Unlike summer etiquette lessons or math camp, four days of baseball keep kids active and healthy while teaching them social skills and confidence. Whether or not kids go on to become players, they’ll learn the importance of sportsmanship as the friendly instructors make each day fun. Balls-n-Strikes pairs one certified instructor to every six kids. This ensures that the game will not have to go into the 16th inning before your child gets a chance to bat, and also removes the need to make up additional outfield positions such as "assistant to the regional shortstop" and "human foul pole."
Under the able tutelage of Ozzie Smith's Sports Academy's helpful instructors, athletes can build up speed, agility, and endurance while increasing confidence and honing their skills at baseball, softball, basketball, football, and soccer—either privately or in groups. Get individual attention in a half-hour private single softball lesson ($40), rent out a batting cage for one hour ($35), or sign up budding basketball stars ages 10–17 for a skill-focused basketball clinic ($25 each). Ozzie Smith's also offers camps, leagues, and private instruction for soccer contenders of all ages. Underlying all of Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy's instructional lessons is a commitment to physically and mentally elevating every athlete to his or her full potential through hard work, dedication, and practice.
As the Gateway Grizzlies vow to reclaim their 2003 title as Frontier League champions or choke the rivers with their dead, fans can watch them triumph from the very best of ballpark tush cushions: field-reserve box seats (a $10 value at the box office). A hot dog (a $1.75 value), chips (a $2 value), and soda (a $3 value) all give the mouth something to do besides scream at the umpire for attempting to surreptitiously break up with his girlfriend via text message. The five Grizzlie Bucks ($5) can be used toward additional food and merchandise at the ballpark. For the complete experience, zealous baseball buffs will get to step up to the virtual plate and take swings at 10 pitches ($5) with the ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System. ProBatter synchronizes videos of real pitchers with a pitching machine, creating the sensation of facing a professional knuckleballer that is so convincing, you can almost feel the tobacco juice sprinkling your face.
With panoramic views of downtown and the St. Louis Gateway Arch looming in the background like a giant croquet wicket, baseball enthusiasts and Cardinals fans can visit sites they don't normally see on game day. During the tour, fans will swing through the Redbird Club—a spacious, closed-in section of the ballpark with some of the best views available—as well as the press box, where the world first learned that Mark McGwire's goatee was actually a toupee. Visitors get to check out other notable spots in the stadium, including the Cardinals dugout, Trinket City, and the secret fifth base. While tours are usually available daily, visitors are strongly encouraged to call ahead.
Depending on how competitive you'd like to be, there are many ways to play sports—at a clinic, in a league, in a tournament, or at a camp, for example. Stratman Sports organizes all of these for a number of different sports, including volleyball, basketball, kickball, and bags. With offerings available for both youth players and adults, the company invites every potential athlete in the greater St. Louis area out to play, regardless of their age or ability level. Locations include The Pavilion, which boasts white sand volleyball courts and an outdoor patio that allows coolers. The staff also specializes in making custom apparel and accessories. They can create uniforms, logos, and other wearable items, meaning that athletes no longer need to play skins vs. rain ponchos.