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Private Baseball Lessons @ WCWAA Optimist Park


Lessons @ WCWAA Optimist Park

Under the direction of Coach Mark Mennitt On Deck is proud to be offering private 1-on-1 lessons at WCWAA Optimist Park. All lessons will be 30 min in length.  All lessons will take place at  the "S-6A Area" on the Weddington Optimist Park map. Area/Cages next to Babe Ruth Field.

Address for WCWAA Optimist Park: 
5211 Weddington Rd, Weddington, NC 28104

We will not be holding any lessons at the Optimist Park during the winter months.  We should start holding lesson times back at the fields in Early March 2020. All lessons that display online will be held at On Deck Academy in Pineville.

Want To See Available Lesson Times @ WCWAA Optimist Park? 
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If you are only looking for lessons that will be held at WCWAA Optimist Park
You can use the filter option at the top of the calendar... Click button for Filter
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Click Filter and it will show you all the options available at WCWAA Optimist Park.

Not Sure Who To Work With?
All Instructors Bio's Can Be Found On Bottom Of This Page

New Customers: 
Book Your Lesson Online By Clicking Button Above
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Returning Customers:
Click The Button Above & Login To Your EZ Facility Account And Book Your Lesson
(If You Have Not Enabled Your Account Yet Just Request It By Emailing Your Child's Name To: [email protected])


Lesson Rates & Packages
30 Minute Individual Lesson
$55/General Public

4-Pack- $200
8-Pack - $380
12-Pack - $540
*Lessons are valid for 1-year from purchase.

Stil Have Questions/Email Us At:
[email protected]

Please Provide: Player Name & The Days/Times You Are Looking For A Lesson

(If This Is Your First Lesson Please Provide DOB)

Mark Mennitt (Hitting- Defense - Catching)
Title: Director of Operations - Weddington
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Independence High School
Mars Hill College
BA in History/Social Studies Education

• Played in High School at Independence High, state champion 1984
• Head Baseball Coach for 24 years (Independence, Parkwood, Marvin Ridge)
• Won 12 conference titles as a head coach, 11 coach of year awards
• Appeared in 4 regional championships & won state championship in 2015 & 2016 at Marvin Ridge

Jordan Darnell (Pitching-Hitting)
Title: Assistant Director of Teams & Lead Instructor 
Hometown: Charlotte, NC 
Ardrey Kell High School 
Elon University BS Sports Management 

• Played at Ardrey Kell High School 
• Member of the AKHS baseball team which finished runner-up in the NC 4A State Championship (2008), All-Conference selection, All-State selection 
• Southwestern 4A Player of the Year (2008) 
• Member of the On Deck O’s (2006-2008) 
• 3-time Powerade/NC State Games participant (2006, 2007, 2008) 
• Played at Elon University (2008-2013) 
• 3-time NCAA D-I Regional participant (2009, 2010, 2013) 
• SOCON All-Freshman Team selection (2009) 
• 3-time Southern Conference Championships at Elon University (2009, 2010, 2013) 
• Signed with Barrie Baycats (IBL) 
• Certified Dynamic Pitching Institute Instructor 
• Assistant Director of Teams & Pitching Program (2014-present) 

Infield Play: Defense wins ball games! Very few indoor baseball training facilities in the country have the space to focus on defense. We have turf areas inside as well as a full sized infield outside.

Pitching: The staffs focus’ first and foremost on the mechanics of pitching. Proper mechanics lead to consistency and help prevent injury. Advanced players have the opportunity to learn not only proper mechanics but the mental approach to pitching.

Hitting: A major league approach to hitting from former and current professional players. Our staff is brings years of professional baseball & softball experience. Fundamentals of hitting for the beginner all the way up to the mental approach to each and every at bat to advanced player is what we teach.

Catchers: Catching is the most important defensive position in baseball and when it comes to training is often neglected.  Our instructors will help you maximize your talent behind the plate by teaching you the best technique in regards to receiving, blocking, footwork, and throwing.

Our Instructors are not only athletes who have reached the highest levels in the games but who are truly stewards and teachers of the game. Our staff appreciates and values the opportunity to pass on the knowledge that was given to us in our formative years. Our staff brings a passion for the game to all of our students.


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