All wyco games are canceled for today. 3/25/2017
Strike Zone is excited to announce new instructor former major leaguer and professional speaker
Hitting and Catching Professional baseball affiliations: Phillies, Mets, Royals, Indians
In 1978 Ed was drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the Major League draft. He played 13 years of professional baseball including his rookie year in the Big Leagues with the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets. The following year with the Kansas City Royals, he was set to make those big “million dollar bank deposits” today’s professional athletes are accustomed to, when suddenly, a serious shoulder injury brought a premature end to a very promising and brilliant career.
Less than six months after his baseball career ended, he was diagnosed with three potentially life-threatening health conditions. Once a strong, vibrant professional athlete, he was reduced to a man who could barely care for himself. Ed hung on, though, and now he uses what he learned during that physically challenging time to impact thousands of lives.
Today, after 3 life-saving kidney transplants, months of dialysis, a successful bout with cancer and radiation treatments, the aid of a breathing machine each night, a costly IV treatment once a month, and up to 50 pills per day, Ed has come back to live a life that is truly an inspiration.
For the past 22 years, Ed has traveled throughout the United States speaking to corporations, associations, schools & churches. He is very entertaining, captivating and motivating, but what makes him so uniquely special is his genuine desire to empower and uplift those around him in a very transparent and personal way.
In 2001, Ed was awarded the prestigious Certified Speaking Profession (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. He was the first (of only three) current or former professional athletes from our country’s major league sports to receive this designation. (only 8% of speakers throughout the world have received this distinguished honor).
As the author of Conquering Life’s Curves – Baseball, Battles & Beyond, Ed has appeared on numerous national television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club and MSNBC. He is founder of The Bottom of the 9th, a Kansas nonprofit corporation dedicated to the mission of rebuilding the spirit and character of this nation.
Ed, his wife, Trish, and their twenty-two-year-old son, Cody, reside in Shawnee, Kansas. He is very active in many community activities and spends countless hours of his time with the youth of Kansas City. In his spare time, Ed enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf.
Strike Zone facility offers 10,500 sq. ft. of training space with multiple tunnels and fielding areas. As part of our club program we offer an extensive year round training program for the development of your player in the game of baseball. We have an outdoor field for year round outdoor training on fielding and learning game situations. We also offer a very extensive indoor training program through the winter focused on the development of hitting pitching and fielding mechanics. We have also partnered with Earnest Jackson of IRISE fitness to conduct our year around sports performance training. IRISE fitness is 4500 sq. ft. of athletic sports training area connected to Strike Zone Baseball.
For more information about your team becoming part of Strike Zone Call or text 913-706-1194 or 913-745-6101 or email email@example.com
Strike Zone practice field parking instructions:
2 of these ball fields are on the private property of Strike Zone coaches and in their yards and neighborhoods. They have been kind enough to let Strike Zone build ball fields and use their yard for our teams practices. With that comes some responsibility and appreciation for that.
If players and parents do not follow the expectation they will not be allowed to come to practice and then will not be invited back to the team next year. I cannot loose the right to a ball field for all teams to practice because we do not follow a drop off pick up procedure.
Harding Field: Strike Zone instructors and Head Coach only can park at the metal out building in left field. park to the sides and not in front of any Bay doors. the workers need access to get in and out of the building with trucks and trailers.Everyone else park at Horizone Elementary School 7210 Chouteau, Shawnee KS. if you are dropping off do so at Horizone Elementary. do not drop off or pick up in front of the field. the ball field is located past the tree line on the south west corner of the school.
Smith field: 5959 Woodland rd Shawnee KS: do not pull in to or park in the neighbors driveway on the south side of the house that goes back by the field along the property line. all cars will drop off in the driveway and allow they son to walk to the back ball field. if the driveway is full make a circle in the neighborhood across the street until there is an available space in the driveway. do not park in the street. Shawnee cops are up and down that road constantly and will ticked you and tow you for parking or stopping in the bicycle lane.
Smith field practice rules: there will be balls that go in the neighbors property to the south. make sure they all get picked up. They do not want to hit baseballs with their mower. coaches will have to pick them up. there is a large gravel pile that is not safe for the kids to be on and the property owner does not want any players past the gravel road near the rock pile or metal out building.
Turner field: address 5805 Metropolitian ave KC KS there is a full parking lot to park in. Field is on top of the hill on the south side of Metropolitian ave directly across from the Turner USD 202 maintenance building
Titan field: address 11865 Conley st Olathe KS . can park in the street along the ball field
WYCO:(this is where we will hold scrimmages) 10100 Leavenworth RD KC KS 66109
INTRODUCING STRIKE ZONE SOFTBALL
Strike Zone will be adding Softball Club teams to the program. This program will be dedicated to training and developing softball players in the skills and techniques necessary to maximize their potential as softball players.
Hours of Operation
Strike Zone is a member only facility with no walk in availability. If you are interested in becoming a member or renting a tunnel please email
Kevin Sprague firstname.lastname@example.org
Strike Zone Mission
Our mission is to help young athletes learn the principals for life success – Focus, Determination, Overcoming challenges, Goal setting, Confidence, Enthusiasm, and Fun – while teaching the mechanics of baseball.
Strike Zone Tryouts
fall 2016 & spring 2017 9-18 tryouts will be held at Strike Zone field located at 5805 Metropolitian Ave. KC KS
there is no registration fee or pre-registration requirement.
- 15-18 U college showcase and tournament team July 22 6:00-9:00
- 14 U AAA July 20 7:00-9:00
- 13U AAA, AA and A July 19 7:00-9:00
- 12U AAA, AA, and A July 21 7:00-9:00
- 11U AAA, AA and A July 21 5:00-7:00
- 10UMajor, AAA, AA and A July 20 5:00-7:00
- 9U Major, AAA, AA and A July 19 5:00-7:00
- 7&8U tryouts will be held at Stump Park July 23 10:30-12:30
Email email@example.com for additional information or questions regarding tryouts.
Strike Zone is excited to announce the addition of several new instructors to the Strike Zone Team!
- Pierre Burris: Hitting.
Available Tuesday Thursday and Saturday
- Thomas Fitzgerald: Hitting and fielding.
Available Monday and Wednesday
- Andrew See: Catching, hitting and pitching.
- Earnest Jackson: Sports performance training. Please contact Earnest for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tyler Anthony: hitting and fielding
- Matt Reed: hitting and fielding
- Derek Youngman: Pitching
Please check out instructor page for full biographies.
For more information on setting up training please contact Kevin at email@example.com or go to the Lessons drop down at the top of the page then select Lessons Pricing and Schedule where you can book a lesson that fits your schedule.
New arm strength and velocity program.
Classes run December – March as an off season program for arm health and adding velocity. This is the most extensive program available covering arm strengthening exercises as well as core strength and mechanical training. There are 4 phases to the program that will lead your player right into the best season they have had. (For ages 12 & up.)