Baseball in Chowchilla


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Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
12220 Road 36
Madera,
CA
US
As a former relief pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Mike Bumatay brings a decade of pro experience and three league championships to teaching pitching and hitting mechanics. Bumatay individualizes practices to focus on a player’s preferred skills, such as hitting, pitching, fielding, or hypnotizing balls to suddenly roll the opposite the way once it reaches the shortstop. In addition to drilling on technique and mechanics, Bumatay prepares students for the mental challenges of the baseball world, such as accepting hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks as the only three food groups.
3063 East Fremont Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US
One tax season, working mom Melissa Lanz tallied up the year?s receipts for takeout and convenience food and was stunned by the total. She recalls, ?Our busy, unorganized lifestyle had driven us to spend the cost of a new car on takeout.? On top of that, she felt sluggish and unhealthy. A little online searching made her see that common wisdom held that one must choose between fast or healthy. Unconvinced, the one-time Internet marketing executive left her job and began tinkering with recipes. As she worked, three main priorities became clear: healthy and seasonal ingredients, simple recipes, and kid-friendly meals. The set-up is simple: every Friday, the expert staff posts 20-ingredient grocery lists and recipes for five meals catered for one person. Recipes include gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free varieties for those with special diets. The grocery lists eschew preservatives, processed foods, and frozen ingredients in favour of seasonal items that are good for you and the environment. Every recipe piggybacks off the others, so every item on the list creates balanced meals without waste. The list also includes estimated prices, which helps balance budgets or train for future appearances on The Price is Right. The Fresh 20 for One diverse meals include recipes such as flank steak tacos, shrimp linguine, and butternut-apple bisque. Melissa also authored The Fresh 20 Cookbook, incorporating these same principles into the crafting of over 125 additional recipes. At the end of 2011, only two years after Melissa started The Fresh 20, In Style magazine toasted the entrepreneur for creating one of the web?s ?genius sites that make your day easier and better.? She has also been featured in the New York Times, USA Weekend, Shape, and Prevention Magazine.
1800 Tulare St
Fresno,
CA
US
When he isn't coaching the Riverbank Nationals youth squad, Corey Stigar is best known as the "Hitting Doctor." It's a moniker he's earned by taking awkward, off-balance baseball swings and turning them into powerful cuts that propel his players to the next level. Of course, the game isn't just about hitting lots of home runs, and neither is Corey's instruction. Through clinics and one-on-one lessons, he also teaches players how to field, run the bases, and avoid the kiss cam.
3700 Beyer Dr.
Modesto,
CA
US
World Events teaches the fundamentals of baseball, flag football, basketball, and other sports to children ages 4–17 with its series of NFL-, MLB-, NBA- and WNBA-affiliated clinics, leagues, and camps. The noncompetitive Rookie League baseball league teaches children how to catch, throw, zip between bases, hit pitches from a strike-throwing machine, stand in the most flattering light for baseball-card photos, and more, and younger players can practice the same skills in T-ball lessons. Flag football and basketball leagues for boys and girls focus on speed, agility, and strategy, with occasional dodgeball sessions and punting or shooting competitions. Each flag football, basketball, and baseball team plays six to eight regular-season games (starting at $65/team membership). Students spend full days training in baseball, football, basketball, and more ($140/week) during the one-week summertime camps. World Events also proffers dance classes ($45/month) and martial-arts instruction for kids tired of hearing their dad follow them around acting as a sports announcer (starting at $45/month).
4212 N Pershing Ave
Stockton,
CA
US
The Stockton Ports, a class-A minor-league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, slug spheres and cater to the cheers of hometown spectators at the storied [Banner Island Ballpark]. MVP seats afford a player’s-eye view of the base-spangled diamond from box seats directly behind home plate and extending toward both team benches. Ballgame enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the game while following the emerging talent of future big-league stars—the team’s 70-year history has witnessed the launch of numerous major-league careers, such as those of Ben Sheets, Trevor Cahill, and Stomper the elephant.
404 W Fremont St.
Stockton,
CA
US
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