Just two blocks from East Beach and down the way from Stearns Wharf, the crack of bats is a fitting addition to the soundtrack of the nearby crashing waves. Each day throughout the week, baseball and softball fans pop in at East Beach Batting Cages to get in a workout, perfect their swing, or shake off the rust from too much time between batting sessions. At the outdoor facility, eight baseball pitching machines wing balls at batters at 35?80 mph, and six softball pitching machines lob a choice of slow or fast pitches. After working up a hunger, patrons can indulge at Norton's Pastrami and Deli, located onsite, or take a stroll along the beach to see how the seals play their own version of baseball.
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.
At Pinnacle Performance Institute, trainers have created a fitness and performance program for athlete of almost any age. Training begins with the Youth Speed & Strength program, which helps students as young as 7 develop foundational athletic movement for long-term development. High school and college athletes foster sport-specific skills in the P.A.S.S., working towards personal goals while developing universal skills and strength for continued fitness success. The institute's AthleteFIT adult group fitness program helps exercisers maintain wellness long after graduation. Built from workouts modified for safety and effectiveness, the program helps adults of all ages and fitness levels burn fat and tone muscles without resorting to another whirl on the stationary bike.