What is the skill level of players who attend the Pro 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, a sincere desire to improve your baseball skills, and gain a better working knowledge of the game. Over 4 days, you will get one-on-one instruction from some of today’s best Major League coaches.

Many attendees compete in adult baseball leagues throughout the country (MSBL, NABA, Roy Hobbs, etc.). There are wide ranges of playing abilities and ages. Some guys played in high school but haven’t picked up a baseball since. They’re considering getting back on the diamond and want to brush up on the fundamentals. A few played college baseball way back when, while others haven’t played baseball since Little League. Others attend just to absorb as much baseball knowledge as they can, so they can pass on it to their kids. Every year we get 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. Pro Ball has been around since 2002, so it’s become a yearly reunion of baseball friendship for many of the guys.

Over the past few years, players have started to bring their teenage sons to Pro Ball. To spend 4 days on the diamond with your son, being taught by Major League coaches, is an amazing father-son experience. If you’re 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, don’t worry about “not being good enough” to participate.

Don’t be intimidated by the fact they Major League coaches are your instructors. You will be amazed at the patience of the coaches. You’ll find these fine gentlemen to be some of the nicest, most dedicated and passionate teachers you’ll ever 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’m talking about.

The next Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is January 13-16, 2017 at the San Diego Padres spring training complex in Peoria, AZ. 

There will be another Pro Ball Baseball Clinic held in Florida (facility site and dates TDB). The FL clinic will probably take place sometime before the AZ clinic.

The 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 Pro Ball 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 do blocking and agility drills with Major League catching instructors. Rob Picciolo, Alan Trammell and Brook Jacoby are our infield coaches. Lee Tinsley, Alonzo Powell and Eric Owens 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?

Your fee of $2895 includes 4 days of personalized instruction from Major League coaches, hotel accommodations (double occupancy) and all meals.

There is an additional charge of $400 for a single room. Singles are very limited, so reserve yours now.

You are responsible for all travel-related costs, including transportation to and from the airport.

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is much more affordable than the typical fantasy camp AND is a much different experience – we want to make you a better baseball player!

The initial $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE – the number of coaches hired is based upon initial sign ups.

The initial deposit for the FL clinic is due by  May 1, 2017. The second $500 deposit is due by August 1, 2016.

Your final balance for the FL clinic is due November 1, 2016.

There is a large percentage of repeat participants every year. Spots for first time attendees are very limited, so register early!

If you are a first-time participant, I strongly suggest you register now to secure your spot.

The initial $500 deposit can be made on this website (click on the Pay Pal logo on the registration page).

We also accept money order, bank check or personal check made out to Pro Ball Baseball Clinic.

If you are paying by check, mail envelope to:

John Rubinow

42400 Wisconsin Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92211

There is a $50 fee for bank return of personal checks.  If your check is returned, you must make all payments via cashier’s check or money order.

Again, due to the extraordinary nature of this clinic and the commitments made to the Major League coaches and the spring training facilities, the initial $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Should you cancel the FL clinic before 10/01/17, payments made after the initial deposit will be credited toward the very next year’s clinic only (there are no credit “roll overs”).

IMPORTANT: No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations to the FL clinic made after October 1, 2017. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this late cancellation policy.

Hotel accommodations at group rates are not guaranteed. If you sign up late and if rooms are available, they may be priced at the hotel’s regular seasonal rate, which may be significantly higher than the our group rate.

NOTE: Unless you are a local Florida resident who will be commuting to the clinic, there is no longer any discount for not needing a hotel.

Both Pro Ball Baseball Clinics expect to SELL OUT early….register now to save your spot!

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) that 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 come off your final balance owed (not in lieu of required 2 deposits).

Do I 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 every position you want. Some guys have never caught before and want to try it. How about having the Mets catching instructor as your 1st teacher? Please select your favorite 2 positions in the registration form. That will help give us organize our Day 1 defensive rotations.

What are the hotel accommodations?

The FL Pro Ball Baseball Clinic will be held at the Pittsburgh Pirates facility in Bradenton, FL.

One of the beautiful things about Pirate City is that it is a self-contained facility, with hotel rooms, dining and baseball facilities all on-site.

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic fee of $2895 includes your hotel room (based on double occupancy) and all meals.

If you want a single room, there is an additional fee of $400.

Single rooms will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Please note there are no smoking rooms available.

Can I request a roommate?

Absolutely. If you want to room with a certain player, let us know in the registration form. All efforts will be made to meet your request. Make sure you guys talk about rooming together before completing the form to avoid any confusion.

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 coaches.

We do not provide uniforms.

It is suggested that you bring two pair 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 you 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 Padres and Pirates clubhouse attendants sells 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 all their own gear.


What is the cancellation policy?

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

Should you cancel the FL clinic before 10/01/17, payments made after the initial deposit will be credited toward the very next year’s clinic only (there are no credit “roll overs”).

IMPORTANT: No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations to the FL clinic made after October 1, 2017. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this late cancellation policy.

Cancellations must be received in writing.

Although emails are accepted, it is strongly advised that all cancellations be sent via certified mail.

Mailed cancellations must be sent to the following address:

John Rubinow

PO Box 3588

Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

If you are concerned about not being able to attend for any reason whatsoever, it is strongly suggested you look into buying travel insurance.

What is the typical daily schedule?


Have other questions?

I’d be happy to answer any question you may have over the phone or by email.

Please call John Rubinow 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 state a 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’ll 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 videos at pro ball?

Personal videos may be taken but 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 coaches. During meetings or at lunch or dinner, coaches may talk about topics that are considered “for clubhouse ears only.” WHAT YOU SEE AND SAY AT PRO BALL STAYS AT PRO BALL. Coaches have expressed to me their concern about videos showing up on the internet. It is my responsibility to see that never happens. 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 from John Rubinow.  Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Know that you will be in great hands with the trainers we have on staff. The training staff leads players through their morning and afternoon stretches before taking the fields. You will have a great time at Pro Ball, but you’ll also be taking a lot of swings, fielding a lot of ground balls and fly balls and doing drill work you may not be used to. Don’t 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 as well, with ice tubs and whirlpools. Whether it’s a blister on your hand, a tight shoulder or hamstring or whatever ….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 November 30 (approx 7 AM).

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

The address of Pirate City is 1701 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208      Phone:(941) 747-3031

If flying, you have 2 choices of airports: Tampa International (TPA) and Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ). TPA is an approximate 50 minute drive to Pirate City. SRQ is about 15 minutes away.

TPA will have more flights from which to choose and probably better prices than if you fly into the much smaller SRQ airport.

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.