Baseball in King City

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  • Santa Cruz Baseball School
    Local coach Bob Kittle is both a fixture and good omen in Santa Cruz baseball. He nabbed the position of head coach at Cabrillo College after a 13-year stint at Santa Cruz High School, where he passed 47 players—12 of whom carried Division I scholarships—on to four-year schools. After seven Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title wins and a community effort that saw Bill Dodge Field built, he now guides college players toward burgeoning baseball careers. He prefers to focus on the willpower behind the sport, telling the Santa Cruz Sentinel that "winning and success will take care of itself" when his students are devoted. Bob runs the Santa Cruz Baseball School as a year-round venue for players to hone their on-the-field skills. Through the nonprofit organization, he coaches kids with private lessons, high-school leagues, and recruiting tips to impress colleges, such as how to tell the difference between a diamond and a parallelogram. The school's summer camps engage 7- to 14-year-olds with game-play drills and speed-boosting techniques. Past instructors include Neil Walton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Lauren Gagnier of the Detroit Tigers.
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    6500 Soquel Drive
    Aptos, CA US
  • U.S. Baseball Academy
    Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
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    12220 Road 36
    Madera, CA US
  • Bumatay Baseball Lessons
    As a former relief pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Mike Bumatay brings a decade of pro experience and three league championships to teaching pitching and hitting mechanics. Bumatay individualizes practices to focus on a player?s preferred skills, such as hitting, pitching, fielding, or hypnotizing balls to suddenly roll the opposite the way once it reaches the shortstop. In addition to drilling on technique and mechanics, Bumatay prepares students for the mental challenges of the baseball world, such as accepting hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks as the only three food groups.
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    3063 East Fremont Avenue
    Fresno, CA US
  • Hardtke Batting Cage
    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.
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    541 Division St
    Campbell, CA US
  • Extreme Fitness and Sports
    The expert trainers at Extreme Fitness and Sports push their clients to run faster, stretch deeper, and push harder. With their sports-specific and general fitness programs, they aim to help guests improve their performance using equipment either outdoors or within their sprawling facility. The facility boasts long stretches of flooring for sprints, free weights, and boxes of different heights to jump up upon.
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    1600 Dell Avenue
    Campbell, CA US
  • San Jose Giants
    In order to bring the goodness of the game outside the park, proceeds from ticket sales will be generously hurled into the open arms of One Brick, a band of benevolent folks who support local causes across the country. In between volunteer operations, One Brickers bring people of all ages, races, and lollipop preferences together for fun, inclusive gatherings. This particular evening combines the joys of America's pastime with arguably the most joyous of American states, Hawaii. While the Giants duke it out with the Nuts, you and your fellow fans can live it up island-style. Last year's event included luau dancers, roasted pig, pineapple, a life-sized volcano in center field, and more.
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    588 E Alma Ave.
    San Jose, CA US

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