Baseball Camp Programs
Prairie Baseball Academy once again will be offering their Elite Winter Development Camp plus the Learn the Game Open Development Baseball Camp. Currently, if you are a PBA Junior Academy player, camp registration is open to you for a special limited time until Sunday October 25, 2020.
The Prairie Baseball Academy is excited to once again be offering our Winter Camp to youth baseball players in the Lethbridge and surrounding areas. This will be the 24th year PBA runs Winter Camps, and our coaching staff is striving to continue to provide the best instruction possible for your
children. Every night, we will provide at least one current PBA coach and 3-4 current players in a small instructional group limited to a maximum of 14 players due to the COVID pandemic.
2020-21 Current Camp Opportunities:
- Elite Winter Camp – Only 14 spots per session available
- Elite Pitching Camp – Only 12 spots total available
Learning the Game Development Camp Details and Registration Coming Soon!!
Watch for exciting details about our Learning the Game Development Camp. Registration will open on Monday October 26 and camps will begin on Friday November 13. We will be offering two 5-8 year old sessions plus a 9-12 year old session for players who desire to learn the skills of baseball.
CAMP FAQ and Answers for you….
Who instructs at the Camps?
Coach Todd Hubka and his staff will lead participants on a great experience learning the game of baseball. Coach Hubka has been at PBA for 25 years, first as an assistant, and for the past 10 years as the Head Coach. He has also led the Lethbridge Bulls in the past for 6 seasons and has also coached his two boys as they came through the Little League system, leading them to several National Championships, winning two and competing at the World Series those years.
Coach Ryan MacDonald has been with PBA for the past 10 years and also has coached 3 years with the Lethbridge Bulls, managing the team to their 2015 WCBL Championship.
Coach Chance Wheatley has been the Head JV Coach for the past two seasons as well as an assistant with the Bulls.
New to PBA this year are two outstanding pitching coaches. Coach Dustin Mollekan brings knowledge from a great playing career that including professional baseball including with the Detroit Tigers as well as Team Canada experience.
Coach Rhett Feser played professionally in Europe and returns to his college roots with PBA where he excelled winning two College Championships with the Academy.
Guest coaches will again be part of the program. Alumni from the program who have participated in the camps in the past include Shayne MacInnis, Les McTavish, Jesse Sawyer, Tanner Dalton, and more. Each night, current PBA College Players provide support and instruction to the camps.
What COVID safety measures are you putting in place?
We are utilizing the Return to Play safety document that was put out and refined by Baseball this year. Specifically, we will have several new measures in place to ensure as safe an environment as possible. These will include:
Limiting group size to a maximum of 14 campers at one time. Requiring masks. Separate entrance and exit areas for each group. Cleanliness and disinfectent time between each camp. Players must bring their own equipment. Temperature checks when necessary. Ensuring no players who are ill attend camp. Follow other AHS guidelines as well.
What options do I have for Days of the Week?
When you register for the camps, you will be asked to select either one or two times a week. For one time a week, it can be on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. For two times a week, it can either be Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.
What times do the camps run?
For 9-12 year olds, the times each day are from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
For 13-17 year olds, the times each day are from 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm.
What is the goal of the Camps?
Our goal as a coaching staff is to work on improving all necessary baseball skills while maintaining a fun and safe learning environment. Baseball in Lethbridge continues to grow year after year, and we want to make sure our organization contributes to the success and growth of the sport. The hard work campers have put in during the winter months in the past has directly correlated to the success Lethbridge has had at the national level.
What is the focus of the Camps?
Efficient Warm Up → Ladder / Agility / Footwork / Speed
SAFE Indoor Throwing Program → Builds arm strength (Radar Gun)
Proper Hitting Technique → For all ages and skill levels
Infield/Outfield Technique → Emphasis on footwork/Glove action
Introduction to Pitching → Starts after winter break. Used as a complete
introduction for some. More experienced campers will receive more advanced pitching instruction.
Games → Our staff likes to conclude most camp sessions with some sort of
competitive game. These games force kids to use the skills they’re learning in camp.