Find baseball lessons near you
OurKids.net lists camps and programs in dozens of cities across the country. Find your city in the list below and find baseball after-school programs near you.
More than just after-school classes
Kids and teens who love baseball can find different ways to explore their passion on our site. See related options below:
Skills kids learn and acquire in baseball lessons and programs
Here's an overview of what kids learn in baseball lessons, including skills directly related the sport but also extending beyond, to other sport, as well as life in general. Consult programs linked to above to confirm what they teach.
Fundamental baseball skills. Baseball programs and lessons teach kids fundamental skills needed to succeed in the sport. They go step-by-step through each aspect of the game, teaching kids tips and tricks to fine-tune skill and gameplay. Fundamental skills include hitting, pitching, throwing, baserunning, and catching. As kids become more experienced, they may learn more advanced skills, such as hitting for average or hitting for power.
Athleticism. Baseball helps build core, leg and upper body muscles. With all the pitching and batting, arm muscles particularly get a good workout! Baseball also requires players to have stamina and speed, as they run from base to base. Enrolling your child in baseball lessons is not only a great way to get exercise it also develops athletic ability.
Hand-eye coordination. One of the most essential baseball skills is batting. This requires hand-eye coordination. Baseball lessons and programs develop this through repetition. Games, pitching drills, and time spent in the batting cages encourage kids to hone this skill. Hand-eye coordination is a core skill for many sports, and improvement in this area will apply to sports like hockey, and others.
Teamwork. No baseball team is successful without teamwork. Every player must do their part and trust teammates to do theirs. Players cheer each other on and help each other through challenges. Coaches use baseball lessons to inculcate this value into young players. Programs teach kids the importance of teamwork, and how to be a good team player. This is a fundamental life skill that kids can take with them to future life experiences.
Sportsmanship. Along with teamwork comes sportsmanship. This doesn’t only mean support for teammates but respect for every player on the field. It means having a positive attitude and playing the game fairly, learning from failure, and accepting losses. Students learn to acknowledge others’ excellent play, and learning sportsmanship is essential to becoming a mature and respectful adult. Lessons learned from baseball carry forward.
Four benefits of baseball lessons and programs
Be part of a team. Baseball programs and lessons group kids the same age and skill level. It’s an opportunity to make friends with kids with similar interests, outside of school. Kids encourage each other and lift each other in challenges and losses and celebrate victories they achieve together. Baseball teams create a close-knit community, and kids form bonds that can sometimes last a lifetime.
Improve patience and focus. Baseball is not exactly a “fast action” sport; a lot of time is spent waiting. While players wait for their turn at bat or stand in the field, they must stay focused, though, and “keep their eye on the ball” so they’re ready to catch, throw or steal. The sport requires kids to develop resting awareness. It’s a good corrective to today’s digital age high speed and instant gratification. Kids have an opportunity to slow down.
The whole family can get involved. Baseball is community centered. There are plenty of opportunities for the entire family to get involved in a child’s team. You can attend games and practices to cheer, of course, and you can also volunteer at games and tournaments, or as a coach. It’s also a great activity to pick up on the evenings or weekends with the family. Baseball’s collaborative nature can create great memories for you and your family.
Boost mental health. Baseball is a fun way to keep active and healthy. Regular exercise has been scientifically proven to improve mental health. It also keeps kids away from screens for extended periods of time. They spend time outdoors and in the sun. Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin which also helps to improve mental health and wellbeing. The combination of exercise, sunlight and sharing fun revitalizes and invigorates your child.
What to look for in baseball lessons and programs
Baseball is a popular sport for young kids. From little league to Triple-A, programs cater to different kids. Baseball programs generally group kids based on age and skill level. Some programs are co-ed, while others may be separated by gender. Depending on the season, programs may offer indoor baseball clinics or practice on traditional, outdoor diamonds.
While searching for a baseball program right for your child, consider these questions:
- Is your child looking to attend a baseball clinic where they can practice and improve baseball skills? Or are they looking to join a team, with regular games and tournaments?
- In what season are you looking to enroll your child in a baseball program?
- How many different divisions of baseball programming does the organization offer? Is there a clear path of progression my child can aim to follow (i.e. starting in Little League, and moving Junior League the following year)?
- How many kids are typically in each baseball program/team?
- What are the qualifications of instructors, and how much experience do they hav?
- Will any travelling be involved for this baseball program or league (i.e. for games and tournaments)?
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Baseball programs are there?
There are 6 programs offering baseball/softball as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Baseball programs?
Fees for programs offering baseball/softball as an activity range from $150 to $250 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
Where can parents meet with Baseball programs?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.