Work hard At The Yard



   Mark Hayward offers private one-on-one lessons covering all aspects of hitting.   He pitches overhand in the tunnel for game situation batting practice.  He also emphasizes mechanics off the tee. 

You can also rent one or more of our tunnels and do your own pitching.




The Ballyard also has a large area for fielding, throwing and sliding practice.  Perfect for flip drills, lead-off instruction,  and point and throw mechanics.  Also good for team instruction or meetings.  

Ask about our one-on-one fielding practice sessions





The Ballyard has a regulation turfed rubber mound for pitching instruction.  Great for balance and accuracy.   Good for all ages since tunnel with mound can handle 40' to 60' 6." You can bring a catcher or throw into a net with the strike zone highlighted.




The Ballyard is looking for 15u, 16u and 17u players still looking for a travel team for the 2020 season.  If you are looking for a team for the 2020 season, contact Mark for tryouts.

Any coach looking to further your teams progress.  The Ballyard can sponsor and provide training sessions for your team.

Play Hard At The Yard !!

Mark Hayward: 630-217-0039

    The Ballyard Academy has travel teams this fall and next summer.  Tryouts for 2020 will be announced. 

 No fancy helmets, bat bags etc. Just good clean baseball, plus a little blood, sweat and tears. Mark is in his 53rd consecutive year of baseball through playing, coaching and teaching. 

     Bob Gaedele is running one of the team's; he was a travel director in Arlington Heights and his son Kyle was drafted in the 6th round by the San Diego Padres.

     Steve Lutz was the travel director of Glen Ellyn and a part of Hilltopper baseball.

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