Here are several area locations that offer hitting and/or pitching lessons and other forms of individual and team training for baseball and/or softball:
The Batter's Box: At The Family Sportsplex, 2346 Mascoutah Ave., in Belleville; 618-207-4549. www.battersboxelite.com, Private and semi-private lessons, cage rentals, team training, camps and clinics. Instructors include Marcus Barriger, Kevin Muendlein, Jason Boyd, Mike Breyman, Charlie Lisk, Amy Quirin Kremmel, Dave Buchek, Bob Hughes, Andy Millas and Matt Ankenbrandt.
Grizzlies Baseball Academy: 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd., next to GCS Ballpark in Sauget; 618-781-8170; www.grizzliesbaseballacademy.com. Private and semi-private lessons, cage rentals, individual player training and team training in hitting, pitching and catching. Also features the Pro-Batter PX 2 Pitching Simulator for rentals and cage rental and select teams. Instructors include Phil Warren, Darin Kinsolving, Mike Breyman, Erik Huber, Richard Barrett and Jesse Trask.
Grand Slam Sports Academy: 8802 Summer Road between Columbia and Waterloo; 618-939-6777; 314-973-7360; www.grandslamsportsacademy.com. Private lessons and semi-private lessons, cage rental, team training, speed and agility training, strength training. Instructors include Jeremiah Bergheger, Barry Grant, Larry Pierson, John Rheinecker and Jeff Kaiser.
Back2Back Baseball and Softball Training: 3596A George St., in Highland; 618-882-4243; www.back2backtraining.com. Private lessons, one-on-one evaluations, group lessons, cage rental, team training, hitting league, camps and clinics, speed and agility training. Instructors include Jeremiah Knackstedt, Justin Hampson, Cale Johnson, Stefan Neece and Andy Rincker.
Turn 2: 1601 Eastport Plaza Drive, Suite 109, in Collinsville; 618-346-4646; www.turn2outs.com. Private and semi-private lessons, cage rentals, prep classes, team training, camps and clinics and recruiting consultations. Instructors include Abbie Bates, Jen Doehring, Brett Swip and Chris Fair
St. Louis Baseball & Fastpitch Academy: 3641 Reavis Barracks Road in south St. Louis County (near the intersection of Lemay Ferry Road and Reavis Barracks); 314-892-9393; www.stlacademy.com. Private and semi-private lessons, cage rentals, team training, camps and clinics. Instructors include T.J. Mathews, Lance Schuermann, Jim Greiner, Darin Kinsolving, Scott Sullivan, Reid Hartman, Andee Allen, Zach Graefser, John Chambliss, Greg Pennock, Lauren Roney, Amanda Roberts, Jake Manning, David Buchek, Mike Akers, Mike Wilhelm and Ashley Katinas.
All-Star Performance: 1000 Camera Avenue in St. Louis (near I-44 and Big Bend Boulevard); 314-394-1495; www.all-starperformance.net. Private and semi-private lessons, camps, clinics, cage rental, team training. Instructors include Scott Terry, Dave Pregon, Matt Whiteside, Scott Cooper, Justin Rosen, Kevin Wheeler, Matt Hummert, Rachel Gill, Mindy Hager and Ashley Eftink.