Sports Scene: RYAN Football teams qualify for NFL Flag Football National Championships

 

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

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NFL Flag Football

NFL Flag and the Houston Texans hosted the 2013 Flag Football Regional Tournament in Houston. The winners of each division secured a spot in the NFL Flag National Championships in February at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

The RYAN Football U10 and U12 teams of Miami earned the opportunity to compete in Dallas by winning their respective divisions in Houston.

RYAN Football’s U10 team battled a bracket of 30 teams, going undefeated at 7-0. Their U12 team fought through a bracket of 16, also ending undefeated at 6-0. The athletes were focused and determined, even in 33-degree weather conditions.

Miami Beach flag football

The second seeded Warriors came from behind to upset the top seeded Hurricanes 14-8 in the 7-8 age group finals of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation flag football at Flamingo Park.

Brody Minick opened the game with a long touchdown run for the Hurricanes. Teammate Trey Stewart sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety.

Trailing 8-0, the Warriors rallied.

Warriors’ receivers Jacob Katz and Jack Meltzer caught touchdown passes from quarterback Max Lawrence to take the lead. Meltzer sealed the win with a stellar diving catch on a 2-point conversion.

• The Hurricanes shut out the Falcons 12-0 in a semifinal.

Trey Steward returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half. Later, quarterback Brody Minick threw a touchdown pass to receiver Jullian Corniel.

• The Warriors rallied to beat the Titans 14-6 in the other semifinal. Max Lawrence tossed a touchdown pass to Jack Meltzer in the first half. Lawrence also scored on a run to seal the win. Harrison Delisle added a 2-point conversion. Sammy Goldstein had the Titans’ only touchdown.

11-13: The Broncos beat the Seahawks 24-7 in the finals. Broncos quarterback Felipe Llanos had two touchdown passes in the first half to Alfredo Miranda and Eduardo Filipo.

The defense shut down the Seahawks in the first half. The Seahawks scored in the second half on a touchdown run by their captain, quarterback Brock Levin. Miguel Mari added an extra point conversion. The Broncos offense responded with another score from Miranda on a run.

The Broncos’ Eduardo Filipo then returned an intercepted for a touchdown to seal the victory. Coached by Alan Alberta, the Seahawks ended their season strong and displayed sportsmanship. Coached by Greg Jones, the Broncos finished the season nearly perfect at 12-0-1.

Pop Warner football

The Gwen Cherry Bulls edged the (Washington D.C.) Watkins Hornets 12-6 in overtime in the semifinals of Division 1 Jr. Pee Wee during the 57th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

The Overtown Tornadoes defeated the (California) East Bay Warriors 19-6 in the semifinals of Division 1 Midget.

The Liberty City Warriors beat the (Ohio) Glenville Titans 24-6 in the semifinals of Division 1 Jr. Midget.

Football

The eighth annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Week is Dec 30- Jan 5 in Orlando.

The weeklong event features the best-of-the-best athletes in their age group or category from across the country.

Miami-Dade County is well represented.

Coral Gables: Michael Fernandez, 8th grade, OL/DL, Youth.

Doral: Santiago Venegas, 8th grade, QB, Youth; Pablo Venegas, 10th grade, OL/DL, Showcase.

Hialeah: Jace Joseph, 4th grade, OL/DL, Youth; Jethro Joseph, 6th grade, OL/DL, Youth; Craig Contreras, 11th grade, LB, Rising Star.

Miami: Denim Edwards, 4th grade, RB, Youth; Renato Fernandez, 7th grade, RB, Youth; Alec Carr, 8th grade, LB, Youth; Ryan Wilcox, 12th grade, OL/DL, Diamonds.

For information about the Bowl: http://www.o-d.com/bowl/home.

Palmer Trinity basketball

Palmer Trinity School sophomore Kyrah James set a school record for girls’ varsity basketball players by scoring 33 points against Greater Miami Academy. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and made five steals to lead the Falcons to their seventh victory of the season.

• About Palmer Trinity School: Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission. The school serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. For information about the school, visit www.palmertrinity.org.

Tennis

Alfredo Perez in the Boys' 16s and Sofia Sewing in the Girls' 14s were Miami players who captured titles at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Perez of Coral Gables posted the biggest upset as an unseeded player, toppling top seed Yunseong Chung of Korea 7-6, 6-2 in the Boys' 16s final.

In the first round, he upset American Chase Colton, seeded 10th, and never looked back, winning his first four matches without dropping a set, including an upset of No.2 seed Mate Valkusz. In the semifinals, Perez beat friend and practice partner Kalman Boyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Sewing of Doral defeated No.12 seed Olesia Pervushina of Russia 6-3, 6-4 in the Girls 14s final. Seeded No.2, she did not drop a set throughout the event. Sewing has been in four ITF finals this year, winning two.

Miami Beach soccer

Code Red defeated the Monstars 4-3 (2-0 on penalty kicks) in the 9-10 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation soccer at Flamingo Park.

Jesus Molina, Ani-Halla Bailey and Kailyn Smith scored for Code Red in regulation. Caleb Currie and Andy Rios scored on penalty kicks to win it. Arthur Joulin scored twice for the Monstars, and Ivan Casas Rocha added a goal.

The Grey Raiders edged Black Thunder 2-1. Kevin Penalva had Black Thunder’s goal. Jabes Jimenez scored for Grey Raiders. The Raiders last goal was scored on an own goal.

The Black Thunder beat Code Red 3-1. Kevin Penalva and Luca Camino scored for Black Thunder. Cole Mccabe had a goal for Code Red.

The Silver Raiders edged the Monstars 3-2. Jabes Jimenez had three goals for the Silver Raiders. Arthur Joulin had an excellent game with two goals for the Monstars. Ivan Casas Rocha and Arthur Joulin passed well.

Code Red defeated the Silver Raiders 1-1 (2-1 on penalty kicks). Kailyn Smith had a goal for Code Red, and Jabes Jimenez scored for the Silver Raiders in regulation. Jesus Molina and Eden Singer scored on penalty kicks for Code Red. Elijah Adorno scored for the Raiders.

7-8: The Monstars edged the Red Raiders 2-1. David Fuentes and Gabriel Chang had goals for the Monstars. Ryder Gonzalez had the only goal for the Red Raiders.

The Silver Raiders and the Broncos played to a tie at three. Emilio Azcarraga, Rocco Moreno and Ivan Valle scored for the Silver Raiders. Yusef Buhhur, Walter Sanmartin and Thomas Fermin had goals for the Broncos. Jaden Mujica was outstanding on defense.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Bridgette Lewin (basketball) hepled lead the Spartans to the championship of the Spartans Classic by combining for 18 points, 15 steals and eight points against Cushman and Carrollton.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Lucas Massolo (soccer) combined for four goals and two assists in wins against Cushman, Westminster Christian, South Florida Heat and Doctor's Charter.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Brandon Parizo (basketball) combined for 86 points, 10 assists and eight steals in wins against Somerset Central, Dade Christian and Hillel.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Channise Lewis (basketball) combined for 34 points, 34 assists and 22 rebounds in wins against Somerset Central, International School of Broward and Oxbridge Academy.

Spartan Super Fan: Jessica Rodriguez (parent).

Scheck Hillel athletes

Scheck Hillel Community School named a girls’ varsity soccer player and a boys’ junior varsity basketball player as athletes of the week.

Sophomore keeper Denisse Gampel made seven saves on breakaways against St. Brendan and Dade Christian School.

Joseph Wolf, also a sophomore, proved himself a stellar leader on the boys’ JV basketball team.

Archbishop Curley athletes

Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the Players of the Week.

Senior Jordan Lemonier averaged of 14 points, six rebounds, and three steals which sparked the Knights to victories over Marathon and Northwest Christian.

Senior Ashllyne Chery averaged 13 points, five rebounds, and six steals in leading the Knights to wins over Hialeah Educational and Doctors Charter.

Senior Games

Julius Wiggins of Miami won gold in Archery/Compound Release for men 60-64 at Central Florida Archers in Fort Meade during the 2013 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships in Lee County.

Ted Guevara of Miami took bronze in Archery/Compound Release in men 50-54.

In tennis at the Kelly Recreation Center, Dudley Chen and Dave Zarco of Miami finished first in doubles in men 55-59. Chen also teamed with Patricia Beckford to win gold in mixed doubles.

Tere Camacho of Miami placed third for bronze in cycling 5k time trials for women 50-54 at Research Way and University Boulevard. Lois Leon of Miami earned silver in women 70-74. Leon later won gold in the 10k time trials, setting an age group record in 17:46.972.

Santiago De La Torre of Miami Beach was runner-up for silver in the 40k road race in men 60-64 at Lake Hollingsworth.

The event attracted more than 1,650 athletes in 23 sports.

Marlins golf tournament

The Marlins Foundation announces the inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic which is Feb. 12 at Crandon Golf Course Key Biscayne. Previously known as the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, the Marlins will pay tribute to former Marlins Manager John “Jack” McKeon, a two-time National League Manager of the Year and 2003 World Series Champion.

Marlins personalities scheduled to attend include: President David Samson, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, Vice President and General Manager Dan Jennings, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, along with Marlins players and other community leaders.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County; a Marlins Charity Partner. The Miracle League is a nationally recognized baseball program for children with special needs. The mission is to provide children with developmental, intellectual, mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

"We look forward to honoring Jack for his contributions to baseball in South Florida. Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations, we can continue to impact the lives of children through baseball,” said Mike Redmond, Marlins Manager and Event Chair. “This event will give participants the opportunity to play alongside Marlins players as well as donate to a worthy cause.”

The daylong event will follow the below agenda:

Registration: 9-10:30 a.m.; Shot Gun Start: 11 a.m.; Awards Dinner: 4 p.m.

Event registration is available online at www.marlins.com/golf. For information contact the Marlins Foundation at 305-480-2550 or email foundation@marlins.com.

More events, leagues, programs

Baseball

The Florida International University baseball and softball programs have announced that former Major League Baseball pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Kaat will speak at the annual Diamond Dinner on Feb. 8 in the Graham Center Ballroom on campus.

Kaat was a pitcher for five different teams in a stellar 25-year career. He currently broadcasts games on the MLB Network.

"Jim pitched 25 years in Major League Baseball and was one of the greatest in the history of the game," said FIU baseball coach Turtle Thomas. "He is very much of a household, recognizable name we look forward to speaking at the Diamond Dinner. Jim received seven Emmy Awards for broadcasting excellence, which makes him significant for both his on field and off field endeavors."

FIU softball coach Jake Schumann added: "I am truly excited to not only have someone of Jim Kaat’s baseball background speak at this year’s Diamond Dinner, but I’m truly excited because as someone who grew up in Minnesota, I am a life-long Twins fan, and to get the chance to meet him will be a great honor. When someone like Jim speaks about his life in baseball, it can only be a positive influence on our student-athletes. Having heard Jim call games on TV and hear him speak about not only baseball but things other than the game, it should be a great evening for our teams to take that knowledge and apply it to their everyday lives.’

Kaat, who was nicknamed "Kitty," kicked off his career in the big leagues with the Washington Senators in 1959. Once the team moved to Minnesota in 1961, Kaat was a member of the Twins organization until 1973. After 15 years between both clubs, he went on to have stints with the Chicago White Sox (1973-75), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-79), New York Yankees (1979-80) and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-83). He won 283 career games while posting a lifetime ERA of 3.45. During the 1966 season, he won a league-leading 25 games for the Twins and finished fifth in the AL MVP voting.

At the time of his retirement in 1983, Kaat’s 25-year career was the longest of any pitcher in Major League history. He is now third all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 27 seasons and Tommy John’s 26 years. During Kaat’s playing career, there were seven different United States Presidents.

After a brief coaching stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Kaat focused on his broadcasting career. Most recently, he has served as a broadcaster on the MLB Network. Kaat has won seven Emmy Awards for excellence in sports broadcasting.

Tickets to the Diamond Dinner cost $120 for an individual and $1,200 for a table of 10. Purchases can be made through FIUSports.com. Anybody interested in opportunities to give to the Diamond Dinner fund, contact Alyssa Meyer at 305-348-7297 or by email at alymeyer@fiu.edu.

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.

Visit www.miamirugbykids.com .

Tennis

The new 2013-14 Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series, presented by Cliff Drysdale Tennis and an official USTA Florida Pilot Event Series, will conclude in Miami.

The five-event Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series is open to men’s doubles teams with a combined age of 100 years or over, featuring a Club Division and an Open Division. Players must be age 35 or older to compete.

For each individual tournament, players will earn points on a sliding scale toward qualification in the end-of-series Grand Finals at The Ritz-Carlton, (Miami) Key Biscayne in April. A minimum of 60 total points will be required to participate in the Grand Finals.

"Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each tournament’s division winners and runners-up, with the addition of luxury hotel getaways awarded to the series winners," said series coordinator Bertan Cikigil. "All participants are guaranteed at least two matches, with a maximum of three per day at each event."

Series schedule:

Jan. 25-26: Weston Tennis Center, Weston.

March 1-2: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island.

April 5-6: Miami Grand Finals & Awards hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden, Key Biscayne.

The Club Division and Open Division at each event will be limited to 16 teams each. Scoring is best of three sets, with a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. USTA rules and regulations apply, including the point penalty system and 15 minute default rule. Teams must be available to start at 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

"USTA Florida is excited about partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis to offer alternative events that will offer different play opportunities compared to our traditional events," said USTA Florida President Bob Pfeander.

Event entry fee is $100 per team, and players must be active USTA members.

For information contact Bertan Cikigil at b.cikigil@cliffdrysdale.com or call 914-815-4093, or to register online go to www.CenturyDoublesTennis.com.

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.

JCC Maccabi program

The Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for its JCC Maccabi program.

Jewish athletes between ages 13 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in team sports, and athletes between age 12 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in individual sports.

Athletes will represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, boys’ flag football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, swimming, tennis, bowling, golf and Star Reporter (a competition for Jewish teens with skills in writing, reporting, photography and social media). Participants will show off their skills and be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride.

The JCC Maccabi Games is the largest Jewish youth event in the world.

Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact the JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head at 561-852-3257 or lfriedman@levisjcc.org by Jan. 10. Individual athletes do not need to tryout but must pre-register online at www.bocamaccabi.org by Jan. 10.

Visit www.levisjcc.org for details.

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 .

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).

Thunder basketball

Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPleX, 1440 NW 82 Ave., Miami.

Thunder Basketball is currently running a day camp and summer league, open to boys and girls, age 5-17. Thunder Basketball’s mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. They stress the importance of team and sportsmanship.

Thunder also encourages players to succeed in the classroom and all aspects of life. For information visit www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Contact contact@jointhunder.com or call 786-505-5585.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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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