Sports Scene: Jumpin’ Beinz win jump rope titles

 

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Sports Scene is a Miami Herald feature that spotlights news and notes from all youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim of the section is to feature game notes from any sport and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league to send information for Sports Scene. We also accept photos, but we ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

The section is free and open to anyone. Email sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com or send a fax to 305-376-5287.


Be a South Florida STAR, win WWE meet-n-greet, deadline June 3

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth who promote the values of the Be a STAR anti-bullying program, World Wrestling Entertainment in conjunction with The Miami Herald is accepting nominations for a special meet-n-greet before a WWE show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.

Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.

WWE superstars and divas often make school visits throughout the country throughout the year, discussing how they dealt with bullying and stereotypes growing up and even into adulthood. They encourage students to Be a STAR.

Teachers, coaches or family members can nominate a South Florida youth, describing how that youth has been a STAR. It can be helping a family member, a classmate, a teammate, a school or something else. You may Be a STAR and not even know it.

Three youth - selected by random drawing - will be invited as Be a STAR finalists to the WWE show at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 7 in Sunrise. Each finalist will receive two tickets to the show and a WWE prize pack. One of the finalists will be drawn as the grand prize winner and participate in a meet-n-greet.

To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153. Deadline is Monday, June 3.


Be honored at Miami Marlins game

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate any current or former youth league (recreation or travel), middle school or junior varsity baseball/softball player who displays sportsmanship and has good grades or academic gains. Honored players - selected by random drawing - will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153.


Jump rope

The Jumpin’ Beinz jump rope team was outstanding at the USA Jump Rope Regional Tournament in Miami and the AAU Florida Double Dutch & Jump Rope Tournament at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

They were first in 31 events at the USA Regional Tournament and set tournament records in Three-Minute Speed (Jake Amster), Female Triple-Unders (Megan Lipsky) and Double Dutch Pairs Speed (Gaby Perez, Allison Bramblett, Nicole Feldman, Natalie Askowitz).

At the AAU tournament, the team had its best finish, winning 80 percent of the triple crown events, setting five AAU Regional records and qualifying each team member for Junior Olympics.

Records were broken by Jake Amster (Single Rope Speed and Power); Natalie Askowitz and Nicole Feldman (Pairs Single Rope Power); Allison Bramblett, Natalie Askowitz, Gaby Perez, Nicole Feldman (Double Dutch Speed Relay); and Danielle Askowitz, Julia Fistel, Ashley Scarry and Megan Lipsky (Double Dutch Single Power).

Immaculate Conception cheerleading

Immaculate Conception Catholic School concluded a wonderful cheerleading season with an awards night at the school. Parents, friends and family members cheered their winning Celtics, as each participant received an award for their outstanding performances during the school year.

The program features 71 cheerleaders ranging from second to eighth grade. The youngest ones are on the primary team; fifth and sixth on junior varsity; seventh and eighth on varsity.

Immaculate cheerleading coach Amy Cao and assistant coach Jessica Torre also presented specialty awards to several outstanding cheerleaders including: Most Spirited: Ellie Cabeza (primary), Sophia Bovo (junior varsity), Alexa Gonzalez (varsity). Coach’s Award: Olivia Torre (pr), Emily Perez (jv), Amanda Alvarino (v). Most Improved: Miranda Roof (pr), Jacqueline Diaz (jv), Priscilla Velez (v). Most Dedicated: Hanah Gonzalez (pr), Anais Gonzalez (jv), Gabriella Llanes (v). Sparkle Award: Kailey Herrera (pr), Amber Romero (jv), Crystal Romero (jv), Nicole Pajon (v). Best Performer: Kaitlyn Llerena (pr), Amanda Lorenzo (jv), Nicole Diaz (v). Best All Around: Anjelica Llanes (pr), Diana Cao (jv), Sabrina La Rosa (v). Rookie of the Year: Natalie Estevez.

The team attended several events during the school year including the ACC Cheerleading Competition at Archbishop Coleman Carrol and the Full Out Competition at Barbara Goleman High School.

Rowing

Max Ferguson, representing Miami Beach High School, was awarded the John B. Kelly Cup for winning the Senior Boys Singles Rowing Championship during the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia.

It is the largest and most prestigious scholastic rowing regatta in the nation.

Ferguson is coached by former Olympian Francisco Viacava at the Miami Beach Rowing Club. The Kelly trophy embodies great prestige and an impressive lineage -- awarded to the best high school senior singles oarsman annually for more than 75 years.

Ferguson will attend Harvard University in the fall where he will compete on the college’s crew team.

Tennis

Former U.S. No.1-ranked tennis player and five-time Grand Slam title winner Gardnar Mulloy of Miami was honored with a street signage at the corner of 800 NW 9th Ave. in Miami.

“The street naming is more than an honor to my dad but a tribute to our entire family,” said his daughter, Diane Mulloy. “My grandparents were pioneers of Miami, and the street behind the home that my dad grew up in on Northwest North River Drive is the street that they are naming after him.”

The 99-year-old Mulloy was the No.1-ranked American player in 1952, the year he reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and the finals of the U.S. Championships (now known as the US Open). During his career he reached the quarterfinals or better in singles at all four Grand Slams, but he truly excelled with his finesse on the doubles court. He won five Grand Slam doubles titles, four at the U.S. Championships (1942, 1945-46, 1950) and one at Wimbledon (1957), and reached two finals at the French Open (1951-52). His long-time doubles partner was Billy Talbert.

Mulloy was also last month recognized during the International Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston during the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, with an official inductee ring, making the trip from Miami.

“My wife said, ‘You’re going to go if I have to carry you,’” Mulloy said during the luncheon. “I’ve got a couple more years to go, and when I reach 99 again, I hope to be invited back.”

Mulloy was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972, and in 1981 was inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame. He was a U.S. Davis Cup team member in 1946, 1948-50, 1952-53 and 1957, winning the Davis Cup three times.

A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, Mulloy returned to coach the Hurricanes men’s team, recruiting eventual fellow great Pancho Segura. As a player, he competed well into his 90s, representing the United States on the International Tennis Federation seniors circuit. He won more than 127 U.S. national championships and 25 international individual or team championships during his 75 years of competitive tennis.

The street signage ceremony included speakers from the City of Miami, Mulloy’s daughter Diane, Florida Tennis Magazine publisher Jim Martz, University of Miami Tennis Hall of Famers, friends and relatives. There was also a salute from the U.S. Navy as Mulloy was captain of the USS Alameda County (LST-32) tank landing ship during World War II. The ship was assigned to the European Theater and saw action in Europe-Africa-Middle East and during the Invasion of Southern France in 1944.

More tennis

Leyla Azaeva of Sunny Isles captured the women’s title during the USTA National Open Clay Court Championships at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale.

Azaeva defeated top seeded Sherry Li 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4 in the finals. She beat fifth seeded Rianna Valdes 6-3, 7-5 in a semifinal.

Archbishop Carroll sports

Four Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School basketball players recently signed letters of intent, making their university commitments official.

Diego Cohen, Brandon Lima and Gianni Garcia will be headed to NAIA Webber International University in Babson Park, and Amida Brimah to the NCAA Division I UConn Huskies. They helped the Bulldogs win a district title this season and reach the region semifinals in Class 4A.

Dolphins with Miami students

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin and his players and staff paired with 100 students from Miami’s Orchard Villa and Kelsey L. Pharr elementary schools during a team community service project at Dave and Busters in Hollywood.

“A big part of what we do is making an impact in the community,” Philbin said. “The kids had fun. The staff had fun, and the players had a great time. Hopefully, a lot of the students will look back years from now and remember this day fondly, and hopefully their interaction with the players and staff will make a difference.”

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Darren Krein, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Puloka and several players exercised with students prior to the event. Nutritionist Bob Calvin gave them tips to promote healthy eating habits.

“It was a lot of fun to introduce some of the activities that we do,” Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “Hopefully, a few of them take it home and start a lifetime of being healthy.”

The students chosen were recognized for academic excellence, most improved, good citizenship, good attendance and good behavior.

“It was great to be out here with these kids. I know we were excited to be at Dave and Busters,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. “We are still kids at heart. So we had a great time enjoying the day.”

Golf

Miami’s Krystal Farinas and Zachary Montaner were selected to participate in “The First Tee Training Program” at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Krystal and Zachary, two 16-year-olds, are members of The First Tee and nominated by the local chapter. They will be joined by 50 other participants representing 40 chapters across the country.

Hank Haney IJGA is the only Academy in the world to provide training, academics and competition for serious junior golfers. During the program, The First Tee golfers will receive world-class instruction in full swing, short game, course management, mental preparation, fitness training and even college placement services.

The First Tee is a national youth development organization providing character education and life skills through the game of golf. Heading into its 16th year, there are 189 chapters and approximately 750 programming locations spanning 50 states and select international spots.

Duathlon

Jennifer West of Miami Beach won the women’s 30-34 age group during the Memorial Day Duathlon at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

She completed the 0.75-mile run, 10-mile bike and three-mile run in 1 hour 12 minutes 12 seconds.

Miami’s Lisa Dorfman, 52, was runner-up in women’s overall in 1:02:02. In men’s overall, Michael Ashworth, 31, of Miami Beach finished first in 51:37.

Other top local finishers: WOMEN: 35-39: 3. Lori Martell, Homestead, 1:11:29. 45-49: 4. Catherine Buller, Miami, 1:27:48. MALE: 25-29: 1. Augusto Penzo, Miami, 1:02:29. 30-34: 3. Willy Vega, Miami, 1:06:55. 35-39: 1. Alfredo Gonzalez, Miami, 58:38. 45-49: 2. Jasper Bell, Miami, 58:09; 3. Alex Cejas, Miami, 1:02:12. 50-54: 3. Ed Ibarra, Hialeah, 1:28:38. 60-64: 1. Christian Poirier, North Miami, 1:02:11; 3. Alfredo Gonzalez, Miami, 1:30:57. Visit www.multirace.com.

Triathlon

Jeffrey Boden of Coral Gables won the men’s 35-39 age group of the Memorial Day Triathlon at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

Boden covered the 0.25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and three-mile run in 53 minutes 37 seconds. Miami’s Lee Zohlman, 41, was fourth in men’s overall in 52:52.

Other top local finishers: ATHENA: 2. Jill Raezer, Miami Beach, 1:16:34. Clydesdales 200 40+: 3. Gabriel Zdircu, Miami, 1:22:56. Clydesdale 225 0-39: 1. Eddy Rafael, Hialeah, 1:08:56. WOMEN: 15-19: 1. Bethany Blakeman, North Miami, 1:11:35. 25-29: 3. Jessica Munera, Miami, 1:20:22. 35-39: 2. Dianet Torres, Miami, 1:08:16; 4. Vanessa Owens, Miami Beach, 1:11:04. 55-59: 2. Deborah Zisquit, Miami Beach, 1:37:39. Fat Tire: 2. Tammy Goldring, Miami Beach, 1:37:25. MEN: 25-29: 5. Kevin Padin, Coral Gables, 1:00:28. 30-34: 1. Tiago Choze, Miami, 56:13; 2. Juan Cuellar, Miami, 56:42. 35-39: 3. Alfredo Veloso, Miami, 57:27. 40-44: 1. Francisco Lopez, Miami, 56:44. 45-49: 1. Agusti Comabella, Miami Beach, 57:15. 50-54: 2. Dan Blakeman, North Miami, 1:00:08. 60-64: 1. Robert Maughan, Aventura, 1:01:56. 65-69: 1. Tim Regier, Miami, 1:05:05. Visit www.multirace.com.

Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, football

Celebrating its 25th Warrior season, the Kendall Hammocks Warriors program announces registration for the 2013 tackle football and cheerleading program.

Tackle football: Boys age 5-14. Must be 5 by April 1 and cannot turn 15 in 2013.

Teams are formed by age and weight. Participants must be present to register. Age and weight chart is found at www.khwarriors.org.

Registration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $180. Email khwfootball@aol.com. Visit www.khwarriors.org.

Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $160. Email Cheer.4Warriors@aol.com.

• The Kendall Hammocks Warriors are members of the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer program. For information or to inquire about coaching email Khwfootball@aol.com.

South Miami soccer camp

The South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer Club is hosting a summer camp, weekly from June 10 through Aug. 16 at South Miami Park, 4300 SW 58th St.

Grey Ghosts Soccer Club offers male and female players, age 5-15, an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment. Techniques and basic individual tactics are emphasized. The philosophy of learning skills through fun games, which require maximum touches of the ball, introduces the young player to the most advanced techniques. To register or for information go to www.southmiamigreyghosts.com.

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More events, leagues, programs

Heisman high school nominations

Now through Oct. 23, high school class of 2014 seniors can apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, a program honoring outstanding high school scholar-athletes for their commitment to academic achievement, community service involvement and athletic prowess.

To apply, students can go to www.WendysHeisman.com for a chance to win the Award and the prestige of joining an ever-growing family of distinguished past winners. The first 25,000 students with completed applications will receive a Wendy’s gift card valued at $10.

Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has impacted the lives of thousands of scholar athletes who have been a part of the program for the past 20 years. Since its inception, Wendy’s High School Heisman has received more than 400,000 applications and honored more than 228 National Finalists and 38 National Winners.

A partner award with college football’s acclaimed Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Heisman caché touches students at every level of the program. In addition to recognition at school and state levels, six female and six male national finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony and college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award weekend festivities in December 2013. The one male and one female Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners will also earn $10,000 for their high school and a $500 Wendy’s gift card.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, host of the College Heisman Memorial Trophy. The 2012 winners were Samuel Prakel of Versailles, Ohio, who plans to study chemical engineering or biology this fall, and Zoe Alaniz of Corpus Christi, Texas, who plans to swim at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall and to follow a pre-med track.

A complete list of past WHSH finalists and winners can be found at www.wendysheisman.com.

Moments of Month

Liberty Mutual Insurance announced the annual search for the most responsible youth sports moments of the year, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance.

Now in its third year, the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” of 2013 seeks to identify and applaud acts of sportsmanship, selflessness, integrity, fairness and honesty from youth sports fields, rinks, courts, mats and pools around the country.

This year, with the help of U.S. Olympic skiing legend and youth sports parent Picabo Street, Liberty Mutual Insurance will name the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” at the close of 2013.

Aligning with the brand’s ongoing commitment to responsibility, Liberty Mutual Insurance recently announced its partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and Team USA as the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in Sochi, Russia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Street, best known for her gold medal performance in the super-G at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and silver medal downhill performance in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, joins Liberty Mutual’s commitment to youth sports as a mother and avid supporter of sportsmanship at all levels.

“As an athlete and now a mother of four young sons, I know first-hand the influence youth sports have in enriching a child with the values of sportsmanship and responsibility,” Street said. “To see U.S. Olympic Team partners like Liberty Mutual Insurance celebrate responsibility on the youth sports level is something I am proud to be a part of, and I urge fans across the country to share their examples of selflessness with us as nominees for 2013’s ‘Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments.’”

Now through Nov. 30, coaches and parents can submit a moment that celebrates the inherent goodness in youth sports at www.ResponsibleSports.com or by tweeting a nomination using #RSMoments. In addition, throughout 2013, Liberty Mutual Insurance and PCA will scour local headlines across the country and identify additional moments that exemplify sportsmanship within local communities.

Each month, three nominees will be highlighted on the Responsible Sports site where fans can tweet their vote for the most responsible “Moment of the Month.”

Winning moments will be announced at the close of 2013 and be honored by Liberty Mutual Insurance with a charitable donation of $1,000 to the 10 organizations that are responsible for each Responsible Sports moment. The Top “Moment of the Year” winner, as voted on by fans on Twitter, will also earn an extra $1,000 honorarium for its organization.

For information, visit www.ResponsibleSports.com or join the conversation @RespSports.

Heads Up

Former tight end Troy Drayton played nine seasons in the NFL, including 1996-99 with the Miami Dolphins, and he is now the Dolphins’ youth program coordinator.

Drayton is adding a new title to his listing – NFL Ambassador for Heads Up Football.

The NFL and USA Football jointly announced the national launch of Heads Up Football, a youth football program aimed at making the game of football better and safer for all who play it. The program is being supported with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation.

Three million kids already play tackle football and the game can be even safer. Heads Up Football includes a tackling model that removes the head from the game.

Heads Up Football has five core elements: 1) The use of the Heads Up Tackling model, 2) coaching certification, 3) Player Safety Coaches, 4) concussion education, and 5) proper equipment fitting.

The program was launched in three pilot markets last year. This year, it will expand to more than 600 youth leagues throughout 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 will be assigned a former NFL player mentor. Drayton will serve as a mentor to a local Heads Up League – the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

Swimming

Entrants in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West on June 22 can compete either individually or in teams of two to six swimmers, with or without fins. The 12.5-mile open-water swim challenge typically attracts athletes from the United States, Canada and abroad to vie for awards in multiple age categories.

The swim begins at 7:30 a.m. at the boat ramp at Smathers Beach on the Atlantic Ocean side where South Roosevelt Boulevard meets Bertha Street.

The clockwise route around the island encompasses the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with swimmers ending where they began. The course takes participants past Key West landmarks including the Southernmost Point marker that designates the southernmost spot of land in the continental United States.

Each swimmer must provide a support crew and kayak or boat to accompany him or her around the island but can’t touch the boat except for teams making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks will be positioned throughout the course for safety.

Swimmers must register by June 21. The race entry fee is $100 per solo swimmer, $160 per two-person relay team, $240 per three-person team, $320 per four-person team, $400 per five-person team and $480 per six-person team. Discounts are available for United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members.

The Swim Around Key West benefits the Florida Keys Community College swim program, Key West High School swim team and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.

Event information and registration: www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com.

More swimming

The USA Swimming Foundation granted more than $250,000 to help local Make a Splash partners in 19 states provide children with life-saving, learn-to-swim instruction for free or at a reduced cost.

More than 130 applications were received, and 41 local programs were selected as recipients of 2013 Make a Splash grants. Among the 41 recipients nationwide was Hialeah.

Make a Splash is the national child-focused, water-safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. Make a Splash partners with more than 600 learn-to-swim providers in all 50 states in an effort to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

“This funding allows our local partners to provide swimming lessons to children who otherwise may never have the opportunity to learn the life-skills of swimming,” said Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “The USA Swimming Foundation is excited to see continued growth, as we now have programs in all 50 states and have reached nearly 2 million children since 2007. We are incredibly grateful to our donors and corporate sponsors who are dedicated to making sure all children in American learn to swim.”

The USA Swimming Foundation grants money to partner organizations on an annual basis, and, to date, has disbursed more than $2.8 million. Grants are made possible by the support of donors, foundations and corporate partners.

Since June of 2007, more than 1.8 million children have taken lessons though local Make a Splash partners. Grant recipients like Hialeah provide a portion of its lessons for free or at a reduced cost, or provide free water safety education in their communities.

• About USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions – in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.

The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events. The development efforts of the USA Swimming Foundation aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.

Jai-Alai

Jai-alai is open to anyone, age 10 to 80.

With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.

It is indoors, air-conditioned and open to all. Contact Luis at 305-389-2313 or Bob at 786-556-3574.

Jai-Alai for women

Who said you have to be a male to play jai-alai? Just as females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton at 1935 NE 150 St., North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.

There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open everyday. Email admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

Tennis classes, programs

Tennis classes and programs for all ages are at the Penny Sugarman Tennis Center at Sans Souci, 1795 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami. Call for information on group lessons, annual passes, court rates and private lessons. Tennis pro is Ross Dubins. Call 305-893-7130.

Big Shot Volleyball Series

The Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Rider Sandals, will start the 2013 season at sites throughout Florida. Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2013 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Top male and female doubles teams will compete for over $75,000 cash prizes during the 2013 season including $12,000 at the Spring Florida events. Tournament play will start at 9 a.m. with women’s finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturdays and men’s finals Noon Sundays. Admission is free for spectators.

Separate divisions for players of intermediate and novice levels on Saturdays and Sundays. The $60 entry fee entitles players to a day of tournament play, an official Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball T-shirt and a chance to win merchandise prizes from tournament sponsors Spalding, Rider Sandals, 4C Totally Light 2Go Energy Drinks, Rox Volleyball, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sixpak Volleygear, Zem Booties, Dig Magazine, Bally’s Casino and Park and Sun Sports.

The Big Shot Volleyball Series holds 35 events leading to the $8,000 Big Shot Championships at Bally’s Casino Sept. 7-8 in Atlantic City and the $5,000 Volley America National Championships in October in Clearwater Beach. Visit www.eevb.net.

Rebelle volleyball

Rebelle Athletics Club offers girls’ volleyball tryouts at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.

The volleyball club, a member of the United States Volleyball Association, is under the direction of Mandi Tate, Dee Rey and former Barry University player Kelly Dantas. They are former coaches with South Florida Volleyball Club and currently coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School in Biscayne Bay.

Rebelle Athletics is dedicated to providing developmental and participatory athletic sports programs beginning at the youth development level. It offers a progression of sports activities for persons of all ages, races and creeds. It strives to enhance the physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes at all levels, promoting sportsmanship and active citizenship.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com.

USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon aims to return multisport to its roots with the inaugural USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, which debuts this spring with 10 beginner-friendly events -- one in each USA Triathlon region including Miami.

The focus of the Retro Tri Series is participation, rather than competition. The aim of the events is to introduce the sport of triathlon and educate race participants about the healthy and active multisport lifestyle. The events are open to first-timers, seasoned veterans and those looking to stay active -- swimming, biking and running in a safe atmosphere. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

“Our new Retro Tri Series events offer something for anyone interested in participating in the sport of triathlon,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “These races can be for athletes who want a good, safe workout, or for someone who may feel intimidated by going to a larger race. We’re looking forward to this year’s events and can’t wait to introduce more and more newcomers to the multisport lifestyle.”

The Retro Tri Series events are geared toward adult and youth competitors age 13 and older. Each race will feature a 300-400-yard swim, 5-10-mile bike and 2-5-kilometer run.

USA Triathlon Retro Series Schedule

June 8: Moses Lake Triathlon, Moses Lake, Wash.

June 23: Blue Ash Community Triathlon, Cincinnati.

July 20: Big Spring Super Sprint & Kids Tri, Big Spring, Texas.

July 20: Runner’s Roost Retro Triathlon (R3 Tri), Buffalo.

July 28: Gaucho Super Sprint Triathlon, Goleta, Calif.

Aug. 4: Omaha Retro Family Triathlon, Omaha, Neb.

Sept. 8: FIU Triathlon, North Miami.

Nov. 3: Old Dominion University (ODU) Triathlon, Norfolk, Va.

For more on the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, visit www.usatretroseries.com.

USA Duathlon

With the aim of introducing more athletes to the exciting multisport discipline of duathlon, USA Triathlon unveiled the 10 events that will comprise the 2013 USA Triathlon Duathlon Race Series including one in Florida.

Ten races comprise USA Triathlon’s 2013 Duathlon Race Series. (David Sanders/USA Triathlon)

With one event in each of USA Triathlon’s 10 regions, athletes across the country will have the opportunity to compete in a top run-bike-run event. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and will count toward the popular end-of-year Duathlon National Rankings for USA Triathlon annual members.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each series event.

The series will continue through the Oct. 20 Longboat Key Duathlon in Longboat Key. USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships is Oct. 26 in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz. Visit www.usatriathlon.org for information on Duathlon Nationals.

USA Triathlon sanctioned nearly 600 duathlon races in 2012, more than doubling the number of sanctioned races from 2006.

Florida Race: Oct. 20: Longboat Key Duathlon. Distances: 2-mile run, 20-mile bike, 5-mile run. Website: http://longboatkeytri.com/. Contact: kvaughan1229@gmail.com or 813-966-7844.

JCC Maccabi Games

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for the JCC Maccabi Games.

JCC Maccabi Games: Athletes age 13-16 (as of July 31, 2013) can represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, swimming, tennis, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse (depending on interest) and girls’ softball in Austin, Texas from July 28-Aug. 2 and Orange County, Calif. from Aug. 4-9.

Participants will display their skills as well as be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride. Visit www.levisjcc.org for details.

Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact Lesley Surfer, the Levis JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head, at 561-852-3212 or lesleys@levisjcc.org.

Miami Lady Express basketball

The Miami Lady Express girls’ basketball team needs funding to continue competing in tournaments throughout the United States. The coaches volunteered to train the girls, giving them something positive to do, and the parents have been fundraising.

Travel costs, food, tournament fees and lodging are very expensive for these girls. They practice at the Keys Gate Gym in Florida City and South Dade High School where their coaches teach. Contact Coach Larry Hicks at 786-301-2577.

Tamiami basketball

Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

Marlins Tours

The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.

The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.

Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.

For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail tours@marlins.com. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.

Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

HOF baseball

Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).

Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.

Youth Rugby South Miami

The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti www.miamirugbykids.com.

Soccer 5 Academy

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three Miami-Dade County-owned parks – Tropical Park (7900 SW 40 St. in Miami), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127 Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St in Hialeah).

Headed by Soccer 5’s Director of Coaching Development Alan Georgeson, who has more than 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small-sided soccer, kids, age 3-12, will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 to 7v7 matches.

With Kendall Park, ts recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small-sided soccer will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games.

With smaller fields, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players, too.

Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open 3 p.m.-midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and Sundays.

“I cannot thank Miami Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small-sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” Georgeson said. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/private partnership with Miami Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.”

Allison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, added: “The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer. We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development.”

For information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

Soccer

South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).

Got Milk

The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.

The SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk.

Milk Mustache celebrity judges will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World and an opportunity to appear in their own special Milk Mustache ad.

For complete contest rules and applications log onto facebook.com/MilkMustache where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.

CB Sports Leagues

CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.

Physically Challenged

Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).

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