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About Us


Who We Are

Ballantyne Knights Baseball Club is a new, developmental baseball organization that emphasizes player development, arm care, player safety, and team play. Each player will receive a specific, detailed developmental plan to improve his skill set. The players will experience a highly organized, detailed practice atmosphere where only their best effort will be accepted. 


Our Mission

Provide a highly structured program that focuses on player development which will promote a meaningful experience where all players are afforded the opportunity to improve.  


Why Play with the Knights

 A highly experienced staff creates an individual development plan for every participant while training all players at multiple positions, teaching and stressing the proper fundamentals. Our detailed practices teach players how to play under pressure allowing a seamless transition to instinctively handle any game situation. Included as part of the program, our staff spends a great deal of time addressing arm care and maintenance for all players enforcing strict pitching limitations. 

Director of Player Developement


Hal Bagwell - to contact

Entering his third decade as a head varsity high school baseball coach, and 29th year overall, Hal Bagwell has a career varsity record of 495-168 in 23 years as a head coach. He just concluded his 13th season as field boss at Ardrey Kell in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, Coach Bagwell headed the program at South Mecklenburg for 10 seasons.


In his 23 years as head coach, his teams have won nine conference titles and five conference tournament championships. His clubs have also captured 8 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A district championships, 6 sectional titles, and 5 regional crowns. Bagwell led teams have made five North Carolina 4A State Championship appearances, winning it all in 2009.

In his 23-year career, Coach Bagwell has had close to 100 former student athletes play at the collegiate level. Of those players, 19 have gone on to play professionally, including Alex Wood, currently an all-star with Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB and Trent Thornton, currently a rookie with the Toronto BlueJays. 

Coach Bagwell has been selected Coach of the Year by various media outlets and organizations 17 times. A popular clinician in the off-season, Coach Bagwell also served for USA Baseball as a trials coach in 2007 where the 16-U national team captured the gold medal. Currently Coach Bagwell is President, Executive Director of the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. 

Receiving his BS degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University in 1990, Coach Bagwell resides in Charlotte where he has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 21 years. They have two children, Jake and Alexis. 

Knights Coaching Staff


Joey Robinson, current head coach at Indian Land HS in South Carolina joins us this summer. Coach Robinson has guided the IL Warriors to its' most successful 3 year run in recent history. 

Brett Bleiweis is the former head coach at Jay M. Robinson Middle School and is currently on the Ardrey Kell coaching staff. 

Spencer Stecher has extensive experience with with these age groups and is currently a member of the Ardrey Kell Baseball coaching staff

Queen City Baseball League

Who We Play


The Ballantyne Knights play in the Queen City Baseball Leauge. This league is made up of teams from Mecklenburg, Union, and York counties.  

The 2019 summer and fall season of the QCBL will include teams from Indian Land, Weddington, Parkwood, MARA, On Deck, Country Day, Butler, Cahrlotte Latin, Carmel Christian and several others.

Where/when We Play


The Ballantyne Knights practice at Ardrey Kell High. Most games will also be at Ardrey Kell High. The fall season runs from approximately September 1 - November 1. We will begin practice the week after Labor Day.  

Typical Fall Weekly Schedule


Practice Monday and/or Thursday 6-7:45. Tuesday OR Wednesday 7 inning game 6pm start. Saturday 2 games back to back. Sunday always OFF.      



Age/grade levels for summer & fall of 2019

Current 6th grade players/rising 7th grade players (age 12-13)   

Current 7th grade players/rising 8th grade players (age 13-14) 

Current 8th grade players/rising 9th grade players (age 14-15) 

There are a limited number of spaces for each of the three teams.  First come first serve basis when filling teams. No tryouts planned at this time.                                                                                      

Program Objectives

Primary Focus

  • Player development - not winning games at all costs 
  • Playing time will be as equal as possible - everyone plays
  • Player safety -  paramount 
  • Fundamentals and playing the game correctly 
  • Train multiple positions  

Individual Approach

  • Identify players strengths and areas for improvement
  • Video feedback/analysis
  •  Develop a plan for each player and implement the plan based on individual needs
  • Evaluate the plan as a staff
  •  Modify as necessary and communicate it with each player   

Arm Care & Maintenance

  • During practice/game
  • Post practice/game
  •  Supervised correctable bullpen sessions based on previous outing(s)
  • Strict pitch counts
  • Long toss routines with core body exercise routines 

Instructional Concepts

  • Team AK Baseball system - all about fundamentals
  • Offense, defense, pitching philosophies
  • Game strategy - battle plan concept
  • Practice concepts - Part/whole method
  • Tempo expectations 

Team Practice Goals

  • 100% team attendance
  • Improve weekly
  • Build team chemistry
  • Practices are crisp and enthusiastic
  • Coaches and players are organized and prepared 
  • Efficient transitions
  • Total fundamental preparation
  • Introduce all areas of game strategy
  • Develop a blue collar work ethic and the toughness it takes to improve  

Individual Practice Goals and Expectations

  • Attend all team activities
  • Bring positive energy everyday
  • Improve and reinforce baseball skills and techniques to prepare for the games
  • Arm and body conditioned, stronger and healthier
  • Develop good self-discipline and work habit
  • Accept constructive criticism
  • Read the practice plan thoroughly, including the thought of the day,  and understand the expectations
  • Engage 100% in the plan and always give your best effort
  • Practice skills at full speed and strive for perfection
  • Master the small details to perfection

  1. Focus
  2. Listen
  3. Learn
  4. Apply
  5. Evaluate
  6. Refine 
  7. Master



Payment Plans

Summer  - $1000  

  • $100 non refundable deposit due no later March 1
  • 1st payment May 20 - $450
  • 2nd payment June 20 - $450 

Summer Practice Only $475

  • $75 non refundable deposit due no later March 1
  • 1st payment May 20 - $200
  • 2nd payment June 20 - $200

Fall - $800

  • $50 non refundable deposit due no later than August 5
  • 1st payment August 20 - $400 
  • 2nd payment September 20 - $350