Established in 1858, the Boston Fencing Club stands today as one of the nation's oldest fencing clubs. The club perpetuates a winning tradition that attracts national fencing champions, NCAA collegiate fencers, and a horde of happy sword hobbyists. With five-time fencing Olympian Michael Marx directing, the club's time-tested fencing program services swordsmen of all skill levels, from 6-year-old beginners to professional marshmallow hunters. In class, adult and youth students learn the basics of the sport while wrapping their mitt around all three fencing weapons: the foil, the sabre, and the épée.
A skater-owned organization, Providence Roller Derby rewards wheeled shareholders and raucous spectators with fiercely competitive action, clever rink wear, and stamina-demanding athleticism. Pack into the Rhode Island Convention Center for 60 minutes of skate-clad action as the league's two traveling teams defend home hardwood against swift interlopers. Co-captains Hot Apply Cry and Hot Sauce lead the red-kerchiefed Riveters into tilts against the Dutchland Derby Rollers’ All-Star team and the raven-aided Poe's Punishers to settle simmering rivalries and arguments over the proper treatment for rink rash. Undefeated in 2010, the Killah Bees join the Riveters for a late-summer doubleheader against the forces of French Canada in a skate-aided intercontinental incident.
The Boston College Eagles are set to shred the competition with their metaphorical talons next month when they kick off their season with home games against the Weber State Wildcats and Kent State. Although the Eagles were treacherously swindled out of the Emerald Bowl title last year by the cunning Trojans, this year’s roster is stocked with talented players who are ready to lead the way to victory with aerodynamic skull armor and bubblegum-flavored mouthguards. You'll get lower end-zone views of the tackling, throwing, and funcitement.
No matter the weather outside, the conditions are always right at Extra Innings, a 15,000 square foot indoor baseball and softball training facility. The facility includes four batting and pitching tunnels, each of which is 70 feet in length and equipped with an adjustable pitching machine, an L-screen for live batting practice, and a pitching mound. If players want more help, they can turn to Extra Innings' instructors, many of whom are former or current professional players and college all-stars. These experts use a uniform step-by-step teaching system to help students develop their swings, improve their fielding, and learn to only exclaim "I got it!" if they're about to catch a fly ball or have just been told a joke. For a break, players can visit an on-site pro-shop full of name-brand gear, or they can even arrange a shindig in the party area to celebrate birthdays and special victories.
In 2006, the NHL's San Jose Sharks moved their eponymous AHL affiliate to Worcester. During their brief time in Central Massachusetts the Sharks have helped foster some of the game's best talent, highlighted by Stanley Cup champions and first-round draft picks. Nearly 40 players, including Claude Lemieux and Thomas Greiss, have donned the Worcester sweater before getting the call to clean out their lockers and playoff beards and head to San Jose. The team has even been represented on an international stage, as several former Sharks competed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.