April is the start of several things that are great traditions in American culture. “Batter Up” is one of them, and it is sure to bring a smile to the face of many. The official start of Major League Baseball was March 29th, but many of the early spring games will be in April. Although there is not a MLB team in Alabama there are several minor league teams. In Birmingham, the Birmingham Barons take the field in Chattanooga to start their season and return to Regions Field on April 11th. The Montgomery Biscuits play their first home game on April 5th as do the Mobile Baybears. College and local baseball games are also in full swing so getting out to see a game can be fun for the whole family. If you wish to take a more active role in baseball then consider joining a league, or volunteering to coach. There are many opportunities to play or coach in organized baseball and softball leagues.

The next big event April is known for is The Masters. From April 5th through April 8th golf professionals from around the world will be competing for a Green Jacket and a major prize in Augusta, Georgia. For many, playing in The Masters is a dream come true. The result of dedication and skill provides the opportunity to play in the tournament. The Augusta National Golf Club where The Masters is held is one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Even many non-golfers appreciate its rolling hills, meticulously manicured grounds and fascinating traditions. If you do not have the opportunity to attend the tournament it can still be watched either on ESPN (Thursday / Friday) or CBS (Saturday / Sunday).

If playing in golf is more your idea of fun there are many courses located throughout Alabama where you can exercise your skills. Of interest are the courses of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail plus a variety of other public and private courses that come with varying fees and challenges. Getting a foursome together for a round, or playing in a tournament can be a great way to relax, build relationships and enjoy April.