A new business in Craig hopes to fill a need for residents looking to keep themselves sharp during the winter.
Archers and baseball players from Craig can find themselves at a disadvantage when competing against competitors who can practice year-round. Beginning Dec. 1 InsideOut Sports, 561 Russel St., is looking to even the playing field.
That’s one reason Brad King is opening the business, which offers Craig residents an indoor archery range and batting cages. But he also thinks it is something many people in Craig will enjoy.
“We haven’t had indoor archery lanes since the Daytripper when I was a kid,” King said. “I’ve always wanted to do archery lanes. (Partner Jason Marshall) started the Blue Fusion fast-pitch softball team, and we figured we would put the two together and give kids and adults something to do during the wintertime.”
King, who also runs Air-Tek Filters, 561 Russel St., has been eyeing the project for some time. He moved into the Russel Street location last February with Air-Tek and now is taking advantage of the length of his building, splitting it in half for the two businesses.
InsideOut has two batting cages — one for baseball, and one for softball — both of which simulate the 43-foot distance from the mound to home plate in fast-pitch baseball and softball, and eight archery lanes, which will have 10- and 20-yard lines marked. But King is hoping the business will become much more.
“Hopefully, we’ll start some leagues after a little while for archery,” he said. “I can give basketball lessons in here. We are planning on videotaping the kids as they’re swinging and shooting targets, so we can watch it and show them what they are doing wrong, how they can improve.”
King said he eventually would look to install a golfing net and have golf pros come in during the winter so locals can work on their swings and receive instruction during the offseason.
Much of those plans depend on the business InsideOut is able to do. King and Marshall are looking to keep prices as low as possible to increase the convenience for their target group: children and teenagers.
They will start out charging $10 for the first hour on the archery range and $5 for every additional hour. It will be $10 for each hopper in the batting cages, King said.
King also said the business will be open until 9 p.m. and will prioritize safety.
“If people want to come after school, that’s fine,” he said. “We can’t have a ton of kids in here messing around because there will be arrows being shot. Safety is our biggest issue. There will always be someone here supervising.”
Marshall said they will borrow pages out of the 4-H archery team’s book when there are several people using the archery lanes.
“We’ll run it off a whistle system,” he said. “There’s a whistle when the range is clear, and you’ll only shoot five arrows at a time. I mean, if it’s safe for the kids, it should be safe for adults, too.”
For more information about InsideOut Sports, call King at 629-9992.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.