Champions Baseball Academy

Champions Baseball Academy


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Champions Baseball Academy is a well establised local baseball school with private lessons, leagues, and camps for groups.

I am one of the instructors. Call me directly at 513-748-1348 or the Champions office at 513-831-8873 to set up your private lesson with Fred Bonenfant.

I am also a local varsity high school coach. My specialty areas are pitching and hitting for ages 8-18. I also perform basic fundamentals clinics for ages 4-8.

I very much enjoy seeing the accomplishment earned by each student when the reach and surpass goals they didn't know they could reach. 

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Cincinnati, OH 45230
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The steps I take in teaching will vary with each individual. First, I will review how they perform now. Look at various improvements they can make. And then, implement steps of learning to get to a higher level of ability and maintain their skills at this level.

The end goal is to teach the student how to correct their own mistakes later, in game situations when they are on their own. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a memeber of the ABCA and have attended their clinics locally taught by college coaches and attended the national convention.

I have logged dozens of hours learning from vidoe seminars and training courses online from teachers such as, Tom House and others who teach arm health, technique and foundational strength.

My education is continous. I also hold permits with OHSSA regarding high school coaching qualifications.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Standard lesson prices are $45 per hour. Packages can be purchased to lower costs. Group lessons and clinics are also available.

How did you get started teaching?

In the 1980's, I was a very good baseball player with a strong arm and the ability to pitch. Back in that time, nobody knew, cared or understood pitch counts, arm care, foundational strength. As a result I suffered major arm injuries which ended my playing days as a teen.

When I had two sons of my own who seemed to excel at baseball and had excellent velocity, I began coaching and learning everything I could about arm care, technique, strength programs, etc. And before I knew it, I fell in love with teaching it. It has now been 11 years of coaching, 4 at the varsity level of high school and 3 at Champions Baseball Academy. I will continue doing so until I cannot walk.

What types of students have you worked with?

From 4 year old beginners to varsity pitchers wanting to continue into college. Some of the successes I have seen are as, varied as a high school pitcher throwing a no-hitter in a state sectional final, to an 8 year old throwing strikes consistently for the first time and pleasing his coach.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My high school squad is small. We typically have only 14-17 players and every year I have to teach 3 or 4 players how to pitch. Basically from scratch. This past spring one of my juniors pitched 1 inning of varsity baseball. The catch? He never played baseball in his life prior to his sophomore year. He came out his sophomore year for a gym credit and he did well enough to come back as a junior. Seeing the smile on his dad's face after the 1 inning of success, made my year.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who is paying attention to you, not the clock and who might be showing up next. No matter what your current ability is, everyone can improve and add value to a team. Baseball can be enjoyed by everyone at different levels. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How many visits will it take? Will I be able to stop coming to classes at some point and enjoy success? What methods do they use to teach arm care and avoiding unnecessay injury? Are the parents encouraged to learn what is being taught to reinforce the lessons at games?

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