Before baseball, there was mace-maul, a medieval sport in which players wore chainmail uniforms, no-hitters were a bad thing, and each team’s disabled list was much, much longer. Support a more civilized sport with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get a baseball or softball package at Extra Innings in Auburn (a $220 total value). Each package includes:
- One vacation-sports baseball or softball clinic (a $175 value). Click here to see the clinic’s schedule.
- Two, 30-minute tunnel sessions (a $22.50/session value).<p>
Young players bolster their ball- and bat-manship during Extra Innings’ informative skill clinics, held in a 17,500-square-foot facility’s multi-use batting tunnels. The five-day vacation clinics offer students a chance to study and implement essential offensive and defensive game skills, such as hitting for power, fielding, and the elaborate hand gestures needed to order sodas from the concession stand. Aspiring athletes cement skills over two sessions inside Extra Innings batting tunnels— 70-foot-long, 15-foot-wide spaces loaded with speed-adjustable pitching machines, sliding nets, pitcher mounds, and a lone umpire statue that silently contemplates the legitimacy of fair and foul.
Top Prospect Baseball/Softball Academy
The crack of a bat signals another powerful hit inside Top Prospect's spacious, 70-foot-long batting tunnels. Each cage's Iron Mike pitching machine emulates the power and speed of a cantaloupe tossed by Popeye, sending a feast of fastballs screeching toward homerun-hungry hitters. Top Prospect's 17,500-square-foot facility also divvies its plethora of space for private pitching, fielding, and batting lessons hosted by seasoned instructors, as well as a circuit training area furnished with soft-toss machines, tees, and stride boards that further perfect techniques. The onsite pro shop also equips players with all of the baseball essentials.