The crack of bats and the cheers of putt-putters making hole-in-ones are mainstays in All Stars Family Fun Center's soundscape. Outside, guests navigate the miniature golf course or swat at curveballs in the batting cages. Inside, a plastic-formed pyramid leads kids to the Fun Factory, where they can leap into the air and traverse inflatable obstacles. The arcade, meanwhile, awards prizes to kids who win enough tickets or are particularly adept at blackmailing counter attendants, while the snack bar refuels players with pizza and hot dogs. The fun center can also host memorable birthday parties, replete with cake and a t-shirt for the celebrant.
For more than a decade, The Hitting Zone has helped baseball and softball players hone their slugging skills with top-notch batting cages. Its newly renovated facility includes seven new batting cages, new token machines, professional-quality turf, and enhanced lighting. While three cages devour tokens and spit out speedy pitches, schedule-savvy batters claim one of four regular cages for a designated hour of ball-pummeling against a Cy Young android lookalike.
At A-1 Sports and Wellness Center, a team of sports specialists and personal trainers help clients of all ages perfect their game and build their bodies into lean, muscular machines. Golf expert Kenrick Smith helps players fine-tune swings and strategy with video analysis and driving range practice. The facility also hosts archery ranges, kids' track programs, and batting cages that help train aspiring athletes in a wide range of skills.
Kenrick Smith and his team of golf instructors are driven by one central goal in their eight-week lesson package: turn beginners into lifetime golfers. Kenrick?s academy, The Triangle Golf School, provides a curriculum that focuses on building a fundamentally sound swing and a teaching environment that is fun, constructive, and does not force students to forage for their own bounty of wild golf balls. Though primarily geared toward junior golfers, the school offers lessons and clinics to clubbers of all ages and abilities. The Triangle School?s indoor facility fosters year-round practice, allowing players to hone their swings without fearing rain or dust storms created by rebellious sand traps.
It takes extreme levels of athletic refinement to make it to the pros in any sport. But whereas some football players can find success by focusing their energies entirely on blocking, and basketball players on sneaking under benches to tie opponents' shoes together, most baseball players must master at least two discrete skill sets to make it to the top. These facets of the game—hitting and fielding—are each incredibly difficult in their own right.
JD Closser knows something about hitting and fielding, as eight different big-league organizations can attest. Drafted by Arizona in 1998, he would go on to play three seasons in the majors with Colorado as well as playing in the Milwaukee and Los Angeles systems, among others, over a 15-year career. Though a catcher in his heyday, JD teaches all positions at Going Pro Baseball Academy. A range of programs can teach pitchers to develop command, third baseman to develop an accurate throw to first, and right fielders to develop the attention span to watch a chewed up sunflower seed reach flower-bearing maturity. Going Pro houses the latest training equipment, such as two full-length retractable cages, three pitching mounds, and full Astro Turf floor.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.