Some of the most surprising stats at Top Prospect Baseball & Softball Academy have nothing to do with batting average. Its square footage is impressive—the indoor baseball-softball facility covers 17,500. Its number of practice tunnels is no slouch, with eight, each 70 feet long and outfitted with pitching machines, L-screens, and pitching mounds. There are also more than a few baseball and softball clinics held there, in addition to pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons scheduled year-round.
A relaxing day on the water shouldn’t be marred by the inconvenience of transporting bulky watercraft. Worcester Kayak Rentals maximizes customers’ leisure time by delivering its kayaks, standup paddleboards, and pedal boats to launch sites such as Webster Lake, Rutland State Park, and Douglas State Forest. Customers with a roof rack and proper tie downs can also pick up their rentals at the shop. The staffers pay close attention to customer safety, providing US Coast Guard–approved life vests with each rental and carefully inspecting each vessel for damage and stowaway mallards.
Salsa Storm Dance Studio can trace its origins back to one man's curiosity. Director Ray Gonzalez took a salsa class in 2001 and was immediately taken by the passion that comes with the dance style. He opened his own studio six years later, where he now works to foster a salsa community. Classes include beginner, intermediate, and advanced salsa, as well as Zumba and martial-arts fitness sessions.
Alexandria Buzzell knows how tiring it can be to throw one punch or kick after another. She is a fourth-degree black belt and certified group-fitness instructor with 15 years of experience and Level 2 certification from the Krav Maga Alliance. At America's Best Defense, she and co-owner Corey Buzzell employ functional movements during Krav Maga, kickboxing, and kids’ martial-arts classes, each of which wraps fitness and self-defense exercises into an engaging, effective workout.
The NAUI-trained diving instructors at Cuzins Outdoors specialize in turning ocean-shy beginners into full-fledged scuba masters. Students stretch across a wide spectrum of age and experience, training in the program that best suits their individual needs, from introductions to recreational diving to advanced certification courses. In basic classes, pupils learn to submerge in the controlled setting of the Cuzins swimming pool, whereas more experienced divers can team up with an expert teacher to add to their existing skills with specialized training in areas such as ice diving and exploring wrecks. Cuzins Outdoors also rents and sells equipment and gear, even altering wetsuits to mend a busted zipper or add tweed elbow patches.