Play It Again Sports bedecks kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives regularly, and the knowledgeable staff leads quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands that line the spacious shelves, including TaylorMade, Nike, Adidas, Easton, and more. As temperatures fall, the sports mongers assist winter enthusiasts in replacing equipment damaged during slip ‘n’ slide experimentation, offering snow tubes ($14.99), figure and hockey skates ($19.99+), and snowboard helmets ($36.99). Skate sharpening ($4–$8) ensures effective ice slicing, while the snowboard and ski service keeps powderheads gliding with a careful cleaning, full hot-wax treatment, and inspection ($30). Play It Again Sports also stocks a complete line of gear for warmer-weather sports, such as football, soccer, and skateboarding. Otherwise, customers can get started with a collection of workout accessories so that they're prepared to play any sports that appear in their dreams.
All Star Club members can boost both their athletic abilities and cash flow by brandishing Baseball City's modern equipment and by enrolling in classes at discounted rates. Budding MVPs bloom under the warming glow of several clinics, which impart lessons in hitting, fielding, pitching, and flagging down wandering peanut vendors. Resident trainers also host private sessions to give players the extra attention they need to excel at duet singing. Even without enrollment in lessons, members and their families benefit from unlimited use of the training area, a 10% discount in the pro shop, and the right to reserve batting cages in advance to prevent paraphrased renditions of "Who's On First."
Western Connecticut Baseball Academy trains any level of ball player, from bench warmer to bench destroyer, adults and children, providing anything from an introduction to the game to advanced nuances of the stitched sphere. Instructors with college and professional playing and coaching under their belts, or in their pockets (whichever is more convenient), can convert a glove fumbling for grounders into a double-play-making giant leather hand of success. A bat that yearns for the delicious taste of the screaming fastball suddenly halted, quieted, and sent hurtling back in the opposite direction, can learn to feast upon its leather-clad prey, rather than retiring inning after inning hungry, wanting. Pitches that fail to enter the zone without getting picked off by any goon with a stick can be groomed to gain speed, confidence, and the ability to whisper little facts about historical architecture as they whiz by confused batters’ faces.
Body Temple Fitness treats the body as something worthy of worship. The studio's team of certified trainers works one-on-one with clients—or leads groups during classes that range from upbeat Zumba to restorative yoga and toning kettlebells. Integrating these fitness approaches with nutritional counseling, the staff helps guests shed pounds, gain muscle, or tone their physiques.
As the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rock Cats will battle their EAS Eastern League rivals and Boston Red Sox affiliate Portland Sea Dogs for bragging rights during their season home opener at New Britain Stadium. Watch from the field-box seats as the Rock Cats send baseballs flying into oblivion far past the outstretched hands of outfielders and opposing players posing in the stands as hot-dog vendors. Rock Cats' mascots Rocky and his nephew Rookie pump up the crowd with spirited dancing and by keeping wide smiles plastered on their faces throughout the whole game.
Latin- and international-dance-inspired rhythms score fiery sessions as students sculpt figures and swivel their hips in easy-to-follow steps and mimic the moves of instructors in dynamic workouts that tone the body and do not require prior dance experience. Tempos fluctuate from fast to slow in exotic, high-energy music that motivates people to keep moving like a runner on a broken treadmill. The Zumba classes take place inside Valley Sports Center's 28,000-square-foot indoor sports complex and burn calories four mornings per week.