Hitting a baseball is considered one of the most challenging tasks in all of sports, narrowly edging out carrying an egg on a spoon and winning a three-legged race with your grandmother. Master the difficulties of the diamond with today's Groupon: for $85, you get one entry to Hooks Baseball Academy (a $170 value), hosted by the Corpus Christi Hooks, a AA affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Held at the Hooks' bayside stadium, Whataburger Field, Hooks Baseball Academy affords junior hard-ballers age 5–18 a three-day course in on-field excellence led by expert instructors, including current Hooks' players and coaches. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon on July 19, 20, and 21, during which time rising Ruths and Ripkens will hone their skills with high-level lessons in all facets of the game, including proper fielding and throwing techniques, ideal swing mechanics, and a graduate-level seminar on what constitutes a balk. Along with a veritable rosin bag of professional wisdom, campers receive a Hooks Baseball Academy camp photo, a ticket to a Hooks' game, a T-shirt, and a baseball hat. While the camp will provide water, leather-flashers are encouraged to also bring their own source of hydration to curb impulses to transform the pitcher's mound into a well.