What better way to add more stretching room to your team than an Advantage vacation home or resort condominium? Advantage Vacation Homes is an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) approved accommodation provider and home to the Atlanta Braves spring training for seven consecutive years.
Choose from the best selection of vacation rental properties in Central Florida and stay only minutes from many of the local sports venues and events. Don't just take our word for it! Here's how some of our recent AAU team coaches described our accommodations:
"Spacious". "Relaxed". "Like returning home between games".
"Everything is wonderful". "Great Value"
"Thank-you for taking in this small team from North Carolina and making them all part of your family there in Kissimmee"
-The Carolina Lightning
Central Florida sports venues and events:
Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex
Name your sport and you'll find it at Disney's Wide World® of Sports Complex, featuring 200 acres of courts and fields for over 30 sports. This state-of-the-art facility is one of the world's top venues for amateur sporting events, giving the ultimate sports experience to fans and athletes alike.
Catch the action during Atlanta Braves Spring Training in an unbelievable baseball stadium where every seat is a winner. Hit a homer with an exciting AA minor league game. Thrill to the competition squaring off in a 5,000 seat field house. From spectacular gymnastic excitement to bottom-of-the-ninth thrills, Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex is where sport is King! WDW Sports Calendar
Osceola County is home to many prestigious championship golf courses, including Champions Gate, Mystic Dunes, Celebration Golf Club and Falcon's Fire Golf Club. Additionally, Osceola County 's 96,708 acres of public access lakes and over 130 acres of park facilities speak to each kind of sports traveler, especially soccer, baseball and softball enthusiasts.
Osceola County Heritage Park
Osceola Heritage Park features an 8,300 seat enclosed arena, an exhibition hall with 49,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 36,000 sq. ft. Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair Pavilion, and a 38,600 sq. ft. multipurpose open air assembly area. Hosted events include: The 2003 Father Devine USA Wrestling Sanctioned event, AAU Volleyball Tournament, Sesame Street Live, Lenord Skinnerd, the USA Gymnastics Women's Junior National Championships.
Osceola County Stadium & Sports Complex
One of the premier spring training complexes in Florida . The stadium serves as spring training home to the Houston Astros and the national headquarters for USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association).
Osceola County Softball Complex
Five immaculately groomed and landscaped fields in a cloverleaf. The facility served as the official training site for the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Softball team.
Austin Tindall Regional Park
Designed to FIFA competition standards, it features five practice fields and four regulation fields. This site hosted Major League Soccer, Olympic Soccer training, World Cup training, USA Rugby and NCAA national championships.
The Kissimmee Civic Center
Home to the 1998 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championships, USA vs. Puerto Rico boxing duels, and nationally renowned prep basketball tournament, The Great Florida Shootout.
Kissimmee Sports Calendar
International, national, and regional events, including U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships, U.S. Volleyball Junior Olympics, World Cup and Olympic Soccer, World Aerobic Championships, U.S. Bobsled Push Trials, Festival of Speed and our own unique Celebrity Mascot Games, have found a perfect home in Orange County.
TD Waterhouse Centre - Orlando
Host to United States Figure Skating and USA Gymnastic events, and is considered one of the nation's premier multi-purpose sports, the TD Waterhouse Centre is home to the NBA's Orlando Magic.
Orange County Convention Center - Orlando
This venue has been utilized by numerous sports' national governing bodies and is one of the largest meeting/competition facilities in the country, boasting over 2.2 million square feet of meeting space. The Orange County Convention Center recently served as the host site for the 1996,1998 and 2003 U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships.
Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando
This site is home to the college football postseason Mazda Tangerine Bowl and Capital One Bowl, and served as a host site for the 1994 World Cup and Olympic Soccer competitions.
University of Central Florida Arena - Orlando
This site can host sporting events from basketball to Taekwondo and everything in between. The UCF Arena served as a 1994 World Cup Soccer Training site.
Orlando Sports Calendar
Located in the Central Florida highlands, Lake County is an oasis of rolling hills and pristine lakes lending itself nicely for hosting a multitude of outdoor sporting activities and events.
USA Triathlon National Training Center - Clermont
South Lake Hospital and Orlando Regional Healthcare partnered together to build a state-of-the-art complex that serves as the training center and headquarters for USA Triathlon. www.usat-ntc.com
Hickory Point Recreational Facility - Tavares
Ranked as one of the premier multipurpose fishing and watersports facility by Fish & Game Finder Magazine. Hickory Point has served as host for a wide array of events including the 1997 Governor's Cup Bass Tournament, Guys & Dolls Bass Regional Qualifier, and numerous National Sailing Regattas.
The Villages - Lady Lake
Florida's top self-contained senior citizen community with over 153 holes of golf, 64 lanes of bowling, two polo fields and a multitude of other recreation facilities. Current stop on the Senior Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and host site for 1998 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf.
Sunset Lakes Ski Center - Okahumpka
This world-recognized facility offers three man-made lakes perfect for slalom, trick, jumping and wakeboarding. The site has hosted events including the World Disabled, World Junior Championships and Olympic Trials.
Lake County Sports Calendar
Cypress Gardens is the venue for many national and international water ski competitions, including the prestigious World Championships, the All-American Championships and the Budweiser Pro Tour. Much more than a water ski venue, Cypress Gardens hosts the Sertoma/Bud Light Triathlon, the oldest and longest-running event of its kind in Florida . Polk County hosted the World Cup Hang Gliding Championship, the Diet Pepsi National Kneeboard Championship, the Publix Family Fitness Weekend, the Ranger Millennium Fishing Tournament, and the Like Father Like Son Fishing Tournament.
Polk County is the host to three major league team Spring Training's: Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and the Kansas City Royals. It is also the host venue for USSSA, and AAU.
"the most basketball friendly venue in the United States " according to Don Ruedlinger, President of Youth Basketball of America. In addition to YBOA's National and International Championship events, The Lakeland Center serves as the host for the Boys and Girls Florida State High School Championships, the Sunshine State Conference Collegiate Championships, the Southern Hoops All-Star Tournament, the Division II Elite Eight.
Host to the Florida Men's Senior Tournament and the Professional Bowlers Association Florida Open Championships. Also hosted the World Team Challenge and the Coca-Cola National Junior Bowling Championships.
Nationally-recognized golf tournaments staged in Polk County have the PGA Cadillac Open and PGA Tour Qualifying Finals, Buy.Com (formally Nike Tour) Lakeland Classic at Grasslands, and SBC Futures Tour Championship and Major League Scramble at the Club at Eaglebrooke.
From the USAIGC National Gymnastics Championships to state qualifying meets, gymnasts from around the globe have found Polk County venues the ideal place to train and compete.
The six field Lake Parker Soccer Complex hosts the prestigious Memorial Weekend Soccer Championships draws in excess of 180 teams annually, the Host Events 3 on 3 Southeast Championship and National Championships, and the Tampa Bay Sun Bowl.
Amateur Softball Association (ASA), Independent Softball Association (ISA), and National Softball Association (NSA). Each of these has hosted National Championship events in Polk County.
Year-round swim meets and aquatic training, are available at Winter Haven 's Rowdy Gaines Pool, the Gandy Pool at Kelly Recreation Center , Simpson Pool, and the YMCA in Lakeland . Hosted every year by the City of Lakeland Aquatics is the Strawberry Invitational
with such wrestling events as the USA Wrestling Florida State Championships, the FHSAA State Championships and the FHSAA Regional Tournaments. Polk County has also been the host to the USA Wrestling Board of Directors meeting and the Florida Amateur Wrestling Associations Hall of Fame Banquet.
Polk County Sports Calendar
A combination of exceptional sports facilities, an ideal climate and close proximity to Orlando 's world-famous attractions and Florida beaches is why Seminole County Play was chosen the host to the USA Women's Softball Olympic Team, the Amateur Softball Association, World Cup and Olympic Soccer Teams, and other award-winning champions.
Past events include a 48-team National Softball Association (NSA) national qualifier and the Senior Softball World Series.
The Lake Brantley Aquatic Center hosted both the 1995 and 1998 Junior Olympic Water Polo Championships and is also used for Olympic and collegiate training. Crane's Roost Park is the site of water skiing and powerboat racing events.
Sanlando Park (with 25 hard surface courts ) is frequently utilized for United States Tennis Association Championships. The Seminole County Sports Training Center at Sylvan Lake Park is "where champions train." The Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium hosted the baseball greats Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, and the next generation of players at events featuring Collegiate Baseball Teams, Women's Professional Baseball and ASA Men's Softball.
Seminole County Sports Calendar
November 13 - Sara Lee - Triathlon
November 19 - Gem-of-the-Hills 1/2 Marathon & 5K
November 19 - USATF Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships - Track & Field
December 10 - Winter Sun Weight Pentathlon - Track & Field
December 17 - Hills of Lake County Cross Country Relays - Track & Field