Mark Kelly

IVL Instructor

kellyMark Kelly is currently an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Norton High School.   A 2005 graduate of Norton High School, Mark lettered in Varsity Baseball there in 2003-2005.  His accomplishments at Norton included earning All-Suburban and All-Beacon Journal awards, being a starter of the Final Four team, and setting several school records.  In 2013, Mark got voted into Norton’s Hall of Fame.  He then continued his career as a four year starter at Walsh University where he started in the 2007 NAIA World Series.  In each of his four years, he received All-AMC conference awards and received two Gold-Glove awards.  In addition, Mark is third all time in career hits and fifth all time in career runs at Walsh. Mark graduated from Walsh in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.  Mark specializes in individual hitting, defense, and base running training.  Mark resides in Norton with his wife, Leya.

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IVL ProTips

  • The Most Wasted 20 Minutes in a Catcher’s Life
    It seems that many players and coaches recognize how little time is allocated during practices for catchers to work on their catching skills, like blocking, exchange drills, pickoff throws, and proper handling of passed balls with a throw to the pitcher covering home plate, just to name a few. Often times it has been said to me that ...
  • Having A Pitch Plan
    How many times within a game do you as a coach ask yourself this question: Why is my pitcher throwing that pitch in that situation? We wonder numerous times throughout games how can pitch selection be so misguided. Therefore, a generic “pitch plan” is important, not only so the correct pitch is called in greater frequency, ...
  • Change Up: The Pitch for a Strong Arm’s Lifetime
    I have a vivid recollection of a great coach, John Scolinos of Cal Poly Pomona (CA), teaching our star national team Australian pitcher a change of pace pitch in about one minute. The reason the scene stays with me is because a week later the pitcher beat the World Champion Korean National Team at the ...
  • Batting Fundamentals
    1.   Don’t grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing. 2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of ...
  • Bunt Young, Bunt Often
    Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend. I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the ...