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What is the skill level of the players who attend the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic?

We extend a warm welcome to players of all skill levels and playing experience, ages 13 and up.


All you need is a true love of the game and a sincere desire to improve your baseball skills and gain a better working knowledge of the game. Over 4 days, you will receive one-on-one instruction from some of today’s best Major League Baseball Coaches.


Many of our attendees compete in adult baseball leagues throughout the country (MSBL, NABA, Roy Hobbs, etc.). There is a wide range of playing abilities and ages, such as those who played in high school but have not picked up a baseball since and are considering returning to the diamond and want to brush up on the fundamentals. Other attendees played college baseball way back when, while others have not played baseball since Little League. Others attend to absorb as much baseball knowledge as possible in order to pass it on to their kids. We even have a few high school baseball coaches who want to better their communication skills and gain more insight into the finer aspects of the game.


We get an enormous amount of repeat players every year. The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic has been around since 2002. It has become a yearly reunion of baseball friendships for many of the guys.


Over the past few years, players have started to bring their teenage sons to the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic. Spending 4 days on the diamond with your son, while being taught by Major League coaches, is an amazing father-son experience. If you are a dad or a teenage player, please view the father-son video on the home page. We’d love to have you join us.


The bottom line is there is no need to worry about “not being good enough” to participate. Do not be intimidated by the fact that Major League coaches are your instructors. You will be amazed at the patience of the coaches and these fine gentlemen are some of the nicest, most dedicated and passionate teachers you will encounter. At the risk of sounding corny, they really care about making you a better player or coach. You have to experience the clinic for yourself to know what I am talking about.


The next Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is November 30 - December 3, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training complex in Bradenton, FL. 


Our clinics are fashioned after actual Major League spring training routines, with rotating hitting stations, tee work, numerous hitting drills, live BP, situational BP and machine BP. You will probably take more swings in your 4 days at the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic than you have in the past 4 years!


On defense, the coaches focus on individual and team defense drills.  Pitchers will work one-on-one with Major League pitching coaches to improve mechanics, command and pitch grips. Catchers will do blocking and agility drills with Major League catching Instructors. Rob Picciolo, Jim Presley and a guest coach will be our infield coaches. Alonzo Powell and Eric Owens will instruct the outfielders.


Under the guidance of Major League coaches, you will leave the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic a better baseball player!         

WHAT IS THE COST AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

The cost is $2895. This includes 4 days of Major League instruction, hotel room (double occupancy) and all meals. The initial $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE and due by 5-1-17. The second $500 deposit is due by 8-1-17. NEW REGISTRATION PAYMENTS MADE AFTER 9-15-17 MUST BE MADE IN FULL ($2895 FOR DOUBLE ROOM). Final balances are due by October 10, 2017.


WHAT DISCOUNTS ARE OFFERED?

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic offers 4 types of discounts:

1. “Bring a Friend” Referral Discount of $200 per referral (applies to 1st time referral participants only)

2. “Father-Son” Discount – $500 off each son (or daughter) who attends with a participating parent or legal guardian

3. "First Timer Group" Discount (6 players or more) – call John Rubinow at 323-333-8798 for details.

4. "Team" Discount (9 or more players) – call John Rubinow at 323-333-8798 for details

All discounts will be taken off of your final bill. 


DO YOU HAVE TO STICK TO ONE POSITION THE ENTIRE CLINIC?


Absolutely not. In fact, we encourage you to try different positions and expand your knowledge of the game. You will get to play all the positions you want. 

At the clinic, you can experience playing every position on the field. Do you want to know what it is like behind the plate? Have you always dreamed about playing the hot corner? You can do that, with instructions from the pros who have done it for a living!


Please select your favorite 2 positions on the registration form. That will help us organize our Day 1 defensive rotations.

CAN I REQUEST A ROOMMATE?

Absolutely. If you want to room with a certain player, let us know on the registration form. All efforts will be made to honor your request. In order to avoid confusion, please coordinate with your desired roommate prior to completing the form.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is NOT a fantasy camp.


The sole purpose of Pro Ball (besides having a GREAT time) is to improve your baseball skills and learn the game from Major League Baseball coaches.


We do not provide uniforms. It is suggested that you bring two pairs of baseball pants, a jock and cup, a couple of baseball undershirts, at least one baseball shirt and a pair of spikes. Bring sneakers or turf shoes for the indoor hitting cages (do NOT wear spikes in the cages).


All your baseball-related laundry will be done on a daily basis. Bring as many gloves as you would like, depending on what positions you want to work on.


Bring your own bats (metal and wood are fine) and your own batting helmet (helmets will also be provided).


The Pirates clubhouse attendants sell pro-grade wooden bats (MUCH better than you can buy in a sporting goods store) for only $35 each – a GREAT deal.


Catchers should bring their own gear.


WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Due to the extraordinary nature of this clinic, the commitments made to the Major League Baseball Coaches and the spring training facilities, your initial $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.


Should you cancel the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic held in Bradenton, FL before 10/01/17, payments made after the initial deposit will be credited toward the clinic directly following this one (there are no credit “roll overs”).


IMPORTANT: NO credits or refunds will be given for cancellations to the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic made after October 1, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Cancellations must be received in writing with an email notice that a formal  cancellation will be sent via certified mail.


Mailed cancellations must be sent to:

John Rubinow

PO Box 10010 

Palm Desert, CA 92255


If you are concerned about being unable to attend for any reason, it is strongly suggested you look into buying travel insurance, if available.


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HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone or by email.

Contact me directly at 323-333-8798 or email me.

Thank you for your interest in the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic!


DOES THE CLINIC USE VIDEO?

Yes. The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic uses a state-of-the-art video system to record your hitting and pitching mechanics. Your video will be analyzed by one of the hitting coaches in a one-on-one session and emailed to you. You will have a great take-home piece of “baseball evidence” to watch again and again during the season. You may also bring a USB thumb drive to record your sessions.

CAN WE TAKE VIDEO AT PRO BALL?

Personal videos may be taken ONLY outside (e.g., baseball fields, practice areas, hitting cages, pitching mounds, etc.). Videos may NOT be taken inside the Padres or Orioles facilities (e.g., clubhouse, trainer’s room, meeting rooms, video room or dining facility, etc.). This policy will be strictly enforced. 


The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is a special 4-day experience with Major League Baseball Coaches. During meetings (including lunch and dinner), coaches may discuss topics which are considered “for clubhouse ears only." WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR AT PRO BALL, STAYS AT PRO BALL.


I have guaranteed our coaches privacy and that videos of them will not be found on the Internet.


Any and all personal videos taken during the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic are considered property of Voice Doctor, Inc. and may not be uploaded to the Internet without express written consent of John Rubinow.

ARE THERE TRAINERS AT THE CLINIC?

Yes. We have always had certified athletic trainers at the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic. These gentlemen have extensive experience treating professional baseball players and their injuries. The FL clinic will be staffed with a least 2 certified trainers with experience in treating professional baseball players.


You will be in great hands with our on staff trainers. The training staff leads players through their morning and afternoon stretches prior to taking the field. You will have a great time at Pro Ball, but you will also be taking a lot of swings, fielding a lot of ground balls, fly balls and doing drill work you may not be used to. Do not be surprised if your body is sore after the first day or two.


Participants at the FL clinic will have access to professional training rooms with ice tubs and whirlpools. Whether it is a blister on your hand, a tight shoulder or hamstring … use the trainers! They are there to get you back on the field so you can enjoy your time at Pro Ball to the fullest.

HOW DO I MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS?

We start bright and early on Thursday, November 30 (approx 7 AM).


You should arrive at Pirate City on November 29 (your hotel rooms are covered for the nights of Nov 29, Nov 30, Dec 1 and Dec 2).


Pirate City Information:

1701 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 747-3031


If flying, you have 2 choices of airports: Tampa International (TPA) and Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ).


TPA is about a 50-minute drive to Pirate City. TPA will have more flights from which to choose and probably better prices than if you fly into the much smaller SRQ airport.


SRQ is about 15 minutes away.


The Pirates have shuttles that will pick you up at either airport for a very reasonable fee (please call me at 323-333-8798 for details). There are also exclusive Super Shuttle Vans that will take you directly to Pirate City.


Once I have everyone’s flight schedules, I will group players by arrival times so you can share vans and cut travel expenses.


Please email me your flight schedules as soon as you book them.