As the season starts up, you’ll catch the familiar scent of hotdogs and garlic fries wafting from the newly christened Globe Life Park in Arlington. Carry on America’s great pastime to your child by checking out these local facilities where they’ll develop the speed to run the bases and the strength and hand-eye coordination for throwing, catching and batting.
Extra Innings offers indoor clinics for ages 7–17 in June, but to get a head start consider signing your child up for individual or group lessons year-round. Extra Innings’ staff includes former and current professional and college ballplayers along with area coaches from college and high school campuses. A half-hour small group lesson runs $25 and a $45-private lesson gets you instruction that focuses on pitching, hitting or fielding. Get $15 off when you purchase a Player Pack. If your tyke can’t get enough, Extra Innings also has indoor leagues that play all year long.
Texas Premier Youth Sports
To help your child get an early start on building those Darvish-esque skills, Texas Premier Youth Sports, previously known as Lil Sluggers, offers year-round developmental classes for kids ages 2–6. A 12-week session runs $228, plus a $25 annual registration fee.
Multiple locations, 469/834-8450
Plano Sports Authority
Register to join a recreational league for kids in kindergarten and up. All aspects of playing ball are addressed including fielding, base running, and hitting. Registration closes April 14 for summertime games and fees start at $85 for the season.
For older kids to get some extra practice in batting cages or with private lessons, pack up your duffel and head to one of several D-BAT Academies in Dallas-Fort Worth. These indoor baseball and softball training facilities offer one-day spring break camps open to boys and girls ages 6–13 starting at $60 per day or five days starting at $249.
The Southlake and Fort Worth locations offer HitTrax, a cutting-edge hitting simulator that allows coaches to view real-time feedback. D-BAT Lewisville offers special vision training to help ensure proper positioning of the body head and eyes, and the Golden Triangle location in Fort Worth offers clinics for homeschoolers ages 6–13.
Addison, 972/387-3228, dbataddison.com
Allen, 214/383-4489, dbatallen.com
Fort Worth, Golden Triangle, 817/337-3228, dbatgoldentriangle.com
Fort Worth, 817/560-3228, dbatftworth.com
Frisco, 972/335-4487, dbatfrisco.com
Lewisville, 972/353-3322, dbatlewisville.com
Southlake, 817/251-4902, dbatdfw.com
Scout Training Facility
This academy touts a six-to-one student-to-instructor ratio so kids get the most from each group session they attend. Players will find a structured environment to learn the game or hone their existing skills: hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. Classes start at $25 and private lessons at $45. Parents can take advantage of the viewing area computers or televisions while the kiddos are on the diamond.
Centerfield Baseball & Softball Academy
The professional staff at this indoor training facility offers a variety of private lessons starting at $45.
Premier Baseball Academy
For $125 sign up your tiny baseball enthusiast for Lil’ Patriots, a program for ages 4–8 that runs once a week for five weeks. Kids learn the fundamental skills required for hitting it out of the park. Older and more experienced players can look into private lessons.
North Richland Hills, 817/788-8087
Frozen Ropes Training Center
Frozen Ropes has a variety of classes available for kids 3 and up and all experience levels starting at $79 for a five-week session. Your little slugger will learn baseball skills while learning to work with peers on a team. More advanced athletes can sign up for private instruction which includes a free video analysis where coaches can set goals for future training sessions.
For more Little League and baseball associations, visit our DFWEverything directory at dfwchild.com/DFWEverything.
Published March 2014