In the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, 33 of the 39 first-round picks had previously attended a Perfect Game event. That's because Perfect Game is the premier scouting network dedicated to advancing the development and careers of amateur baseball players through more than 100 showcases a year. Emerging stars come together to compete in leagues, tournaments, and individual showcases in front of high-level scouts from collegiate and professional organizations.
Perfect Game helps young players improve their fundamentals at its indoor training facilities, which feature pitching-machine cages, indoor dirt mounds, two full-size hitting areas, and a weight-training room, as well as fast-pitch softball machines and pitching areas. The staff is made up of former professional baseball players, college players, and coaches.
Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy's athletic facilities double as classrooms for players of all ages. A 10,000-square-foot arena houses indoor pitching mounds, technique cages, and throwing tunnels with Iron Mike and curveball pitching machines. An adjoining 2,000-square-foot performance center caters to youth and adult development programs.
Helming these facilities, experienced instructors adhere to a philosophy known as Life-Sport-Connect. As implied by its title, Life-Sport-Connect emphasizes the link between athletics and the real world. As athletes learn how to maintain a positive attitude, work as a team, and douse their coach in sports drink, they develop virtuous characteristics that affect their personal lives.
Classes, workshops, and camps primarily emphasize baseball, softball, and football. Regular baseball tournaments provide game time between local and regional teams, and a chance to show off with home-run derbies and throwing competitions.
Road Ranger Stadium entertains fans and families as the Rockford RiverHawks bat, bunt, and steal bases in Frontier League play. Cheering from the intimate vantage point of home-plate box seats, fans can chew on hot dogs while admiring the home-run swing of 2004 Frontier League MVP Rich Austin and analyze the curveballs of former Kansas City Royal Mike Wood. Family fun and entertainment extends beyond the third out of every inning with promotional showcases, such as comedic sumo wrestling, the Eye-Ball race, and the long-lived tradition of the seventh-inning stretch-the-truth-about-how-many-hot-dogs-you-ate.