When Simi Valley Batting Cages first opened back in 1989, it was simply a place where batters could practice their swing. Since then, owner Rudy Gonzalez has made it his goal to create a facility where players can work on other facets of their game, such as fielding and wrestling the mascot. Sure, he's installed state-of-the-art pitching machines that hurl balls as fast as 75 miles per hour, but he's also organized lessons that focus not only on hitting, but also on throwing and other fundamentals. Teams can also employ high-quality custom uniform and embroidery services for not only baseball and softball, but other sports as well. Players will find plenty of ways to boost their game in the pro shop, which stocks bats, bags, and gear from brands such as Easton and Rawlings.
Tisha Walker has dedicated more than three decades to the sport of figure skating. And if you browse her accomplishments, it seems as though she hasn't wasted a single day. Tisha was an alternate on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, as well as a national medalist, an international gold medalist, and a member of the World Team. Instead of letting all that experience go to waste, or using it to start a team of adorable, but ultimately useless ice-skating squirrels, Tisha now helps other skaters learn basic skills or start their own careers on the ice. She offers private lessons to recreational and competitive students, and is flexible enough to teach techniques in other icy activities such as hockey and power skating.
Boris Boundjia fell in love with the game of basketball from the first moment he picked up a ball at aged 10. In 2007, he left his family and friends behind in France to follow his dreams in the United States, where he played for Stoneridge Preparatory School, one of the nation's top basketball prep schools. After competing in Division II college basketball at Salem International University, he founded Grind 2 Shine. Here, he's known as Coach Bo and shares the skills and techniques he's learned throughout his career with boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Beyond drills and tips on shooting form, Coach Bo strives to teach life lessons to his pupils to help them reach their full potential.