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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 love of the game and a sincere desire to improve your baseball skills and gain a better working knowledge of baseball. Whether you now play in a league, coach youth baseball, want to get back into playing or just love the game, the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is the place for you! Over 4 days, you will receive one-on-one instruction from some of today’s best Major League Coaches. It's a baseball experience unlike any other.


Many of our attendees compete in adult baseball leagues throughout the country (MSBL, NABA, Roy Hobbs, Ponce de Leon, etc.). There is a wide range of playing abilities and ages. Some guys haven't played baseball since high school but want to join an adult league and are looking to brush up on their fundamentals. Other attendees played college baseball way back when. Some have not played baseball since they were in Little League. Every year we get a few participants who are parents and youth coaches. They attend to absorb as much baseball knowledge as possible to pass it on to their youngsters. We even have a few high school and college baseball coaches who want to better their communication skills and gain more insight into the finer aspects of the game.


The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic started in 2002. The next clinic, December 3-6, 2020, will be held once again at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility in Bradenton, FL. It will be our 21st clinic  (for a couple of years we held 2 clinics per year). 

Over the years, we have grown steadily, mostly by word of mouth. We do very little traditional advertising. We get an enormous amount of repeat players every year.  Pro Ball has become much more than just 4 days of great baseball instruction - it's become a reunion of camaraderie, friendship and love of the game.


Over the past several years, attendees have started bringing their 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 life 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 join us at the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic. Do not be intimidated by the fact that Major League coaches will be teaching you. You will be amazed at the patience of the coaches and their sincere desire to make you a better player.  These gentlemen are some of the nicest, most dedicated and passionate teachers you will encounter. You have to experience the clinic for yourself to know what I am talking about.


The next Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is DECEMBER 3-6, 2020 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, pitch grips and fielding (PFP). Catchers will do blocking, framing and agility drills, with Major League catching Instructors. 


Under the guidance of our Major League coaching staff, you will leave the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic a better, more confident and more knowledgeable player.


If you have any questions, feel free to call Dr. John Rubinow  at 323-333-8798  

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. Single hotel rooms are limited and can be reserved for an additional $400. If you are local or do not wish to room or dine at Pirate City, there is a commuter price. Please call for details (note the Pirates charge Pro Ball a $200 commuter fee per player - that will be included in the commuter fee). 


The initial $500 deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE and due by 4-1-20. The second $500 deposit is due by 8-1-20. Final balances are due 11/3/2020.


New registrations after 11-1-20 MUST make payments in FULL ($2895 for double occupancy, $3295 for a single room). Single rooms are limited and are not guaranteed. Final balances are due by November 3, 2020.


We accept personal checks, cashier's checks and payment via Zelle mobile banking app. 


If paying by check, make check out to Pro Ball Baseball Clinic and mail to:

John Rubinow

50480 Spyglass Hill Drive 

La Quinta, CA 92253. 


If paying by Zelle, use nomarfan@pacbell.net to send payments directly from your bank account to Pro Ball.




WHAT DISCOUNTS ARE OFFERED?

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic offers the following discounts:


1. SPECIAL: “Bring a Friend” Referral Discount of $500 for every 1st time participant you refer. This special discount ends 1/31/2020. In order to obtain the $500 discount, both player and his/her referral must pay their $500 initial deposit before 1/31/2020. After 1/31/2020, the referral discount returns to $200 for each 1st time participant you bring with you.


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


3. "Group" Discount (10 or more  players) – call Dr. John Rubinow at 323-333-8798 for details.


4. "Team" Discount (15 or more players) – call Dr. John Rubinow at 323-333-8798 for details.


All discounts will be deducted from your final balance due. They are not in lieu of the 2 required deposits.



CAN I REQUEST A ROOMMATE?

Yes. 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.


If you snore (you know who you are), please don't sign up for a double room. It isn't fair to your roommate. 

If you snore, sign up for a single room. If single rooms are not available, you will be placed in a double by yourself.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic is NOT a fantasy camp. We are a VERY different baseball experience. The main purpose of Pro Ball is to improve your baseball skills. Major League coaches teach you how earn to play the game the right way.


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. In addition, bring sneakers or turf shoes for hitting in the indoor cages. No metal spikes in the hitting 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. Catchers should bring their own catching gear.


Bring your own bats and your own batting helmet if you have one. The Pirates also provide batting helmets for us. The great majority of players swing wood, but metal is fine.


The Pirates clubhouse attendants sell professional grade wood bats for only $50 each. This lumber is a much better grade than you can buy in a sporting goods store. $50 for a pro lumber is a great deal. In the past attendees who are affiliated with bat companies have brought bats to sell at a discount.




WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Due to the extraordinary nature of this clinic, the commitments made to the Major League Coaches and the spring training facility, YOUR INITIAL $500 DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE. There are no exceptions.


Should you cancel the Pro Ball Baseball before 11/01/20, any payments made after the initial deposit will be credited ONLY towards the very next scheduled Pro Ball Baseball Clinic. There are no credit "roll overs".


IMPORTANT: NO credits or refunds will be given for cancellations to the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic made after NOVEMBER 1, 2020. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.


Cancellations must be received in writing (certified mail is strongly advised).


Cancellations should be mailed to:

John Rubinow

50480 Spyglass Hill Drive

La Quinta, CA 92253


If you are concerned about being unable to attend for any reason, it is strongly suggested you look into buying travel insurance. It is not known if travel insurance is available for this unique baseball event.


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 diamond. Maybe you've never caught or pitched before. Here's your chance to learn from Major League coaches. 

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

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WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE?

Please see home page for the typical daily schedule. We change schedules daily, depending on the # of players attending. The 1st day we usually hit from 9:30-12:30. We break an hour for lunch, then do throwing mechanics and  individual and team defense. The latter part of the afternoon is situational games (sim games), live games or break into smaller groups for extra work. We stop around 5:00 pm 

HOW DO I PAY?

We take personal checks, cashier's checks and payment via Zelle mobile banking app. 


If paying by check, make check out to Pro Ball Baseball Clinic and mail to:

John Rubinow

 50480 Spyglass Hill Drive 

La Quinta, CA 92253. 


We also take payment via the Zelle mobile app. You can find Zelle in the mobile  banking app of most major banks and credit unions (e.g., Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase). If you already have Zelle on your banking app on  your phone, there's no download necessary. If your bank or credit union  doesn't offer Zelle yet, just download the Zelle app to get started. Once you enroll, all you need to send money with Zelle is our preferred email address: nomarfan@pacbell.net .


I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Pro Ball Baseball Clinic by phone or by email. Call my cell at 323-333-8798 or email me at nomarfan@pacbell.net.

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 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. In 2020, we hope to video tape defense and pitching as well.

CAN WE TAKE VIDEO AT PRO BALL?

Personal videos may not be taken inside Pirate City  (e.g., meeting rooms, clubhouse, trainers room, baseball fields, practice areas, hitting cages, pitching mounds, 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 the privacy and respect that is due them. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


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 Voice Doctor, Inc or 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. In 2019, we had a former Blue Jays trainer and the current trainer for the AAA Dodger affiliate.


You will be in great hands with our professional trainers. 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 accustomed 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 will start bright and early on Thursday, December 3, 2020 (approximately 7:15 AM).


If you are not a local commuter, you should arrive at Pirate City on Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Your hotel rooms are covered for the nights of December 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Pirate City Address and Telephone:

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 will probably have better prices than if you fly into the much smaller SRQ airport.


SRQ is about 15 minutes away. Super easy to get to Pirate City via Uber.


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 options like Uber and exclusive Super Shuttle Vans that will take you directly to Pirate City. If there is a large group traveling together, the Super Shuttle van is probably the best option. 


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


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