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6 Advantages To A Nonprofit Indoor Sports Academy

1) Prolonged Season

When you live in the northeast, you’re constantly at the mercy of Mother Nature to determine the length of your spring athletic season. I can remember years that saw melted snow and dry fields as early as late March and years that saw bulldozers clearing snow in mid April. It’s  times like these that an indoor sports academy really can add the necessary practice time that makes all the difference on how your team will play when you finally hit the field. The bottom line is that it takes at least one to two months to develop the muscle memory to be in peak condition.


2) Playing In The Off Season

I can honestly say that I’m not a fan of kids playing one sport year round; especially in a small school. The talent pool is generally limited and playing one sport exclusively takes talented athletes away from other sports. Not to mention that playing multiple sports is great for general athleticism and prevents the ‘burnout factor’ from coming into play.

On the other hand; I will say that athletes should focus on one sport and give it some extra attention during the year. For example, baseball and softball players can play fall ball while still playing another fall sport. In addition, they can take advantage of indoor sports academy facilities to ‘keep in touch’ with the sport through the rest of the year. For serious athletes, this will make a huge difference in their regular season performance and possibly be the ‘deal maker’  for a potential college career.

3) Never Lose A Day To Weather

How many times have you lost a practice to to poor weather or worse still gotten an injury from a slippery field? That’s the beauty of an indoor practice/training facility. It’s a short enough season in the northeast without losing any valuable practice time. The spring of 2014 was probably the shortest spring season I’ve ever seen and if we had an indoor sports academy, then that wouldn’t have been a factor.

4) Consistent Controlled Environment

An indoor sports academy will give you  a controlled playing environment which is some times better than an outdoor facility. When practicing new techniques and practice methods, it’s nice to have a consistent field that will give you a predictable play. This will give the player more comfort and confidence when trying to learn a new skill.

5) Multiple Facilities To Allow For Cross Training

In most indoor sports academy facilities there are a host of other opportunities available. Training in weight rooms, speed and agility training, and even other sports make the workouts more interesting and complete.

6) Affordability

A NONPROFIT indoor sports academy does not survive strictly on operating revenues. A nonprofit organization typically will rely on grants, donations, state and federal funding and fundraising ventures. Also, they can employ community service volunteers to keep the overhead low. Add to the fact that a nonprofit indoor sports academy has less or no tax burden  and it makes the overall operating expenses much lower compared to a typical for profit business. That allows it to have significantly lower fees and also provide scholarships for financially challenged families.

UVBA is working to make this happen in the Upper Valley of New hampshire and Vermont. To find out how you can help, call

Steve Cerrone at 802-296-5987 or email


6 Advantages To A Nonprofit Indoor Sports Academy


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