Rochester's Rochester Youth Soccer Association is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
National Sports Center is one of the few places in the world where you can step from verdant fields onto stretches of ice. Eight ice arenas—four Olympic-sized, four NHL-sized—comprise more than 148,000 square feet inside the Schwan Super Rink. And as for the fields? The National Sports Center was originally conceived as a soccer complex, and it still boasts 52 fields. The Guinness Book of World Records has certified National Sports Center as the largest soccer complex on earth.
Hockey and soccer still only make up a small portion of the sports that are playable at the center. Those same soccer fields might host rugby on one day, lacrosse on another, and ultimate disc the following week, provided the discs have not flown south for the winter. The ice rink might host figure skaters as well as broomball teams. At the center's outdoor cycling velodrome, brake-free bikes race each other along a canted track, thrilling crowds every Thursday from late May to September. And of course, there's the Victory Links Golf Course, a 400-acre expanse that's home to an 18-hole championship course, a grass driving range, and an 18-hole bent-grass putting course. Players of all stripes can sign up for leagues and lessons in their favorite sport, or check out everything from expos to fitness classes on the calendar of events.
Instead of facing off against rival universities, Augsburg College athletes tackle a different opponent in the summer: boredom. Led by camp director and Augsburg College head football coach Frank Haege, the camps pair the school's athletes and coaches with youths for sessions packed with fun drills and games. Depending on the age group, each camp focuses on a different level of offensive and defensive instructions; younger kids’ non-padded, non-contact camps are peppered with motivational sessions, and high schoolers’ conditioning testing strengthens them for full-contact drills. All-day middle-school camps are also non-contact and instill a sense of friendly competition with flag-football matches and other activities such as dodge ball.
When John Richardson was teaching 4-year-olds how to kick a soccer ball during a preschool class, it may not have been immediately obvious that this was a career opportunity. However, the recommendations from parents after that initial class snowballed across the Minneapolis area and Richardson soon found himself coaching more sessions and introducing kids to more types of sports. Today, Revolutionary Sports has grown into a team of 50 coaches who lead classes and camps for an array of ages and ability levels. Among its many duties, the staff teaches youngsters how to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, spike a volleyball, and weave football flags into umbrellas.