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Baseball Oshawa hosting youth camp Aug. 13 to 17

Geoff Whent, coach of the U15 Oshawa Legionaires will be one of three instructors at an upcoming youth baseball camp. (Photo courtesy of Baseball Oshawa)

Geoff Whent, coach of the U15 Oshawa Legionaires will be one of three instructors at an upcoming youth baseball camp. (Photo courtesy of Baseball Oshawa)

Three of Oshawa’s top baseball coaches will share their knowledge during a week-long camp later this month.

The Oshawa Legionaires U15 Elite team, host of the national U15 championships being held in Oshawa, are hosting the camp.

It is open to house league and rep players born between 2005 and 2011. According to organizers, the camp will be suitable for youth just learning the game to more experienced players.

Geoff Whent, head coach of the Legionaires U15 will head up the camp.

Whent is the field manager of the Sinclair High School baseball team, winning a gold medal at OFSAA in 2007 and 2013.

He is a four-time coach with the Ontario Youth team and an associate scout with the Kansas City Royals.

Whent says the camp will be focused on developing skills, but also promoting the game.

“One of the things we want to do at the grassroots level is really build a love for the game,” Whent says.

Growing up in Waterloo, he recalls taking part in baseball camps that started small and then exploded in popularity.

“All of a sudden we had a massive impact on the game, and for me, that’s kind of what we are modeling it on,” he says.

Players from the 15U Legionaires will be helping out as well, something he says they are really excited for.

“It’s a great way for the 15U kids to give back to the association and connect with some of the little ones who may be watching them at the nationals,” Whent says.

Joining him are Jeff Sharpe, also a former Ontario Youth team coach, and former manager/coach of numerous teams in the Ajax Spartans Minor Baseball Association, and Jordan Prosper, a coach for a number of Oshawa Minor Baseball Association teams.

The camp will run between Aug. 13 to Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily at Kinsmen Stadium, 89 Arena Street, in Oshawa.

Cost is $135 including snacks, a BBQ lunch, and a t-shirt.

To register, visit baseballoshawa.com