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By now, it?s no secret that Richmond Baseball Academy West has a knack for developing top baseball talent. More than 30 players who have been drafted by Major League teams have also either trained at facilities or played on one of the Academy?s traveling teams, including 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And that?s in addition to hundreds of athletes who emerged from the program to play at the collegiate level.

Co-owned by former Major League reliever Cla Meredith, the Academy shapes future masters of the diamond with coaches who bring genuine field experience as they have all played the game at either the professional or college level. Pupils learn how to run down ground balls and put together solid at bats inside the Academy?s year-round facility in Richmond. It features batting cages, pitching machines, radar guns, and more of the latest teaching devices to help streamline training sessions.

Meanwhile, former softball standouts Synthia Reader and Sara Lassiter?a four-year player at Averett University?lead the softball program, which offers lessons for players of all ages and boasts its own competitive travel team. Richmond Baseball Academy also teaches youngsters aged 5?12 how to hit, field, and sniff out any sunflower seeds within the city limits in four-day baseball summer camps. It hosts more than 16 travel teams which accommodate ball players from age 8 to 17.

5904 School Ave.
Richmond,
VA
US

At Tidewater Hit and Pitch, a team of professional baseball and softball coaches pass their wisdom onto future generations of pitchers and fielders in one-on-one coaching sessions and group camps. The staff breaks down the sport into three digestible parts?pitching, hitting, and fielding?which helps players hone discipline with drills while imparting universal skills such as balance, body control, and how to dispose of chewing gum besides swallowing it.

5887 Adderley St
Norfolk,
VA
US

It’s fitting that Grand Slam 2’s name suggests a sequel, as the baseball complex’s team of instructors consists of former collegiate coaches and athletes who continue their involvement in the sport even after hanging up their game-day cleats. In classes, camps, and clinics, these instructors impart their appreciation for baseball as they build their students’ hitting and fielding skills from the ground up. Though the facility’s batting cages play an important role in correcting swings, sessions may also include off-field weight training—this is especially true for pitching classes, which aim to bulk up throwing arms in preparation for more serious competition. At winter and summer hitting academies, bats crack against approaching baseballs like the whip of an exceptionally demanding coach.

Players can put their newfound skills to the test in the Tidewater Bombers baseball program, a competitive, age-appropriate league that imparts the principles of teamwork through live-action games. To prepare for league games, check out Grand Slam 2's pro shop, which stocks bats, gloves, and terrifying masks for psyching out opposing pitchers.

237 Battlefield Blvd. S
Chesapeake,
VA
US

By now, it?s no secret that Richmond Baseball Academy West has a knack for developing top baseball talent. More than 30 players who have been drafted by Major League teams have also either trained at facilities or played on one of the Academy?s traveling teams, including 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And that?s in addition to hundreds of athletes who emerged from the program to play at the collegiate level.

Co-owned by former Major League reliever Cla Meredith, the Academy shapes future masters of the diamond with coaches who bring genuine field experience as they have all played the game at either the professional or college level. Pupils learn how to run down ground balls and put together solid at bats inside the Academy?s year-round facility in Richmond. It features batting cages, pitching machines, radar guns, and more of the latest teaching devices to help streamline training sessions.

Meanwhile, former softball standouts Synthia Reader and Sara Lassiter?a four-year player at Averett University?lead the softball program, which offers lessons for players of all ages and boasts its own competitive travel team. Richmond Baseball Academy also teaches youngsters aged 5?12 how to hit, field, and sniff out any sunflower seeds within the city limits in four-day baseball summer camps. It hosts more than 16 travel teams which accommodate ball players from age 8 to 17.

17347 Pouncey Tract Rd.
Rockville,
VA
US

XZone strives to keep teenagers active and engaged with a lineup of after-school and summer activities for all interests. Through it all, the center balances its array of sports offerings with scholastic assistance for students in grades 6?12 with onsite tutoring services and a computer lab. Those who prefer friendly indoor competition can head to XZone's game room or gym, and those feeling hungry can socialize over a bite to eat from the caf?.

Of course, XZone also offers more active pursuits. Taekwondo instructors lead martial arts classes that teach patience and confidence. Xzone offers a variety of sports including skateboarding, paintball, and airsoft fields, which are all open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. Referees keep paintball matches running smoothly on five large fields riddled with obstacles and dubbed with names such as Spools, Smart Boxes, and Speedball, which clue players in to types of play.

6851 Courthouse Rd.
Chesterfield,
VA
US

At Rockwood Golf Park, groups seeking family-friendly fun are met with a driving range, batting cages, and a miniature golf course. They can putt past nefarious ponds and stroll over bridges during mini golf, with all-day access. Or they can retreat to the batting cages, where the pitching machines accommodate all with variable speeds. Or they can practice their drives on the range, hitting balls from one of 25 covered and heated stations.

10239 Hull Street Rd
Midlothian,
VA
US