Whether they're swinging in the batting cages, or getting one-on-one advice from a former Met, the trainees at Hardtke Baseball Academy are deepening their skills and their love of the sport all at once. Every camp, clinic, tournament, and private lesson at Hardtke carries on a legacy of greatness that began in 1982, when Terry Hardtke, the father of current academy president and former pro player Jason Hardtke, opened shop. On-staff coaches include other former professionals, Olympians, and state and national champions, almost all of whom boast extensive coaching experience.
Whether working through in-season regimens or off-season training, baseball and softball players can perfect their swing within San Jose Batting Cages' batting cages and training facility, which stays open until 9 p.m. during the week. Instructors offer hitting and pitching lessons as well as team and group clinics to help athletes develop all aspects of their game.
Cricket Strike Zone's four indoor practice lanes stretch across 6,240 square feet, providing batters ample elbow room to hone their cricket, baseball, and softball skills with friends and teammates. Each lane's expansive length allows ball-swatters plenty of space to enact hypothetical game scenarios, and ICC-regulated cricket nets on all sides forcefully apprehend wayward balls attempting to flee the area. Cricket players can swing the time away as a pair of Bola Professional automatic bowling machines imported from the UK dispense never-ending practice balls. Each lane rental also includes helmets and bats, allowing even the unequipped to safely practice their swings or engage in jousts upon their teammate's backs.
Matt Daly, an experienced teacher with three years of college ball and four years in the pros under his belt. Today as an instructor, he helps players take cuts and hurl their best stuff. Matt is still active in the minor league system with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, with two years of Double-A experience, striving for a return to major-league play.
The crack of the bat is an exhilarating sound, whether or not the batter is about to run the bases. At Triple Play U.S.A., players can hone their skills in cages that hurl baseballs or softballs at 25–80 miles per hour with more precision than a propped-up leaf-blower. Pitchers can also keep their arms conditioned in the center's pitching tunnel, but they’ll probably have to change up their throwing pattern on the center’s half-basketball court. While resting their arms, patrons can find snacks at the concession stand or catch up on the latest scores on one of two HDTVs.
The two soccer fields and batting cages housed inside the San Ramon Sports complex grant athletes of all ages ample space to take kicks and whacks at their sphere of choice. The state-of-the-art turf fields host year-round soccer and lacrosse leagues for adults and juniors. The Lil' Kickers soccer program for kids 18 months to 9 years old introduces tykes to the sport, while 5- to 12-year-olds sharpen skills in Skills Institute classes. The batting cages hurl both softball lobs and baseballs at 35?80 miles per hour, allowing batters ample space to practice firing off line drives or psychically altering pitch trajectory. Camps and birthday parties are available.