Running strictly off donations from individuals and businesses, Sluggers quickly became “a hit” with local coaches, parents and players.

Sluggers features four batting cages, two pitching machines and portable mounds, a tee area and a small practice area as well.

Woods quickly began to schedule teams and individuals for the facility.

“After living in this County all my life, I knew the athletes and gene pool here was outstanding,” he said. “So I wanted to tap into the people of the community to give the kids proper instruction. Appomattox has an abundance of knowledge for this need, and having many former players with college and professional experience, the response has been outstanding.”

Through mainly word of mouth, news spread that Appomattox boasted an impressive indoor facility that could accommodate kids from 4 years old through college age.

Sluggers’ popularity grew to the point where teams from as far away as Danville, Richmond and Roanoke were requesting reservations there.

“And with the popularity of travel teams, coaches love the fact that you can come into Sluggers and get a productive and efficient practice in,” Woods said. “Plus we are well-equipped to handle multiple teams. The hardest part of Sluggers is the scheduling because everyone really needs it because of the weather.”

The other hard part, Woods said, is “the transition from the younger kids to high school because there is just so much to cover.”

“We teach the fundamentals all the way through for each level as the kids progress,” he said. “We pride ourselves on the fact that when you come into Sluggers, you get the proper mechanics and instruction each player needs. We believe in a relaxed environment with discipline.”

Woods has never charged any coach or player to use the facility, however, there is a donation jar for anyone willing to give.

The facility must endure regular maintenance, such as replacing baseballs and softballs securing batting cage netting, replacing blown light bulbs, and fixing pitching machines.

All of those tasks are willfully handled by Woods, who donates his time to Sluggers without pay.

Woods’ main benefit is being able to watch Appomattox County’s youth ballplayers succeed on the diamond.

Another benefit of Sluggers is that it alleviates some of the overcrowding issues that take place in Appomattox, where ballfields and practice locations are limited.

Appomattox Community Park boasts a cloverleaf of four ballfields – three of which are completed – and two tee-ball fields. The old Town Ballpark is also available, as is the Spout Spring Ruritan Softball Field.

Not to mention similar problems in the counties of Campbell, Amherst, Bedford and Prince Edward, all of which have been forced to use Sluggers’ facilities at some point.

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