The Opa-locka Hurricanes track & field team participated in the seventh annual Moore Park Relays, hosted by the Miami Northwest Express Track Club.
The Hurricanes were commended for doing an excellent job during their first meet of the season. Several athletes won their respective heats, setting personal bests. Coaches Anthony Taylor, Marlon Brown and Daicari Griffin congratulated all their competitors.
Among the notables were Gregorianna Frasier (7-8 age group), 100-meter champ, 200-meter champion, 400-meter runner-up; Ivory Aikens (9-10 age group) 200-meter champ, 100-meter runner-up; Dylan Taylor, Ivory Aikens, Mekahi Marshall, Mark William (age 9-10) 400-meter relay third place; Jordan Taylor (13-14 age group) 100-meter champ, 200-meter third place; and Lazaro Ravelo (13-14 age group) shot-put third place.
The Opa-locka mayor, commission, parks & recreation coaches and staff invite the community to come out and support the Opa-locka track stars. For information on the track meets, call 305-953-2875.
Dolphins Flag Football Jamboree
The Miami Dolphins hosted their annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree, presented by Under Armour and Broward County Athletic Association, at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility, practice home of the Dolphins in Davie.
Approximately 400 student athletes participated in the 12-game event. The Jamboree, a follow-up to the girls’ flag football clinic, was a great success, as 23 of the top programs from Miami-Dade and Broward counties played in the annual tune-up.
“Although it is an exhibition, this event always has a playoff type atmosphere,” said Miami Dolphins Manager of Youth Programs Troy Drayton. “The flag football season is only about six weeks long; so these girls have been waiting over 10 months to play. The anticipation and excitement showed every play of every game, and it was fun to watch.”
Of the 23 teams that participated in the tournament, six reached the 32-team state championship tournament last year. Mater Academy, Coconut Creek, Everglades, Miramar, Plantation, and Taravella were the teams that qualified in 2014.
The BCAA was one of first conferences in Florida that went full force with girls flag football 17 years ago. With the Jamboree, the girls get ready for the upcoming season, while receiving a great experience in a professional football team’s training facility.
Win or lose, each team gained experience from the Jamboree. Some teams used it as a tune up for the season; others got valuable playing time for girls who are new to the team.
The girls’ flag football regular season concludes April 25. The district championships are April 27-29 and the state championships May 8-9.
Jamboree results: Piper 30, Western 0. Plantation 9, South Broward 0. Everglades 26, Stranahan 0. Pompano-Blanche Ely 13, Hollywood Hills 0. Monarch 20, Flanagan 0. Everglades 12, Miramar 7. Coral Springs 19, Cooper City 0. Taravella 19, Fort Lauderdale 0. South Plantation 15, Northeast 0. Coconut Creek 33, Hallandale 6. Pace 13, Deerfield Beach 0. Boyd Anderson 18, Mater Academy 12.
Our Lady of Lakes flag football
Our Lady of the Lakes boys’ varsity flag football team is first in the All Catholic Conference North Division at 5-0.
For their fifth consecutive win, the Cheetahs beat Blessed Trinity 34-6. Danny Diaz (8th grader) led the defense with seven sacks. Andres Gancedo (8th grade) keyed the offnese with two rushing touchdowns and three touchdown passes. Justin Quintana (7th grade) caught two touchdown passes.
In the five games, OLL outscored opponents 150-52.
Immaculata-LaSalle High School in Miami announces that Head Football Coach William Trimmer is retiring at the end of the current academic year in June.
Trimmer's career at LaSalle spanned 14 years, making him the third longest tenured head coach in Miami-Dade County. Trimmer is credited with the resurgence of the football program at LaSalle after the school’s hiatus from the mid 1980s through the late 1990s.
Trimmer said, “After 42 years of coaching, it is the right time to step back and enjoy life a little. Our youngest son is graduating from university this May, and I had always promised my wife, Charlene, that when he completed his studies I would slow down.”
He added, “Boy, will I miss it…but I leave the program in good hands and feel honored to have been a part of such a great institution for all these years.”
Trimmer will be inducted into the LaSalle Hall of Fame in April and will be honored with the Brother Carl Shonk Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to the school and its students.
Matt Dillon, a Fort Lauderdale native, takes the reigns of LaSalle football, after coaching Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton. He was the Eagles’ athletic director and head football coach since 2011. In his second season at PJP, Dillon led the Eagles to a 10-2 record. In year three, he led the team to the Southeast Football Conference Championship game at FAU Stadium. Dillon is entering his 30th year as a head football coach at the high school level -- career record 168-115.
Previously, Dillon was the head football coach at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, winning back-to-back large school state championships in 2000 and 2001 and going 26-0. Dillon also took Dowling to the state championship game in 1998. Overall, Dillon has sent 11 teams into the playoffs and was named the Iowa Coach of the Year in 2000. He has been either a conference or district “Coach of the Year” 12 times.
Dillon also spent four years as the head football coach at his alma mater, Cornell College, from 2006-09. As a player, Dillon was a two-time All-American quarterback; two-time captain and team MVP, as well as being selected as the Cornell College All-Century Team Quarterback. Dillon was inducted into the Cornell College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
“I am really excited to become part of the LaSalle family,” he said. “We have competed against one another during the past few years, and I know first-hand the quality of athletes and students we have at the school. We will have a young team next year…but they are an eager and hard working group of young men who will make their mark in our community and on the gridiron in the years to come.”
Immaculata-LaSalle High School is a co-educational, College Preparatory High School of the Archdiocese of Miami under the direction of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. By embodying the Salesian system of education, the school provides the atmosphere and programs necessary for the holistic formation of young people into good, faithful Christians and productive, responsible citizens.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Co-Athletes of the Week:
Dylan Gostfrand (baseball) went 6 for 7 with three homeruns and eight RBI in a double-header against Doctors Charter.
Romeo Curcio (water polo) scored 10 goals in the Spartans’ 15-7 win against Gulliver Prep.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Jade Iadarola (tennis) won her singles matches against Divine Savior, Sagemont and Calvary Christian.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Finvarb (lacrosse) combined for seven goals and seven assists against North Broward Prep, West Boca High School, Calvary Christian, and LaSalle.
Scheck Hillel sports
Scheck Hillel Community School named two boys’ varsity volleyball players as Student-Athletes of the Week.
Junior Salo Lapco, who was chosen team captain by his teammates, demonstrated strong serving and passing. He controlled the court with his accurate setting and aggressive net play.
Sophomore Jacky Klainbaum was outstanding against Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva. His serving helped Hillel dominate the competition, including 19 consecutive serves to open the match against Yeshiva.
His outside hitting is becoming more and more consistent and effective. Jacky is a hard worker, a team player, a great athlete, as well as a humble person.
Palmer Trinity sports
The Palmer Trinity School Athletes of the Week are:
Daniella Miranda: freshman varsity tennis player is undefeated at 6-0.
Grant Foreman: eighth grade middle school baseball player went 3 for 3 and pitched a complete game to lead the Falcons in an 8-2 victory over Ransom Everglades.
Frank Martin: senior boys’ varsity lacrosse player had seven goals, two assists and 10 face-offs to guide the Falcons in a 16-5 victory over Key West.
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. Palmer Trinity 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.
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Westwood Christian sports
Westwood Christian School named sophomore Tychius Pierre its Player of the Month for February.
Ty, who has a 2.6 GPA, is a starter on the boys’ varsity basketball team. He was recently recognized for being one of the top assists leaders in Miami-Dade County.
The Hochberg Prep boys’ basketball teams beat Hebrew Academy in close games.
Stellar play from Michal Bitton and Meyer Cusnir led the fourth grade team.
The fifth grade team was led by Abie Bonkovski's scoring and Aryeh Bloom and Max Hochenstein’s stellar defense.
Barry University junior forward Yunio Barrueta was named to the Daktronics/College Sports Information Directors of America First Team All-South Region in NCAA Division II.
Barrueta, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound product of Hialeah Gardens High School, averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game and 9.6 rebounds. He's scored 544 points and grabbed 278 rebounds. Barrueta has 13 double-doubles this season, including his last three games. He ranks 16th in the nation in that category. His 18.8 points per game ranked third in the Sunshine State Conference and his 9.6 rebounds second in the league.
He improved his shooting percentage to .517 this season after shooting .458 as a sophomore. His 3-point field goal percentage jumped from .333 to .420. Barrueta scored a career-high 31 points in one game and pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds in another this season, which is tied for ninth in school single-game history.
A transfer from East Tennessee State, Barrueta was a Second Team All-Region last season. He earned First Team All-SSC honors in his two seasons at Barry.
Barrueta is a former Miami Herald All-Dade first team selection.
Nova Southeastern basketball
Nova Southeastern University senior Jasmine Wilkins, a Miami resident, was honored by Daktronics Inc. as a member of its 2014-15 Conference Commissioners Association Women’s Basketball All-Region Team in NCAA Division II.
Wilkins (R-Sr., Hialeah High School) was selected to the District 50 first team. She was also voted as runner-up for Region Player of the Year in balloting done by sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools that are members of CoSIDA.
Wilkins is a former Miami Herald All-Dade first team selection.
South Beach Triathlon
The 2015 South Beach Triathlon, produced and presented by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM) and part of the 11-race Life Time Tri Series, is returning on Sunday, April 19 with the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach's Art Deco district.
Classic and International distances will start with a salt-water swim off the shores of South Beach, followed by a bike ride across the MacArthur Causeway into Miami and a run through South Beach.
Registration is open.
In addition, Triathlon weekend offers a series of support events including an Open Water Swim and First Timer Clinic at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 and the St. Jude Tot Trot, a 50-yard beach dash for children, age 3-5, and a 100-yard dash for children, age 6-9, at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 19 with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The South Beach Triathlon also features the CEO Challenge for business owners, Presidents and C-Level executives of companies with at least $1 million in annual revenue.
The race serves as a major fundraiser for St. Jude, which has raised more than $1 million through the South Beach Triathlon.
Registration for the South Beach Triathlon is $190 (International Individual), $275 (International Relay), $140 (Sprint Individual) and $225 (Sprint Relay) and can be processed at southbeachtriathlon.com.
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Kendall Hammocks flag football
The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 NFL Flag season.
Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16. Can’t turn 17 in 2015. Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only, during the registration process.
Teams are based by age only. Regular season is 12 games, and the season starts May 4.
NFL Flag Registration Dates:
April Registration fee: $125 -- Friday, April 10 and 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Registration fee includes: NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary insurance, referee cost, and participation awards.
Discounted rates for head coaches. If interested in coaching, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts and draft will be Saturday, May 2. Time chart by division can be found at the web site www.khwarriors.org
All registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.
The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 26 years.
Palmetto Bay flag football
Palmetto Bay Broncos Flag Football is at Coral Reef Park.
Open to boys and girls, age 4-18. Register as an individual for $100 or register as a team of 10 with a coach for $800
Practice starts April 20. Practices and games are weekdays either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.
In its 39 years, the Broncos have provided more than 7,000 children the opportunity to participate in an organized football and cheerleading program. Tackle football and cheerleading are under the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League banner.
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Cavaliers football, cheerleading
Registration is open for the Cavaliers Tackle Football and Cheerleading program for boys and girls, age 4-14, at Coral Gables High School. For information contact Jon at 305-923-7656 or visit www.playactionsports.org.
Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is now-May 31 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.
Registration is 6-8 p.m. weeknights for boys and girls, age 5-15. Fee is $20 which covers T-shirt, insurance and awards. Contact Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or email@example.com.
Pitch, Hit & Run
Pitch, Hit & Run allows boys and girls, age 7-14, to showcase their baseball and softball skills, while also providing them the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at every Major League stadium or ballpark and the National Finals at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
Hosting a local competition is fun and free. Upon registering, an administrative kit is provided to each host including a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other materials needed to host the event.
♦ Free to the local host and local competitors
♦ Any coach, parent or adult volunteer can host a competition
♦ Local competitions can be offered in March, April or early May
♦ An exciting one-day community event that can take as little as 2-3 hours
Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernández on his road to recovery, the Marlins announce the return of the José’s Heroes season ticket package for the 2015 season.
For $499, José’s Heroes receive:
-A ticket to all 81 Marlins regular season home games. That’s about $6 a seat.
-A special edition José’s Heroes T-shirt each month.
-A complimentary ‘K’ Card!
-A meet-and-greet event with the man himself, José Fernández.
-Purchase the José’s Heroes season ticket package and travel to Marlins Park to support the Fish, 25 men strong.
MLB Bat Girl contest
Nominate someone who is Going to Bat Against breast cancer.
Winners will receive MLB game tickets and the opportunity to be recognized on-field during the game. Vote for nominees affected by the disease.
USTA Florida will bring its Team Tennis Challenge series to South Florida on April 25-26 at Crandon Park Tennis Facility, 7300 Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.
The event -- open to boys and girls, age 7-18 -- is "BYOT" (bring your own team). Teams do not need to have prior participation in a local league to participate. USTA members and non-members are invited to participate, and all players will receive a complimentary lunch during the event.
“USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate,” said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. “They also give players who are not yet USTA members the opportunity to experience our events and programs, while offering a clear value proposition for our junior members.”
The two-day tournament will host divisions that will include 10-under advanced, 11-14, 14-18, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate, advanced. All age 11 to 18 intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. 10-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.
The 10-under age advanced and all novice divisions will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players ages 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball will also be used in the older novice age divisions.
Registration is open, and coaches are encouraged to register teams early. The cost for early registration is just $25 for USTA members and $35 for non-members. Prices will increase two weeks prior to the event. Facilities and coaches who bring teams to the event will receive special incentives.
For information about Team Tennis Challenges, the facility/coach incentive program and a list of upcoming events visit:
USTA Florida announced its new series of Team Tennis Challenges for youth players, age 7-18, across the state. In 2015, these fun team events will be hosted as two independent series: with four events scheduled in South Florida this spring and four more events scheduled for the fall in North Florida.
The events are ‘BYOT’ (bring your own team), and teams do not have to have prior participation in a local league to participate. USTA members and non-members can participate. All participants will receive lunch on Saturday during the event. Facilities and coaches who bring teams to these events will receive special incentives.
“The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate,” said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. “They also give players who are not yet USTA members the opportunity to experience our events and programs, while offering a clear value proposition for our junior members.”
Registration is now open for the four Spring Team Tennis Challenge Series events. The cost for early registration for each event is just $25 for USTA members and $35 for non-members. Prices will increase two weeks prior to each event.
April 25-26 – Crandon Tennis Facility, Key Biscayne
May 16-17 -- BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens
May 30-31 -- Tampa Tennis Club at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
The competition is divided into age groups 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, and 18-under. There are novice, intermediate and advanced divisions within each age group.
10-under age advanced division teams will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players age 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball will also be used in the older other novice age divisions.
Novice divisions will offer gender-blind teams (example: a team can enter a novice division with 3 boys and 1 girl, or a team can include all of one gender). Players are allowed to "play up" a maximum of one age division, except for participants age 10-under. Teams can participate in multiple USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge events.
USTA Florida is offering tennis balls, lines and cash incentives for facilities and/or coaches who bring multiple teams to a single event:
Bring two teams and receive one case of tennis balls or $75;
Bring three teams and receive two cases of tennis balls or one set of clay court tack-down lines (red or orange) or $100;
Bring four teams or more and receive three cases of tennis balls or two sets of clay court tack-down lines (red or orange) or $125.
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Heads Up Football
USA Football’s Heads Up Football program for high schools and youth organizations will include sudden cardiac arrest protocols andHeads Up Blocking fundamentals in 2015.
Both topics are now included in USA Football’s Level 1 coaching education course and its high school certification course.
USA Football is the national governing body of the sport and educates more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.
USA Football’s Heads Up Football program is supported by more than two dozen medical and football partners.
“Coaches should be prepared to respond to a life-threatening emergency if needed,” said Dr. Jonathan Drezner, past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and a member of USA Football’s Medical Advisory Committee.
“With prompt recognition, early CPR and use of an AED, sudden cardiac arrest is largely a survivable event if treated quickly. USA Football is committed to the safety of young athletes, and I am proud that a sudden cardiac arrest training module is being added to the Heads Up Football program. The module provides coaches the information they need to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest.”
“Blocking is one of football’s basic skills that every player needs to be taught,” said Jeff Saturday, a former NFL All-Pro center and ESPN analyst. Saturday is a member of USA Football’s Football Advisory Committee.
“USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking technique helps coaches teach this fundamental – properly engaging with a defender, driving with the legs and maintaining the correct body position for effective and safer play. This is how blocking should be taught.”
Heads Up Football is a comprehensive collection of resources and medically approved protocols to establish important standards rooted in education to change behavior for the better.
In addition to sudden cardiac arrest and Heads Up Blocking, the program covers concussion awareness and recognition, heat and hydration protocols, proper tackling fundamentals and equipment fitting. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools in 2014 participated in the program this past fall, benefiting nearly 1-million players.
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NFL Football Matters
The National Football Foundation announced the launch of FootballMatters.org, a powerful new addition to the organization’s campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it.
“Football makes a positive impact on so many levels, and we realized that we needed a centralized resource for capturing and subsequently promoting all the great football stories out there,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “FootballMatters.org provides us a potent platform for addressing that void and delivering compelling content directly to audiences who can help us amplify our messages about the value of football in producing leaders and creating educational opportunities.”
NFF Chairman Archie Manning added: “It’s just gratifying to be part of something that does so much good for our young people. The stories are out there, including the thousands of young kids who could not have gone to college but got some aid because of football, and their lives have been changed for the better. FootballMatters.org will enable us to directly capture those stories and inspire the next generation to further their educations.”
The NFF has linked with Arkleus Broadcasting, a Dallas-based full-service media company, to create the platform, which also encompasses a strong social media component to gain traction for the campaign.
“Arkleus is honored and thrilled to be chosen by such a prestigious American institution as the NFF to build and market an exciting new sports media property,” said Arkleus Broadcasting President Joe Shults. “We are passionately committed to helping the NFF in every way to protect, enhance, and ensure the future of football for generations to come.”
The site focuses on stories, videos, and franchises highlighting the very best in high school and college football, such as: Football Moms, Special Teams, Hook & Corporate Ladder, Man-to-Man, the Quote of the Day and many more. The site will also be the home to exclusive profiles of Campbell Trophy finalists, Leadership Award Winners, Courage Award Winners and all the honors associated with the NFF.
“We are really excited about the Football Matters initiative,” said Hatchell. “I want to thank everybody at Arkleus for their passion for the project. They have done a marvelous job of getting it up and running in a short amount of time, and we have already received great feedback.”
The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.
You can learn more about the site and watch a video featuring NFF Chairman Archie Manning and NFF Board Members Jack Ford, Archie Griffin, Kevin Plank and Rod West by clicking here.
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 — NAmbassador for Heads Up Football.
The Nand 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 NFoundation.
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 Nplayer mentor. Drayton served as a mentor to a local Heads Up League — the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
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.
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,
For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit www.braingymnasium.org or call 305-788-7339.
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 email@example.com or call 786-505-5585.
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 youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys ages 5 to 16.
Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.
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.
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.
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.
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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