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Oct
17

New Baseball and Softball Classes, as well as Free Workshops, at RBIs in Randolph, NJ

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RBIs in Randolph, NJ has just announced a series of November and December Baseball and Softball classes for ages 9 and up. The classes are designed for players to not only work on fundamentals and mechanics but also their approach at the plate, defense in the field, and the mental part of the game. With RBIs’ experienced staff, led by former major league player and current Morris Catholic Varsity Baseball Coach Pete Zoccolillo, Former Morris Catholic Head Varsity Softball Coach and current Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Morris Catholic, Tim Ziakas, and former St Johns standout/former pro Mike Dzurilla, players will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the area. Topics to be discussed and worked on include but are not limited to:

  • Hitting with 2 strikes
  • Approach early in the at-bat
  • Moving runners over/driving in runs
  • Bunting as a weapon
  • Double plays
  • Outfield footwork
  • Covering Steals
  • Cuts/Relays

All demonstrated first by former professional players so you can see how they do it.

Players can sign up for individual classes or there are packages available for purchase in the RBIs Package Section for a discounted rate. Package credits expire after 10 weeks so you must attend 4 classes in 10 weeks.

Cost: $25 per session/$20 member
Package of 4 sessions: $80/non-member and $60/member

In addition, RBIs will be running the following FREE workshops:

  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2012: Offensive Strategies Workshop
  • Wednesday, December 12th, 2012:  Big Diamond Baseball Transition Workkshop
  • Wednesday, January 9th, 2013:  Coaches’ Workshop — Running Efficient/Effective Practices

Call 973-927-7247 or register for FREE ONLINE

Aug
09

Maddie’s Found a Home: Join Her at RBIs Baseball (and Softball) Academy in Randolph, NJ for Fall Ball Baseball and Softball Workouts August 23-25

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While it has taken my tomboy, Maddie, a little longer than her older sister, London (the dancer), to find her passion, she’s found it in softball and just can’t get enough. This spring, Maddie pitched for our 3rd and 4th grade rec league team, the Mendham Minors Mets, who went 13-0 in the regular season only to lose a heartbreaker to the A’s in the championship game, 12-11 in the 9th inning…she used a highly accurate slingshot delivery, earning the nickname Maddie “K” for all of her strikeouts.  After seeing the 10-year-old all-stars and some of the local travel teams play ball, however, we quickly realized that Maddie would need to learn how to throw windmill to speed things up enough to be competitive. Through a friend, we found pitching coach Kristyn Depasquale at RBIs Baseball Academy in Randolph, NJ…and along with Kristyn came so much more…we signed up for a family membership at RBIs and have year-round access (one hour per day) to air conditioned, indoor batting cages (with a softball pitching machine) so that I don’t have to try to throw 60mph to give the girls batting practice. So let it rain, let the temperatures heat up over 100 degrees, Maddie won’t stop pitching…batting….fielding….and when it comes time for Fall Ball with the Branchburg Blaze, she’ll be ready.

You can join Maddie for RBI’s Fall Ball Baseball and Softball Workouts coming up on August 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Baseball Dates and Times:
August 23rd, 24th and 25th.
Ages 8-12 6:30-8:00pm
Ages 13-17 8:00-9:30pm

Softball Dates and Times:
August 23rd, 24th, and 25th
Ages 9-14 5:00-6:30pm

Players will have instructors providing t-work, soft toss, live batting practice, ground balls, and mound work for pitchers.
Workouts are $99 for all 3 days (only $79 for active members). Call 973-927-7247 and be sure to tell ‘em Roxy sent you or sign up online.  Log-in or set up a username and password and continue on to Camps/Clinics.

RBIs Baseball (and Softball) Academy
111 Canfield Ave Building C
Randolph, NJ 07869
Phone: 973-927-7247

Aug
09

Randolph Gymnastics: Register Now for Fall Session and Get 10% Off

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Friends and loyal readers know that Roxy is more of a procrastinator than a planner, but we also know that the early bird catches the worm, and today I learned of an early bird discount for London’s gymnastics classes that is just too good to pass up.

Register NOW (through August 31st) for the Fall Session (starting September 6th and running through November 12th) at Randolph Gymnastics and save 10%. Print this page and present it when registering.

You must register before August 31st and pay in full to receive this discount.

At Randolph Gymnastics they help students build strong minds and bodies and achieve goals set forth for themselves and would like to welcome students both returning and new to the growing RG family with an early bird discount. Please call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 for more information on scheduling for Fall gymnastics classes, and be sure to tell them Roxy sent you.

Jan
05

Martin Luther King Jr Day Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics: Monday, January 17th

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Just when you thought your kids were back in school and you were ready for a little “me time” at the spa, they’re running around the house, bouncing off the walls, and hollering about a day off to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Well, you could take them to the library to learn about MLK Jr., or you can take them to Randolph Gymnastics to blow off steam at an Open Workout from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Monday, January 17th.

The cost is only $12.00 per child, and includes 2 hours of fun:

  • All gymnastics equipment
  • All inflatable: air track, castle and slide
  • Rock wall climbing at the Randolph Climbing Center

Open to all Randolph and Rockaway Gymnastics members and the public. Bring your brother, sister, mom, dad, cousin or friend, but space is limited so call (973) 584-4111 or stop by Randolph Gymnastics to reserve your spot. My girls have been begging me to go, so we just may see you there!

Randolph Gymnastics, 3 Middlebury Boulevard, Randolph, NJ 07869.

P.S. –  The new session starts February 6th, so if your child loves the open workout, think about getting started with weekly gymnastics classes for all ages and abilities.

Dec
16

Winter Break Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics: Monday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 29th

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London just came home from Randolph Gymnastics with an invitation to their Winter Break Open Workouts from 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Monday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 29th.

The cost is only $12.00 per child per day, and includes 2 hours of fun:

  • All gymnastics equipment
  • All inflatable: air track, castle and slide
  • Rock wall climbing at the Randolph Climbing Center

Open to all Randolph and Rockaway Gymnastics members and the public. Bring your brother, sister, mom, dad, cousin or friend, but space is limited so call (973) 584-4111 or stop by Randolph Gymnastics to reserve your spot.  My girls have been begging me to go, so we just may see you there!

Randolph Gymnastics, 3 Middlebury Boulevard, Randolph, NJ 07869.

P.S. – No classes from Friday, December 24th through Saturday, January 1st.  Fall II session resumes Monday, January 3rd and runs through February 5th, so if your child enjoys the open orkout, consider joining a class.

Nov
28

Making Plans for Nutcracker 2010: Garden State Ballet Performances Scheduled for December 4, 10, 12 and 18

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The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a performance of the Nutcracker. Last year, for the first time, our family checked out a local performance by Garden State Ballet, where the girls study ballet and modern dance at the Randolph, NJ studio.  This year, London was invited to participate in the Nutcracker, but we weren’t ready to give up our Sundays at the beach in Bay Head in the name of the arts.  Of course, the show must go on, and the Garden State Ballet Youth Company has four scheduled Nutcracker 2010 performances in the coming weeks:

  • 2:00pm on Saturday, December 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 131 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ.  Admission: $8.00 per ticket
  • 7:00pm on Friday, December 10th at Secaucus High School, 11 Millridge Road, Secaucus, NJ.  Admission: $8.00 per ticket
  • 2:00pm on Sunday, December 12th Roxbury High School, One Bryant Drive Succasunna, NJ.  Admission: $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Seniors/Students/Children
  • Saturday, December 18th Rutherford Public Library, 150 Park Ave Rutherford, NJ.  Abridged Performance, Free Admission.  Showtime: please call library or GSB studio

We can’t say enough great things about Garden State Ballet, so check out one of the Nutcracker performances and consider sending your children for ballet and/or modern dance lessons with London and Maddie.  Be sure to tell Miss Jody that Roxy sent you.  Garden State Ballet has three locations in New Jersey:

  • 28 Glen Road, Rutherford, NJ.  Phone:  (201) 939-3398
  • 1248 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ.  Phone:  (973) 895-9333
  • Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.  Phone:  (973) 623-1033

Nov
11

Kick Off Your Holiday Shopping with Home Gymnastics Equipment from Randolph Gymnastics

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A few years back, Rex and I decided to turn our basement “frat house” into more of a home gym and gymnastics/dance studio. We hired Basking Ridge Glass & Mirror (908-766-9199) to install a custom mirror wall, ordered a ballet barre for the girls, and filled out the rest of the space with gymnastics equipment (balance beam, parallette bars, and mats) for London and Maddie.  The girls love it!

Now, with Hanukkah rapidly approaching (it starts December 1st this year) and Christmas not far behind, it’s time to think about cool gifts for the kids.  Randolph Gymnastics is selling the following home gymnastics equipment:

  • Practice Balance Beam - $109
  • Parallett Bar - $109
  • Low Balance Beam - $215
  • 4×8 folding mat - $149
  • 4×12 folding mat - $215
  • Incline (or cheese) mat - $179
  • Smarter Spotter (barrel) - $199

December 2nd is the last day to order, so call 973-584-4111 or stop in to Randolph Gymnastics, 3 Middlebury Boulevard in Randolph, and place your order today!

Nov
10

When Black Friday Comes…Burn Off the Turkey with an Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, and with it comes Black Friday. Whether you’ll be sleeping in on Black Friday or out the door at 5am to hit the malls and big box retailers, you’ll be able to burn off that Thanksgiving turkey with an open workout at Randolph Gymnastics from 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Friday, November 26th.

The cost is only $12.00 per child, and includes 2 hours of fun:

  • All gymnastics equipment
  • All inflatable:  air track, castle and slide
  • Rock wall climbing at the Randolph Climbing Center

Open to all Randolph and Rockaway Gymnastics members and the public.  Bring your brother, sister, mom, dad, cousin or friend, but space is limited so call (973) 584-4111 or stop by Randolph Gymnastics to reserve your spot.

Randolph Gymnastics, 3 Middlebury Boulevard, Randolph, NJ  07869.

P.S. — Registration is now OPEN for the Fall II session, which starts November 15th and runs through February 5th.

Oct
05

Celebrate Roxy’s Birthday and Columbus Day with Open Gym at Randolph Gymnastics

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October is shaping up to be a terrific month for our family…business is going well for Rex and me, and London and Maddie are settled into their school routine as well as a full slate of after school activities. One of London’s favorites is gymnastics class… she’s just started her sixth year at Randolph Gymnastics, and has stepped it up from Novice 3 to Intermediate lessons.  We’re in the midst of “Bring a Friend Week” which runs October 4th through 9th, when London loves to show off and share the fun with her Mendham Elementary School buddies.

Her sister Maddie dropped gymnastics in favor of more musical activities (including Girls Rock! at Mendham Township Elementary School and a Musical Theatre Masters Class at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills), but she is hoping to get back to Randolph Gymnastics to visit her favorite instructors, bounce on the trampoline, and do a little rock climbing at one of the following Open Gym events:

  • Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day:  1:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th for the NJEA Teacher’s Convention:  1:00-3:00pm
  • Every other Friday night (October 8th and 22nd, November 5th and 19th, and December 3rd and 17th)  from 7:30pm-10:00pm

For $12 per per child, you’ll get access to all gymnastics equipment, all inflatables (air track, castle and slide), rock wall climbing, and unlimited fun. Open workout at Randolph Gymnastics is a great way to check out the gymnastics and rock climbing facilities before you sign up for classes or schedule a birthday party.

**All children must be at least 5 years of age and 36″ tall to participate**

Open to all Randolph and Rockaway Gymnastics members and the public. Bring your brother, sister, mom, dad, cousin or friend. Call or stop by to reserve your spot, as space is limited and you wouldn’t want to miss out. As always, be sure to let Shannon know that Roxy sent you!

If you find out at an Open Gymn that your kids love Randolph Gymanstics the way mine do, you can choose a class that’s right for your child’s age and skills, sign up on the spot and have your tuition pro-rated through November 13th. Or wait for the new Fall 2 session which runs November 15th through February 5th, with in-house registration from October 18th through 30th and open registration from November 1st-11th.

Randolph Gymnastics
3 Middlebury Boulevard
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 584-4111

Not a serious gymnast like her sister, Maddie’s other favorite activity at Randolph Gymnastics is Halloween Week from October 25th through 30th, when kids can wear their Halloween costumes to class and they hand out candy.  You can bet my little Devil in Da Hood is going to show up for her sister’s class that week…Trick or Treat!

Aug
19

Open Workout on Rosh Hashanah at Randolph Gymnastics and Climbing Center in Randolph NJ

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We’re down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, and Maddie and London are trying hard not to hear words like “back to school.”  Meanwhile, I’ve been reviewing the school calendar to figure out when we have to head back to the Roxiticus Valley.  The first day of school is, unfortunately, the day after Labor Day, so we’ll head home no later than Sunday and enjoy the annual Labor Day parade and carnival in Mendham.

But wait… what’s this?  ROSH HASHANAH •••• NO SCHOOL!  That’s right, the girls go back to Mendham Township Elementary School starting on Tuesday, September 7th… and then there’s a school holiday on Thursday, September 9th.  What’s a mother to do?

Luckily, Randolph Gymnastics & Climbing Center is hosting an open workout on Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 9th from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The cost is only $12.00 per child and includes:  all gymnastics equipment, all inflatables (air track, castle and slide), rock wall climbing, and unlimited fun.

Open workout at Randolph Gymnastics is a great way to check out the gymnastics and rock climbing facilities before you sign up for classes or schedule a birthday party.

**AII children must be at least 5 years of age and 36″ tall to participate**

Open to all Randolph and Rockaway Gymnastics members and the public. Bring your brother, sister, mom, dad, cousin or friend. Call or stop by to reserve your spot, as space is limited and you wouldn’t want to miss out.  As always, be sure to let Shannon know that Roxy sent you!

Randolph Gymnastics
3 Middlebury Boulevard
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 584-4111