The Kansas City T-Bones lineage traces back to 1993, when the team was actually known as the Duluth-Superior Dukes. And though the upstart team managed to win a Northern League title in 1997, the team still made the move to Kansas City in 2003. And since coming to town, the rechristened T-Bones have found a fair amount of success, including another Northern League title in 2008. Today, the T-Bones play for hometown pride at Community America Ballpark, a facility built to hold up to 4,800 fans holding up to 9,600 hot dogs.
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.
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.
Before Kid Macho was ever a youth sports and entertainment brand, it started with a kid. Brendan "Kid Macho" Brunette's baseball instructor gave him the nickname for his confidence, intensity, and sweet left-handed swing. Brendan's dad loved and decided to run with the idea, establishing the Kid Macho youth sports and entertainment brand and a full line of apparel stamped with the sleek Kid Macho logo. Today, the organization runs youth camps for boys and girls. It also offers lessons with a former minor league ballplayer, whose wisdom can help kids hit better, field better, and run the bases without consulting a map.
It?s hard to make new friends in a park; but, thanks to KC Crew, friendships have been blossoming all over Roanoke Park, Parade Park, and Penn Valley Park. The secret to their success is rec leagues, in which players compete in kickball, flag football, soccer, softball, and sand volleyball, a beachy sport far preferable to speed eating shells. The organization provides umpires, a game schedule, and a $100 credit at eight local bars awarded to the winning team each week. And after the sun goes down, the organization offers more in-depth studies of the area nightlife through bar crawls, themed to celebrate holidays such as St. Patrick?s Day or simulate a zombie apocalypse.