From fast balls to sliders, the HomePlate pitching machines by Sports Tutor at On-Deck Baseball's indoor facility fling baseballs and softballs at speeds of up to 90 and 60 mph, respectively. Of course, being a gifted baseball player doesn't just mean knowing how to make contact at the plate. That's why On-Deck partners with West Coast Baseball School to host spring, summer, and winter camps for coaches and players alike. Taught by former members of the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners, courses focus on baseball essentials such as fielding, pitching, and serving umpires the customary tea during seventh-inning stretches. Besides refining skills on the field, On-Deck hones strong muscles thanks to exercise equipment such as free weights and the Next Level Fast-Twitch machine.
The picturesque 18-hole course at DeBell Golf Club spreads over the basin and hillsides of Wildwood Canyon, a craggy depression carved into the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. The hardscrabble physical surroundings challenge golfers on every swing, whether they're shaping shots around tree-lined doglegs or walking barefoot uphill both ways to get to their ball.
Rising above the green strips of fairway kikuyu grass is the course clubhouse, which offers views of the weathered beauty of Wildwood Canyon Park beyond the course while also serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Canyon Grille.
At Hollywood Vibe, a staff of experienced dance instructors schools children in the fundamentals of light-tripping and toe-tapping within a positive and fun learning environment. Aspiring Astaires age 2 to teen will receive one month of weekly, one-hour dance classes offered in a variety of formats, ranging from tot-sized tap to beginner ballet and kindergarten krumping. Toddlers can toddle on into the mommy/daddy and me class (ages 2–3) where they will be introduced to the concept of dance and begin to develop important motor skills crucial to cultivating coordination. The pre-school dance class (ages 3–6) takes slightly older young’uns on a euphoric rhythm spree, teaching them dancing basics and how to count music with fun dances that encourage self-expression and provide a cognitive foundation for success in school subjects such as reading, writing, and rug-cutting. Offering jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop classes (ages 7+), Hollywood Vibe likewise bestows teens and tweens with the skills to perform leaps, turns, and combinations, preparing them for future forays into the world of dance.
The traveling coaches of Rise Up Basketball know that many virtues of great players are invisible—their work ethic, for example, or ability to cooperate with team members. So, when practicing with their clients, they focus on physical, mental, and social skills. Drills on shooting and passing merge with teamwork exercises and game-like scenarios that demand quick thinking, all of which occur at a local park or gym of the player's choosing. Whether they're guiding a single person, a group, or an active team, the instructors strive to build overall athleticism, no matter the student's age or initial skill level.
For the past two decades martial arts instructors Raffi and Steve have studied martial arts styles from around the globe. At the studio, LA Combatives Group shares the most simple and combat proven methods they've found, both ancient and modern. For example, students learn Chinese styles such as Jun Fan JKD, Thai styles such as Muay Thai, Filipino styles such as Eskrima and Kali, and Japanese and Brazilian Jujitsu. The atmosphere of LA Combatives Group is relaxed, with safety and mutual respect always being observed. To keep the quality of instruction high, the duo keeps the capacity of their group classes to a minimum by posting a Beware of Dog sign on their door.
At CBA Baseball Academy, Ric Cly teaches aspiring sluggers to maximize their talent and focus their passion. Ric has experience teaching multiple players who have gone on to play in the Majors for teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. During camps and lessons, Ric focuses on crucial baseball skills such as mental preparation, throwing, hitting, bunting techniques, defensive fundamentals, pitching mechanics, stretching programs, and holding baserunners with the aid of a lasso.