During the Big Apple Beatdown, an all-day roller-derby tournament hosted by the New York Shock Exchange, spectators arrive to the rink with chairs under their arms to watch six notable MRDA teams battle for the National Champion title. Bouts begin at 10 a.m. with the Dallas Deception taking on the Magic City Misfits in a storm of skates, helmets, and trampled 10-gallon hats. Other teams battling for supremacy include the St. Louis GateKeepers, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts, and Pioneer Valley Dirty Dozen. A special women’s game will also be held featuring the Long Island Roller Rebels taking on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls. The championship bout commences at 7:30 p.m., and the day ends with a presentation of medals at 9:15 p.m., where one team is deemed the victor. Matches occur on two separate tracks, allowing smooth transitions between bouts and enough time for padded pros to finish a game of Connect the Bruises.
Amid its 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor turf, Long Island Sports Complex treats up to 15 birthday celebrants to one hour of motion-based merriment, followed by a half-hour of pizza, cake, drinks, and party goods. The facility takes care of all the food, decorations and invitations, so parents can spend more time knitting the perfect birthday gift or reanimating it during an electrical storm. Sports-party revelers get to release excess energy with their choice of soccer, baseball, softball, football, or lacrosse without the outdoor inconveniences of grass stains or slingshotted acorns from territorial squirrels. Two to four sport-savvy supervisors will be on hand to make sure that everyone has a safe time.
With more than 100 years of history behind it, the St. John's University athletics department has earned the respect of rival programs in a number of sports. The past century has seen the St. John's men's basketball team rack up the seventh-most victories in the NCAA, sending 60 players to the pros in the process. As a testament to its success, the basketball team now plays most of its home games at Madison Square Garden, world-famous for its bewildering lack of plantlife. The school has also had success in baseball and soccer, making six College World Series appearances and taking home the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship in 1996.
Players cross paths with obstacles that are both challenging and pleasant at Sayville Falls Mini Golf, from caves and aquatic life to a double-sided waterfall. The miniature links feature lighting throughout the grounds in order to host rounds even after the sun sets or runs out of batteries. Aside from its own amenities, the course's downtown location can be a draw as well: it sits directly behind the Long Island Sportsplex, where visitors can continue their sporting with games of basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.
The expert coaches at Revolution Athletics help athletes of all ages and sports preferences fine-tune their game with activity-specific training. Their impressive facility boasts 5,500 square feet of indoor turf and thousands of pounds of weights. The coaches also work with athletes to improve their speed and agility with age-specific training groups.
Inline 1 Sports Center's 3,600-square-foot fun park is divided into four dynamic zones—a bounce house, an extreme skate park, a mini-golf course, and an indoor sports center—giving kids a chance to try their hand at a variety of activities and play. The safety-minded staff keeps eagle eyes trained on little ones and teenagers as they flit through the facility.
Inline 1 Sports Center's locally inspired mini-golf course sends players of all ages through a nine-hole labyrinth, in which they must putt past the yellow plane at MacArthur Airport, through Mount Sinai High School, and under the Stony Brook Post Office. The skate park's 11-foot vertical ramp and rails invite adrenaline junkies to test their skateboarding and inline-skating skills. Meanwhile, the facility's bounce house engages little ones with air-filled slides and obstacle courses, and the sports center houses volleyball courts, soccer fields, and field hockey to inspire friendly competition.
In between challenging kick flips and exhilarating volleyball games, the staff welcomes players to refuel at the onsite Cuzzin's Smoothie Cafe and Grill. Inline 1 Sports Center also opens its doors to kids' parties, tournaments, field trips, and summer camps, in addition to open play.