Elite Pitcher Boot Camp Testimonial
"For the past 4 years I have traveled and lectured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. I get to see firsthand many talented athletes and exceptional teachers and facilities. But I will happily and eagerly report that my November 2007 trip to the Baseball Zone in Mississauga was truly a remarkable, one of a kind experience. After my three days with Coach Johnston, Mike McCarthy, Ryan Armstrong and the gang, I would rate the Baseball Zone as not only the top Academy in Canada, but one of the top 5 Baseball Academies in the World.
"The Baseball Zone is not only professionally managed, it is obviously on the constant search to improve itself and give its clients the most current and progressive information and training protocols available in the world today. In fact I was so impressed by the Zone and I'm so much of a believer in Rick, Mike and Ryan, that I plan on returning to Mississauga 2-3 times a year."
CEO Pitching Central
CTO The Texas Baseball Ranch
"The Baseball Zone is an excellent indoor facility. It is equipped with the best cages and equipment to suit a baseball player in the amateur ranks as well as professional. This is why The Baseball Zone is my off-season choice."
Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
"Clean, well-kept and great lighting with the true feel of a baseball environment all around"
Shawn Hill - Toronto Blue Jays
"Best hitting facility I have ever seen."
Peter Orr - Washington Nationals
"Overall atmosphere is incredibly unique and equal to major league facilities."
Chris Leroux - Pittsburgh Pirates
"It is the best indoor facility I have been to. The turf is awesome. Lots of room to throw, lots of cages for the hitters."
Chris Begg - Team Canada
"From the ground up, the facility is top notch, but what separates The Zone from any other facility is its baseball ambience."
Lee Delfino - Quebec City Capitales
"It has everything I need to get ready for the upcoming season."
John Suomi - Philadelphia Phillies
"The Baseball Zone provides an excellent environment to any ball player. From the amateur ranks to the professionals, The Baseball Zone provides the facilities that each individual needs."
Hyung Cho - Seattle Mariners
"The Baseball Zone has a great atmosphere and good staff to instruct players of all levels. The facility is amazing and can adapt for every baseball situation. Would recommend The Baseball Zone to everyone and anyone."
Josh McCurdy - Baltimore Orioles
"Top facility in Ontario without a doubt, from the facility to the instruction. Best hitting tunnels I have used."
Eric Wolfe - Purdue University, Los Angeles Dodgers draft pick
"Great facility. Best training facility in Ontario."
Mike McFadden - Winthrop University
"With an extensive grass root and elite athlete presence, The Baseball Zone is capable of offering aspiring Major Leaguers of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to develop their skills in a professionally managed environment. Information and skills acquired through involvement with The Baseball Zone will contribute to the growth, development and realization of the talents and dreams of all generations of Canadian baseball players."
Greg Hamilton - Head Coach & Director National Teams - Baseball Canada
"I have been involved in coaching both at the boys and girls baseball now for over fourteen years and have never come across such an effective means of winter training. I definitely will continue to bring any team I am involved with to The Baseball Zone for years to come!"
Leo Latini - Director of Rep, Mississauga North Baseball - Girls Fastball
"One of the best teaching facilities I have seen in Canada or the U.S. I have sent players to The Baseball Zone and will continue to do so."
David Haick - 2nd Vice President, Provincial Women's Softball Association
"I highly recommend The Baseball Zone facilities and trainers."
Ann Dundon - President, Erindale Lions Little League
"There is no other facility like this in the area."
Tony Hart - Vice President Rep Baseball Mississauga North Baseball Association
"I appreciate the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of passionate baseball people. Mike and Rick have established the benchmark for sports training and I am richer for the experience."
Bob Acton - Fastball Coaching Legend
"I had an absolute action packed, fun filled weekend learning from your instructors, Coach Ron and Coach Strom. I've been coaching kids from 3-20yrs of age in various sports, and baseball specifically for 6 yrs. now I consider myself a coach clinic junky and enjoy continually learning, let me tell you fellas that was one of, if the best clinics I've ever attended period!"
Jim Blais - London Minor Baseball
"On behalf of my team I would also like to thank you guys for the hard work Rich and Army have put in and the knowledge they were able to pass on to us.
"We look forward to going back to the Zone for more training in the future."
Roger Graham - Burlington Minor Baseball
"The Baseball Zone's professionalism, enthusiasm, integrity and competence get an A+. Your commitment was complete and the message was consistent. You showed genuine interest in each of our boys."
Mark Weiner - Thornhill Minor Baseball
"I chose the Baseball Zone because I have used them in the past and they always have a great development program for teams and individuals. There are other good programs around as well but none of them have the depth of instructors who basically teach from the same program that is directed and led by Head Instructor and Co-Owner Rick Johnston. Rick expects all his instructors to have the same passion, knowledge, and talent for teaching young baseball players that he has exhibited over the years. Also, to top it all off they are all great guys who are all genuinely happy to be with all our players and coaches."
John Grilli - Mississauga North Minor Baseball
"The quality learning time spent in the 'Zone' was maximized. Also, we have been to the semifinals and finals in three tournaments. I would say this is a good accomplishment since we are playing major bantam with seven minors on the team. The best part of our team is pitching as I have been able to send 8 players to the mound. This has been a bonus in tournaments. I attribute this to the work that was done in the 'Zone'. It was worth the time and money."
Matt Allison - Bolton Minor Baseball
"My two sons (17 & 14 years old) have played baseball since they were 5 years old. They have been to many facilities and encountered numerous coaches, trainers and instructors. They will easily tell you that, in all of southern Ontario, The Baseball Zone is the best training facility, at all levels, bar none. They always want to go back! They always feel welcomed and at ease there. It is clean, bright and well equipped, and fully devoted to producing better athletes, mentally and physically. Rick Johnston and Ryan "Army" Armstrong are excellent instructors who really care and respect the players. No swearing, no insulting, no berating and no humiliating here! All the instructors are tough and know how to motivate and inspire in a very positive way. These are friendly professionals like no others! My boys have become much better baseball players thanks to The Zone."
Jocey de La Fontaine
"Rick and Mike, I want to thank you guys for the excellent program and facility you run. My son Michael had pitching lessons there during the winter and his performance improved to the point where he made the High school team.
"Your ability to breakdown and analyze Michael's pitching mechanics and communicate them to him in a very clear manner was a key to making the lessons effective.
"Thanks again guys and good luck in the coming season."
"I just wanted to write to thank you for your help in preparing for this past season. Not only did you help make my son a better player and pitcher, but you helped make me a better coach. The results were an Ontario championship."
"These are great programs, my sons Andrew 11 yrs, and Joseph 8 yrs, have enjoyed them, and have improved their skills from attending both Sessions #1 and #2.
"I have learned a lot as well, watching your instructors, who have been easily approachable, every time that I have a question, or asked for further detail of any of the great drills you apply."
"We just wanted to say thanks for the High Performance Pitching Program. Both Stephen and Jeremy are off to a very strong start. Thanks to you and the whole Baseball Zone team who put the program together and ran it. It was/is excellent."
"I just want to say a word of thanks for the great facility that you have and operate there. Thank you again for running a very successful facility and I want to extend our best wishes for what the future holds for The Baseball Zone and your staff."
"We just wanted to say thanks for the excellent instruction to date. The clinic has been just terrific and Nick has really enjoyed it so much. Thanks to the coaches for their unbelievable knowledge--they made each session fun and a lesson in science/kinetics too. They even got Nick to smile regularly while playing ball! Not an easy feat for a kid who takes ball so seriously!"
"I just want to thank you again for the camp last weekend. Events like this help to confirm that you do run the best baseball facility in Ontario.
"Every one of your people is professional. You expect a lot from each athlete and you get them to deliver. All instructors are for sure enthusiastic and competent; however I think the key to your success is the degree of integrity shown by all members of you staff. You folks 'walk the talk'. That is important to young athletes."
"Just thought I'd drop a thank-you with regard to the coaching you did with my smallest son Dylan, yesterday. Although he is the smallest player only 8 years old), we decided to sign him up for the pitching clinic with his 2 older brothers. We were a bit apprehensive with whether he'd enjoy himself, since he struggles at school and new environments. Well, Dylan really enjoyed himself last night to the point where he called me on my wife's cell phone on the ride home and is so enthusiastic he wants to go back there tonight."
"By providing progams, instruction, camps and clinics, such as the High Performance Program, SST and Ron Wolforth's Boot Camp, really illustrates that you and your staff are making every effort to assist your clients reach their full potential and achieve their individual goals.
"We applaud your efforts and keep up the great work!"
Lisa & Kevin Smith
"My 8yr old boy was at the baseball camp July 2 and 3. Just a note to say how impressed I was with the camp. The lead instructor and the others had a great rapport with the kids. The staff was helpful and friendly. I know my son enjoyed every minute and it was worth the drive from Kincardine. Thank you."
"Just a note to say a big thank you to Coach Adam and all the guys last week at the Nelson baseball camp in Burlington. My son, Luke loved it! He learned lots of stuff and a greater love for the game! He's always practicing his sliding catches and crazy handshakes too! The coaches had a huge impact on his confidence for playing. Kudos to them. We look forward to next summer's camp."
"Thank you so much for your expert advice Ryan. I am glad that Jack has you as his pitching instructor at the Baseball Zone. There is no doubt in my mind that he will benefit a great deal from what you and Rick have taught him in the class. I am extremely impressed."
"Go and sign up early as you cannot get that type of instruction anywhere I know in Ontario or I suspect the rest of our great country."
"The Baseball Zone, as always, was very professional and enthusiastic during the camp. It is obvious that The Baseball Zone staff is professional as their instruction is the best that can be found. What makes them so special though is that their instruction goes beyond baseball; they guide these young athletes in developing their values. Hard work, being accountable, being a motivated contributing member of a team and to love the activity that you are involved in are some of the values that they impart. What tells me that they are special is the way that my son cannot wait to be back at the 'Zone'."
"My son's team chose BZ, and I support that choice. He has had the opportunity to participate in similar programs at other facilities; however he believes that he has learned more from this program than others. The element of this program that stands out is the focus on a strong work ethic and a positive mental attitude to enhance success."
"We tell all the parents and players that we come in contact with that if they are serious about baseball they should consider The Baseball Zone's High Performance Program."
"BZ's staff was excellent in setting the bar for my son. I noticed that their competency and encouragement where far above what I have seen with other sporting venues."
"The Baseball Zone Team is first class. The enthusiasm and care they take in delivering a high performance program is visible every visit. A consistent, great organization."
"The Baseball Zone's team of trainers and coaching staff are excellent. They are great motivators and teachers and very approachable."
"The staff at the zone is the best by far that I have ever seen. We have been to other indoor training facilities throughout Toronto and even in Chicago and THE BASEBALL ZONE staff is the most professional. They focus on what is really needed to help them reach the next level."
"My recommendation to any parent who was contemplating enrolling their child in this program and it is always worth the time. Any athlete will improve their game."
"Our son came home most days jumping up and down wanting to show us what he had learned."
"The coaching is top notch and age appropriate. Very happy with the overall product. My son had nothing but great things to say about the camp and the coaches."
"10/10. My daughter cannot wait to return."
"Jacob is beginning to understand the batting and pitching technique as he played softball before, hopefully by the spring the transition to baseball from softball will be easy for him, and what he learned from the Baseball Zone will contribute to his performance next year."
"My son's team went to the Championships for Rookie Ball with him batting in the winning run at semi finals. We hope to take advantage of more camps."
"The level of instruction is such that it is there to hone the skills and confidence of the young ball player. You should expect not only an improvement in baseball fundamentals, but also increased knowledge of the game."