ARTSISLE http://www.artsisle.org New to Softball - British Softball Lovers Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:25:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Leafs clinch pennant for 19th time http://www.artsisle.org/leafs-clinch-pennant-19th-time/ http://www.artsisle.org/leafs-clinch-pennant-19th-time/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:25:07 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=37 Russ Williams pitched six shutout innings and Jeremy Walker had three hits to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to their 14th straight win, a 3-0 victory over the Barrie Baycats in Intercounty Baseball League play Sunday at Christie Pits. “We play as a team more than anything,” Toronto manager Perry Mader said of his team’s […]

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Russ Williams pitched six shutout innings and Jeremy Walker had three hits to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to their 14th straight win, a 3-0 victory over the Barrie Baycats in Intercounty Baseball League play Sunday at Christie Pits.

“We play as a team more than anything,” Toronto manager Perry Mader said of his team’s recent run. “We have a lot of great talent and we’re solid one through nine, but bottom line, we’ve played as a team all year. “The chemistry is great in the room and we’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

Williams (3-2) struck out 10 and walked just one, allowing three singles.

Hans Schnell added a scoreless inning for the Leafs and Yole Reina finished up with two scoreless innings to earn the save and close out the four-hitter.

“I felt really loose out there, today was a good day,” Williams said. “The team supported me well behind too, and that really helped.”

The Leafs scored all of their runs in the fifth inning, breaking a scoreless tie off reliever Chris England, who took the loss.

Walker led off with a single, moved to second on an infield hit by Carl Embro, with both runners moving up on a wild pitch.

Joe Colameco followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Walker, and Shayne Ridley and Matt Logan later added run-scoring hits to complete the scoring.

Walker was 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Embro was 2-for-3 and also scored a run. Colameco, Ridley and Logan all had one hit for the Leafs, who managed eight hits off three Barrie pitchers.

England took the loss in relief of starter Casey Virtue, who went two scoreless innings. England went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Lead-off hitter Toby Legace had three hits for the Baycats, who finished third in the league standings.

Toronto finishes the regular season with a record of 29-5, going 24-1 in the last 25 games, to win the pennant for the 19th time in franchise history and 18th time in the last 27 years. Toronto started the season with five straight wins, then lost four straight games to slip to 5-4. But the Leafs then won 10 straight, lost one, and finished the season with 14 consecutive victories to post the third best winning percentage in franchise history.

The Maple leafs will play the eighth place Oshawa Dodgers in a first round best-of-seven series starting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Christie Pits.

Game two in the series is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa, with game three back at the Pits Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Shayne Ridley had five hits to pace a 25-hit attack as the Toronto Maple leafs continued their torrid streak with an 18-2 pounding of the Brantford Red Sox in Intercounty Baseball League play Friday night in Brantford.

He went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

Danny Gibbons and Gamin Teague both had four hits for the Leafs, with Teague’s hits including a three-run homer.

Joe Colameco and Carl Embro both had three hits for the Leafs, with Embro’s production also including a two-run blast.

Stefan Strecker took the loss for the Red Sox, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.

John Mariotti accounted for the Brantford runs with a two-run homer, but the Red Sox ould manage just five hits.

The Maple Leafs have won 13 straight games and 23 of their last 24 with the latest victory before a big crowd in Brantford.

Toronto is now 28-5, already having clinched the IBL pennant for the 19th time.

The Leafs wrap up their regular season Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Barrie Baycats at Christie Pits with the club’s annual Cap Day.

Toronto opens the playoffs with a first round quarter-final match-up against the Oshawa Dodgers starting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pits.

Game two is in Oshawa Saturday night, with game three back in Toronto next Sunday at 2 p.m. Dave Steffler (7-0) took advantage of the potent offence to pick up the win.

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Leafs advance to final http://www.artsisle.org/leafs-advance-final/ http://www.artsisle.org/leafs-advance-final/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:19:40 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=31 Carl Embro hit a solo home run to key a two-run ninth inning, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-5 win over the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League playoff action Tuesday night in Kitchener. Joe Colameco later walked, stole second and scored on an error for an insurance run as the Maple Leafs […]

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Carl Embro hit a solo home run to key a two-run ninth inning, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-5 win over the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League playoff action Tuesday night in Kitchener.

Joe Colameco later walked, stole second and scored on an error for an insurance run as the Maple Leafs advanced to the IBL final for the first time since 2002, winning the best-of-seven semi-finals series 4-2.

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The Maple Leafs now advance to the IBL championship series against the Barrie Baycats, who defeated the two-time defending playoff champion Guelph Royals in the other semi-final. Game one in the best-of-seven series is at Christie Pits Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Game two is in Barrie on Saturday with game three at the Pits Sunday at 2 p.m. The rest of the schedule: Game four Tuesday, August 23 in Barrie, game five in Toronto Wednesday, Aug. 24, game six in Barrie Saturday, Aug. 27 and game seven in Toronto Sunday, August 28 (games five through seven if necessary)

The teams were tied 5-5 heading to the top of the ninth, but the Leafs mustered a pair of runs off losing pitcher Adam Hummel in the ninth to get some revenge after the Panthers scored 13 runs in the top of the 12th inning to force a sixth game with a 23-10 win in game five at Christie Pits on Sunday.

Starter Yole Reina went 6 1/3 innings for the Leafs, allowing five runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts.

Reliever Doug Dimma finished up, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings in a brilliant relief effort to get the win. Dimma struck out three.

Shayne Ridley had three hits to pace the Toronto attack, including a solo home run in the first inning. Danny Gibbons and Damon Topolie both added two hits for the Leafs.

Jeff Pietraszko had three hits for the Panthers, including a solo home run. Kitchener finished 10 ½ games behind the Leafs in the regular season standings with a record of 19-16. Toronto won its 19th pennant in franchise history this year and will be looking for its eighth league title in the finals.

The Leafs won the IC title in 1972, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1999 and 2002. The Leafs finished the regular season with a 29-5 record and are now 37-7 overall after the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Baycats finished third in the regular season and are making their first appearance in the championship series in franchise history.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS SET Softball Association http://www.artsisle.org/board-directors-set-softball-association/ http://www.artsisle.org/board-directors-set-softball-association/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:10:52 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=23 The Costa Rica Softball Association (CRSA) has a new president. The International Softball Federation (ISF) has received word that Roberto Castro Arias is the new head of the national governing body in the Central American country. For defensive drills, this top-of-the-line pitching machine for baseball and softball can be adjusted to throw both infield and outfield practice. ATEC […]

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The Costa Rica Softball Association (CRSA) has a new president. The International Softball Federation (ISF) has received word that Roberto Castro Arias is the new head of the national governing body in the Central American country.

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Elections were held there at the beginning of last week, and as a result, their Board of Directors now consists of the following:

President: Roberto Castro Arias
Vice president: Leonel Uriza
Secretary General: Jose Calderon
Treasurer: Tomas Aleman
Spokesman: Luis Mesen
Finance: Victor Mesen

Costa Rica became an ISF Member in 1970. Three months ago, then-CRSA President Jorge Zeledon died suddenly at age 49, having been at the helm of their Association for eight years. The CRSA now moves forward with their new president and Board of Directors in place, and with softball development on the move in their country.

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In March, the Costa Rican men’s team played at the 8th Central American Games (in Panama). Also in the first part of 2006, Mr. Castro visited the ISF world headquarters facility and helped facilitate an ISF equipment provision back to his country.

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WORLD SOFTBALL DAY 2018 http://www.artsisle.org/world-softball-day-2018/ http://www.artsisle.org/world-softball-day-2018/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:06:40 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=18 As the softball world returns to “business as usual” today, representatives from various national federations are summarizing their activities surrounding yesterday’s having been World Softball Day. June 13 coincides with the date (in 1991) when it was announced that (women’s) softball would be added to the programme of the Olympic Games, beginning with the 1996 […]

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As the softball world returns to “business as usual” today, representatives from various national federations are summarizing their activities surrounding yesterday’s having been World Softball Day.

June 13 coincides with the date (in 1991) when it was announced that (women’s) softball would be added to the programme of the Olympic Games, beginning with the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Here they are – the best softball bats to put on your shopping list for 2017. We’re sharing the ultimate list of the best to buy for a great game. After considerable thought, research and use, as well as insight from serious big hitters, we determine the best ASA Slowpitch softball bats on the market.

On April 25, 2017, International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter declared that June 13, 2017 would be the first “World Softball Day,” in recognition of the sport’s historic date. After a successful worldwide celebration in its first year, and with the support expressed at the ISF Congress last October by the ISF/IOC Culture & Olympic Education Commission, the world governing body opted to continue the sport’s “holiday” this year.

Here is a snapshot of just a few of the World Softball Day 2017 celebrations the ISF has learned of already:

Botswana – with the 13th having fallen on a weekday, the Botswana Softball Association decided to hold on their celebration until this weekend so that more people would be able to be exposed to the sport. Their President, Marumo Morule, reports that they will be staging a “softball fun day on June 17th.”

China – an activity themed “I love softball, stride towards ’18 Olympics” took place at Beijing Muxiyuan Sports School on Sunday. Players on China’s women’s national team joined 300 softball enthusiasts and amateur players from 12 local colleges and senior high schools at the Sports School’s softball field for the celebration.

Colombia – opposite of Botswana, the Colombians decided to hold their celebration priorto World Softball Day. They did so in a big way, holding a (fast pitch) national championship – the first of its kind – from June 3-10 in Cartagena. A combined total of 20 men’s and women’s teams from various regions of the country participated, with Guajira winning the men’s competition and Bolivar coming out on top in women’s play. The tournament gained local media coverage, which was part of the call that the ISF put out for World Softball Day (for media to devote a portion of their sports coverage to softball). The organizers also highlighted World Softball Day in the program of the national championship and with p.a. announcements.

Greece – the Hellenic Amateur Softball Federation celebrated with the Grand Final of the 7th Greek Softball Women’s (fast pitch) Championship, between Marousi and Evriali, and the Small Final, between Spartakos and Serios. Marousi won 2-1 and Spartakos won 12-4.

Nicaragua – to fall almost at the midway point between World Softball Day and Olympic Day (June 23), the Nicaraguan Softball Federation is going to stage the XXVI Women’s National Championship on June 17, with ten teams from around the country participating, in the city of Rivas, which is 110 Km south from the Capital Managua.

Pakistan – the media were contacted there, being told that a seminar would be held in Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, and Terbela (Abbotabad), followed by a coaching clinic to introduce the game. To remember the day, the Pakistan Softball Federation also published a sticker bearing the slogan “Softball is my life.”

USA – in Oklahoma City, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) will host the 11-year old “Anyone Can Softball” organization, which provides opportunities for disabled children to play the sport. Teams will get a chance to bat and field as well as hear their (individual players’) names announced throughout the stadium and see them on the scoreboard. An end-of-year trophy presentation takes place at the ASA’s Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium from the Anyone Can Softball league that begins in late April and consists of approximately ten games in the season.

The JustBats.com team has compiled a list of the six best fastpitch softball bats ever from the 2017 season based on customer submitted reviews and real feedback.

The ISF is making plans to publish an article (with photos) from World Softball Day 2006 in the next issue of its official magazine (September-December).

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LONDON CUP STARTS TOMORROW http://www.artsisle.org/london-cup-starts-tomorrow/ http://www.artsisle.org/london-cup-starts-tomorrow/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:01:36 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=15 The fifth annual London Cup Tournament gets underway tomorrow in the United Kingdom. Eight teams will compete at the Roundshaw Playing Fields in Croydon. The locals will want to come out and watch Great Britain’s women’s national team, which next month will compete in the ISF-sanctioned II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (USA) before heading […]

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The fifth annual London Cup Tournament gets underway tomorrow in the United Kingdom. Eight teams will compete at the Roundshaw Playing Fields in Croydon. The locals will want to come out and watch Great Britain’s women’s national team, which next month will compete in the ISF-sanctioned II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (USA) before heading to China in August for the XI Women’s World Championship.

Other entries in the 2006 London Cup include a top American travel team called USA Athletes, who won the tournament last year, the Czech Under-19 national team, club teams from the Czech Republic, Greece, & Spain, and British club teams London Angels and Heyford Diamonds. The latter includes three of the best players from the Czech Republic’s national team. The team from Greece played in the A pool European Club Championships last year.

Great Britain’s women’s national team is coming off a runner-up finish last week in Italy at the Francesco Sanna International Tournament. GB had beaten Russia, 2-0, and the Czech Republic, 3-1, to reach the Final, where they lost 2-0 to Italy. Winning pitcher Leslie Malerich picked a most opportune time to throw a perfect game, recording eight strikeouts along the way.

Great Britain’s pitching might just steal the show at this weekend’s London Cup. Last week Tiffany McDonald was the Francesco Sanna Tournament’s strikeout leader (28 in 19.1 innings), and her GB teammate Stacie Townsend had a 1.12 earned run average (to go with an impressive .350 batting average).

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TOURNEY IN TAIWAN IN 2 WEEKS http://www.artsisle.org/tourney-taiwan-2-weeks/ http://www.artsisle.org/tourney-taiwan-2-weeks/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:59:21 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/?p=12 Over a year-and-a-half ago, the 1st World University Softball Championship was wrapping up at the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida. When the teams had all gone, the sport’s world governing body could only sit and wait to get a true measure of the event’s success. Fast forward to the present day and the […]

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Over a year-and-a-half ago, the 1st World University Softball Championship was wrapping up at the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida. When the teams had all gone, the sport’s world governing body could only sit and wait to get a true measure of the event’s success.

Fast forward to the present day and the ISF is looking toward a bright future for international competition for college-level athletes. The October 2017 tournament not only satisfied FISU officials enough to hold another world best slowpitch softball bats championship – beginning two weeks from tomorrow – but they (International University Sports Federation) also have this one being followed by a debut for the sport in one of the largest multisport events. Next year in Bangkok, women’s softball will be on the programme at the 24th World University Games.

For the time being, all eyes are on Tainan City, Taiwan, where seven teams will compete from July 15-23. The II World University Softball Championship coincides with the unveiling of the newest softball stadium that has been built there (see photo above). The new sports complex project actually includes two standard softball fields, as well as two practice fields. An athlete village will be set up in Chang-jung Christian University.

Taking part in this year’s tournament will be Australia, Chinese Taipei, Dominican Republic, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, and USA. ISF President Don Porter will be on-hand to view part of the tournament and will also lead an induction ceremony for Chinese Taipei’s Steeve Hsieh, who was part of the newest class of ISF Hall of Fame electees (as an administrator) at last October’s XXII ISF Congress.

Each of Chinese Taipei’s games will be televised on PlayFamously.com. (Source)

For more information on the II World University Softball Championship, visit the official event website.

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On Deck Sports Facility Feature: The Yard – Huntsville, AL http://www.artsisle.org/on-deck-sports-facility-feature-the-yard-huntsville-al/ http://www.artsisle.org/on-deck-sports-facility-feature-the-yard-huntsville-al/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:29:04 +0000 http://www.artsisle.org/on-deck-sports-facility-feature-the-yard-huntsville-al/ Designing & Supplying an Elite Baseball & Softball Indoor Training Facility As baseball and softball training becomes more specialized and players are training more frequently, the demand for elite training facilities is on the rise. For athletes in the Huntsville, Alabama area there is a new indoor facility that brings a professional atmosphere with the […]

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Designing & Supplying an Elite Baseball & Softball Indoor Training Facility

As baseball and softball training becomes more specialized and players are training more frequently, the demand for elite training facilities is on the rise. For athletes in the Huntsville, Alabama area there is a new indoor facility that brings a professional atmosphere with the best equipment – The Yard.

The Yard opened in 2017 after working with Keith Burke from On Deck Sports. “This was a very unique project because they had shorter batting cages,” Burke said when asked about the project. “They wanted a fielding area, which we were able to deliver inside our shell netting while delivering a safe batting cage environment.”

Jeremy Carter, the owner of The Yard, had worked with On Deck Sports in the past for both equipment supply and other indoor facilities, and all of his research pointed to us as the leader for indoor sports facility design and supply.

For his new facility, Carter decided on Elite artificial turf. This premium turf option is one of the strongest artificial turf options on the market, but still delivers a real grass look. The coaches at The Yard praise the turf for its feel on ground balls compared to other indoor turf options. Carter did decide to go with two colors of elite, green for the main playing area and a clay color around the perimeter of the main field. “I wanted to create the look of a ‘warning track’ from a real ball park,” Carter said when asked about utilizing multiple turf colors in his facility. The results are a good looking, unique baseball facility that players love.

“Elite turf is the best option for fielding activities – especially for baseball and softball,” Burke said when asked about The Yard selecting Elite. “It looks like natural grass, but does not require rubber infill. We call it the perfect hybrid of infill and traditional carpet turf. It is a long-lasting, good looking option that will hold up to daily use.”

“It was also important that we had multiple colors for the ‘warning track’ design element. Being able to deliver this look with the same style of turf made it much easier to lay out and install.”

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The Yard – Huntsville, AL
The Yard’s logo custom inlaid with white turf
The Yard - Huntsville, AL

The Yard – Huntsville, AL
Custom batting cage nets retracted for a fielding area
The Yard - Huntsville, AL

The Yard – Huntsville, AL
The Yard has custom turf and batting cages for a unique design
The Yard - Huntsville, AL

The Yard – Huntsville, AL
The field at The Yard with the batting cages retracted for a full open fielding area
The Yard - Huntsville, AL

The Yard – Huntsville, AL
The Yard features the best equipment available for baseball & softball athletes in Alabama

For the practice area, Burke suggested a custom shell net batting cage that covered nearly the entire facility for a more efficient and safe space. The shell net is our most popular option for indoor batting cages. It allows our installation team to custom fit each facility for safety and maximum use of space. “The building they had dictated this batting cage design,” Burke said. “The building dimensions created some unique spacing challenges, but we were still able to fit a full shell net cage that Jeremy was looking for. In the end the cage running the full length of the facility was the biggest factor. Adding our sliding divider nets made it so they could have a flexible facility that was easy to change over.”

The new batting cage measured 84-feet in length and featured sliding barrier nets that can create six batting cages, or retract to provide a fielding area for training ground balls, practicing base running or creating a strength and conditioning area for Carter and the athletes at The Yard.

“This was the best thing about the design,” Carter said when asked about his new batting cage. “We have the ability to take ground balls up to 90 feet but then separate into six hitting stations. We were able to maximize our space and get the most out of practice in a short amount of time.”

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The Yard – Huntsville
The Yard - Huntsville

The Yard – Huntsville
The Yard - Huntsville

The Yard – Huntsville

Along with the new turf and batting cage, The Yard also utilized our vinyl backdrops to protect their netting and the Batting Mat Pro to protect their turf from heavy use. These indoor sports facility essentials look great and help extend the life of batting cages by protecting the netting and turf.

Carter said he “absolutely would” open his next facility with On Deck Sports. “The equipment is fantastic and the installers were professional and very knowledgeable. My only regret was that I didn’t have a bigger facility.”

The Yard – Huntsville

4721 Commercial Drive NW

Huntsville, AL 35816

(256) 665-9397

https://theyardhuntsville.com/home.php

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Supplying Premium Artificial Turf & Baseball Training Equipment to Proformance Sports Academy

Nobody knows the benefit of elite training facilities more than professional athletes. Baseball players in the Little Rock, Arkansas, area have reaped the benefits of this knowledge thanks to former professional pitcher Dustin Moseley opening Proformance Sports Academy.

Moseley worked with On Deck Sports in 2014 to open a professional-level training facility, and worked with On Deck Sports to do that.

Moseley worked with Justin Gordon at On Deck Sports to open his 10,000-plus square foot facility with artificial turf, batting cages and padding. “I [decided to work with] On Deck Sports because they had everything under one roof to help me easier navigate purchase options and stay within budget,” Mosley said when asked why On Deck Sports was the choice to outfit his baseball facility. “I connected with Justin Gordon who went above and beyond to make sure we accomplished our goals of creating a great facility as well as staying within budget. Justin made great suggestions that help create our vision. We now have the best facility in the state of Arkansas due to the help of Justin and On Deck Sports.”

Gordon decided on a custom shell net batting cage – an On Deck Sports specialty – with six hitting and pitching tunnels. He paired this with Stadium padded turf and custom wall padding for the walls and support posts in the building. “Dustin wanted to go with a durable turf that was easy to clean, making Stadium the easy choice,” Gordon said when asked about the decision to outfit Proformance with Stadium padded artificial turf. He also had a running lane in his gym, and the height of Stadium turf matched that. It is strong enough to stand up to the big numbers that Dustin sees in his facility, so it was really a choice that worked for everyone.”

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Proformance Baseball Academy
Proformance trusted the Premium Series L-Screen to protect coaches during batting practice
Proformance Baseball Academy

Proformance Baseball Academy
A batting tunnel with the Batting Mat Pro, PVTee and more at Proformance
Proformance Baseball Academy

Proformance Baseball Academy
An Iron Mike pitching machine loaded up and ready for batting practice
Proformance Baseball Academy

Proformance Baseball Academy
The Designated Hitter and 9-Hole Pitcher’s Pocket are in place to help pitchers practice without the need for a batter or catcher
Proformance Baseball Academy

Proformance Baseball Academy
Our custom shell net batting cage surrounding the indoor baseball practice area at Proformance
Proformance Baseball Academy

Proformance Baseball Academy
One of the pitching tunnels at Proformance with a ProMounds Practice Mound, Premium Series L-Screen & Batting Mat Pro
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Proformance Baseball Academy
The completed Proformance Baseball Academy

The shell net batting cage was not just made to fit batting cages, however. Mosley wanted to make sure he could train pitchers in his facility and within the confines of the cage. “We wanted to create a facility that had many options for our athletes that would better help their focus and help them perfect their skills,” Mosley said when asked about his multi-use tunnels. “I believe by having a designated pitching area and hitting area this allows our athletes to accomplish this by giving them room to breathe with adequate space in between training areas. High level focus is needed when learning new skills and mechanics and as instructors we wanted our athletes to be able to accomplish their goals without other players breathing down their necks.”

Inside of the facility, Mosley stocked his athletes with ProMounds Portable Pitching Mounds, Premium Series L-Screens, Iron Mike pitching machines, the Batting Mat Pro, The Designated Hitter and more. These ProMounds training products provide added durability at a great price point according to Gordon. He suggests these products for all high-level baseball and softball facilities, and Moseley agreed with his assessment of the products.

“Everyone has heard the saying ‘If you look good you play good’ – we believe this is true with a training facility like Proformance Sports Academy,” Mosley said when asked about adding all his equipment through On Deck Sports. “If you want to look legit as an indoor facility you have to buy quality products to accomplish this. On Deck Sports has only sent us quality products, and we believe you get what you pay for!”

Since opening in 2014, Moseley and his staff at Proformance have seen a tremendous amount of success training the top baseball players in Arkansas. Both the staff and the athletes train in an elite training facility, and might see more in the future. “Actually, we are working on building a 34,000 square foot facility (three times the size we are now) and we have already started putting our design together,” Mosley said. “Justin Gordon has already helped us get a budget together by giving us detailed product pricing, and tons of ideas so hopefully by the end of the year we will have our new facility open!”

Proformance Sports Academy

1202 Business Park Dr., Ste. 2

Little Rock, AR 72204

http://www.proformancelr.com/

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Outfitting a 15,000 square foot indoor baseball facility in Lexington, KY

When the state of Kentucky and the sport of baseball are in the same sentence, there is generally one thought. While everyone knows about the bats, The Bluegrass State has also produced many elite baseball players – making an indoor baseball facility a natural fit.

In Lexington, Nick Williams has opened The Yard baseball facility to help these players train all year. The Yard opened in 2017 after Williams worked with Keith Burke from On Deck Sports. Williams had not heard of On Deck Sports prior to working with us, but was provided with the contact information of facility owners in his area to see what our facility team was capable of. After visiting these facilities and speaking more with Burke, Williams decided to work on a full indoor facility build out.

We worked with Williams on a 15,000+ square foot facility that features artificial turf fields, custom batting cages and equipment – all from On Deck Sports. “It was certainly a pleasant surprise when I could get everything from On Deck,” Williams said when asked about the convenience of our one-stop facility supply shopping experience. “The ability to get 99% of what I needed from one-stop combined with great customer service and friendly staff all played a role in my decision.”

We provided the yard with eight batting cages and a multisport field that all used our custom shell net batting cage design. This allows for the highest level of versatility and safety in The Yard. The batting cages have sliding divider curtains, allowing Williams to open the cages for fielding work or other sports such as lacrosse, soccer and more – making The Yard a multisport indoor facility.

This did not come without some challenges though. “This was an interesting project,” Burke said when asked about The Yard. “There were a lot of columns that ran through the facility, so I had to dictate the size of the field and cages around them. Some of the cages had to be smaller than we would have preferred but we were able to accommodate the number of cages needed.”

The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
On Deck Sports created a custom rendering of the new indoor baseball facility
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
Our experts lay out the batting cages, turf and other equipment for The Yard
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
Our facility plan shows every angle of the new sports complex
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
A look at The Yard before our expert installation team started outfitting the facility
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
The Yard is a multisport complex, and they got lacrosse nets from On Deck Sports to provide a lacrosse training area
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
A young athlete works on batting practice inside our custom shell net batting cage with an Iron Mike pitching machine
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
The Iron Mike pitching machine loaded up, ready for batting practice
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
The completed indoor sports facility at The Yard in Lexington, KY
The Yard - Lexington, KY

The Yard – Lexington, KY
A before and after look at The Yard in Lexington, KY

This custom batting cage design and versatility was very appealing for Williams. “It is certainly an important part of supplying options to my customers,” Williams said when asked about Burke’s batting cage and field design for his facility. “Batting cages can be constrictive and the opportunity to slide the cages back and utilize the entire turf area will be a great asset. The ability to slide back the cage netting had always been a thought in my mind but Keith provided some insight on how easily that would work and the minimal cost difference and it was a no-brainer in the end.”

Aside from the cages, Burke selected PM34 padded artificial turf for The Yard. It is the most popular turf for indoor sports facilities – providing a soft feel, realistic bounce and protection thanks to its polyethylene yarn and 5mm foam padding. This makes it an ideal turf for baseball & softball facilities or multisport complexes.

“I installed 15,000 square feet of turf and needed something that players could slide/dive on without risking injury but was still cost effective when considering the constraints of being a start-up business,” Williams said when discussing the turf options Burke laid out. “The turf, at the suggestion of Keith, fits both of those needs. It has held up perfectly so far and the limited play I have seen on it thus far leads me to believe that I went the right direction.”

Along with the sports netting and artificial turf, Williams was able to get a full supply of equipment from us. He stocked his facility with ProMounds Portable Pitching Mounds, Iron Mike pitching machines, Atec pitching machines, the Batting Mat Pro, Premium L-Screens as well as lacrosse and soccer goals for multisport training. The ability to get this equipment along with the netting, turf and installation services was a big factor for Williams and Burke when outfitting The Yard. The one-stop shop for Williams’ facility left him very happy with the results – allowing him to bring a terrific training facility to the athletes of Lexington.

“I would not only suggest On Deck Sports to other facility owners I would encourage that they use On Deck and I would also invite them to come check out my facility,” Williams said. “I fully plan to utilize On Deck Sports again. From their knowledge to their customer service to their one-stop shopping – it just makes sense. I’m certainly a satisfied customer.”

The Yard – Lexington, KY

117 Westhampton Drive

Lexington, Kentucky, KY 40511

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Supplying a durable, Double Commercial Batting Cage system for Jefferson County, PA, baseball & softball’s outdoor complex.

Baseball & softball teams and leagues across the country have been working with On Deck Sports to supply their athletes, coaches, fields and indoor facilities with the best equipment available since 2001. Recently, Jefferson County, PA, worked with us in search of a new batting cage for their baseball & softball youth leagues and high school teams.

Chad Weaver worked with Matt Hurley at On Deck Sports to order a Commercial Batting Cage that would serve baseball and softball players from tee ball through high school. According to Weaver, multiple teams spanning in age from five to 18 use the new cages every day throughout baseball and softball season.

Weaver found On Deck Sports after visiting The Baseball Bank in DuBois, PA – an indoor baseball facility that worked with On Deck Sports in 2015 to outfit their complex with turf, batting cages, training aids and more. “The quality of materials we saw in [The Baseball Bank] sold us on your product[s] being superior to other products we had seen,” Weaver said when asked about choosing to work with On Deck Sports over another company.

After discussing the needs of Jefferson County with Weaver, Hurley suggested a Double Commercial Batting Cage as the ideal option. These cages are manufactured for professional use with commercial grade nylon netting, 8-gauge uprights and a backdrop net to extend the life of the outdoor batting cages.

“I push the commercial cages for all youth, high school and even college teams,” Hurley said when asked about Weaver choosing the double cage. “The durability of a commercial cage is GREAT, I have never had any issues in my five years working with these systems. Going with a double obviously allows more kids to get work in by having both cages available and being side-by-side with shared middle poles saves money as opposed to going with two separate cage systems. Chad was looking to get the best cage for multiple levels, and wanted to save time and money – the Double Commercial Cage was a no-brainer for Jefferson County.”

Hurley also suggested PM34 batting cage turf to Jefferson County, providing a protective layer between the concrete pad that the cages are anchored on and the athletes. Not only is PM34our most suggested turf, it is a turf that is popular in batting cages, gyms and indoor baseball facilities. While outdoor cages generally use unpadded turf, Hurley suggested padded PM34 for Weaver’s batting cage. “They laid a 60′ x 40′ concrete slab, since it was going on a concrete pad, a turf with a padded backing is ideal because it gives some cushion underneath the turf and limits the bouncing and ricochet,” Hurley said. “Since the concrete was 60′ x 40′, five 12′ x 40′ rolls fit perfectly. They used seaming fabric and seaming turf glue to attach all of the rolls basically creating one large 40′ x 60′ roll.”

While PM34 is a durable artificial turf product, Hurley suggested the Batting Mat Pro to add into the cages. These turf mats feature a 5mm foam pad and spike resistant turf to make them extra durable. They have inlaid white turf lines, meaning they will not fade and are built to last. These mats can be used for baseball or softball, and will extend the life of your batting cage turf.

Jefferson County also took the safety of their coaches and athletes into account by adding two Premium Series L-Screens into their cages. These L-screens provide professional level protection for youth and high school coaches with our durable netting and think piping.

“The batting mats and L-screens are a MUST in every batting cage,” Hurley said when asked about the equipment for this cage. “Obviously the L-screens keep pitchers safe and the Premium Series L-screen is always my go too. The screen is great quality and affordable.”

“Since so much of the activity happens in the hitting area of the cage, putting a batting mat down in that area will help prolong the life of the turf,” Hurley continued. “Once that wears down, it’s easy to just order a new one. I always say it is much easier replacing a 12′ x 6′ batting mat than it is replacing a 12′ x 55′ roll of turf. The lines and the home plate give it the realistic batters box feel.”

Weaver has stated that the batting cage has more than met the expectations, and has worked quite well with at least 2-3 teams working in the cages every night through the season. Not only do the cages provide a professional experience, they increase the safety of the area and provide a second to none option for young baseball & softball athletes in the area to train.

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