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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 - More Fall Hitting Clinic Spots!

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

Mondays, beginning 11/11 (4 weeks)

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

Tuesdays, beginning 11/12 (4 weeks)
SOFTBALL, ages 12+:  6:30-7:30

Wednesdays, beginning 11/13 (4 weeks)
BASEBALL, ages 13+:  5:00-6:00


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 more info on the pre-season programs here.  


Bulldogs Kids Club - Session 2 begins October 26!

Bulldogs Kids Club is a program designed to prepare boys and girls ages 6 through 8 for their journey into organized team play by improving and developing their physical as well as social skills. Our core curriculum will be the basic fundamentals such as throwing, fielding, hitting, catching and base running all while building confidence, reinforcing team play and cooperation and most of all, HAVING FUN!

Our second session of Bulldogs Kids Club will begin October 26th! Cost is $75 per player for 4 weeks and will have 2 instructors per 6 kids for optimal individual attention and instruction (6 kids max per group).

Beginning October 26th
9:00-10:00 am
10:00-11:00 am

Pick your time and give us a call at 922-6416 or e-mail to register!



"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

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

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

Thanks to our advertisers and sponsors!

Thanks to our local folks at Coca-Cola!

Contact Us Jim Neidlinger

Bases Loaded Baseball & Softball Academy

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