account.