Much like belly dancing, swinging a baseball bat harnesses snappy hip movements, entices every passerby, and is a lot more impressive while wearing finger cymbals. Brush up on your swing seduction with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a one-hour rental of either a batting cage or a pitching cage at Northshore Sports Complex in Woodinville (a $40 value).
Northshore Sports Complex provides a clean, well-maintained facility for baseball and softball players to practice fundamentals and sharpen competitive edges. Inside Northshore's specialized training cages, players can square off against a semiautomatic pitching machine whose "crush, kill, destroy" setting has been disabled, but it still spits rage in the form of 30–85 mph fastballs. Batting cages are not automated, so batters will either have to master teleportation or bring along someone to feed balls into the pitching machine. Pitchers in training can develop their fastball's smoky contrail with an L-screen pitching net that includes the option of a portable mound and a less portable surrounding stadium.
In addition to an hour of swinging lumber or working the rust out of squeaky elbows, new customers will also receive 20% off any lesson provided by Northshore Sports' highly experienced instructors, who have trained players throughout Washington. Though players should try to get comfortable with their own equipment and a protective exoskeleton made out of duct-taped pillows, Northshore Sports Complex can provide bats and helmets.
Northshore Sports Complex
Baseball players can't skimp on their hitting, pitching, and catching skills if they want to dominate the game—a fact that the instructors at Northshore Sports Complex know well. In 1982, Cody Webster earned the title of MVP while playing for the Kirkland Nationals All-Star Team—the first US team to win the Little League World Series. He continued to play throughout high school and college, and went on to coach for Pepsi Baseball. His cohort, Eve Gaw has spent a combined eleven years with the University of Washington softball program as a student athlete, volunteer assistant coach in the late 90’s and assistant coach from 2005-2008. Together, the duo shares the task of teaching students the fundamentals of the game inside batting and pitching cages.
Surrounded by a chain-link fence and divided by safety nets, their astro-turfed cages shelter machines that launch baseballs and softballs straight down the plate. These projectiles can reach speeds up to 85mph, which would be really scary if the baseballs weren't tranquilized beforehand. Sans the machines, pairs can take to the cages to hone their pitching and catching abilities.