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Play It Again Sports bedecks kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives regularly, and the knowledgeable staff leads quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands that line the spacious shelves, including TaylorMade, Nike, Adidas, Easton, and more. As temperatures fall, the sports mongers assist winter enthusiasts in replacing equipment damaged during slip ‘n’ slide experimentation, offering snow tubes ($14.99), figure and hockey skates ($19.99+), and snowboard helmets ($36.99). Skate sharpening ($4–$8) ensures effective ice slicing, while the snowboard and ski service keeps powderheads gliding with a careful cleaning, full hot-wax treatment, and inspection ($30). Play It Again Sports also stocks a complete line of gear for warmer-weather sports, such as football, soccer, and skateboarding. Otherwise, customers can get started with a collection of workout accessories so that they're prepared to play any sports that appear in their dreams.

685 Queen St
Southington,
CT
US

All Star Club members can boost both their athletic abilities and cash flow by brandishing Baseball City's modern equipment and by enrolling in classes at discounted rates. Budding MVPs bloom under the warming glow of several clinics, which impart lessons in hitting, fielding, pitching, and flagging down wandering peanut vendors. Resident trainers also host private sessions to give players the extra attention they need to excel at duet singing. Even without enrollment in lessons, members and their families benefit from unlimited use of the training area, a 10% discount in the pro shop, and the right to reserve batting cages in advance to prevent paraphrased renditions of "Who's On First."

216 Murphy Rd
Hartford,
CT
US

The Connecticut Tigers are a professional Minor League Baseball Club and are the Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are part of the prestigious New York-Penn League and play a 76 game schedule at Dodd Stadium, located in Norwich, CT.

14 Stott Ave
Norwich,
CT
US

As the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rock Cats clubhouse is baseball's equivalent of an arboretum, blossoming in the summer with big-league-ready talent while nurturing future pros, a laundry list of baseball all-stars that has previously included Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, David Ortiz, and Torii Hunter. Following the frenetic lead of Rocky, a full roster of mascots entices eyes with various forms of family-friendly entertainment throughout each game. An extra dose of off-the-field entertainment can also be savored inside the ballpark's Fun Zone, where fans test their skills by smacking baseballs in a homerun derby, throwing fastballs with speed pitch, or swinging an oversize hot dog to prepare for the day when professional baseball decides all bats must be meat-based.

230 John Karbonic Way
New Britain,
CT
US

Western Connecticut Baseball Academy trains any level of ball player, from bench warmer to bench destroyer, adults and children, providing anything from an introduction to the game to advanced nuances of the stitched sphere. Instructors with college and professional playing and coaching under their belts, or in their pockets (whichever is more convenient), can convert a glove fumbling for grounders into a double-play-making giant leather hand of success. A bat that yearns for the delicious taste of the screaming fastball suddenly halted, quieted, and sent hurtling back in the opposite direction, can learn to feast upon its leather-clad prey, rather than retiring inning after inning hungry, wanting. Pitches that fail to enter the zone without getting picked off by any goon with a stick can be groomed to gain speed, confidence, and the ability to whisper little facts about historical architecture as they whiz by confused batters’ faces.

4 Primrose Street
Newtown,
CT
US

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.

5 Production Drive
Brookfield,
CT
US