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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.

2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo,
CA
US

East Bay Youth Sports' year-round youth football programs strive to build kids' character as well as their passing skills. Kids as young as 4 get their start in the non-competitive, co-ed NFL flag football league, whose high-scoring but contact-free games teach values like teamwork, self-confidence, and sportsmanship. The contact flag-football league takes the game's physicality up a notch, while the tackle football league pits kids in full pads and helmets against others of similar weight, age, and experience. Relaxed, family-friendly schedules help keep practices fun and casual at all levels.

In the summer months, East Bay Youth Sports hosts Bay Area Adventure Camp, where kids aged 5 through 14 enjoy a wide range of activities under the supervision of experienced staff. The younger ones are matched with those leaders in a ratio of four to one, so they're never far from helpful supervision, whether they're playing soccer or learning to skateboard or ride a horse. The camp is partnered with a variety of other companies, which lets them arrange amusement park trips, archery, indoor skydiving, and other activities that require a lot of equipment or any number of roller coasters.

101 Wilder Road
Orinda,
CA
US

Bay Area Youth Sports' year-round youth football programs strive to build kids' character as well as their passing skills. Kids as young as 4 get their start in the non-competitive, co-ed NFL flag football league, whose high-scoring but contact-free games teach values like teamwork, self-confidence, and sportsmanship. The contact flag-football league takes the game's physicality up a notch, while the tackle football league pits kids in full pads and helmets against others of similar weight, age, and experience. Relaxed, family-friendly schedules help keep practices fun and casual at all levels.

In the summer months, Bay Area Youth Sports hosts Bay Area Adventure Camp, where kids aged 5 through 14 enjoy a wide range of activities under the supervision of experienced staff. The younger ones are matched with those leaders in a ratio of four to one, so they're never far from helpful supervision, whether they're playing soccer or learning to skateboard or ride a horse. The camp is partnered with a variety of other companies, which lets them arrange amusement park trips, archery, indoor skydiving, and other activities that require a lot of equipment or any number of roller coasters.

John Muir Elementary 205 Vista Way
Martinez,
CA
US

Brothers Ben and Jon Campopiano didn't start their careers by just appearing out of a cornfield like Shoeless Joe Jackson does in every sports movie. Both Ben and Jon coached baseball at Northgate High School, where they led teams into the post-season and helped youth athletes hone their skills. Today, Ben works as the Director of Baseball Operations at Santa Clara University, and Jon serves as Northgate High School's Vice Principal. At Bronco Baseball Academy, they distill their years of expertise into weeklong camps for players aged 5?12 years. Along with their fellow baseball instructors, the brothers Campopiano lead drills and games that focus on all aspects of the game: throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and everything in between. They also work alongside a certified athletic trainer, who ensures players stay safe and healthy throughout each day of training.

425 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

Five Things to Know About AT&T Park

A beautiful green pitch might be at the center of AT&T Park, but the stadium has more than just baseball at its heart. Read on for more facts about the Giants’ home base:

  • Fans call it all sorts of names. Some call it “The Phone Booth” because of its history of being bought by different telephone companies, while others call it “Mays Field” for Giants legend Willie Mays.
  • The stadium walls heard the crack of a history-making home run. It was here that Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run, which broke the record for all-time career home runs formerly held by Hank Aaron.
  • AT&T Park hosts much more than just baseball. It’s also hosted Roger Waters’s haunting performance of The Wall and Kanye West’s proposal to Kim Kardashian.
  • The park is festooned with statues and art. Marvel at a 9-foot statue of Willie Mays, 14-foot statue of Willie McCovey, and colorful WPA-era murals commissioned as part of the New Deal.
  • The most popular food item isn’t a hot dog. It’s the signature sandwich from Crazy Crab’z—buttery Dungeness crab and tomato on grilled sourdough. It might seem a little decadent (and pricey) for ballpark grub, but it’s a fan favorite. NPR’s take: “People here really love this sandwich. Usually when there's a line this long at a stadium, there's a urinal at the end of it.”

24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco,
CA
US

The ClubHouse Training Schools help aspiring baseball players reach new athletic peaks under the tuition of seasoned coaches and professional baseball scouts. Well versed in the arts of hitting, pitching, and yelling for bags of peanuts, the instructors hone players' skills in a 17,000-square-foot training facility, which facilitates year-round practice with indoor batting cages and a full on-site gym with free weights and stationary bikes. A regimen of fitness and performance training helps athletes stay in shape on and off the field?sure to be an asset during the ClubHouse's fall high-school baseball league, when students put their skills to the test by pitching crumpled math homework.

267 East Harris Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US