Nick Tisone, owner/operator of the Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy recently spoke about the Academy at the weekly Scottsburg Kiwanis Club meeting at the Roadhouse USA. Pictured are Nick Tisone, Angela Bray and Al Riggle. Nick talked about the Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy and how it came about. He expressed appreciation for what Kiwanis does in the community and said he wants to be a part of us and make the facility available for what we need. He fully supports our efforts on behalf of the kids in Scott County. Nick grew up in Mississippi. He and his son took over the Academy which had been closed and vacant. His son, Nick Tisone Jr interviewed for the Scottsburg High School baseball coaching job. He was not selected but is now the Baseball Director for our Little League.
They arrived in October 2017 and started advertising the Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy. From October to January 2018, they gutted the facility and renovated it to reopen. They’ve been open a couple of months now and started out doing about five lessons a week. They have grown to over twenty-five and at times have been completely full. Membership in the Academy is $25. Both WDRB in Louisville and WKM in Madison have given them outstanding publicity with stories they’ve done about the Academy. Nick thanked the Visitors Commission for their support as they’ve started serving the kids in our community. Nick Jr does the coaching and lessons and Nick Sr does the marketing and publicity. They are now devoted to working with the kids and getting the message out about what they’re doing. Nick made it clear they’re here for the long haul. Use of the facility has grown to over 100 people every night. So far 85% are from outside Scottsburg, many from Salem.
The Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy is a new 5,000 square foot facility that offers the perfect place for baseball and softball player to train, or for family members to try their hand at batting. The Academy was remodeled and opened by former baseball pro, Nick Tisone. The Academy offers two batting cages, a pitching machine, a bullpen area for pitchers and a large open area for individual or team use with throwing, ground balls, etc.
Tisone is a former pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves organization for four years and other pro baseball teams afterwards for three years. He moved from Atlanta to Louisvlle last year, where his sister lived and had encouraged him to work with her son on building his skills. It was there that he started the Derby City Venom traveling team for baseball and softball, and was introduced to Scott County through a couple players from Scottsburg. When the season ended and he heard about the facility, he knew he wanted to take it over and keep this opportunity going for the youth in the community. Tisone now calls Scott County home and is working to develop relationships with the baseball teams at both Scottsburg and Austin schools.
The facility is not only open to teams, but is available to the community to enjoy. They offered a grand opening special in February for a $25 monthly membership (regularly $50 per month). For those who didn’t get the $25 membership in February, you can get the same price of $25 per month by paying for a yearly membership. This is for unlimited use of the facility. For anyone who is interested in renting a batting cage, it is $20 per hour.
Nick Tisone Baseball/Derby City Venom Baseball is an official affiliate of Perfect Game Baseball Association in Southern Indiana. Perfect Game is the leading tournament/college recruiting organization for high school and youth players in the country to receive scholarships to college or be drafted by MLB. There is a planning underway to bring a national high school 15u age tournament an a 14u and under tournament to Scott County. Those interested in participating should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy is located at 926 S Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 2:30-9:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM. For more information and photos of the facility you can call 812-414-2692 or visit the Nick Tisone Baseball page on Facebook, where there are also videos on proper technique For more information on the Derby City Venom team, there is also a page on Facebook.
The Kiwanis thanked Nick for his presentation and look forward to working with him to serve the kids in Scott County.