Our Mission: We believe that baseball is a tool that can be used to teach lessons about life’s experiences in a positive way. A baseball player in the On Deck program will develop a better understanding of how education, skill, luck, work, individual achievement, team performance, sacrifice, judgment, choice… all things in which experience brings enormous value… can affect and impact their lives and the lives of others. We believe that players who participate in the On Deck Academy, irrespective of when they stop playing competitive baseball, will be productive people with a strong sense of self-worth, work ethic and community service.
Teaching the Game: The Staff at On Deck Baseball & Softball Academy includes master teachers of the games of baseball and fastpitch softball. On Deck instructors recognize the short-term and long-term benefits of working hard to maximize one’s ability in order to accomplish team and individual goals, while forging lifelong relationships and memories. Our staff takes great pride in creating a highly structured and comfortable learning atmosphere that promotes respect, accountability, good habits and commitment. As teachers, we constantly assess strengths and weaknesses, document progress, and motivate each player to exceed their own expectations. At On Deck, young people are led through an established program that customizes instruction and requires positive conformity, as it teaches the mastery of fundamentals and higher level concepts. Most importantly, players have fun and develop an unrivaled love and appreciation for the game!
Leadership – We are conscious of the impact our actions have on those around us. We raise the bar. We set the standard.
Respect – We recognize the value in ourselves and others.
Making a Difference – We embrace the opportunity and ability to change lives through small gestures and grand acts.
Integrity –We are morally courageous, honest, and dependable.
Service –We are passionate about making our community a better place to live, learn, and grow.
Commitment –We never waiver in our desire to be the best we can be.
More than a Decade of Service: Since 2000, On Deck has been serving the greater-Charlotte area by helping shape kids into young adults and providing them with the opportunity to achieve their dream of playing at the highest level of competition they can. For some that next level is making their middle school or high school team or making the high school varsity team, but for many it is college and beyond. More than 250 On Deck graduates have reached their dream of playing at the collegiate level and beyond. Please visit our Alumni Section to view accomplishments of so many of the young people from this area. We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating the achievements of the youth in our community.
Garry Hill, Owner (former 1st Round Draft Pick Atlanta Braves and UNC standout)
Jason Hill, Owner (former UNC Charlotte standout and coach)
Kevin Hill, Owner (former UNC Charlotte standout and coach at Pfeiffer)
John Steele (former St Mary’s Univ. (TX) standout, former college and professional coach/Texas Rangers, Texas Wesleyan Univ.)
Lindo Javelona (15+ years of coaching experience)
Jordan Darnell (former Elon standout)