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About Us

Bases Loaded Baseball & Softball Academy was created by former major league pitcher, Jim Neidlinger in 2010.  It is an instruction-based facility for players of all skill levels.  The facility offers year round private & semi-private lessons, small group clinics, indoor baseball & softball leagues and is the home of the Bases Loaded Bulldogs Travel Organization.

Bases Loaded was named a Top 25 facility nationally in 2017.

Our Mission

Let's face it - baseball and softball are some of the hardest sports to master. Our goal is to help area youth succeed, at all levels, by instituting the basic fundamentals that every player needs. How we do that is by utilizing our many years of professional playing and teaching experience while leveraging the latest in technology and techniques, such as our Rapsodo hitting and pitching system.

News - Winter Hitting Clinics!

These clinics are $150 per player and, as always, never more than 4 players per clinic!

Mondays, beginning 01/06 (4 weeks)

BASEBALL, ages 9-12: 5:30-6:30

Tuesdays, beginning 01/07 (4 weeks)

SOFTBALL, ages 12+:  6:30-7:30



9-Week Pre-Season & In-Season Catching Clinics

These two 9-week catching clinics will include: Blocking, footwork, receiving, catcher/pitcher communication, mental approach, footwork, exchange & release and more.  Led by Coach Bobby Acabbo, who was a two time All America East catcher at UVM and ranks in the top 10 all time for games played, at bats, hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in. Bobby was nominated for the Johnny Bench Award (top 40 catchers in Division 1 college baseball) his senior year. He has been teaching at Bases Loaded for 15+ years and is also a Bulldogs coach. We believe there is no better Catching instructor than Bobby!

These catching clinics run on the same day as our Pre-Season & In-Season Hitting Clinics for those who want to attend both!

See times available and more info on the pre-season programs here.  


9-Week Pre-Season and In-Season Hitting Clinics

The Pre-Season hitting clinic is a great 9-week program to get the player ready for tryouts.  This program is open to players of any position and will include all basic fundamentals, such as tee work, soft toss as well as live hitting; proper use of the lower half of the body, and more.  This program is designed to get your player fully prepared to compete for a spot on the team!   $300 per player

The In-Season hitting clinic is also a 9-week program designed to keep the swing sharp during the season and also helps us, the instructors, address any of the issues that hitters may be having during the season.  $300 per player per clinic.

See times available and more info on the pre-season programs here.



"My two sons have been very fortunate to be working with Jim and his staff at Bases Loaded for the past seven years.  Quite simply, Coach Jim and his staff are proven winners in coaching baseball.  Their knowledge, attention to detail, and passion for developing kids into better baseball players makes Bases Loaded the premier place for skill development in the state of Vermont.  Both my sons have improved exponentially over the past several years and Bases Loaded has been the foundation of their success on the field.  We are thankful, honored, and proud to be a part of the Bulldog family!"  - Jeff Eaton 

"Bases Loaded offers a program second to none. They are comprised of an amazingly talented coaching staff that is not only knowledgeable in the sport but equally concerned with creating a positive experience, demonstrating to and instructing the kids on the importance of things such as sportsmanship, team culture and the many mental aspects of the game that continue to assist our kids as they mature into adulthood." 

- Amy Havreluk, Facebook Review

"Super impressed with Bases Loaded! Great, knowledgeable staff. My daughter looks forward to going each week and has made tremendous progress!"

Kim Collins Thomas, Facebook Review

"My son enjoys the coaching and the opportunity to be active during winter months. Feedback is positive and constructive. Thank you Jim and staff!"

Travis Scribner, Google Review


Bases Loaded Baseball & Softball Academy Sponsors

Thanks to for supporting our players and providing a great fan shop!

Thanks to for supporting our players and providing a great fan shop!

Picard Fitness trains many of our Bulldogs players. Contact Adam to arrange your workouts too!

Thanks to our local folks at Coca-Cola!

Thanks to the Purinton Maple & Tree Farm for supporting Bases Loaded students

Thanks to our advertisers and sponsors!

Contact Us Jim Neidlinger

Bases Loaded Baseball & Softball Academy

Phone: (802) 922-6416 (Calls only, no text please)