John Ventura

IVL Senior Instructor/Partner
John Ventura is a 1994 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School. After four years of baseball and basketball at WJHS, he attended Walsh University in Canton. During his four years at Walsh University, he played as a pitcher and earned All-Conference Honors in 1997. Currently,
Ventura recently retired from coaching high school baseball after 15 years to spend more time with his family.  John has spent 13 years as a private pitching instructor, and many summers as a travel team coach and will continue to do private pitching instruction at IVL.  He has coached seventeen division one pitchers and mentored six MLB draft picks. John resides in Norton with his wife, Nikki, and their three children: Jay, Mason, and Khloe.

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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 ...