There’s nothing more American than baseball and the sounds of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” the crack of the bat and cheering fans. In the Emerald City, baseball enthusiasts have many opportunities to practice this popular pastime. Bring your aspiring ballplayer to one of Seattle’s best batting cages to help little sluggers and adult players alike perfect their timing, swing and intensity – and learn some pitching and fielding, as well, from experienced coaches and professional athletes. From Rage Cage in Everett to Stod’s Baseball in Bellevue and from the Northshore Sports Complex to the K Center, there’s a venue for every budding Babe Ruth, Ted Williams or Ty Cobb.
North Seattle Batting Cages
8512 20th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
Tune up your swing and hit the ball out of the park by visiting North Seattle Batting Cages. The facility, located in North Seattle, offers cages for baseball and softball players of all ages and abilities. The center provides the bats and helmets – you just need to bring the energy and enthusiasm. Learn more about softball and baseball from the Center’s experienced instructors, who will patiently coach you through every aspect of the game. North Seattle’s coaches include professional players Todd Linden and Jim Murphy, minor league pitcher Travis Kane and certified personal trainer Bryan Pomper. The center has three batting cages that are equipped with pitching machines as well as a pitching mound for softball or for baseball. The center will be closed for renovations until mid September of 2014.
The K Center
5034 37th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
The K Center is a year-round batting cage facility that provides 18,000 square feet of sports training, including batting cages. Trainers and teams can also schedule usage of the facility outside of the Center’s typical hours with prior arrangement. Pitching and hitting instruction is available from experienced coaches – and you can schedule lessons, too. The K Center works with numerous organizations, including Bellevue College, Rainier District Little Leagues, West Seattle Little Leagues and Bade Baseball Club. In addition, the K Center also has a weight room that is available for use by teams and trainers.
1520 112th St. S.W.
Everett, WA 98204
The Rage Cage, located north of Seattle in Everett, WA, has been a favorite venue for batters and pitchers for 25 years. The 4200-square-foot facility has eight outdoor batting cages to help you perfect your swing. The outdoor cages use a token system and can be reserved for batting for either half an hour or an hour at a time. Several professional Seattle-area athletes also do clinics and lessons for the community at this facility. And for those looking for baseball supplies, there’s also a retail shop for one-stop baseball shopping.
Northshore Sports Complex
14220 N.E. 193rd Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
The Northshore Sports Complex, located in Woodinville, provides batting cages with an “L-screen,” pitching machines and dimple balls. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to try their hand at batting or pitching. The facility also has two portable mounds and whole facility rentals are available, as well. Northshore Sports Complex offers private lessons for pitching, fielding and hitting for baseball players and softball players alike. The instructors at Northshore both have more than 20 years of experience playing and coaching baseball, with Cody Webster coaching batting, pitching and catching and Craig Bishop coaching batting.
5629 119th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98006
Located just across the water from Seattle in Bellevue, WA, Stod’s has public batting cages, baseball camps, performance training and lessons. Stod’s provides instruction for batters and pitchers – whether you’re just learning the basics or you’re an advanced ballplayer, you can hone your skills with Stod’s expert instructors. Performance training at Stod’s focuses on batting, pitching, throwing, fielding, agility and speed while building skills in budding ballplayers. Stod’s offers batting and pitching lessons for students from beginners to advanced ball players, with pitching instruction from ex-Mariners player Bob Stoddard and batting instruction from Steve Goucher, Ron Hay and Bob Stoddard.
Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.