Since 1993, JP Longball has reverberated with the cracks and pings of bats. Located near the University of San Diego, the indoor batting center features five batting cages?including one with a dirt batting surface, three that throw baseball and fast pitch softball, and one that throws baseball and slow pitch softball. Arm-action pitching machines test baseball and softball players with different speeds, and a curveball machine bends balls over the plate without relying on whispered incantations from Randy Johnson. Not all of JP Longball's staff is mechanized, however. The facility also retains an all-star lineup of accomplished coaches, who share their wisdom with ballplayers during personalized hitting, pitching, and fielding lessons.
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.
This 8,000-square-foot facility houses five indoor batting areas to train baseball beaters on customized pitching machines capable of launching fast balls and curve balls at speeds of 25 to 90 mph, faster than the speed of black light moving toward a felt Don Mattingly. Each cage provides pop-fly pilots with helmets, bats, and baseballs. Hardball Sports Academy also includes two cages equipped for live pitching with L-screens that protect the delicate exoskeletons of warm-blooded lobbers.
Super Swing Sports' youth softball, baseball and tee-ball clinics forgo the competitive nature of the sports in favor of fun and teamwork. Boys and girls as young as 3 participate in the structured programs, which teach sport-specific skills such as hitting and fielding, plus the value of exercise and sportsmanship. Since there's no pressure, the youngsters are able to fully enjoy the sports, leaving nerves and performance expectations for later in life.
With 8,800 square feet of dedicated baseball- and softball-practice space, Brickyard Cages gives ballplayers room to improve bat speed and train their eyes. Sluggers choose from six batting cage tunnels outfitted with Iron Mike pitching machines, which can be adjusted by speed and any pitch type that doesn't require human saliva. A staff of experienced players and instructors presides over every crack of the bat and slap of the catcher's mitt, offering year-round lessons to groups and individuals.
Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.