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.
Chicago Indoor Sports' full-size field has enough turf to make a cow's spots turn green with envy. But that same animal would be disappointed if it took a bite. The surface is actually a carefully designed, imitation grass made of millions of tiny rubber pallets and a crushed stone base, which helps absorb shock. That last feature is key, since the indoor play area supports crowds of running athletes during competitive or casual games of soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee. The field is also home its own youth and adult soccer leagues, such as Liga Latino Americana.
Throughout many of their services, Chicago Indoor Sports places special emphasis on children. During their SoccerTots and SoccerTouch programs, instructors use soccer as a way to build motor skills and encourage mental development. Meanwhile, an arcade and three giant inflatables give kids a break from sports.
Frolicking in a 500,000-gallon wave pool, plummeting from 100-foot free-fall slides, and drifting along a 1,200-foot lazy river with 5 mph currents are just a few of the diversions found within Seven Peaks' net of water parks. The aquatic havens spread across Utah and Indiana, luring families and adventurous kayakers with forests of twisting water slides such as the Provo location's Boomerang, which sends passengers ricocheting down three stories. Calmer fun awaits at child-friendly areas such as Sand Bar Bay, where gentle spurts of water surprise and delight kids and a tiny slide sends them, careening and giggling, into the water.
Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 60,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodge ball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony.
The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.
The trainers at Sports Made Personal have youthful passions for soccer and lacrosse, and channel that alacrity into focused and goal-oriented skill sets. Whether training in an individual or group setting, they teach players how to identify their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Trainers help with this process by tailoring their programs to factors such as skill levels, personalities, learning tendencies, and opinions on mascots. After repetitive coaching on basic skills, players can put them to use in game environments where the competitive nature of professional training comes into play. Stemming from their own backgrounds in collegiate and professional play, trainers expand upon the physical aspects of games by fine-tuning the technical aspects of each sport, eliminating players' tendencies to pick up the ball and eat it.
Each year, Chicago Sport and Social Club draws 70,000 participants together on fields and courts for laid-back games and practices. Looking to make new friends while indulging in some fun competition, players sign up for ongoing leagues and classes, along with single-session sporting events. Sports on the club's roster include tennis, volleyball, football, and soccer, along with activities like bowling and dodgeball. Some leagues and tournaments are co-ed, some are gender-specific, and some are for costumed mascots only. All of the events, however, promise as much opportunity for socializing as they do for scoring points.