The extensive facilities of MVP Arena, which include indoor and outdoor fields, a basketball court, and batting cages, host visitors for an array of sports leagues and classes. Adults hone their skills in training classes and then unveil new maneuvers on one another during league games for basketball, flag football, and soccer. Bat wielders practice swing timing and charging the mound without fear of retaliation in the batting cages, where regulation pitching distance and a mural of the San Francisco Bay recreate the excitement of practicing in a big-league stadium. In addition, three of the cages feature virtual pitchers that help batters time ball delivery at different speeds or a random assortment of slow, medium, and fast.
Digital Media Academy is a technology camp for both kids and adults, which landed a spot on Worth magazine's Top 10 Summer Camps list in 2010. Founded at Stanford University in 2002, the camp hires industry professionals to lead campers in exploring a huge variety of topics in STEM fields?that's science, technology, engineering, and math. Kids and teens ages 6 through 17 learn video game design, app development, filmmaking, photography, computer programming, Python, and more?all while practicing physical and teamwork skills as well. Adult classes focus on practical skills for career advancement, including topics such as digital photography, app design, and computer-graphic design. Teen and adult courses are even eligible for Stanford's continuing-studies credits.
In 1991, professional Swiss soccer player Ruedi Graf began World Cup Soccer Camps & Clinics as a humble operation with two small camps. Today, his team of 90 coaches interacts with about 5,000 children a year along the West Coast from Portland to San Diego. Despite their expansion, the clinics strive to maintain a 10-to-1 player-to-coach ratio in order to provide kids with individually tailored instruction. Sessions are divided by age group and skill set—U6 Fussball Academy camps introduce 5–6 year-olds to the fundamentals, the Classic Skills camp polishes basic skills and soccer concepts for 7–9 year-olds, and the Advanced Player's camp focuses on a more accelerated level of play for 10–13 year-olds.
The expert trainers at Extreme Fitness and Sports push their clients to run faster, stretch deeper, and push harder. With their sports-specific and general fitness programs, they aim to help guests improve their performance using equipment either outdoors or within their sprawling facility. The facility boasts long stretches of flooring for sprints, free weights, and boxes of different heights to jump up upon.
Certified agility trainer Ron Capurso doesn't define athleticism by the level of competition. For his clients, becoming an athlete entails working on key fitness components applicable to all fitness levels: mobility, speed, agility, coordination, and strength. Ron has coached high school varsity football for 15 years and offers quarterback training sessions for players looking to shine on the field, but he also leads customized sports training programs for small and large groups. Adult fitness classes aim to achieve goals outside of sports performance, from sculpting muscles to losing weight before the summer months and weigh ins for the office-wide wrestling tournament. These sessions are open to students of all backgrounds and include exercise modifications if needed.
At KGS Academy, founder and former MLS player Kelly Gray propels kids toward professional soccer careers. Supported by a staff of professional athletes of an equally high caliber, Kelly primes youngsters for competition during private lessons and small-group or team training sessions. Soccer programs range from the Striker Academy, which helps aspiring strikers hone their shots, to seasonal camps, where kids pick up new skills or victory-dance routines from a lineup of coaches.