Welcome to Showtime Athletics

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Showtime Athletics is a baseball and softball training facility that just opened its doors in August 2021, consisting of a wide variety of attributes such as individual lessons given by numerous instructors as well as team rentals used for training.

Cristian Lynch and Joe Belonzi are the owners and the athletic facility is located on Lincoln Avenue in Holbrook. Belonzi is a longtime businessman as well as a barber at Blue Point Barbershop. Lynch has spent a lifetime in baseball playing college ball while attending College of Mount Saint Vincent in The Bronx and St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. A former coach at The City College of New York (CCNY) and current coach at Queen’s College, Lynch is the founder and owner of LI Strong Baseball Academy, a strong anchor team ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Division and 69th in the Country Upper Class age group. Both Belonzi and Lynch are very genial and cordial, running a beautiful indoor location which inspires and enlivens everyone to always feel welcome. 

SCN: Tell me about Showtime Athletics, what amenities it consists of and how this facility can be an asset to someone learning about playing ball?

Lynch: Showtime Athletics is a new state-of-the-art facility where we focus on quality repetitions where we can allow multiple teams to utilize the facility, but they could also utilize the facility one at a time. We allow full team rentals, but what separates us from bigger facilities is the analytical standpoint where we have all the technology, Rapsodo, radar system, video recording lessons and everything. But the biggest thing is a lot of people when they go to bigger facilities, they’re doing training with teams; there’s also other teams training and for us we decided to come up with a method where we had the perfect-sized facility where we can rent it out and focus on quality repetition, and we can rent it out to a single team or an organization that might have 10 teams, but with those 10 teams, they take up multiple slots because it’s one team at a time. So, we try to get every group ranging anywhere from 13 to 15.

Belonzi: When we were designing the place, we put it all on rollers so we could essentially open up the entire place, so that’s why we get away with doing the speed and agility because these pads aren’t permanent; they all push back we have an open turf, so we do cornhole, soccer practice, lacrosse practice, honestly anything. That’s why it’s fully customizable. If you want to do fielding practice and use two tunnels, you want to use one, half a tunnel, we have a back room for a private room, so we’re trying to be customizable. Obviously, we can’t have full games here, but we have people doing lacrosse, shooting practice, or goaltending practice, whatever you got to be creative. At the end of the day, we’re open to anything. But the cornhole is actually so much more popular than we expected; we put a little thing out and people started using it.

SCN: Was there something that made you want to found this facility or has it been something you have ambitioned for a long time?

Lynch: I’ve always had multiple dreams in my life and one of them was obviously to play college baseball; the other was to coach college baseball, and after accomplishing those, I’ve always wanted to have my own facility, and I think it really stems from having a really successful travel program. Having that program has really provided so much ambition, and just such a dream for me would be the best way to describe it, so it’s been a dream come true, and I think that with everything being said, I have that big baseball background and Joe comes from a huge business background, and I think we mesh really well together, and what I really liked was my dream became his dream because we love sports and it’s been a big dream for me my whole life, and it stems from the success I’ve had and it just has been a goal of mine forever.

Belonzi: I would say I’m a lover of sports and I’m an investor. Here I am and I love it, and before I started this place, I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I do. I love the competitive environment. There’s kids that come here and they have their lives on the line; they’re out here trying to make it to the next level, and we have kids that come early and leave late, and you can tell that they’re going to the pros, and that is really what drives everybody in here is competitiveness. There’s nobody sitting around; there’s always people working on something and that is super inspiring to me and to everybody around here.

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