FIELD OF DREAMS "If you build it, they will come."
Practice and Training Academy
731 Slocum Ave
Lancaster Oh 43130
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Most of us recognize this line from the outstanding baseball movie entitled Field of Dreams. Well, we built it! After over a year of thinking about this, and months of planning it is our pleasure to announce that what was once only a Dream, is soon to become a reality!!! With the combined experience, knowledge and passion for the game, partners Chris Zaker, Don Holbrook and Allan Anderson are opening an indoor practice facility in Lancaster Ohio. It will be an 8,000 square foot, ALL TURF facility with 3 batting cages (2 are 54' and one is 70' long).
- The facility will offer lessons for both softball and baseball for all aspects of the games including pitching, hitting, fielding and catching. In addition to sport-specific lessons, additional training will be offered by some extremely qualified athletes for speed and agility as well as running techniques.
- Running technique perfection and speed development clinics will be offered by a former USA Olympian world record holder!!
- Discussions have taken place with high level, very accomplished and well known instructors to provide lessons for hitting and pitching. Their names will be announced once the deals are finalized. We can't announce these names as of yet, because they obviously work out of other facilities in the area!!!
- Weekend clinics for pitching and hitting will be offered. More info to come as these materialize!
- We will offer various contests for the kids to enable them the chance to earn prizes during their time spent at Field of Dreams. These contests will earn the kids some bragging rights amongst their friends and teammates.
- Free high speed wireless internet access, cable television and plenty of seating will be available for parents and onlookers!! The seating area will be completely safe from stray balls with a floor-ceiling netting system.
- Healthy snacks and drinks are available for purchase
- Dairy Queen is just one block away (oh no!)
- There is plenty of additional space for players to work on fielding techniques, throwing, pitching and catching.
- A catching lane is available with enough space to work on the throw-downs to 2nd base for softball players!!!
- Slow motion video recording of mechanics may be provided. I'm not talking about 60 frames per second that makes the video look like the clay-mation Christmas specials from when we were kids...I'm talking about high quality video recording at frame rates of up to 240-480 frames per second. At this speed, you can easily pick out the littlest of swing flaws! At 240 frames per second, 1 second of life takes 8 seconds to watch. Amazing clarity!!!!
- We have one Iron Mike pitching machine as well as several Jugs-type hand fed pitching machines that are available during hitting practices. The Iron Mike is capable of throwing baseballs as well as 12" softballs!!!
***Hitting leagues are forming now, and will begin the week of November 4, 2013!***Hourly cage rentals are available and the entire facility will also be available for rent to area travel balls teams, rec balls teams and school ball teams as well. As if that wasn't enough....imagine bringing your entire team to the facility at 9PM on a Friday night...hitting, pitching and fielding until 1:00 AM, then sacking out with sleeping bags as a team. Yes, we are working out the details to offer overnight team practice/sleepover parties. Wouldn't that be a fantastic team building and fun opportunity for the kids??? What a great way to have a birthday party for one of your players, without messing up your own home. Adult coaches and additional chaperones will be required!
Live pitching & hitting leagues are also being organized!!!
The Grand Opening is Saturday, Nov 2!
Coach's Tour is set for Wednesday, October 30!
Visit our Facebook page by going here: https://www.facebook.com/fieldofdreamsohio . We will make more announcements as the grand opening draws neared. We will use our Facebook page for most of our announcements so be sure to Like the page! We are in the process of developing our website, but for now use the Facebook page to stay up to date!
For more information you can PM me, or contact any of the following:
Chris Zaker 740-503-7563
Don Holbrook 740-243-7137
Allan Anderson 740-503-0452 (Former MLB pitcher for Minnesota Twins for 6 years!!!)