The Pinkman Academy sets the educational standard for baseball and softball players and coaches. We instill in our students that which we require of ourselves; a never-ending thirst to learn. We present through our instruction athletic values that honor the game of baseball.
Since 1992, our mission has been to provide consistent and dependable personal service throughout the Northern Virginia area. Servicing players daily from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and West Virginia, (Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Stafford County, Jefferson County, Orange County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County), our business places a high priority on professional communication. We believe our baseball families deserve the fundamental courtesy of answering emails and promptly returning their calls. We also offer a clear, convenient method of creating appointments!
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The games of baseball and softball should be fun. Repeated failure is not fun. The inability to master fundamental skill is a primary reason that children leave the game.
- We provide excellent athletic instruction for all students, with success as the goal
- We target individual needs
- We assess and provide solutions for complete physical, mental, and emotional development
You will always learn something new when you visit Pinkman Academy!
We continue to grow by employing professional instructors who are devoted to your players’ future. We hold ourselves accountable for delivering outstanding results. If you feel we did not meet your needs, please let us know and you will receive a full refund.
The Pinkman Academy was established as Pinkman Pitching in 1992. “John and Sons”, Jeff and Patrick Pinkman were all heavily involved in Reston Youth Baseball (both boys are “lefties”!). After Jeff and Pat aged out of their Little League days (Jeff was a freshman at South Lakes High School and Pat at Langston Hughes Middle School), John received calls from families asking for help with their sons’ baseball techniques. So, John purchased a portable PVC catch net and began making house calls, teaching private lessons in the families’ backyards.
As John’s client base grew, he began teaching pitching lessons at one of the first baseball schools in Northern Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Complex. Jeff joined him as a part-time instructor at the age of 15. During high school, Jeff and Pat both played American Legion baseball and John became the pitching coach for the Reston/Herndon Post 1984. In 1995, Jeff received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Delaware, while John (along with Bill Ramsey) started one of the first travel teams for 16-18-year-olds in Northern Virginia, and Pat become one of the first Fairfax County Eagles.
- Division I baseball athlete at University of Delaware
- Graduated in 2000 with a degree in Exercise & Sports Science, Minor in Coaching, Area of Concentration: Physical Education
- Full-time Academy instructor since 2000
- Recognized baseball expert (1982-present)
- Founder of Pinkman Academy (1992)
- Expert witness/legal consultant (2011-present)
- Division I baseball athlete at Virginia Tech
- Former pitching coach at Division I Seton Hall University (2018-2022)
- Former pitching coach, Division I Fordham University, Division III Marymount University, Division III Washington University in St. Louis
The Journey Continues
New Century… January 2000, PINKMAN PITCHING opened their new indoor facility in Dulles, Virginia. Jeff was now a graduate of UD, and Pat (also on a baseball scholarship, was breaking records with his pick-off move at Virginia Tech). The program was designed with the pitcher and catcher in mind, including an innovative 4-way video system that was developed to capture one throwing motion from four different angles at the same time. This system allowed instructors to analyze the throwing motion in detail, helping pitchers maximize their potential and reducing the risk of injuries.
John had been studying ‘the science’ of the throwing motion from the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) since 1997. He was first introduced to Tom House (former Texas Ranger Pitching Coach) and Bill Thurston (pitching consultant/pitching coach for 40 years) during the annual “Injuries in Baseball” medical conference conducted by ASMI. There, he was exposed to the blueprint of the throwing motion, learning how to reduce injuries, and how to keep players on the field longer by developing a proper throwing and strengthening program. This is the basic tenet of Pinkman Baseball.
Students of the Game
In August 2001, Jeff met Tom House in San Diego to attend a Functional Fitness (FF) certification program that would incorporate and redefine the way a pitcher ‘warms-up’. The FF workout allows players to use their bodies from feet to fingertips to prepare them to throw a ball properly and efficiently. A few months later, Jeff returned to San Diego for the first Advanced Pitching Mechanics Certification, with ‘classmates’ like Brent Strom, former player and current Pitching Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2005, Pinkman Pitching ‘graduated’ and was re-branded as the Pinkman Baseball Academy and expanded to include all aspects of the game with specialized instructors in softball, catching, hitting, leadership training, the mental game of baseball, and seminars for parents and players with collegiate prospects.
Fast forward to present day, the Pinkman Academy, located in Sterling, Virginia, offers private lessons, semi-private lessons, camps, and four batting cages-for-rent, as well as on-demand instruction. Jeff manages the day-to-day operations as CEO and senior instructor, having logged over 30,000 hours of lessons. He has assisted over 300 high school baseball and softball players gain entrance to their respective college programs such as UVA, Cornell, UNC, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Stanford Harvard, Virginia Tech, JMU Penn, Florida, VCU, Grinnell, MIT, Holy Cross, Radford, Bucknell, Catholic University, George Washington, Georgetown, Brown, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, George Mason, William & Mary, Virginia Wesleyan, Chicago, and East Carolina, just to name a few. Jeff is currently certified in Baseball Rebellion Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression and was named to the Advisory Board of Sports Vision Pros. Jeff lives in Reston, VA with his wife Brandi, and two children, Owen and Ellie.
Pat Pinkman (graduate of Virginia Tech) is currently the NCAA Pitching Coach for Division I Seton Hall University, and former Pitching Coach, Division I Fordham University. Pat will occasionally appear on the Academy schedule and consults with Jeff frequently. Pat and his family live in New Jersey.
John Pinkman is currently a Legal Consultant / Baseball Safety Expert Witness.
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45687 Elmwood Ct
Sterling, VA 20166
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