5 places your young athlete can train :: WRAL.com

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— My son started playing sports when he was very young. He first tried football. It was an epic failure. He just wasn’t in it! But when he started playing tee-ball, it felt like he had found his bliss – on the field with Dad.

He is now 10 years old and has played basketball, flag football, lacrosse and baseball. He even plays football at school now.

What options are there locally for your young athlete to train? Try one of these

USA Grand Slam (4500 Western Blvd #100, Raleigh) – This place is awesome! They have multiple batting cages with different pitching speeds. They also have a large basketball court. My son’s bats have improved a lot after visiting this place.

Diamond and Aces Sports Center (1030 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville) – This facility has indoor practice areas for baseball and softball. Plus, they have camps!

Sports Academy Pro 3:5 (3201 Northside Dr. Raleigh) -They have baseball and basketball programs, plus they offer camps. We also enjoyed baseball games there.

Pro Skills Basketball in Raleigh– Although this organization also offers club-level teams, you are not required to sign up to take advantage of their basketball camps and clinics.

Polar ice (Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest) – Whether your child wants to learn how to be a figure skater or a hockey player, Polar Ice offers lessons and open skating time for them to practice. My son did about a year of ice skating with Polar Ice and decided he didn’t want to stick with it. He wanted to practice other sports. However, we have friends whose children have continued to play hockey or figure skating thanks to the program.

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