“A frozen rope” usually denotes a hard-hit line drive by a batter, which goes for a single, double or triple, but for the owners of the new Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Academy on Glendora’s Route 66, the term just might mean, “hitting it out of the park,” as in home run.
Since opening their 17,000-square-foot baseball and softball training center last October, they’ve brought activity and excitement to a neglected lot that had been vacant for more than 10 years.
“The city of Glendora called us and said we understand you’re looking for a place,” said John Carranza who owns Frozen Ropes with his partner Deron Marquez. “It’s a great location with lots of parking. There’s a Little League park just down the street, too.”
Inside, visitors will find a spacious lobby, lounge, pro shop, team room, nine hitting tunnels and open turf areas for fielding, conditioning, core training and other drills. All the nets are retractable so coaches and instructors can configure them multiple ways depending on their coaching needs and objectives.
In the few months that Frozen Ropes has been open, it’s already receiving rave reviews. “The general reaction we get,” Carranza said, “is we haven’t seen anything like this. Even kids who have played college ball say this place is great.”
One of the reasons Frozen Ropes is generating fans is the friendliness and quality of the instructors. On the Friday night, La Verne Online was in the house, we were greeted by former Bonita stars Kate O’Malley and Kyle Moderow. Glendora High School is also represented well by the likes of Jerrett Semler and Michael Gonzales. Former Citrus College baseball coach Robert “Skip” Claprood also will be conducting clinics and seminars. Al Salgado serves as Frozen Ropes’ lead instructor.
Frozen Ropes also features classes, programs and academies appropriate for every age and skill level. The training center is also well known for its Scope and Rope hitting programs that have been designed at the Major League Baseball level and focus on visual mechanics to increase a player’s power and bat speed. “It doesn’t matter how pretty your swing is if you can’t see the ball,” Carranza said.
Batting cage rates are priced at $35 per half hour. Frozen Ropes’ World Membership Program discounts not only rental rates, but also classes, lessons and pro shop purchases.
About the only thing Frozen Ropes is junk food, not a coke or cheese-covered nacho in sight. “We serve only healthy snacks,” Carranza said. “We train athletes here.”
To catch all the excitement, drop in at 2244 E. Route 66, call (626) 335.3700 or visit www.frozenropes.com/glendora .