No matter how many whiffle balls you hit or batting tees you hit off, nothing beats batting practice in a cage vs life pitching or a pitching machine. And if you are a pitcher, nothing beats pitching off a mound to warm-up between starts or to work during the off-season.
So where in Ottawa (let alone Eastern Ontario) can you do this? The answer is: almost no-where. There isn't a single dedicated baseball training facility between Ajax and Montreal. Several coaches and programs have come up with inventive ways to bridge the gap, but what youth baseball really needs is some sort of facility that is open to the public.
Have your say and tell us what would be critical to using a local baseball facility.