A member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 2008, the Blue Sox incubates top college players while they stay fresh and limber between seasons in the NCAA. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the league consists of 10 teams across six New England states, all competing in a summer of hardball that begins in June and concludes with the playoffs in August, just before players trade in baseballs for rubber-band balls and return to school. Originally founded in 1997 as the Concord Quarry Dogs, the Blue Sox wield homefield advantage at Mackenzie Stadium, a venue that can seat more than 4,000 fans or 30 anti-T-shirt missile silos.
All Star Club members can boost both their athletic abilities and cash flow by brandishing Baseball City's modern equipment and by enrolling in classes at discounted rates. Budding MVPs bloom under the warming glow of several clinics, which impart lessons in hitting, fielding, pitching, and flagging down wandering peanut vendors. Resident trainers also host private sessions to give players the extra attention they need to excel at duet singing. Even without enrollment in lessons, members and their families benefit from unlimited use of the training area, a 10% discount in the pro shop, and the right to reserve batting cages in advance to prevent paraphrased renditions of "Who's On First."
Having trained with Yankees closer Mariano Rivers and slugger Manny Ramirez, Frozen Ropes' elite instructors lead burgeoning pitchers and hitters through general skills for amateurs and advanced tactics for veterans in its indoor facilities. Students in the fundamental Born to Play (ages 3–4) and Rookie classes (ages 5–6) study elementary skills, such as fielding, throwing, and how to borrow bases instead of stealing them. Baseball aficionados advance into the Major League class (ages 10–12) to learn pitch recognition and throwing control, while End Game Pitching and Gold-Glove Defense classes (ages 8–12) hone key skills for preserving a one-run lead. Softball players can select from classes for all levels, including Girls Got Game (ages 8+), Hitting Boot Camp (ages 8+), and Pitching classes. A national training center, Frozen Ropes also assists major-league and college baseball teams with player development.
As the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rock Cats clubhouse is baseball's equivalent of an arboretum, blossoming in the summer with big-league-ready talent while nurturing future pros, a laundry list of baseball all-stars that has previously included Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, David Ortiz, and Torii Hunter. Following the frenetic lead of Rocky, a full roster of mascots entices eyes with various forms of family-friendly entertainment throughout each game. An extra dose of off-the-field entertainment can also be savored inside the ballpark's Fun Zone, where fans test their skills by smacking baseballs in a homerun derby, throwing fastballs with speed pitch, or swinging an oversize hot dog to prepare for the day when professional baseball decides all bats must be meat-based.