Babe Ruth was nicknamed "The Colossus of Trout" because his skills on the field derived from summers spent fishing the old-fashioned way—with a baseball bat and shallow water. Earn an epithet of your own with today's Groupon to Coach Vic’s Batting Cage and Baseball Academy in Hillsboro. Choose from the following options:
- For $30, you get one one-hour batting lesson (a $59 value).
- For $59, you get three one-hour batting lessons (a $165 value). This option is only valid for new customers.
- For $99, you get five one-hour batting lessons (a $250 value). This option is only valid for new customers.
Coaching sessions pair batters with veteran instructor Victor Hernandez, who uses his 40 years of baseball experience to craft one-on-one, hands-on lessons. Inside a brightly lit facility, spheroid sluggers face off with an All Star Ace 5000 pitching simulator, a model used by professional players and savvy dog owners trying to streamline games of fetch. Coach Vic improves the swings of baseball and fast-pitch-softball batters with instruction on technique, form, and tips for shrugging off taunts from passing birds. One lesson can serve as a quick brush-up or introductory lesson, while three or five lessons allow for more detailed instruction, a greater probability of retention, and the chance to earn a coach-approved nickname such as “Slugger” or “Insane-O.”
Coach Vic's Batting Cage and Baseball Academy
After an eight-year career in minor-league baseball, Coach Victor Hernandez went on to instruct hitting in 1986 at Eastern Oregon University, where he helped the team set most of its hitting records that still stand today. These days, Coach Vic teaches youth baseball players the same philosophies that penned EOU into the record books. At his indoor facility, he perfects students' hitting techniques in a professional batting cage furnished with a Home Plate pitching machine that lobs baseballs at speeds of up to 90 mph. The multitalented pitching apparatus can throw fastballs, curveballs, sinkers, sliders, change-ups, and kitchen sinks with a slight rising action, emulating various in-game situations with pinpoint accuracy. Softball players can also hone their hitting fundamentals similarly with the cage's Atec fast-pitch softball machine.
During one-on-one or group sessions, Coach Vic unveils the elements of a homerun swing, including proper stance, bat grip, and load. Through a series of drills, he gets batters to focus on proper hand action through the hitting zone and teaches them how to repeat the motion in every swing. As an all-around baseball player himself, Coach Vic can also instruct pitching mechanics.