About Us

Players Dugout

The Players' Dugout is a state-of-the-art facility intended primarily for the development of baseball and softball players at all age and ability levels.

Our staff is comprised of successful coaches whose main goal is to assist young athletes in becoming the best they can be and to help them reach their full potential.

We want young players to use this facility to help develop their skills on a year round basis. It means training for baseball and softball during a KY winter which occasionally features wind chill factors well below 0 degrees will now be possible at The Players' Dugout. There are no more excuses. You can no longer say the weather is bad. Our area players will now be able to catch up with players in warm weather climates.

Our hope is that your son or daughter will take advantage of this opportunity to polish his/her skills and "get the edge".

The bottom line is, if you are serious about the game of baseball/softball, the Players' Dugout is the place to be.

Owner/Head Coach

Joe Newton

Our Staff

The Player's Dugout has assembled the Best baseball and softball coaching staff available. Our staff has over 100 years of successful coaching and teaching experience at all age levels.

Our experienced staff will help players to reach their full potential and meet their individual goals. Our coaches will keep written reports after each lesson so that the athlete's progress will be recorded. the Player's Dugout believes the coaching staff will determine the success of our business, and we have assembled the Best staff available.

2009 Player's Dugout Instructors


Joe Newton

Currently in his 10th year as the owner of the Players' Dugout. Coach Newton spent fifteen years as a head high school baseball coach. As well as four years as head coach of four straight A.A.U. champions.


Jason Abell

Currently in his 9th year with The Player's Dugout. Jason is one of our the Players's Dugout select coaches, and has contunued to provide instruction and help with camps.

Velocity Program

Velocity Gain 5 mph- now at 90 mph

I want to take the time to thank you for working with me. The Velocity Program is by far the best and most intense throwing program I have ever come across. I really think this will be icing on the cake and get me to the level where I need to be. The results are fast and most of all the progress works. The arm strengthening that takes place and velocity creation is truly unbelievable. Everyone needs this program, its arm care; arm strength and arm speed all in one and is something everyone who is looking to play at the next level should do.

T. McGurn, Age 24, "Independent" Player
Velocity Gain 6 mph

As a player who has early season shoulder tightness in the past the velocity program has eliminated this problem. My shoulder and general condition is the best it has ever been. It is hard to find a better off season, in season maintenance program. Coach Newton and Players Dugout is the place to go. A Game Changing Program

S. Shackleford, Age 22, Florence Freedom Independent League

On the Velocity Program: "the Velocity Program" has given me the confidence to challenge every batter and team I face no matter how good they are. It has given me a piece of mind in regards to the health of my shoulder which allows me to focus on the mental aspect, the most important aspect, of pitching. I'm able to go deeper in games, my secondary pitches have improved, and it has taken me to a new level of competition."

J. Nash, Age 21, A Pitcher at Centre College
Velocity Gain 9 mph

This is my 3rd year out of college baseball and my arm hasn't felt better since completing the program. From a coaching perspective our kids have shown improvement in arm strength and have gained more confidence on the mound as a result of the Velocity Program. Works!! Confidence Builder.

D. Mattingly, Age 25, Pleasure Ridge Park High School Pitching Coach
Velocity Gain 11 or 12 mph

It has meant so much to me. There's no way I would be where I am today without this program. The Velocity Program has increased my chances of playing Division one baseball, and that would be my dream. A Career Changing Program.

J. Wilson, Age 17, Meade County High School
Velocity Gain 5.3 mph

My shoulder feels stronger than ever and my fastball went from 71 mph to 79 mph. Three weeks later I hit 80 mph off the mound and my throws from 3rd base are a whole lot stronger. It is an awesome program. Healthy Shoulder and Faster Speed.

E. Barker, Age 14, East Hardin Middle School
Velocity Gain 6 mph

It has been a lot of hard work and I can tell a difference on the mound and being able to get the ball across the field better. I'm stronger and healthier.

J. Bowles, Age 14, Bullitt East High School

5 of our top 6 pitchers this season participated in the velocity program before the season. It has not only increased their velocity but it allowed their arms to be in great throwing condition prior to the start of games. Our pitchers could throw more pitches in a game earlier in the season than ever before. Our pitching staff has been the foundation for our success this season. They have been very reliable. Our defense and hitting have been inconsistent at times while our pitching has been the mainstay. The program has allowed our pitching staff to be built for a strong run in the post season. The recovery program has also allowed our pitchers to experience less soreness and faster recovery. They all play a position every day in our line-up so the durability of their arm has been a must. They all feel like their arm is stronger than ever. It has also played a major role in helping them play their defensive position more effectively. Our catcher has a quicker time to second, our shortstop has become a legitimate college shortstop, and our third baseman has been able to play 3rd the day after he pitches without much soreness or weakness. All this is a direct result of velocity.

C. Price, LaRue County High School, Math Department, Head Baseball Coach
Velocity Gain 10 mph

Velocity help me to realize that with proper training and 100% dedication to the workouts, a athlete can improve their arm and shoulder strength. The results have been amazing. After nine weeks to see the radar gun jump 10 mph put a big smile on my face. But more importantly my coaches, family and friends comment on how hard I now throw the ball. The best part, my shoulder feels great and my confidence level is off the charts. Hard work definitely pays off.

K. McGuffin, Age 15, Central Hardin High School