In the world of athletic training, Robert Taylor, Jr.?s resume speaks for itself. In addition to stints as the head strength and conditioning coach for two NCAA Division I programs, his expertise also landed him gigs with professional baseball, football, and basketball franchises. Now, along with the other experienced coaches at SMARTER Team Training, Robert shepherds high school athletes toward their full potential at training camps and clinics. Whether they?re honing position-specific skills for football, basketball, field hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, or other sports, or increasing overall athleticism during the school?s signature Speed, Agility, and Conditioning Camp, students always find a challenging itinerary designed to bring skills to a more advanced level. There's even a college prep training program, which gets high school players ready for the increased intensity at the college level.
The 88’x184’ Mateflex court inside Benfield Sportscenter is a shape-shifter. One day, it might be a full-size soccer field ready for child or adult leagues. The next, it could be a baseball, field hockey, or lacrosse field. Or maybe it'll be split into several different volleyball and basketball courts, with one corner cordoned off for competitive I-spy tournaments. Whatever the sport, Benfield's staff can set up the indoor arena to meet the athletes' needs. Away from the arena, Benfield Sportscenter encompasses a 1,400-square-foot training area with exercise equipment, as well as a lobby with WiFi and a snack bar.
In addition to open sessions and leagues, the staff teaches a carefully designed child-development program for ages 3 to 5. The curriculum starts with a multi-sport class, then moves on to a tri-sport class, before finally placing kids in single-sport sessions. This encourages children to find their ideal sport, whether it's basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, or lacrosse.
Whether they?re running camps, clinics, or private sessions, the coaches at Better Basketball Academy always have one goal in mind: improving their pupils? on-court talents. Experienced coaches and players themselves, the academy?s First Aid- and CPR-certified staffers help maintain a failure-free environment for kids to hone the game?s fundamentals. Through technical instruction, drills, and scrimmages, children age 5?15 improve their dribbling, shooting, and teamwork, including forming human pyramids to help their shortest teammate dunk. To further inspire youngsters, the academy hosts monthly three-on-three tournaments where older players can showcase their alley-ooping and shot-blocking skills.
A totem pole shaped like a four-scoop ice-cream cone stands as a beacon in front of Jim Mack's Ice Cream, beckoning passers-by to experience the nostalgic establishment's homemade ice cream, 24-hole miniature-golf course, and resident black bear, Ricky. The ice-cream stand and snack shop, which opened in 1958, crafts a menu of ice cream, malts, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and other specialties. The outdoor picnic area allows guests to enjoy their treats to the sounds of chirping birds and whistling winds, which also serve as the mini-golf course's full-time commentators. The expansive, family-friendly facility also features a pinball arcade and a miniature zoo. Llamas and goats roam the petting-zoo area, grazing from the delicious pellets that grow in children's hands. The facility's mascot, Ricky the bear, also greets guests from inside of her large enclosure where she climbs on logs and tells jokes for nickels.
Roger Mason Jr. was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 and played for numerous NBA teams during his basketball career, including defending NBA champs the Miami Heat. At Roger Mason Jr. Basketball Camp, he happily trades his position as player for that of coach and inspirational guide. In a state-of-the-art facility with air-conditioned courts, Roger and his staff impart the fundamentals of the game upon budding hoopsters. Camps include drills, instructional play, and one-on-one instruction, and students have a chance to hone their social skills and be a part of a team, where they'll learn to share the ball, run plays, and create air- and water-tight huddles. The camp offers programs for many age levels for both boys and girls.