Whether it's sunny, rainy, or snowy, baseball is still being played at The Hitter's Edge. Within its indoor batting cages, balls fly at six individuals cages, each accented with its own home plate. And a number of arcade games keep batters entertained while they await their turn in the cages. The facility also houses the Pride of the Diamond training center, athletes alike can sharpen their throwing, fielding, and hitting skills.
What does it take to bring a 78,000-square-foot, climate-controlled, multi-sport recreational facility to fruition? The BucksMont Indoor Sports Center began with three sports-loving clans fueled by a desire to provide local athletes of all ages and skill levels a place to get their game on no matter the season. They devoted years of their time to researching, planning, and constructing a safe and comfortable facility that's open year-round.
Beyond being easily accessible, the center features the industry’s newest and safest playing surfaces, including turf that emulates real grass. Here, youth and adult leagues meet to play everything from flag football to street-style hockey. After rousing games of soccer or basketball, players can replenish energy stores with a health-conscious meal at Overtime Grill, which boasts 20 LCD TVs.
The sounds of cheery competition float across Grand Slam USA's 30,000-square-foot arena, which teems with athletic challenges, a vibrant bounce houses, and other diversions. A glow-in-the-dark miniature-golf course leads putters through nine holes of ominous pirate-themed obstacles, including a ramp into a skull's jaws, a hole fraught with sharks, and perilous unswabbed decks. Adrenaline-soaked games of laser tag lead beam duelers through mazes, around partitions, and over platforms, where they rack up points for hitting special targets and rivals. At the end of each bout, players receive individual score cards that detail high scores and lines flubbed during MAS*H reenactments.
Within the 5,000-square-foot Ballplayer’s Edge facility, baseball and softball players train to swing the bat faster, throw the ball harder, and play the game better. The facility’s crack team of coaches—led by Joel Burgos, hitting coach for Rutgers University-Newark—improve strength, agility, and instincts with training tools that include four adult-size batting cages and the ProBatter PX2 hitting simulator. The simulator immerses players in game-like situations, complete with virtual pitchers delivering strikes from either the windup or the stretch. Meanwhile, RightView Pro video analysis captures each home-run cut, shown bunt, and taunt lobbed at the computerized player, allowing for side-by-side comparison with major-league swings.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the black lights flicker on, and Happy Types Family Fun Center opens for cosmic bowling, where bowlers shoot for 300 on lanes equipped with optional bumpers. Along with family-friendly bowling open throughout the week, the center also features a huge variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities. Go-carts tear around the track year-round, and families can hone their batsmanship at batting cages, clubsmanship on the mini golf course, and climbsmanship on the rock wall.
StarSportsUs celebrates the skill, speed, and athleticism of bat-based games such as baseball, softball, and catching a bat that?s flying around your cabin. This celebration manifests itself in the form of batting and pitching practice, a well-stocked pro shop, and expert coaching in baseball and softball. At the indoor facility?s four well-lit lanes, visitors can fine-tune their pitching mechanics and batting stances or school themselves in the graceful movements necessary for becoming a successful pitcher or batter.