Although baseball season ends for the pros in September, Little League is just starting. After having such a long break from playing baseball, Little Leaguers might want to practice their batting skills in one of the many batting cages scattered throughout Tampa Bay. For as little as $15 per person, players can get in some batting practice before the opening of Little League season.
Heaters Sports
627 N. 50th St.
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 404-6554
www.heaterssports.comHeaters Sports is a baseball and softball training center that contains six indoor batting cages. The center features Iron Mike pitching machines and Home Plate Programmable pitching machines. The owners of Heaters Sports will soon be adding pitching tunnels to the line-up of batting cages. Heaters is open six days a week and is open on Sundays by appointment only. Instructors are available for private lessons in the art of baseball and softball hitting.

Power Alley Hitting
1507 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33606
www.poweralleyhitting.comThis facility offers indoor batting cages with pitching machines that can pitch slow balls or fast ball pitches at speeds up to 100 mph. Power Alley Hitting also offers hitting drills complete with a video for players to take home and review. Adults and children are welcome to practice their batting skills in the batting cages at this facility. Prices begin at $15 for 30 minutes in the batting cage. Group and team discounts are available by contacting Power Alley Hitting.

The Hitting Academy
24323 US Highway 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 723-2255
www.thehittingacademy.comThe Hitting Academy offers individual and group clinics to help players increase their batting skills. This facility has the latest in technologically advanced machines to assist clients in their training. The batting cages at The Hitting Academy are all oversized to allow the client to get a better sense of being in a real baseball field with rentals starting at $15 for 70 pitches. In addition to the batting cages and pitching machines, there is a fitness area for exercise enthusiasts.

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MVP Sports
1885 S. Pinellas Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 938-4487
www.mvpsportscomplex.comMVP Sports Complex is an indoor baseball and softball training facility. The owners of MVP Sports Complex provide state-of-the-art pitching machines that can be set to throw at various speeds. This facility is designed to serve both beginner and advanced players. Players can choose from several membership packages or rent a batting cage for as little as $20 for 30 minutes of cage time. There are also professional clinic and lessons available for an additional fee. MVP Sports Complex also offers birthday party packages at reasonable rates. While the players are in the batting cages, parents can visit the parents lounge for some free coffee, free Wi-Fi, play some video games or just relax in front of one of the flat-screen TVs in the lounge.

Xtreme Fun Center
13211 93rd St. N.
Largo, FL 33773
(727) 584-9876
www.xtremefuncenter.comThis facility has over 20,000 square feet of laser tag, indoor batting cages, Xbox tournaments and arcade games. There are four batting cages at Extreme Fun Center, each set at a different speed ranging from slow pitch to fast pitch baseball and softball. One round of 15 pitches in a batting cage starts at only $1.50. The more rounds you purchase, the lower the cost per round. Xtreme Fun Center is closed on Monday and Tuesday to the general public but is available for private events on those days.

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