Rocky Mountain Batting Cages' batting cages have semi-automatic baseball and softball (fast and slow pitch) machines that can simulate the live throwing arm and emotional fragility of a human pitcher. Or opt for real live batting practice by having a real live person throw to you from a pitching mound behind a safety screen. During the one-hour session, your squad can open up the retractable netting and use the space to practice scooping up ground balls and making balloon animals. When the hour-long session is finished, lounge in Rocky Mountain Batting Cages' cozy team room for post-practice snacks and celebratory chocolate cigars. For a list of rules, click here. Call ahead to schedule your batting-cage time.
At 6,531 feet above sea level, Security Service Field is the highest professional ballpark in the United States. It was built in 1988 on the edge of Colorado Springs, and, in August 2012, it welcomed its six millionth fan through the turnstiles. This feat of fandom was but a dream in 1903, though, when the Sky Sox—then the Sacramento Solons—became a charter member of the Pacific Coast League. In 1961, the Solons became the Islanders and relocated to Honolulu, where the franchise remained until 1988, the year it finally moved to Colorado, and the year Pikes Peak began mysteriously sprouting foul poles. Upon arriving in its new city, the franchise adopted the Sky Sox moniker—a tip of the cap to the Sky Sox of the 1950s, who played in the Western League as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The modern-day Sky Sox have been the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies since 1993, and in 2011, the team earned the nod as Triple-A Organization of the Year courtesy of Baseball America.
Through their event promotion and community outreach, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation dedicates their time to recognizing local athletes and coaches, as well as improving lives of the region's citizens. Serving as a liaison between civic leaders and sporting organizations, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization has helped stage events that include State Games of America, U.S. Women's Open, USA Pro Challenge, and the Rocky Mountain State Games.
Admitting Colorado residents of all ages and athletic abilities, the Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival recognized by the NCAA. Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, approximately 9,000 athletes complete across 40 venues that include Memorial Park, Colorado College and others in the Pikes Peak Region. The State Games concept was developed in New York with the 1978 Empire State Games. Today, more than 400,000 athletes each year compete in State Games nationwide, including those with physical disabilities and visual impairment. State Games feature various sports from Pan American Games programs, as well as ones with regional popularity.
Within each of Diamond Sports Training Center's five batting cages, bat brandishers polish their wrist extension and calibrate their bunts as they work toward becoming better baseball and softball players. Though pitching machines can be found in each cage, a pitching mound and L-screen are also available for a live pitcher so that the batter can practice against different pitch speeds, placements, and invisibility spells. Aspiring diamond stars can also enroll in private lessons and clinics with the center's staff, wherein they'll learn proper technique for pitching, fielding, and developing a sweet swing.
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.
Extra Innings Littleton's sprawling baseball enclave sharpens batting and pitching skills with a lineup of seven multiuse training tunnels. Each spacious tunnel is 70 feet long, 25 feet high, and 15 feet wide, leaving plenty of room for wild pitches, fly balls, and improvement. There's no limit on the number of pitches flung by the ball-launching machines, which can be adjusted to spew out blazing fastballs for the pros or gentle, encouraging lobs that help to train new players; tees are also available for the youngest sluggers. If human pitchers want to sub in for Extra Innings' robotic all-star, the facility's protective L-screens stand ready to protect them from line drives as pitching arms practice hurling orbs toward a catching or batting partner.