Soccer Zone South Bend’s dedicated team of coaches display their passion for the great sport of soccer through classes designed to hone the technique of young strikers from ages 3–10. The newly formatted Tiny Tots course imparts knee-high kickers with the spatial awareness to kick around a soccer ball and hone the teamwork skills necessary for sneaking into the World Cup with four friends and an oversize trench coat. As kids play, learn, and make new friends on the pitch, Soccer Zone South Bend’s instructors guide their development through dedicated teaching and positive reinforcement.
Open seven days a week, the 110,000-square-foot facility at High Velocity Sports gives athletes year-round access to indoor sports and games, such as flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, and golf simulation. Come rain, shine, snow, or meteor shower, guests can challenge a fellow clubber to 18 holes of simulated golf within the allotted two hours. The simulator digitizes 40 of the world’s best courses, allowing duos to navigate the fairways of Pebble Beach or Spyglass without the hassle of plane hopping. Bring your equipment and don a pair of simulated plaid pants as you chip and slice your way through famous greens, dodging sand traps, water hazards, or ball-stealing monkeys.
Since 1995, children and adults have stayed active at Oakland Yard Athletics with a variety of league sports, lessons, and tournaments spread across sprawling, state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities. Boys play T-ball and baseball and girls play softball beneath a brightly lit dome with three professional-grade batting cages adjacent to 72,000 square feet of synthetic turf. Golfers explore the indoor driving range, and young and old soccer enthusiasts demonstrate just how useful a peg leg can be. Kids romp across a 10-acre fenced-in playground during more than 100 types of themed summer camps, including sports sessions, cooking lessons, and improv comedy classes. The caring staff has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations within the community.
Evolution Sportsplex’s dome structure houses 60,000 square feet of artificial turf, which doubles as an athletics field and an indoor driving range. There, as well as outdoors, a golfer can improve their swing, thereby eliminating the need for the pneumatic hammer taped to the end of their club. Visitors can also putt their way through a manicured miniature-golf course peppered with shady trees and refuel at the concession stand before hitting the indoor field, which can be converted for sports ranging from football to softball.
Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
At best, the thought of playing soccer on a crisp winter day in Michigan makes your teeth chatter. At worst, it's unfathomable. Luckily, Grand Blanc Soccerzone offers up a solution to sports fiends singing the Midwest wintertime blues: an indoor facility that keeps you sheltered from inclement weather year-round.
Players of all ages storm the turf pitch in pursuit of friendly competition, fundamentals, or some really cool turf stains. Teams join the competition as a unit, while independent players can sign up to form a squad with other solo soccer gurus. Besides a quality turf surface, the field is also walled in, providing the feel of a professional indoor soccer league. For those seeking to improve on-the-ball skills, instructors lead programs to perfect everything from dribbling and passing to goaltending and shooting.