In the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, 33 of the 39 first-round picks had previously attended a Perfect Game event. That's because Perfect Game is the premier scouting network dedicated to advancing the development and careers of amateur baseball players through more than 100 showcases a year. Emerging stars come together to compete in leagues, tournaments, and individual showcases in front of high-level scouts from collegiate and professional organizations.
Perfect Game helps young players improve their fundamentals at its indoor training facilities, which feature pitching-machine cages, indoor dirt mounds, two full-size hitting areas, and a weight-training room, as well as fast-pitch softball machines and pitching areas. The staff is made up of former professional baseball players, college players, and coaches.
Hitters SportsPlex is a 50,000-square-foot sports complex that gives aspiring sluggers the opportunity to train year-round in pristine indoor facilities. With three baseball cages and pitching machines capable of firing stitched orbs at adjustable speeds and emulating up to six different pitches, batters can perfect their swing against throws of all degrees of difficulty. Athletes can also hone their talents in climate-controlled, hi-tech practice facilities for tennis, indoor golf, and pickleball?a combination of ping-pong and tennis that's played on a giant plate next to a giant hamburger.
When attempting to hit a baseball traveling 90 mph or faster, every fraction of a second matters. That’s why Baseball Vision Program’s hitting guru Chris McKnight emphasizes the process of seeing the ball as the pitcher delivers it and tracking it on its way to the strike zone—the earlier a player’s eyes “pick up” the ball, the more time he or she has to react. By training players’ eyes and the reactions of their hands to be in unison, Chris gives them a valuable tool not just at the plate, but in the field. A veteran coach with experience as a manager in the NCAA and as a scout, Chris has developed successful training methods with more than 3,000 students.
The Madison Mallards take to the diamond each summer for three months of collegiate baseball, gathering players from across the country as they can hone their skills for a shot at the pros. The Mallards took home Northwoods League championships in 2004 and 2013, cheered on by some of the most devout and rowdy fans in the league. Fans that helped the team set a collegiate attendance record in 2012, drawing in more than 217,000 fans.
During a furnace maintenance visit, Harker Heating & Cooling's specialists give homes' heating units a thorough examination. Components slated for inspection include the thermostat, blower assembly, air filter, vents, electrical connections, and safeties. Pilot lights, heat exchanges, and burners receive a careful cleaning to remove excess dust or illegal Greek fire. To improve the furnace's efficiency, a technician will lubricate chafed motors and bearings with a spritz of oil. After checking for gas leaks or evidence of carbon monoxide, Harker's staffers test the water and run the furnace through a complete cycle to ensure that it's ready for another prolonged struggle with Old Man Winter.