Cape Cod Baseball League
For many kids, this is a dream come true. If you are vacationing in late June and July, you are in luck and your children can “Play baseball with the Cape Cod League.” Across the lower Capethe teams host daily and weekly camp sessions that are run by one of the coaches and some players of the Cape league teams. The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer league and many of these young men will end up going to the Big Game. Under the Youth Clinics tab you will see that their rates are very reasonable and the clinics usually run from 9-11:30 a.m. The clinics are very flexible so that you can try it out and only sign up for one day at a time and see how it goes. When you sign the kids up for this activity, it can give you some free time to relax, take that bike trip or just have that extra cup of coffee in peace.
Ever show up early for a Cape Cod League Baseball game? No, I mean early – like 1 p.m. for a 5 p.m. game. Or 3 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. If you do, you’ll be among the very few with ringside seats for the special ritual perpetrated by most Cape League teams known as “Early Optional Batting Practice,” or “Early BP” for short. It’s a time when position players get in some bonus swings before the official team pre-game workouts begin. Did I say position players? Heck, even the pitchers sometimes take a few hacks – the only time you’ll see that all summer in this age of the designated hitter.
Tell the kids to bring their gloves. They can be home team heroes by shagging the many foul balls and home runs that leave the playing area and returning them to the field. Might even get away with a special autograph or two, although you’re really supposed to wait until after the game for that.
The nicest part about early BP is the pace and attitude – pretty laid back. The hitter in the cage is focused on his swing mechanics to be sure. But the scouts usually aren’t there yet, and neither is the opposing team du jour. So there’s really nobody to put your game face on for. You’ll hear friendly ribbing and plenty of laughter among players, coaches and support staff, interlaced with the satisfying syncopation of the whack, whack, whack of wood bat on ball. The ball yard takes on a special charm in these early game day outings, basking in the warm salt-air breezes and the childlike joy of nature’s most perfect game in summer’s most idyllic setting