Play Ball Sports Academy
We provide Baseball/Softball Instruction, Rental Areas for teams and individuals, Camps, and Coaches Clinics. Our facility can also be used for indoor soccer, football, lacrosse and other activities. Play Ball provides the opportunity for the advanced player to fine tune and further develop their skills as well as providing an environment for the beginning player to acquire the proper fundamentals.
Play Ball Sports Academy is committed to offering players of all skill levels access to the best in training facilities, instruction, and equipment. We are dedicated to providing our students with the highest level of service, while promoting our sport with passion and integrity. Our mission is to provide educational excellence in athletics for every student while teaching proper techniques and sportsmanship.
Director of Training - Courtney Duncan
Former major league pitcher, Courtney Duncan - founder of Play Ball Sports Academy has been training players since 1993. The program started small, with less than half a dozen clients. Over the years, with no advertsing to speak of, his program has continued to grow every year.
Today, Play Ball Sports Academy has more than 100 clients in the fall program, and is operating at near full capacity during peak instructional hours. Courtney is pleased to say that he has many former students who are now playing major college programs, and even has some who now make their living in pro ball.
For Courtney, his love of baseball has been the story of his career since he was a young child. After dominating the 4a division in his Junior year of high school, his team was moved to the 5a division - which it proceeded to dominate equally in his senior year. After high school, Courtney attended Grambling State University on an academic scholarship. He played three years of baseball for the tigers before being drafted in the 20th round by the Chicago Cubs.
One would think that the best instruction would be received at the minor league level, but in his case, Courtney faltered and was sent back to single A. At this point, he realized that what he needed whas to get back to the instruction that had always resulted in success - so he called his mentor and former high school coach for some individual instruction.
After working with Coach Lloyd Skoda, he then went back up to Double A ball - where his team won the championship. Then, he played a season of winter ball with the Caguas Crillos, coached by Sandy Alomar Sr. After winning the winter ball championship, he was called up to the big leagues the next year.
Now, as a full time instructor, Courtney strives to give his students the kind of individualized attention that he received from his mentor, Coach Skoda. His focus is simple:
It takes zero athletic ability to give one hundred percent.