It’s fitting that Grand Slam 2’s name suggests a sequel, as the baseball complex’s team of instructors consists of former collegiate coaches and athletes who continue their involvement in the sport even after hanging up their game-day cleats. In classes, camps, and clinics, these instructors impart their appreciation for baseball as they build their students’ hitting and fielding skills from the ground up. Though the facility’s batting cages play an important role in correcting swings, sessions may also include off-field weight training—this is especially true for pitching classes, which aim to bulk up throwing arms in preparation for more serious competition. At winter and summer hitting academies, bats crack against approaching baseballs like the whip of an exceptionally demanding coach.
Players can put their newfound skills to the test in the Tidewater Bombers baseball program, a competitive, age-appropriate league that imparts the principles of teamwork through live-action games. To prepare for league games, check out Grand Slam 2's pro shop, which stocks bats, gloves, and terrifying masks for psyching out opposing pitchers.
At Tidewater Hit and Pitch, a team of professional baseball and softball coaches pass their wisdom onto future generations of pitchers and fielders in one-on-one coaching sessions and group camps. The staff breaks down the sport into three digestible parts?pitching, hitting, and fielding?which helps players hone discipline with drills while imparting universal skills such as balance, body control, and how to dispose of chewing gum besides swallowing it.
The name 3D Sports represents the three "Ds" that fuel athletes and training: desire, discipline, and development. So to foster these three elements, the spacious, 13,000-square-foot facility hosts supplemental training, practice, coaching, and sports for young athletes in baseball, basketball, field hockey, softball, and soccer. Future major leaguers can take to a batting cage or pitching lane to practice hitting home runs or throwing strikes, and a full-sized basketball court hosts individual and small-group lessons, along with seasonal camps and clinics. In addition to lessons, the facility also welcomes leagues and tournaments, as well as pickup games that pit casual participants against robots disguised as retired NBA stars.
While the facility is impressive in itself, 3D Sports is even more proud of its dedicated staff. To ensure high-quality coaching, 3D sports only hires coaches and trainers who excel in the art of coaching itself, rather than just hiring experienced players, like many youth programs. The enthusiastic staff also travels throughout the local area to train athletes on their home fields.
At Swing Kingz, athletes and families enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation or brush up on the particulars of golf, baseball, and softball. Year-round, rain or shine, golfers practice swings at 40 driving-range hitting stations—with heated and enclosed stations available—and ballplayers hone their at-bat prowess in slow- and fast-pitch batting cages. An outdoor mini-golf course immerses families and friends in 18 holes of friendly competition. The fully-lit facility boasts a deli serving Boar's Head meats and cheeses, and can play host to birthday parties. Gift certificates and monthly VIP memberships are available as well.
Swaders Sports Park fuels friendly competition between friends and family members with an endless series of sports and gaming opportunities. Guests jump into one of four different go-karts and zip around two tracks or guide golf balls past challenging obstacles and serene water features?such as waterfalls, streams, and nymphs holding water guns?on two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Golfers can also head to the driving range or smack a different kind of ball in the batting cages.
Inside the facility, a whirring collection of lights and sirens ricochet off the walls from more than 70 arcade games. A multilevel laser-tag arena conceals players behind towering glow-in-the-dark obstacles, and the Route 66 bowling alley allows guests to bowl on highway-themed lanes without the risk of potholes that comes from playing on regular highways.
Sport Factory Scuba outfits underwater explorers and land-based competitors with equipment and training. PADI-certified instructors lead students on their first excursions into local pools and open water destinations, while the dive center outfits then with fins, masks, regulators, and waterproof cotton candy. Softball and baseball teams step into the mesh walls of the facility’s batting cages and pitching lanes, where they can practice their swings or test a riot shield. The onsite sportsmen's shop also carries equipment for disc golf, cornhole, and paintball.