Your local baseball clubs and parks bring a little piece of Americana into your backyard. The game of baseball is a favorite pastime for many and can trace its professional roots back to 1869. Baseball is practiced by all ages and at all skill levels. The club teams run the gamut, from pee-wee little leagues who play strictly for recreation to the well-paid, record-winning professionals. The players compete on a school, local, city, state or national level throughout the season, depending on their age and skill level.
Baseball parks contain a facility and field for ball players to use to engage in their craft. These parks are designed with the players in mind. The turf and grounds are well-maintained by professionals who know how much water it takes or how to drain a flooded dugout. They also make sure to maintain the bleachers and fan areas, keeping them in quality condition.
During the season, you can flock to these places to watch your favorite teams play games that are either recreational or competitive, or maybe even a little of both. For many a fan, keeping track of the players’ stats is a fun past time. Having a little baseball instruction or know-how will help you to understand all the plays and keep up with the action. Be sure to keep a close eye on the bases to catch a steal or a home run in the making. Also pay attention to the pitcher so that you can track the number of balls, strikes and hits. This is a great way to spend an afternoon because you never know when a record setting play will happen and it’s fun to be in on the action.
Baseball clubs can be local, national, or international franchises of the sport of baseball. Baseball clubs can include the minor league, major league, western leagues, and farm teams, featuring amateur, independent, and professional teams. Such leagues play at ball parks, usually in the home town. Baseball parks feature stadiums or bleachers, bases, dugouts, teams, vendors, parking lots, records and stats keepers, pitching rubber, and grass, clay, or turf fields. Ball parks can be private, stand-alone facilities, or they can be part of a local school. Still others can be owned by the city or state, or even town recreation departments. Baseball clubs usually require membership of some kind in the organization, whether the organization is small, medium or large, local, or national. Team members get special perks, whether they are professional baseball players, rookies, or children just learning the art. Local baseball clubs often offer season teaching programs for kids to come and play the game, develop team spirit, and learn how to play well with other students. Professional baseball clubs are often affiliated with a larger umbrella operation, usually a national or international league. Professional teams play games all over the country to crowds of thousands during baseball season. Behind the team is a professional business organization, which handles all press, schedules, management, hiring and firing, negotiations, and human resources issues. If you'd like to enroll your child in a small local baseball club, whether at a school or recreation practice field, you can find baseball clubs in your area by looking in your local phone book or by searching online directory listings. If you are interested in the architecture of a particular playing field or ball park, do your research as to the design instructions, practice facilities, ground level surface, water drainage information, irrigation systems, and playing conditions.