America’s favorite pastime.

Most of us who’ve played baseball or softball remember breaking in our mitts in inventive ways. Or we’ve got special childhood memories of playing catch. It’s rituals like these that make baseball America’s favorite pastime.

While it’s great to play in a baseball or softball game, you don’t always need full teams of nine. A pitcher, hitter and a bucket of balls are all you need to have a great time (and get a good workout). The basics to hitting are still the basics: get a good grip, keep your eyes on the ball, stride forward and connect, and always follow through. And be ready to run. Whether you ever get to learning the differences in power hitting and opposite-field hitting, just get out there again. Experience that one-of-kind feeling when bat meets ball for that single, double, triple or even homerun grand slam.

The Clemente Rec Center or the Markward Rec Center are just two spots you can get in some batting practice. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to see our very own Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a shutout in Little League postseason history, practicing with the Taney Dragons while at Markward. If fielding is more your thing—making that double, triple play or catching the pop-ups that come your way every single time—then there’s a league waiting for you.

Take your game to new heights with a visit to the Belmont Plateau fields. Afterwards, be sure to catch a Phillies night game at Citizen’s Bank Park.