Though it celebrates athleticism of all stripes, Sports of All Sorts Batting Cages specializes in training amateurs in America's pastime. Along with batting cages equipped for baseball and slow- or fast-pitch softball, the facility improves each player's game with a hitting and pitching tunnel and pitching mounds with L-screens. Seasoned players and area college coaches demonstrate batting skills at off-season baseball camps, which can be customized for groups of six or more.
The facility's multipurpose court hosts a range of activities such as basketball scrimmages, cheerleading practice, and royal curling tournaments while the king's ice rink gets remodeled. After practice, the arcade hosts rounds of air hockey, billiards, or video games, and Sports of All Sorts' bounce house and three-tiered indoor soft playground hosts the hopping of younger visitors.
Clinical counselor Cindy Becknell was worried that kids weren't socializing enough anymore. She wondered how to encourage them to interact, short of simply telling them to or setting up blind playdates. Then she realized that there was already a designated social space for kids: the playground. There weren't as many "old fashioned" playgrounds anymore, much less ones that were concerned with child safety, but Cindy was undeterred. She founded her own playground and called it KidZoo.
KidZoo kids zoom down slides, swing atop tires, and ascend ladders made from rope or wood, just like those in a classic playground. They can also skip across artificial turf to the simulated blacktop, where staff members lead throwback games such as whiffle ball, dodge ball, and keep away. This playground, though, is all indoors, impervious to the whims of the weather and its tendency to tie everyone's shoelaces together.
The Louisville Sports Academy places top-notch instructors at the helm of both of its professional-level facilities, where programs, camps, and classes help players of all ages develop their skills. Opened in 1998, the multifaceted Springhurst location combines 10 indoor tennis courts with areas for golf, field hockey, volleyball, and basketball to form a one-stop training haven. The academy?s other location, Top Gun Academy, has grown to include 13 outdoor tennis courts and a 18,000-square-foot indoor turf field. Dually dedicated to excellence in sports, both facilities offer programs that have helped produce college-level players and championship teams.
The SportZone's 102,000-square-foot indoor facility offers patrons an assortment of ways to stay active all year long with climate-controlled courts, fields, and fitness rooms. Along with hosting mainstream sports with an arena-size football field, baseball and softball diamond, soccer arena, and two regulation-size basketball courts, the athletics arena houses courts that can be used for volleyball, dodgeball, badminton, futsal, and full-contact duck, duck, goose. Adults can head to the fitness center to play with Life Fitness cardio equipment, free weights, and a 1/10–mile flex track. After the workout, herds of guests can relax with a drink from The EndZone Pub, The SportZone's in-house bar.
In business for nearly 25 years, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport’s 65,000-square-foot fitness center boasts an array of classes and training sessions, as well as a host of strength-training and cardio equipment. But these represent just one branch of the nonprofit organization. NIFS also manages fitness centers for companies and retirement communities all over the country, creates an online curriculum for Health YOUniversity, and collaborates with the Indiana University School of Medicine on research projects.
The squeak of athletic shoes. The swish of basketball nets. The resounding wallop of dodge balls connecting with their intended targets. These sounds are part of the regular soundtrack at Midwest Sports and Social Complex, where kids and adults alike work out their athletic affinities. Youth training sessions overseen by instructors Rhasim Ridley, a former Head Coach at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, teach youngsters the fundamentals and advanced tactics of their chosen sport.
When the weather cooperates, staff members organize weekly outdoor competitive adult tournaments and three-on-three league games on two new, full-length basketball courts. Athletes can also join leagues for dodge ball games and street hockey, a worthy alternative to real hockey when ponds melt and hockey goals return to their underwater homes.