Countless athletes of all ages have trained at Dulins Sport Complex since former professional baseball player Tim Dulin opened its doors in 1994. The more than 40,000-square-feet facility features two turf fields?one measuring 170?x80? and the other 100?x80'. On both surfaces, you'll find players honing their techniques during camps and leagues for sports including soccer, lacrosse, and even cricket. And in the complex's eight batting cages, baseball and softball players practice swinging and trashing talking the pitching machines.
The Jackson Generals snag flies, slam homers, and take on Southern League rivals in pursuit of a 2011 championship. With the Family Four Pack, two adults and two tots decamp to general-admission seats at Pringles Park, catching nine innings, foul balls, and photos for homemade baseball cards at any Generals home game until June 18. Famished fans refuel with a concessions package featuring four tickets for hot dogs, sodas, and cherries jubilee served in souvenir fireproof helmets. Reap additional benefits on one of the Generals' special promotions nights, delighting in $1 concessions on Thrifty Thursdays, postgame firework displays after weekend contests, and "Dress Like a Pirate Night" on May 19.
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.
Dugout box seats put you close enough to the base-based action to smell the fresh grass and hear a position player wonder if he turned the oven off. Watch the game unfold from a perspective not normally glimpsed on television and appreciate the geometry and sports dynamics as they play out before you and a friend or family member. An affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds were the 2009 PCL champions and are within striking distance of first place in the PCL American North Division, so be prepared for finely tuned minor-league action. With its combination of traditional and contemporary architecture, AutoZone Park is frequently lauded for its charming atmosphere and impressive views from throughout the park, including one of the largest scoreboards in minor-league baseball.