If polo is the sport of kings, then baseball is truly the sport of horseless kings. Get a lesson in the equine-free version of these regal games with today’s Groupon: for $62, you get a one-hour private baseball or softball lesson from Western Connecticut Baseball Academy (a $125 value), located at The Newtown Youth Academy.
Western Connecticut Baseball Academy trains any level of ball player, from bench warmer to bench destroyer, adults and children, providing anything from an introduction to the game to advanced nuances of the stitched sphere. Instructors with college and professional playing and coaching under their belts, or in their pockets (whichever is more convenient), can convert a glove fumbling for grounders into a double-play-making giant leather hand of success. A bat that yearns for the delicious taste of the screaming fastball suddenly halted, quieted, and sent hurtling back in the opposite direction, can learn to feast upon its leather-clad prey, rather than retiring inning after inning hungry, wanting. Pitches that fail to enter the zone without getting picked off by any goon with a stick can be groomed to gain speed, confidence, and the ability to whisper little facts about historical architecture as they whiz by confused batters’ faces.
Based in the Newtown Youth Academy’s silver LEED-certified, future-ready sports complex on the Fairfield Hills campus, the WCBA enjoys the 86,000 square-feet of not only well-kept indoor and outdoor fields and hitting and pitching tunnels, but also an environmentally safe and more-sustainable model for building, boasting recycled materials, water-conserving bathrooms, and the fact that a third of the building’s electricity comes from the greatest coach of all—the sun. Line drive induced appetites can be sated at the Sideline Café, which serves healthy sandwiches, wraps, and protein shakes.
4 Primrose St.
Newtown, Connecticut 06470