• For $12, you get two premium box seats for any game (a $24 value). • For $30, you get four premium box seats for any game, a picture with Sluggo the mascot, and a pass to watch batting practice (a $60 value). • For $80, you get two box-seat Flex Book ticket-voucher books (a $160 value). Each Flex Book contains 10 undated vouchers that can be exchanged for any regular-season home game.
The Yard Baseball Academy's one-hour private lesson allows players to work one-on-one with expert instructors and combines a half-hour hitting session with a half-hour pitching session to help athletes develop prowess on both sides of the ball. Tailored to the specific needs and seed-spitting habits of the player, the lesson takes place in a spacious, turf-laden training facility with a full-length batting cage, throwing lanes, and weight- and speed-training equipment that cultivate skills in all aspects of the game. Step into the batter's box to work with hitting coach and former Washington Nationals player Kory Casto on bolstering bat speed and power. Chris Pine, former Oregon State pitcher and U.S. Olympic team invitee, takes over for the pitching session, lending an in-depth knowledge of wind-up and release mechanics to help his students gain the abilities to pick apart the strike zone and win stuffed pandas at state fairs.
Led by 2009 Northwest League Championship-winning manager Tom Trebelhorn, the Volcanoes have shaken awake their pitching, batting, and catching muscles and plan to explode on their opponents during the 2011 season. The Volcanoes are a Class-A affiliate of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, with seven former Volcanoes having played in last year's championship games, including Pablo Sandoval, Sergio Romo, National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, and two-time Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum. This Groupon is good for one ticket to Diamond Club lower-box-level seating and admission to the climate-controlled VIP Diamond Club, which resides directly behind home plate for convenient psyching-out of the opposing team through philosophical Cartesian debates while they wait in the on-deck circle.
The expert staff at Coaches’ Athletic enriches the batting and catching skills of beginner and advanced ballplayers alike with team, group, and private lessons. Loaded with baseballs and softballs by coaches or parents, self-feed machines launch slow and fast pitches at guests practicing their swing in the indoor hitting cages. The remainder of the turfed indoor facility accommodates drills and scrimmages, and the instant feedback of ProMirror video-analysis training lets visitors pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses after each play. Once practice is over, patrons can load up on athletic gear such as masks, mitts, and instructional videos on training zebras as referees.
At any given moment, baseballs, footballs, and basketballs can be whizzing through the air in an organized fashion at WV Sports Academy. That's because seasoned instructors teach aspiring athletes all kinds of fundamentals, from throwing and shooting to proper footwork and game preparedness. Their clinics and camps, which are geared for athletes as young as 6, also include speed and agility drills and scrimmages for improving their referee-bribing skills.
For the the better part of a decade, Tyson Van Winkle played baseball in front of screaming crowds. He spent four years as a Gonzaga Bulldog, a career punctuated by winning the West Coast Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. That year, he was drafted into the minor leagues, where he spent another four years.
Now off the court, Van Winkle focuses on other athletes' performance at his new gym, ProLete Fitness. As a PCIP-certified trainer, he leads workouts ranging from personal training sessions to group boot camps, which burn fat more effectively than a set of combustible dumbbells. His sessions may incorporate high-quality Atlantis Strength equipment, or extras like movement evaluations and nutrition coaching.