Amid the smell of blooming hyacinths and the colorful ensigns of freshly emerged butterflies, one need only turn to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for proof of an encroaching spring. As the spring-training grounds for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the park?named as an homage to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community?sports 12 baseball diamonds, giving fans ample opportunity to watch the action and practice voicing play-by-plays of groundskeepers mowing the adjacent fields. In addition to spring-training bouts, Salt River Fields also hosts numerous special events, such as arts festivals and charity sports events.
Coach Mitch started Beginners Edge Sports Training in 2005 as a soccer program for kids. Now, he operates a variety of sports classes including basketball, football, golf, and karate for kids as young as 18 months. These age-appropriate programs introduce the skills of the sport gradually, challenging kids at first to gain coordination and eventually to strategize, scrimmage, and switch agents mid-season. In addition to its regular sessions, Beginners Edge Sports Training runs summer camps, sports parties, and parent's night out events.
Established by former professional football player Lance Brown, ProDay Training Camp provides children and adults with exercise opportunities such as indoor soccer leagues, flag-football leagues, and fitness bootcamps. During youth sports leagues, a team of experienced coaches helps kids improve their skills while teaching them important lessons about discipline, respect, and how to have a positive attitude.
Powered by a community of friendly athletes and amateur soccer stars, Arizona Major Soccer League oversees a regular schedule of matches and thrilling summer tournaments in celebration of the beautiful game. The league takes all of the hassles out of match play, coordinating head-to-head tilts between teams. Players can test their footwork against buddies from work, challenge rival teams for bragging rights, or finally take down the snooty camp that wants to turn the community center into an oil refinery.
When it comes to using correct form during a workout, athletes might check themselves in a mirror or get subjective advice from a trainer. Absolute Kinetix Sports Science & Biomechanics Center takes these techniques a step further. Using motion-capture technology similar to that used to develop video games, experts analyze a 3D model of each client to suss out muscle imbalances, potential injury zones, and inefficient form. With this super-specific information, they're able to advise clients on the best ways to achieve their goals, whether that's adjusting the hips before a golf swing, performing special exercises to strengthen weak muscles, or practicing gymnastics until they can recreate scenes from The Matrix. The center showcases this expertise in Fitness From the Ground Up, an easy-to-follow talk show hosted by sports kinesiologist Zig Ziegler. During each show, Ziegler works with guests to demonstrate just how unique the human body is, letting viewers watch both correct and incorrect movements as the show?s guests perform activities, such as running or swinging a golf club, with the motion-capture equipment.
At Skillfully Active Soccer Academy, coaches Kelli and Brittany know what it takes to help fledgling players excel on the field. From a young age, the two thrived with a ball at their feet, ultimately becoming varsity soccer standouts and receiving full scholarships to compete at NCAA Division I schools. Today, the two pass on the skills and attitudes that drove them to success by coaching pupils through games, drills, and workouts designed to help them build confidence, have fun, and take their game to the next level.