If the major leagues are calling to your youngster, then there is really only one place to start: the batting cages. Everyone needs practice, and let’s face it, no parent wants to deal with broken windows and dents on the car. Head out to Denver’s best batting cages to help your future baseball star sharpen those swinging skills.
1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80232
Price: $1.75 for 16 pitches/$5 for 48 pitches/$10 for 128 pitches
This huge, 40,000-square-foot facility in Lakewood is the perfect place to get that swing into shape. With five low-cost automated pitching machines, kids get all of the swing time they want without breaking parents’ banks. The batting cages have set speeds from 35 to 75 miles per hour for baseball. Slammers also offers two softball stations set at 40 and 60 mph, plus one slow-pitch station. For more intensive practice, check out the hitting and pitching tunnels with more specialized areas for batting and pitching practice.
Colorado Softball and Baseball Academy
1280 E. 58th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Price: $10 per 30 minutes for individuals/$100 per hour per team
The Colorado Softball and Baseball Academy is another great place to head out to practice, practice, practice. With nine cages total, choose from five for pitching and hitting, two for baseball/softball pitching and two for softball pitching. All cages are available for both individual or team rental. With an on-site pro shop carrying a variety of sports gear, the Colorado Softball and Baseball Academy should be on the regular rotation for any baseball lover.
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Diamond Club Training Facility
11425 W I-70 Frontage Road North
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Price: $20 per 30 minutes/$35 per hour/$30 per 30 minutes training with Iron Mike/$50 per hour training with Iron Mike
The Diamond Club Training Facility is a fantastic place to snag additional swing time with some of the area’s most talented coaches. This unique facility aims to provide kids a home to improve their skills, develop character, work toward a goal and build lasting relationships with coaches and fellow players. In fact, the batting cage may be rented on its own, or you can purchase time with “Iron” Mike Mulvaney, the facility director. Whether you go at it alone, or reserve time with a coach, the Diamond Club Training Facility promises prime batting time.
Legends Baseball and Softball Academy
Denver, CO 80224
Price: $20 per 30 minutes/$40 per hour
Legends Baseball and Softball Academy is relatively new to the scene, having just had its grand opening a few months ago, however it is home to more than 7,000 square feet of indoor practice space and the perfect place in central Denver to bone up those baseball skills. With memberships that allow for full use of the cages, or the ability to just pay for the time you use, Legends is a great option for those that plan on hitting the cages a little more often.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.