Power Zone is closed until Friday September 6, 2013.  Dave is out of cell phone/email range so urgent inquiries that don’t involve scheduling can be directed to Carol at 604-897-3558.  Otherwise, please leave a message at 604-864-8543, email dave@powerzoneacademy.com or message us on our facebook page.  Inquiries will be responded to as quickly as possible on September 6, 2013.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Softball Programs and Lessons start the week of September 9, 2013!  See you then!

Baseball Programs and Lessons start the week of October 14, 2013 unless other arrangements have been made.

NEW this fall!

Softball Pitching Program in Surrey

Taught by Karalea Hoyano, who has a long, yet current, pitching career with many awards, the pitchers will receive excellent instruction, without having to travel to Abbotsford.

Designed to give pitchers a full pitching workout, each player will receive 40 minutes of instruction.

Tuesdays from September 17 – March 5th

Choose one of 3 sessions:  7-7:40, 7:40-8:20 and 8:20-9.

It will be at Don Christian Elementary School (6256 184 Street Surrey, BC). See below for the map.

For more information please contact PZA or karalea12@shaw.ca.

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2012 Female Minor Athlete of the Year

Dave and all the staff at the PowerZone Academy would like to congratulate Chelsea Jenner on award from Softball BC.

Chelsea was chosen as the 2012 Female Minor Athlete of the Year in recognition of her achievements this past season.

Chelsea will receive her award at a banquet on October 20th, 2012.  This is a great honour as only one female in the province is chosen for this annual award.

Again, congratulations Chelsea!

Chelsea has also signed with San Jose State University (NCAA Div I).  Check out her picture here.

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Induction into Softball Hall of Fame

Abbotsford Resident Honoured by Induction to Softball BC Hall of Fame

Dave Paetkau

Owner / Head Instructor

On October 13th, 2007, Dave Paetkau was inducted into Softball BC’s Hall of Fame during their Annual Awards Ceremony. Mr. Paetkau was part of the Canadian Men’s National Softball team from 1991-99.  During that time, Canada won the Pan American Games Gold medal in 1991 and 1995 and the World Championship Gold Medal in 1992 and Silver Medal in 1996.  During his 20-year softball career, he was a member of the Canadian Championship gold medal team in 1987 and had three-second place and three-third place finishes.  Mr. Paetkau has won batting titles at the Canadian Nationals and ISC World Championships and has been named to numerous all-star teams. 

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The Science Of Hitting

I remember the first time I saw Dave Paetkau hit.

It was at the 2003 Icebreaker – the T-Birds, with Billy Johnston pitching, were on a roll and coasting to a win over the New West Brewers. Just when I thought nobody was going to hit Billy on the day – their shortstop hit a rocket right past Billy’s ear. The next time up he drew a walk.

“Who’s that guy playing short?” I asked Billy near the end of the game. “Dave Paetkau” said Billy, “good hitter” he added, as if it needed any clarification.

After the tourney was over, I found myself in the clubhouse amongst a group of guys listening to Dave expose his theories about hitting.

As a guy who rarely gets at an at-bat, I was pretty impressed but when I heard a couple of Grey Sox players say that they had never learned so much about hitting in such a short time, I realized how advanced and how knowledgeable this guy really is.

Dave Paetkau was a member of Canada’s National team for 8 years. He made the All-Canadian team twice and won the Canadian National Batting Title. Continue reading

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