With a former Oakland Athletic and two ex-minor leaguers on staff, Baseball Unlimited Training Center is a safe haven to help young hitters, pitchers, and fielders take their skills to the next level. The 7,500-square-foot facility houses five separate hitting and pitching tunnels extending to 65 feet in length, suitable for practicing all baseball or softball pitches, except for spitballs or cannonballs. The center hosts ballplayers ranging from little leaguers to college players, who can each take part in camps and clinics or practice individually through batting-cage rentals in 30-minute allotments.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.
With a three-time Louisville Slugger Region 21 coach of the year and a scout for the Florida Marlins on its seven-man roster, the staff at Upper Deck Baseball Academy commands years of competitive diamond expertise. The team puts its 8,900-square-foot facility to work assisting budding baseball and softball stars with improvement of their physical, mechanical, and mental capabilities through creative, focused drills. Two Iron Mike pitching machines and two Jugs pitching machines hurl heat down the indoor batting cages, allowing players to work on bat speed and hitting to the opposite field without the awkward eye contact that comes with facing a real pitcher. Players can also have their chops recorded with video swing analysis, allowing for real-time feedback on swing mechanics.
It's the most difficult achievement in all of sports. So difficult, in fact, that doing it only 30% off time is considered excellent. That's hitting a baseball, and Hitzone Performance Center makes practicing the allusive feat an accessible one. Their batting cages are furnished with fast-pitch machines available for 30- and 60-minute sessions. Coaches and players can also step into tunnels replete with tees and L-screens, which coaches can stand behind for protection while pitching the ball themselves. Soft toss is available, too, for softball players to perfect timing and swings. To arm warriors of the dirt-diamond, they also carry equipment from top-manufacturers such as Louisville Slugger and Rawlings.
Athletic Republic Kingston's experienced trainers utilize science-based training to offer athletes an edge in a variety of sports. Their programs encompass baseball and fast-pitch softball, basketball, football, hockey, and more, as they strive to help athletes jump higher and run faster with video comparisons and individualized training. The facility also offers group, semiprivate, and private cross-fitness training programs with certified instructors.
Fenway Park, the capital of Red Sox Nation, stands as a near-mystical ballpark that has hosted legends such as Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. To this day, the faithful flock to here to watch their beloved Red Sox take the field, but many cherished corners of this 101-year-old stadium beg for a closer look than the stands can afford. And year-round, knowledgeable guides pay proper respect to the famed features with one-hour narrated tours of the ballpark. Visitors will find themselves looking down on the diamond from atop the 37-foot, two-inch Green Monster outfield wall, then stop by Pesky’s Pole while learning the history of the franchise, the players, and the laundry mishap that terminated the team’s original name, “The Boston Sepia Sox.” In addition to general ballpark tours, Fenway also offers batting-practice tours that begin three hours prior to game time. Fans can pose for a picture on the warning track and catch fly balls from the Green Monster as their favorite players warm up for that day’s contest.