Like advertising, baseball relies on great pitches, a loyal fan base, and the power of grown men in animal costumes to sway public opinion. Endorse America's pastime with today's Groupon: for $39, you get eight youth baseball and softball group-training sessions at Phenom Baseball Academy. Consult the schedule for a list of forthcoming sessions; please do not wear cleats to training sessions.
Featured on Louisville Live This Morning and founded by current San Diego Padres scout Mike Clark, Phenom Baseball Academy sends aspiring sluggers’ skill levels soaring through year-round training regimens that have recently helped place 50 program alumni on 14 high school teams. Equipped with gloves, bats, and umpires brought from home, players dive headlong to two-hour group-training sessions, practicing ball-thwacking and base-stomping abilities upon spacious indoor greens. Classes are designed to increase speed and agility essential to pulling down fly balls, wielding brawny bats, and speeding along base paths. Visit the academy’s home page to view small superstars performing highlight-reel worthy feats including ripping off base hits and stealing second base with a large fishing rod.
Phenom Baseball Academy
The phone rings. Michael Clark picks it up. "He made it," the father of one of Phenom Baseball Academy's students exclaims over the line. "He made the team." Michael, a former pro-baseball player and current local scout for the San Diego Padres, has received this call from many parents. He started the academy after his time as a high-school coach put him face-to-face with numerous youth players who would try out for his team and clearly struggle, suffering from a lack of sound fundamentals. Michael and his group of seasoned coaches lead their group and individual training sessions inside a 4,700-square-foot training facility, which is furnished with quality field turf and three batting cages. During sessions, players aged 8–18 years old move about the expansive field, hitting, catching, and throwing under the guidance of up to four instructors. Parents who want to watch can do so from the upstairs viewing area, which positions them safely away from flying balls and the catcher's hand-signal requests for a juice box.