Current Programs

Registration for Spencer Allen One-Night Only Hitting Clinic…NOW OPEN

rISNPxO2IBA is proud to once again play host to an exciting and unique opportunity for our local players … Northwestern University Head Coach, Spencer Allen, will be visiting The Yard on Wednesday, January 11th to run a series of hitting clinics. This “ONE-NIGHT-ONLY” event is designed to give hitters not only advanced drills and theory but one-on-one feedback and instruction as well. This program WILL SELL OUT!

 

Highlights

  • One-on-one instruction from NU’s Head Baseball Coach
  • Learn in small groups
  • Open to players 5th-8th grade
  • Players separated by age

Registration for Mike Napoleon Hitting Clinic – NOW OPEN!

Back by popular demand, The Yard is proud to announce the return of the Mike Napoleon Winter Hitting Clinic! Due to the huge success of this program, we have continued to make room for two groups. 4th – 6th graders will be in Group A while 7th & 8th graders will be in Group B. This four-week program will run on Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, and 31. Coach Mike Napoleon will be assisted by Varsity Hitting Coach, Pete Drevline.

 

Highlights

  • Learn from the NT Varsity Head Coach and Hitting Coach
  • Take your hitting to the next level
  • Open to players 4th-8th Grade
  • Groups are separated by age and ability

Registration for Mini-Majors and Spring Training – NOW OPEN!

Illinois Baseball Academy at The Yard is happy to once again announce our Winter Mini-Majors and Spring Training Programs. These programs are open for players in Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade (groups divided by age). Part I will be offered on Saturday January 7, 14, 21, and 28; Part II will be offered on Saturday February 11, 18, 25, and March 11. These programs will prepare your athlete for their upcoming Spring season by covering a variety of skills such as hitting, fielding, baserunning, and pitching coupled with fun competitions/games!

 

 

Highlights

  • Prepare for your Spring Season
  • Learn from current high school and college coaches
  • Open to players Pre-K through 3rd Grade
  • Groups divided by age and ability

Private Lessons at The Yard

Illinois Baseball Academy is proud to have the most elite coaching staff in the area to give private lessons. All of our coaches played college baseball with many of them earning all-conference selections with a few winning conference and national titles! If you want your athlete to take his game to the next level, our coaches know how to get it done. No other facility can say that all of their coaches played college baseball and most currently coach high school or college baseball!

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Highlights

  • Learn from current high school and college coaches
  • Learn from coaches who all played college baseball
  • Lessons for all players of all age ability
  • Offerings at various dates and times

How We Teach

Professional Staff

IBA instructors are developed and directed by Chris Beacom, founder of IBA and former professional baseball player. IBA offers the best staff in the area which consists of current high school and college coaches who played college baseball and are assisted by current college and local high school players.

Chris Beacom has a baseball pedigree and reputation unmatched in the area.  Chris firmly believes that the best coaches lead to the best product. An advanced understanding of baseball coupled with rigorous training on how to teach it to all levels ensures that no matter what a player’s age or skill, IBA has just the right staff to help develop your player.


Age appropriate Instruction

IBA believes that baseball instruction, like classroom instruction, is only helpful if it is age appropriate.  With that in mind, we tailor our lessons, camps and clinics to meet this criteria for players.
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The cornerstone of all IBA programming is the blend between baseball instruction and life lessons.  We are committed to making the game accessible and fun for players of all ages and ability levels.  We tailor our lessons and approach in a manner that reflects these differences. At all levels, in a targeted manner, our method considers the social emotional composition, character, and physical development of each player.  Please click on the links below to see how we train  athletes at different stages of their development!

 

 

What They’re Saying About Illinois Baseball Academy

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“I appreciate what IBA is doing.  Teaching kids about respect, teamwork, hustle and other life skills … that’s important.  Kids need that.”

Ryan Dempster,
Major League Pitcher


Where We Teach

Indoor Facilities

IBA owns and operates The Yard, a 5,000 sq ft facility located in Northfield.  IBA also manages The Dome, a 140,000 square foot INDOOR facility – the only one of its kind in the entire midwest – located in Rosemont.

The Yard was developed in coordination with local Community Baseball Associations (GBA, GYB, KWBA, NTTP, and WBA) to provide for their fall, winter and spring baseball programming needs. The space is configured to enable private lessons, team practices, and clinics covering pitching, hitting, catching and fielding.  The Yard is also able to host birthday parties – a BIG HIT!

The Dome is owned and operated by the Village of Rosemont.  It is home to tournaments, leagues and individual games for youth baseball (up to U12, up to U14 with wooden bats) and softball as well as adult softball teams.  It is also suitable for practices for high school baseball teams.  There are TWO diamonds with outfield fences (235′ to center field), concessions and a complete and separate training area.  The Dome also is able to offer birthday parties.


Park Districts

IBA provides a variety of programming at local park districts including Glencoe Park District, Glenview Park District, Wilmette Park District, and the Winnetka Community House.

An important aspect of Illinois Baseball Academy’s mission is to partner with local park districts to offer a wide variety of programming such as daytime programming, Spring T-Ball leagues, and summer camps! Head to your local park district’s website to see what offerings we have!

What They’re Saying About Illinois Baseball Academy

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The Yard is great for community baseball.  My sons both played in the community and I’m happy that House League and Travel players will have a place like this at their disposal.”

Mike Napoleon,
Head Varsity Baseball Coach
New Trier High School

Why We Teach

Supporting Community

IBA believes that Community and Communities are things built by participation.  IBA is community based, focused and driven.  We work hand-in-hand, as partners, with Community Baseball Associations (CBAs), Park Districts and fully support community-based baseball programming.  We also support community-based businesses that help us to create the most positive experience.

Our partnerships with local CBAs are a major point of difference from other area baseball training operations.  We do not, and will not, compete directly with CBAs as do virtually all of our competitors – who field their own teams – taking players directly out of community programs.  We purchase our equipment and service events such as Open Houses and birthdays through Community-based businesses.  We also connect with the broader community through our active role with Cubs Charities. Click on the links below to learn more about:


Player and Character Development

IBA is committed to developing the “whole player.”  IBA emphasizes character development with players at the younger levels to build a foundation upon which to layer advanced baseball skills as players get older and progress.

IBA understands that at all levels of baseball, certain life skills can be taught directly or indirectly. Players as young as 3 years old all the way up through professional levels are learning how to deal with mom, dad, classmates, teachers, coaches, a boss, and/or society as a whole. As we begin to train young players, we place a heavy emphasis on our “Word of the Day” and life lessons; as players develop and get older, advanced baseball skills become the major focus – as well as teaching ways to deal with adversity.

What They’re Saying About Illinois Baseball Academy

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“Baseball brings kids together, and I know Illinois Baseball Academy is committed to what’s best for kids; Chris’ approach to teaching proper fundamentals and instilling the right values in kids is second to none. IBA is a true asset to community baseball.”

Luke Gregerson,
Oakland Athletics

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