Phoebe Beber-Frankel of Coconut Grove won the girls’ 13-14 age group in the Jekyll Cup with a 4-over par on Jekyll Island’s Golf Club’s Pine Lakes course in Georgia.
More than 340 junior golfers, ages 5-14, from nine countries — including the United States, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Guatemala, Iceland, Japan, Mexico — competed in the event, hosted by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation.
Pine Lakes is the first location in the world to install the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course tees, adding two levels to each hole to increase the enjoyment of the sport for young players and adult beginners. The Family Course tees boxes reduce the length of the course to 1,500 yards from Level 1 tees and to 2,000 yards from Level 2 tees.
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The Nautilus Middle School golf team was fifth of 12 teams at the Miami-Dade County Fair Golf Tournament at Briar Bay Golf Course in Miami.
Yoshi Petersson led the Sharks, placing fourth of 42 golfers with 39. The team features Max Gotlin, Jared Rogoff, Daniele Cattabriga, Nicole Spinelli and Petersson. The coach is Eric Marshall.
Barry University men’s golf team shot 297 in the final round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships at RedTail Golf Club to finish fifth at 881 in Sorrento.
Lynn won the nine-team tournament with 852. Nova Southeastern was second at 860 and Florida Southern third at 866 on the 7,152-yard course.
Barry junior Nico Cavero, a Doral resident, shot 75 in the final round to finish 36th with 234. Cavero, a Ronald Reagan High School graduate, eagled the 549-yard 17th and made two birdies in the final round.
The No. 4-ranked Buccaneers will compete in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional in Dade City on May 4-6.
Opa-locka track & field
The Opa-locka Hurricanes track & field team did well at the annual Strong Arm Invitational, hosted by Mighty Strong Arm Athletics at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center in Miami Gardens.
The event featured nationally known Miami Gardens Xpress, Strong Arm Athletics, Fort Lauderdale Track Club and South Dade Express. The Hurricanes more than held their own.
Boys: age 17-18: Deondre Napper, 100-meter silver medalist, 200-meter silver medalist; Eric Womble, 200-meter bronze medalist, shot put champ. 7-8: Taishawn Williams, shot put silver medalist.
Girls: 15-16: Jessica Newell, 100-meter champ, 200-meter silver medalist. 11-12: Xaria Wynn, shot put bronze medalist; 1,600 relay (Aniya Aikens, Jamayah Edwards, Keshay Davis, Yasimen Thomas) bronze medalist. 7-8: Gregorianna Fraser, 200-meter silver medalist, 100-meter silver medalist; Markayla Brown, shot put champ. 6U: Jaylah Joseph, 55-meter silver medalist; Tamara Ray, 55-meter bronze medalist.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Maria Alvarez (varsity basketball) had eight points to help lead her team to a national championship in the win against Dillard High School at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: William Seiden (baseball) was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two triples and six RBI against Hollywood Christian and Florida Christian.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Ogechi Anyagaligbo (basketball) recorded a double-double and was named Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament MVP in helping lead her team to a national championship in the win against Dillard High School at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Milan Bass (tennis) won his singles and doubles matches against Ransom Everglades in the regionals.
A season of accomplishments and success continued for Barry University rowing during the Knecht Cup in West Windsor Township, N.J.
The Barry Varsity 4 B boat, crewed by coxswain Sara Lyles, stroke Luna Ugrenovic, Sorelle Tchie, Jensen Rayburn, and bow Cierra Salzano, placed third in Heat 1 of the Women’s Club Four in 8:08.84, 16.07 seconds behind first place Lafayette. The B boat finished ahead of UNH B, Philadelphia U A and Charleston with splits of 25.32, 31.57 and 1:32.33, respectively.
Rayburn, a 5-8 sophomore from Miami Shores, is a novice rower. She is a graduate of Archbishop Curley High School, where she played soccer, softball and volleyball.
Her brother, Calvin, is a former Barry pitcher who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2014. She is majoring in communication.
Miami Midnites basketball
The Miami Midnites basketball team (19-7) could not find a way to contain the Shreveport Bossier Mavericks (32-0), who defended their ABA championship and won their fourth title overall, defeating the Midnites 116-91.
Former Florida International University guard Ray Taylor scored 36 points with six assists for the Midnites. Shreveport extended its win streak to 92 games.
Miami reached the ABA Finals in its inaugural season in the ABA, after winning a championship in the Florida Basketball Association last summer. The Midnites’ opening night in the FBA begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the David Posnack JCC in Davie.
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 $25 for USTA members and $35 for non-members. Prices will increase two weeks before 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:
Orange Bowl Paddle Championships
The fifth annual Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship presented by Blue World Paddle, Surf & Skate and benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, will occur May 9 at the Miami Rowing Club, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, adjacent to Miami Marine Stadium.
The Orange Bowl Paddle Championship is one of the largest Stand Up Paddle events on the East Coast. The Championship welcomes paddle boarders of all levels from all over to the waters of Biscayne Bay.
The event will feature several races throughout the day. The Elite Course is a 8.6-mile race rounding the historic Virginia Key. Elite Course paddle boarders will compete for cash and prizes totaling $4,000. The Recreational Course is a 2.5-mile, family friendly loop in protected waters on the southwest side of the key. The Corporate Challenge will follow in the same location. There will also be a 100-yard sprint course and additional water activities for the entire family.
Milla Navarro, the No. 1 nationally ranked, 16-year-old competitive SUP professional, will lead a youth paddle clinic. The Miami native will teach young novices paddle board basics.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the first race (Elite) will start at 9 a.m.
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Play Action Sports cheer, football
Play Action Sports bought the Coral Gables Cavaliers Youth Football & Cheer Program and is re-rebuilding it.
The group seeks a cheer director and cheer coaches as well as football coaches, volunteers and team moms and dads to assist with the 2015 season in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. Home games will be played at Coral Gables High School.
Suniland flag football
Registration for the Suniland 5-on-5 Flag Football Summer Season is open until June for boys and girls, ages 5-15.
Registration is at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest, every weeknight 6 to 8 and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Fee is $125 and covers reversible shirt, shorts, flags, secondary insurance and high school certified referees. Full Teams accepted at a discounted rate. Every team makes playoffs. Coaches and team sponsors needed.
For information, contact Flag Commissioner Ken Hanna 305-992-2991 or Club President Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Optimist Club of Suniland is an organization entirely made up of volunteers who have been providing community service thru sports in South Florida since 1968.
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 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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Richmond-Perrine flag football
Register for the Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club Flag Football League from 2-6 p.m. April 25.
The league is open to boys and girls, ages 5-15. Fee is $50 (nonrefundable).
The season starts April 27. Contact Dwight Crews at 786-671-9713.
Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is now through 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.
The international sport Footgolf is being introduced to the South Miami-Dade community at Killian Greens Golf Club, 9980 SW 104th St.
Footgolf (18 holes) can be played in two hours and is a great source of exercise for those who enjoy kicking a soccer ball. Times are available every day of the week after 4:30 p.m. to players of all skill levels, families and groups. Balls are available for rent for $5 to those who do not already own one.
Killian Greens is an accredited Footgolf course with the American Footgolf League. Call 305-271-0917.
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Sunshine State Games
Florida’s Sunshine State Games online registration is open for select sports of its Calendar of Events.
Now in its 36th year, the Sunshine State Games has become an amateur sports tradition in Florida and nationwide. All Floridians are welcome to compete in any of the more than 25 sports offered in 10 Florida communities between April and November.
SSG strives to provide first-class facilities, a family friendly atmosphere and professionally organized and affordable competition for more than 10,000 athletes of all ages.
Online registration is open for select events, including three multi-sport festivals in Broward, Sarasota and Palm Beach counties at
Since making its debut in 1980, Florida’s Sunshine State Games has established itself as the Nation’s Longest-Running State Games.
SSG Basketball Championships, May 8-10, Alachua County
SSG Spring Festival, May 15-17, Broward County
SSG Sarasota County Festival, June 6-8
SSG Palm Beach County Festival, June 13-14
SSG Table Tennis Championships, June 20-21, Lakeland
SSG Water Polo Championships, June 26-28, Coral Springs
Entry fees vary by sport and registration deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to the competition date.
The Broward County Festival includes three sports: Figure Skating, Lacrosse, rugby.
The Sarasota County Festival features competition in seven sports; Archery, Canoe/Kayak, Disc Golf, Racquetball, Rowing, Synchronized Swimming and Ultimate.
The Sunshine State Games returns to West Palm Beach for the first time since 2002 when the Palm Beach County Festival offers eight sports; BMX Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Karate, Powerlifting, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
“We look forward to working with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to present the eight sports of the Palm Beach County Festival,” said Florida Sports Foundation Senior Vice President, Stephen Rodriguez. “The Palm Beach Convention Center will come alive the weekend of June 13-14 with seven sports being held in the building and over 1,000 athletes competing.”
Look for upcoming information about the Sunshine State Games events at
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.
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.
▪ The 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 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 Fernández.
▪ Purchase the José’s Heroes season ticket package and travel to Marlins Park.
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.
Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball
or on Twitter @USAFootball
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).
Nominate youth baseball, softball players
In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player Spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.
Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate youth baseball or softball players, who display sportsmanship and good grades or academic improvements. Eligible nominees are from the recreational in-house league or travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school aged) for any season of the year.
Honored players – selected by random drawing – will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.
To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone at
email@example.com or call 954-538-7153.