Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
With decades of experience skimming the shores of Lake Erie, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Sib Randolph has had ample time to hone in on the best spots to nab walleye, bass, and perch. Though he relies on years of successful fishing charters to guide his routes, it doesn’t hurt that his 27-foot SportCraft fishing boat is equipped with fish-finding and navigational equipment. In addition to advice on the likelihood of a fish’s ability to grant wishes, Captain Randolph supplies fishermen with free bait and ice.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Inspired Shot, a recently formed nonprofit, is headed by an NRA-appointed training counselor who uses his own range or goes on location to teach the fundamentals of gun safety and concealed-carry laws specific to the region and surrounding states. He provides all required class items, furnishing ammunition, firearms, portable targets, benches, and stands for practice shooting. He teaches NRA curriculum and can also train others to become NRA instructors.
A skydiver descends toward the earth, his red-and-white parachute contrasting against a picturesque scene of azure sky and the springtime grass. It’s just another day at Skydive Tecumseh, where instructors have been taking first-time jumpers and experienced skydivers on exhilarating freefalls for nearly 50 years. Manning aircrafts such as a Quest Kodiak and a Cessna 182, Skydive Tecumseh’s flight team ushers parties 7,500 feet into the clouds for tandem and solo jumps that reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, much like a cheetah on roller skates. A drop zone with three separate landing areas awaits skydivers on the ground, and a picnic area allows visitors to watch their friends glide safely back to earth. In addition to organizing jumps, the instructors—all certified through the United States Parachuting Association—operate a ground school, where they help clients earn skydiving licenses.
Perrysburg Tennis Center's experienced instructors teach adults to serve and volley on indoor and outdoor USTA-certified courts. During 60-mintue group introductory lessons, up to five racketeers will learn such tennis basics as smashing a forehand, scoring a game properly, and serving while their opponents are in the bathroom. Players hustle across one of the center’s 16 tennis courts, which include eight US Open blue indoor arenas, four outdoor hard courts, and four outdoor Har-Tru HydroCourt clay grounds outfitted with underground water systems to help them keep cool. Visitors can head to the indoor court's second-floor mezzanine for a clear view of players batting orbs across courts the way kittens bat balls of yarn across the internet.