If baseball is one of your student’s sports of choice, then training in batting cages is a must. While batting cages were not a mainstay of our childhood softball and fast-pitch training, they are a vital resource for today’s young athletes.
Outdoor Play Isn’t What it Was in Our Generation
Batting cages may have been around when we were kids, but they were most often somewhere we went for fun, not used for full-on training. The reason why? Heading outdoors to play catch with our friends or an impromptu game at the nearest baseball field was the norm. It was all but impossible for our parents to keep us indoors. Today, most parents have to send kids outside to play because they would rather stay inside attached to their electronics. Even kids who enjoy playing outside are hard pressed to find enough kids to play ball. In other words, batting cages fill the generational void. However, they also do so much more!
Mastering Your Technique
Standard baseball practice is comprised of a variety of drills, but there is rarely enough time for anyone but the pitcher and catcher to focus heavily on technique. While it’s easy for multiple players to practice catching on the field, it’s challenging to have more than a few hitting simultaneously. Even fields with a full four baseball diamonds don’t provide enough time per player to work on hitting technique. Batting cages, on the other hand, are designed for a player to focus solely on hitting.
More Than Meets the Eye
At first glance, it is easy to underestimate batting cages. However, modern day electronic pitching machines are quite advanced. While there is a time and place for setting the pitch for either a softball or fast-pitch and allowing athletes to practice hitting a perfect pitch, advanced pitching technology empowers athletes with far more diversity. Pitches can be timed one right after another with a delay and with a mix of angles and speeds. Targets can even be placed on the net to help athletes master the art of controlling where in the field they hit the ball.
Year-Round Softball and Fast-pitch Training
Another advantage to the Competitive Edge indoor pitching machines is they provide your student athlete with a year-round place to train. Unlike community pitches where you just go to hit, we have coaches available for each training session. Our coaches excel in training students as individuals and design an athletic profile to measure their progress. Our entire facility is climate controlled, meaning they can beat the heat during our warmer summer days and train during the winter without freezing.
Our indoor batting cages are available for one-on-one training or practice with your entire team. This is just one of our many training options for avid softball and fast-pitch athletes. To learn more about our competitive training, reach out today!
Competitive Edge aims to develop the “complete athlete” using performance sports training in Woodbridge, VA and surrounding areas. Members are able to enhance their athletic performance and develop a competitive edge to excel in their desired sport.