Hit & Run Baseball Academy

Our mission at Hit & Run Baseball Academy is to teach the fundamentals of baseball and softball by providing players with a comprehensive training program to develop and maximize their God given abilities.

Our mission at Hit & Run Baseball Academy is to teach the fundamentals of baseball and softball by providing players with a comprehensive training program to develop and maximize their God given abilities.


What to do if Your Child is Wronged

Great read for parents!


[10/16/17]   Just a reminder that I am still doing private lessons but I am now doing them out of the baseball facility at St Vincent-St Mary. To schedule your lessons you can reach me on my cell phone at 330-283-0676. Leave a message I will call you back.

[07/18/17]   It is with a great deal of sadness that I am announcing the closing of the facility of the Hit & Run Academy. I will still be available to do private lessons. You can call my cell phone (330-283-0676) or email me at [email protected] or my personal email at [email protected] for further information.

Ron Wolforth's Texas Baseball Ranch


Coach Lisle

Every parent and athlete should watch this.

Parents: If you have an athlete above the age of 7 in your household, sit them down and watch this with them for 2 minutes and 38 seconds. (Geno Auriemma, Head Women's Basketball Coach, UConn)


The Nine Things I Look for in a Recruit

Great article


Hit & Run Academy is teaming up with the Diamond Kings!!

[04/07/16]   A great big "atta boy" goes out to Aiden Dine. Aiden spoke today on Capitol Hill help to kick off the "Team Tackle" advocacy and initiative program for the American Diabetes Association. He was on a panel to discuss how he deals with diabetes every day. He was on a panel with Mike Golic from ESPN's Mike & Mike show. In attendance was 45 professional football players.When Aiden was done speaking I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. Very powerful speech from a young man.

Way to go Aiden!!

Proactive Coaching

GREAT message for our culture today…
In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.
While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”
Who the hell is John Scolinos, I wondered. Well, in 1996 Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. No matter, I was just happy to be there.
He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Pointed side down.
Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?
After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.
Then, finally …
“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.
“No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”
Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.
“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”
Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach.
“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”
“Seventeen inches!”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”
“Seventeen inches!”
“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls.
“And what do they do with a a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over these seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.
“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Bobby. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of throwing the ball over it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”
“Coaches …”
” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? What do we do if he violates curfew? What if he uses drugs? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?
The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold.
Then he turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”
Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.
“This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful….to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”
“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!”
I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.
“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”
With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside.
“… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.
His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.

[01/05/16]   Just a reminder!!
We are excited to say that we have a 9u, 10u, 12u, and 14u girls softball teams, for this coming spring running through Hit and Run Academy. We have open positions for each team.
Tryouts for the 9u and 10u ages 8-10 are Saturday January 9th at 9am.
Tryouts for 12u and 14u ages 11-14 are Saturday January 16th at 9am.
Located at Hit and Run Academy
2900 State Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
348 people reached

[12/14/15]   We are excited to say that we have a 9u, 10u, 12u, and 14u girls softball teams, for this coming spring running through Hit and Run Academy. We have open positions for each team.
Tryouts for the 9u and 10u ages 8-10 are Saturday January 9th at 9am.
Tryouts for 12u and 14u ages 11-14 are Saturday January 16th at 9am.
Located at Hit and Run Academy
2900 State Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

[12/03/15]   Exciting news at Hit & Run!! We will now have travel softball for girls starting this summer. We currently have a 12u and 10u team.


Why Young Athletes Lack Grit & How to Build It - Tim Elmore

Great Article

growingleaders.com Follow @TimElmore I recently spoke to a hitting coach for a professional baseball team. He told me how he’d tried to help a 19-year-old minor leaguer change his swing. After trying his suggestion three times, the player tossed down the bat saying, “It doesn’t work.” The hitting coach replied, “But y…


14 Things You Need to STOP Doing TODAY!!! | 1PitchWarrior.com w/ Coach Justin Dehmer

Great article!!

1pitchwarrior.com #1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks y…

[02/03/15]   "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't"

Jerry Rice


How Do Parents Affect Your Players’ Mindset? | 1PitchWarrior.com w/...

Great article for athletes parents!

www.1pitchwarrior.com As coaches we do what we can with the time we have to mold players into the type of players we think they can become. We want to create players...

[11/11/14]   Happy Veterans Day! Hit & Run Baseball Academy would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our veterans and active military members. Thank you to my father, brother and brother-in-law for their service!

[07/22/14]   Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rich Moncheck and his family. Rich's son (Andrew) who just graduated from Stow High School was killed in a car accident last week. Please keep them in your prayers during this extremely difficult time!!

[01/20/14]   Here is a great form Steven Ellis:

Steven Ellis here with another baseball pitching tip...

Here are some points to remember when you're working on your change-up.

1) Find a grip that is comfortable and stick with it - the grip does all the
work of slowing the ball down.

2) Hand speed is what fools hitters-they think it is a fastball.

3) Movement is desirable, but not at the expense of hand speed.

4) Don't pick corners-throw your change-up down the middle of the plate. You
want the hitter to swing.

5) Stay with it even if it gets hit hard once in a while; it will help you win
at the higher levels. (You don't stop throwing your fastball just because it
gets hit once or twice.)

Work on it.

Coach Pence

[10/01/13]   It's that time of the year. Call and get signed up for lessons for the winter. Time slots are filling up fast!!!

[02/26/13]   We need everyone to keep their fingers crossed and prayers for Josh Judy who workouts at the academy. He has a tryout with the Detroit Tigers next week in Florida. Good Luck Josh!!!!

Hit & Run Baseball Academy

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[02/15/13]   We want to welcome Nick Jones to our staff of instructors. Some of you will remember Nick, an oustanding baseball player from Woodridge High School. Call now to schedule your lessons with Nick.

[02/11/13]   Pitching success, in my opinion, starts with
the 3 D's:

1) Dedication - be strict and serious about the
way you go about getting your work done.

2) Discipline - be early to practice/games and
never putting off what you're set to accomplish.

3) Determination - during your training, also
try to be to be better than you were before.

[02/04/13]   Baseball Tips:
Pitchers...learn to develop the change up. It's the best pitch in baseball. With being able to locate your fastball to both sides of the plate, a change up makes a breaking ball practically unnecessary. Most hitters won't even be able to adjust, and will swing through or take the change up the entire game

Practice it!

[08/07/12]   Tryouts for Hit & Run 16u travel team will be this Saturday (8/11) and next Saturday (8/18) from 4-7 at Stow High School.

[01/13/12]   Hit and Run Baseball Academy welcomes Paul Burnside to the staff. Paul will be doing softball pitching/hitting classes. Give us a call to schedule lessons with Paul for the upcoming season

[05/22/11]   Hit & Run Baseball players and friends....lets watch and root for Josh Judy who was just called up to the bigs (Indians). Josh works out at the academy in the off season.

[12/16/10]   Coming soon to Hit & Run Baseball Academy.......Resistance Band Training

[12/09/10]   Baseball lessons make a great holiday gift idea!

[09/25/10]   Sign up for lessons now! Lesson discounts available for families with more than one player enrolled in lessons.

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197 Smith St
Akron, OH

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