Adrenaline-pumping fitness and thrilling combat come together in Rising Star Fencing Academy's classes. The United States Fencing Association-member studio's lessons are suited to children as young as 6, and every level teaches creative strategy as it hones stamina, agility, and mental discipline. On a long, rectangular dueling area, coaches and students practice the complex foot- and hand-work for all three fencing styles?foil, sabre, and epee?all using the traditional scoring system. This intensive training is possible, in part, because of the academy's rigorous adherence to safety standards: all students are outfitted with a steel mesh mask and clothed in standard-issue force fields.
Perhaps it’s their diverse backgrounds—a former D1 college assistant baseball coach with a master's in physical education, a sports-psychology counselor and fitness trainer, and an amateur baseball leaguer—that make the coaches at Pitch by Pitch All Sports Camps open to such a wide variety of athletics. Their weeklong camps embody everything from baseball, soccer, and tennis to less regimented sports such as floor hockey and Capture the Flag. Through drills, games, and relays, coaches teach young campers how to command the field with confidence, while still displaying good sportsmanship. And since it all happens at Congers Lake Memorial Park, full-day campers can spend their lunch breaks swimming in the community pool, playing in the game room, or fishing for their lunch in the lake itself.
Baseball is alive all year-round at All Star Indoor Batting Range Baseball & Softball Academy. Started in 1991 by three baseball fans—Kevin and Brian Gilroy and Frank Rizzo—the facility gives players the chance to practice no matter how many inches of snow or packs of rabid umpires are flurrying outside. The 15,000-square-foot sports haven boasts seven tunnel cages for practicing all aspects of the game. Other elements, such as stadium benches and 7,000 square feet of artificial turf, give the academy the feel of an indoor diamond. To help players take their skills to the next level, the academy also offers private and semiprivate lessons, and maintains a pro shop stocked with essential gear.
At Hardball Training Center, seasoned coaches impart young players with the mental and physical fitness to excel in baseball and softball. A staff of trainers draw from extensive experience in sports at collegiate, minor-league, and major-league levels to guide pupils in proper pitching techniques, defensive strategies, hitting, and skill drills. A 16,000-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor space keeps practice running no matter the weather, and batting cages and pitching tunnels allow players to fine-tune their abilities.
Whether they're looking to build up to the precision power-hitting of a Ted Williams or the impressive mustache-growing of a Rollie Fingers, students can develop personalized training plans with coaches that cater to their specific strengths, skills, and goals. Softball and baseball teams and small groups hone fundamentals with pre-, mid-, and post-season regimens, while sessions in the gym condition athletes to perform at their peaks.
For more than 20 years, Frozen Ropes has helped improve the skills of ballplayers ranging from aspiring youngsters to Major League players all over the country. At the location in Elmsford, the 22,000-square-foot sports facility offers lessons, summer camps, and a travel league, in addition to multiple batting cages equipped with Iron Mike Pitching Machines. Skilled instructors use a tried-and-tested teaching model to help students refine techniques, learn age-appropriate conditioning drills, and improve confidence. Frozen Ropes also offers a High School to College Bound program to groom players who wish to play or heckle from the dugout at the NCAA level.
Rooted in the belief that anyone should be able to achieve peak fitness levels without having to break the bank, the staff at New Jersey Sports Advantage guides clients in elite-level training at affordable costs. Though they emphasize baseball and softball skill building, the licensed instructors also dedicate space in the 5,000-square-foot facility to boot camps, speed training, and sports performance programs for both individuals and teams. After a session on the Pilates reformers or relieving stress with a certified fascial stretch therapist, visitors can stop by the onsite café for a healthy snack or smoothie.