Sports Scene: Palmetto, Tamiami teams win Mayor’s Cup Flag Football Tournament

08/17/2014 12:00 AM

08/18/2014 4:17 AM

The inaugural Mayor’s Cup Flag Football Tournament was at Tropical Park as part of National Park and Recreation Month.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department hosted the event that showcased the power of football uniting the community. There were also football clinics, food trucks, contests and giveaways.

Teams participating in the tournament represented the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League, the Miami Xtreme League and other private clubs.

Results: 14-and-under

1. Palmetto Raiders (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

2. Florida City Razorbacks (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

3. North Miami Redskins (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

12-and-under

1. Tamiami Colts (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

2. Goulds Rams (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

3. Kendall Hammocks Warriors (Miami Xtreme League).

10-and-under

1. Tamiami Colts (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

2. North Miami Seminoles (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League).

3. Kendall Hammocks Warriors (Miami Xtreme League).

Pace football

According to several players on the Monsignor Edward Pace High School football team, they have a saying: “The grind never stops.”

The Spartans started off-season workouts on June 16, just two weeks after school ended. Players focused on weight training and conditioning.

Off-season workouts ended on Aug. 1, but there were only three days of rest. On Aug. 4, the team returned for its first day of official practice.

The “grind” is a regular part of coach Mario Smith’s routine; he has been working closely with offensive coordinator Anthony Walker and the other coaches to prepare the team for the new season.

For Smith, a 1992 Pace graduate, the football program should instill not only athletic prowess, but also help the team build character, discipline and spirituality. He hopes the team develops a sense of unity and cohesiveness by learning how to work together to accomplish goals.

“[I expect players] to get a great learning experience, to play at a high caliber, and advance to the next level,” Smith said. He added that he wants to ensure that players are “mentally and physically prepared and spiritually endowed.”

Senior Anderson Millias, an offensive tackle playing his fourth year at Pace, said: “We’re getting bigger, faster and stronger every week. Coach Smith’s program really works. I wouldn’t be the football player I am today without him.”

The varsity team will play an exhibition game against Northeast High School at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Jones Field on the Pace campus.

Visit pacehs.com/sports for information.

Miami masters tennis

The new 14,220-square-foot Arcola Lakes Park Senior Center, Miami-Dade County Parks’ first recreational facility specifically built for seniors, hosted an opening, dedication ceremony and facilities tour for the much-anticipated complex that includes tennis courts.

Residents will be playing Masters Tennis, the short-court senior-friendly tennis format.

“We were thrilled to see so many seniors interested in this new program,” USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund said in a release. “Many said they played tennis years ago, and this would be a way to get back into a sport they used to love to play. We will also be offering weekly classes played indoors with foam balls and mini-nets, and outdoors on the 60-foot blended line tennis courts.”

She also said additional Masters Tennis play opportunities will be offered at Goulds Park and North Trail Park.

Masters Tennis is the new 60-foot short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players: veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults new to the game looking for a fun challenge. Players can use their regular tennis rackets, or smaller ones that provide more control.

“Clubs and players in Florida with our older demographic have been asking us for a program like this for years,” USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth said. “Anyone can play with the smaller rackets, slower balls and smaller courts. Players who left the game due to age or injuries can again play with this format, truly making tennis the sport of a lifetime.”

The Arcola Lakes Park 19-acre property features tennis, racquetball and handball courts, a recreation center and playground, walking and jogging trail, with the senior center featuring recreational amenities such as a modern exercise room, entertainment areas with flat-screen televisions, arts and ceramics areas, a performance stage area, and an outdoor therapeutic pool and whirlpool spa surrounded by 8,324 square feet of deck space.

Masters tennis programs are currently played at more than 20 sites across the state.

For information about classes or masters tennis at Arcola Lakes Park Senior Center, contact Allan Tayass at tavssa@miamidade.gov.

Arcola Lakes Park Senior Center: www.miamidade.gov/parks/arcola-lakes.asp

Masters Tennis: http://masterstennisflorida.com

Golf

Alejandro Restrepo of Coral Gables tied for 19th out of 58 golfers during event No. 7 of the SFPGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.

Restrepo shot 8-over (77-75—152) in two days. He was fifth for boys’ 13-15. Miami’s Joaquin Trigueros was 10-over (80-74—154), tying for 23rd. He tied for 18th among boys’ 16-18.

The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls, ages 11-18, in South Florida with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the high school and collegiate level and features some of South Florida's most talented junior golfers.

The Junior Tour offers 28 two-day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 25 events are divided between the Championship Tour, an invitational tour featuring extended yardages, and the Challenge Tour.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at 25 championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season.

For information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship and Challenge tours, visit the new South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at

www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.

MLB RBI

Miami Marlins RBI defeated Jackie Robinson-Jersey City RBI 12-4 in the Junior Division of the MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series in Grapevine, Texas.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME (MIAMI): Shortstop Robert Robinson reached base twice in the first inning (double and a walk) and scored both times in an eight-run first inning. He went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Second baseman Nicholas SanMarty was 3-for-3, doubled, scored and drove in two runs.

Lazaro Morales went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Larry Rodriguez walked three times, scored and pitched two innings allowing no earned runs.

Miami Marlins RBI then beat Detroit Arsenal Youth Sports & Fitness RBI 12-6.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME (MIAMI): Center fielder James Spatafora delivered a game-high three RBI on two singles. He also scored and stole two bases. Shortstop Robert Robinson had four hits with one RBI, three runs and two stolen bases. First baseman Lazaro Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

SanMarty was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a walk. Brandon Dudley went 2-for-5 and scored twice.

Miami Marlins RBI continued its winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Prince George’s County Boys & Girls Club.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME (MIAMI): Center fielder James Spatafora went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base. Pitchers Giovanni Arriera and Devin Adams combined to allow no earned runs and one hit and struck out 10.

SanMarty had a hit, stole a base, scored twice and drove in one. Morales was 2 for 2 with two doubles and an RBI.

In the Senior Division, Miami Marlins RBI edged Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI 5-4.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME (MIAMI): Shomari Thomas delivered a first-inning double that drove in the game’s first two runs. Leadoff man Andrew McCoy was a spark plug for his offense as he was on base three of four times with two walks and a single, and he also stole three bases and scored twice.

Carlos Reyes and M. Rodriguez combined to toss five shutout innings. K. Prado went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and A. Rodriguez was 2-for-4.

Earlier in the Senior Division, Jackie Robinson-Jersey City RBI beat Miami Marlins RBI 15-5. Miami’s Carlos Reyes reached base three times, including two doubles, a walk, a run and an RBI. K. Prado was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.

Later, Philadelphia Phillies RBI defeated Miami Marlins RBI 2-1 in walk-off fashion. Miami pitcher Jonathan Llorca pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run. B. Marks had a hit and a walk.

The Texas Rangers are the hosts for the first time in the championship tournament’s 22-year history.

The RBI World Series features youth baseball and softball players representing 20 cities from around the United States, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Miami Marlins RBI has two teams in the tournament, one in the 13-15 age group and the other in the 16-18 age division.

The RBI World Series is the international championship tournament of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people from under-served and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants and more than 70 players since 2008. Alumni on MLB rosters during the 2014 season include Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians), Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers), Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics), Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), James Loney (Tampa Bay Rays), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves) and Chris Young (New York Mets).

Crawford (Houston RBI – ’97), Loney (Houston RBI – ’99), Crisp (LA RBI – ’95, ’96) and Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI – ’03) have each played in the RBI World Series.

USA Baseball

The USA Baseball 15U national team continued its winning ways during the 2014 WBSC AA 15U World Cup at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal Stadium in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Miami’s Raymond Gil, a third baseman who plays locally for Gulliver Prep, helped the Americans beat Cuba 10-2 in a battle of unbeatens. Gil was 1-for-4 with a run, two assists and a putout.

USA Baseball then edged Chinese Taipei 5-4 in the 10th inning to clinch a spot in the medal round. Gil had three putouts and an assist.

Tommy Duenas, an assistant coach at Miami Dade College, and Javy Rodriguez, head coach at Gulliver Prep, are part of the coaching staff.

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist baseball program announces registrations dates and times for the fall season.

Divisions: T-Ball, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Boys and girls, age 3-14, are eligible with age determined using May 1, 2014

Registration is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122nd Ave.

Copy of birth certificate is required for age verification only, during registration. Fee is $190.

The fall season is scheduled to start Sept. 6. For information email khobaseball@aol.com or visit www.khobaseball.org

The KHO Baseball program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization.

Soccer

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as host of Miami-Dade County’s year-round Mayor’s Cup Youth Sports Championship Series fostering sports development activities for local youth, announces sponsorship, partnership and volunteer opportunities for the popular Miami Soccer Festival returning to Kendall Soccer Park, Nov. 1-2.

This is the fourth year for this two-day signature event, which features consecutive FYSA-sanctioned tournaments for boys and girls, age 12 and younger, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and free admission for spectators. More than 2,000 people of all ages are expected to watch the tournaments and enjoy the festivities that include entertainment, music, food vendors, a soccer retail village, soccer tricks, juggling demonstrations.

As a father, grandfather and lifetime advocate of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise for children, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez knows first-hand the esteemed values developed from continuous involvement in athletics.

“The Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series allows our youth to learn the value of how working together can build character through organized sporting events,” Gimenez said in a release. “These lessons on the field, the resilience and leadership skills, combined with teamwork can then be used off the field for future success in life. This is why I ask local businesses and organizations to join us in our commitment to make youth sports available for all children in our community.”

Teams will participate in three elimination games – two on Nov. 1 and one Nov. 2. The finals will follow. Team registration costs are between $70 for younger teams (U5) and $170 for older teams (U12).

For information on the Miami Soccer Festival, visit www.miamisoccerfestival.org

or contact Scott Georgeson at 305-965-9855 or scott.georgeson@soccer5usa.com.

To become a sponsor, partner or volunteer, contact Alan Georgeson at 305-393-5230 or

alan.georgeson@constructive4.com.

Florida Christian lacrosse

Florida Christian School Athletic Director Ed Riggan, announced that FCS Athletics will offer lacrosse at the JV level for the spring of the 2014-15 school year. For information call 305-226-8152 or visit www.floridachristian.org.

More events, leagues, programs

Heads Up

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

Drayton added a new title to his résumé — 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 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: The use of the Heads Up Tackling model; coaching certification; Player Safety Coaches; concussion education; and proper equipment-fitting.

The program was launched in three test markets last year. This year, it expanded to more than 600 youth leagues in 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 were assigned a former NFL player mentor. Drayton served as a mentor to a local Heads Up League — the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

ThunderPlex

Thunder Athletix and Brain Gymnasium LLC teamed to offer a complete fitness program of body and mind at the new ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82 Ave. in Doral.

Students can improve their basketball skills and physical fitness, as well as strengthen their academic skills through specialized tutoring programs. They can have fun and finish their homework.

The mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game to children age 5-17.

Brain Gymnasium offers specialized tutoring, homework help, FCAT Prep, SAT/ACT Prep, and Entrance Exam Prep. Their degreed, professional and experienced teachers provide a simple and exciting approach to learning.

For information on special packages, after school programs and summer programs,

visit www.jointhunder.com ; contact@jointhunder.com or call 786-505-5585.

For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit www.braingymnasium.org or call 305-788-7339.

Thunder basketball

Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82th Ave., Doral.

The mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. It stresses 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 open.

Email 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 raising funds.

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 ages 5 to 16.

Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

Tennis

USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis playing opportunities to athletes in Florida.

The formal agreement builds on the existing support that USTA Florida and its charitable arm have provided to local Special Olympics programs by offering free 10 and Under Tennis workshops, grants and other resources to providers that offer tennis programs to Special Olympics athletes.

Likewise, Special Olympics Florida will encourage their athletes to participate in USTA Florida programs and events.

“We are absolutely committed to changing lives through tennis,” said Linda Curtis, executive director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation. “This agreement is a prime example of how USTA Florida and our Foundation work together to impact communities each and every day. These athletes play tennis for the pure joy of the sport. It’s inspiring to see, and I’m proud to know that we will be able to provide even more opportunities for them to play through this partnership.”

Sherry Wheelock, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Florida, said: “At Special Olympics Florida, we embrace the transformative power of sports. USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation will help us bring first-rate trainings and competitive experiences to our athletes throughout the state. We are excited for this new partnership and are confident that it will further ignite a passion in our athletes for tennis.”

To get a program started, Special Olympics coaches may apply for a USTA Florida Section Foundation equipment grant for adaptive tennis equipment and other program needs by contacting Jessica Flynn at Special Olympics Florida.

For additional training opportunities and training resources, contact Linda Curtis at the USTA Florida Section Foundation at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.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.

Marlins Jose’s Heroes

Tickets to the José's Heroes Fan Zone are available each time Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernandez takes the mound at Marlins Park.

For $16, fans receive:

A ticket in the José's Heroes Fan Zone (Left Field Bullpen Reserved)

A José's Heroes T-shirt

A 'K' Card to wave when José records a strikeout

Go to

http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/joses_heroes.jsp?partnerId=ed-8012831-665489153

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 per 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 of 10 to 25 people are available by appointment.

For more 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 (Northwest Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) 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) players.

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, for boys ages 6-18, practices from 6 to 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 .

Soccer 5 Academy

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, is at three Miami-Dade County-owned parks — Tropical Park (7900 Bird Rd.), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127th Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St., 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 3 to 12 years old will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in “3v3” to “7v7” matches.

The three locations make mini/small-sided soccer 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 competition among teams with fewer 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. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 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 more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

Soccer

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

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

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

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

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th 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 Bird Rd., (786-370-4222).

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

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

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

Heads Up

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

Drayton is adding a new title to his résumé — 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 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: The use of the Heads Up Tackling model; coaching certification; Player Safety Coaches; concussion education; and proper equipment-fitting.

The program was launched in three test markets last year. This year, it will expand to more than 600 youth leagues in all 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 Second 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 the Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus.

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. Call 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, women can play it in South Florida at the 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 are used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls are also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open every day. 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 or 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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