Miami-Dade County

Sports Scene: Miami’s Jayson Bam Bam Farfan taking youth football by storm

Jayson Farfan, aka Bam Bam, plays for the Miami Gardens Chiefs 7U tackle football team in the Florida Youth Football League, sponsored by artists from I.M.G. Strong Arm, led by recording artist and producer Flo Rida, who is from Miami.

Bam Bam, 7, of Kendall is causing some commotion not only in the FYFL but across the United States via social media. Several teams want to travel after the season to play against his team since they heard of him on the Internet.

YouTube video of Bam Bam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo4OskL1AaY

When it comes to football, Bam Bam is a natural. His Football IQ is way beyond his years. He reads plays like kids who are twice his age. Bam Bam is never scared to step on the field and play against the bigger kids.

He says, “Whenever I step on the field, it’s business.”

He has also many followers across the nation via social media. They have even featured him on several billboards in South Florida.

The FYFL is different from the other leagues in South Florida because it is unlimited weight, making it more competitive than the other leagues. His team is being discussed throughout South Florida as the team to beat. They’re predicted to go all the way to the Super Bowl.

Bam Bam, who comes from a Cuban background, is second grader at Calusa Preparatory School. He is following his older brother’s footsteps, KJ Farfan, who is known as one of the top fourth grade basketball players in the country. The Farfan brothers are taking over social media -- KJ in basketball and Bam Bam in football.

Kendall Hammocks football

In a performance described by Kendall Hammocks Commission Mike Pintado as one of the best ever by a Warrior, Zack Chaves scored three times and made a touchdown saving tackle on a kickoff return as the Warriors 145s tackle football team defeated Ives Estates 32-6 in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

Chaves scored on a touchdown run, a pass reception and a kickoff return. On defense, Kendall Hammocks (2-1) was led by Adrain Diaz and Joshau Gibson.

Also, the Kendall Hammocks Warriors 85s tackle football team shut out the Suniland Sundevils 27-0 to improve to 3-0. Offensive linemen Sylus Villanueva, Jonathan Zamora, Ryan Chica, Gabriel Marrero, Anthony Piaia, Jacob Garcia and Adrian Cardero keyed a stellar offense. For the third consecutive game, a strong defense held the opposition to negative yardage.

In Pee Wees, Colton Smith scored three times in leading Kendall Hammocks over Ives Estates 33-13. Alex Cuesta and Alex Thomas were outstanding on defense as the Warriors improved to 2-1.

The Kendall Hammocks 100s remained undefeated with a 26-6 victory over Ives Estates, The Warriors (3-0) rushed for 240 on 23 carries, highlighted by Ryan Gonzalez’s 65-yard touchdown run. The defense limited Ives Estates to 47 total yards with Dylan Puntes and Dylan Rodriguez recovering fumbles.

The Kendall Hammocks 115s came from behind to beat Ives Estates 12-6. Trailing 6-0 in the third quarter, the Warriors (2-1) evened things when Dimitri Taylor scored on a 50-yard kickoff return. Late in the fourth quarter, Dominic Nelson scored the winner.

The Kendall Hammocks 130s dropped to 2-1 after a hard fought 7-2 loss to Ives Estates.

Orange Bowl football

Now in its 16th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority, kicked off its annual Park of the Week program at the Dick Conley Memorial Football League Jamboree at Harris Field Park in Homestead. Approximately 500 players, coaches and fans attended the 9 a.m. opening ceremonies showcasing all the league teams.

The Orange Bowl’s Director of Community Outreach, Latoya Williams, was in attendance, and she had a message for the children participating and their parents.

Williams said: “We thank the players for their dedication on and off the field. Parents, we realize how diligently you work to get the kids out to the park for practice. And the cheerleaders are doing a great job. With the assistance of our presenting sponsor, Sports Authority, as well as our other sponsors, we are proud and excited to provide an opportunity for youths to play organized football.”

New Orange Bowl Committee Member Nan A. Markowitz also participated to show support.

Markowitz said: “I am honored to be a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and for this to be my first volunteer opportunity with the organization. As a parent, I understand how it is. I take my son to play soccer every Saturday. So I want to say thank you to all the parents. Good luck to all the teams.”

The OBYFA Park of the Week program, presented by Sports Authority, recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support of the community. At each stop during the program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff will distribute promotional items and discounts from OBYFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque.

After the jamboree, the Orange Bowl visited four Miami Xtreme Youth Football members: the Miami Police Athletic League, followed by the Shores Spartans, North Miami Beach Sundevils and concluded with the Ives Estates Thunder at Ives Estates Park.

Ives Estates Park is the site of the Orange Bowl’s third Legacy Gift. Earlier this year the Orange Bowl held a ground breaking for the project which will include a new scoreboard and a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field. The renovations will directly benefit children who participate in various athletic leagues, after school programs and summer camps at Ives Estates Park.

The local community will also benefit from the project, as Ives Estates Park will be able to attract a greater range of youth athletic competitions and community activities. In less than a decade, the projects have provided approximately $10 million worth of improvements toward the beautification of the South Florida community and recreational park activities for residents and their families.

This year’s Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority and support from associate sponsors American Airlines, Doctors Hospital, Florida Prepaid College Board, FOX Sports Florida/Sun Sports, Hampton Farms, Marathon Petroleum, MetroPCS, Nike, Panter, Panter & Sampedro, Sparkling ICE, The Miami Herald, Toyota, and Wells Fargo, continues to positively impact the South Florida community.

For more than 80 years, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.

For information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority,

visit www.orangebowl.org.

Skating

Rori Brenner, Kyra Gardner, Sophia Lemus, Nina Paz, Emilia Rubio-Paz and Cesia Salan of the Super Wheels Artistic Skating Club at Super Wheels Skating Center in Miami competed in the USARS National Figure Championships at the Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Neb.

Brenner, a fourth grader at Leewood K-8 Center, earned a bronze medal in Primary Girls Loops. She is coached by Gloria Manning. Emilia Rubio-Paz won bronze, too, in Esquire Women Figures.

Also, Gardner was sixth in Juvenile B Girls Loops; Lemus sixth in Primary Girls Free Skating; Nina Paz 13th in Juvenile B Girls Figures; and Salan eighth in Sophomore A Women Figures.

Volleyball

Westminster Christian School varsity volleyball players Quinn Blanco, Connor Crotty, Gaby Miller and Sophia Poveda founded 4 Girls Digging For A Cause to combine their love of the sport and their passion for helping others.

In August, the four sophomores hosted a doubles sand volleyball tournament at Coral Reef Park and raised nearly $1,400 for HIS HOUSE Children’s Home, a non-profit that provides residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

The event drew eight teams, made up of volleyball players from WCS, Carrollton and St. Brendan. The tournament started at 8 a.m. with pool play followed by the elimination round which last until 12 noon. In the end, Sophia Poveda and Gaby Miller were the first place winners, receiving gift cards generously donated by Blush Boutique in Palmetto Bay.

Event sponsors were Miami Elite Volleyball Club, Rosie Couture Collection, Learn Tutoring Services, Colliers International, Kings Bay Athletics, and Podium Graphic & Productions.

4 Girls Digging For A Cause will be organizing a community drive this fall to collect household items and school supplies needed by HIS HOUSE, and are already making plans for next year’s sand volleyball tournament.

To learn more about future events, follow them on Twitter @4GDFAC or Instagram, 4GDFAC.

Golf

Age group results from the Mayor’s SNAG Youth Golf Challenge at Tamiami Park.

6-9: 1. Gwen Cherry Park; 2. Gwen Cherry Park; 3. Leisure Lakes Park.

10-14: 1. Tamiami Park; 2. Leisure Lakes Park; 3. MLK Park.

Longest Drive Competition: 6-9: Makayla (Gwen Cherry Park). 10-14: Fabian (Tamiami Park).

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department presented the Mayor’s Cup Youth Golf Series in June and July. It was a series of two unique summer golf competitions, for boys and girls. The “Mayor’s Cup Youth Golf Tournament” for seasoned golfers, age 17 and younger, and the “Mayor’s Cup Youth SNAG Golf Challenge” for beginner golfers, age 14 and younger, of all abilities.

They are part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics.

SNAG (Starting New At Golf) is a program to effectively teach golf to all ages and ability levels. SNAG Golf offers the versatility to learn and play in almost any environment. In the past 10 years, SNAG Golf has built a premier learning system recognized by industry leaders around the world as the superior method to teach golf fundamentals in a fun and easy way.

In 2013, a national grassroots initiative to bring entry-level golf to millions of children and adults was spearheaded by Jack Nicklaus and SNAG Golf in conjunction with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues (JNLL), using SNAG programming and equipment, are used in Parks and Recreation facilities across the country in order to increase access to and engagement in golf for youth and active adults.

For information about Miami-Dade County Parks, call 3-1-1 or visit

www.miamidade.gov/parks/

Scuba

Children, adults and veterans with disabilities will have an opportunity to escape gravity for a brief time and discover the weightless world of scuba diving, as part of the free “Diveheart Scuba Experience” kick-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 at AD Barnes Pool, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami.

The event is being presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Disability Services Division in partnership with the Diveheart Foundation and Ortho Pro Associates. The event will include scuba demonstrations, rides on a mechanical dolphin and on-site registration for the Diveheart Scuba Experience scuba diving classes.

Diveheart classes will also be at the pool Oct. 4 and 25.

Individuals must be at least 10-years-old to participate in the scuba diving sessions. Participants will receive an introduction to scuba diving and scuba equipment. All scuba gear will be provided. Pre-registration is required, as each participant is paired with a certified dive instructor and volunteer.

For information, contact Terri Bukacheski at 305-598-9688 or terri@orthoproassociates.com.

More events, leagues, programs

Cross-country

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair’s Cross-Country Race, open to middle school and high school athletes, will occur Thursday, Sept. 18 at Larry and Penny Thompson Park, 12451 SW 194th St., Miami.

Junior varsity races begin promptly at 3 p.m. followed by varsity races at 4:45 p.m. The final race of the day starts at 5:20 p.m. Winners will receive their awards, including the new Miami-Dade Mayor's Cup, at an awards ceremony following the races.

The Youth Fair's annual Cross-Country Race draws more than 1,500 high school and middle school students from Miami-Dade County public and private schools to compete at the park's cross-country track. The race has become part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, which is the premier sponsor of the event.

The Youth Sports Championship Series aims to build and support a strong foundation of organized sports through a series of sport championships coordinated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and the local governing body of the individual youth sport.

Champions will be crowned in 10 sports at 15 events, predominantly at Miami-Dade County-owned parks and facilities. Winners of championships in tennis, track and field, basketball, baseball, flag football, golf, swimming, wrestling, cross country, cheer and dance, and soccer will be crowned with the Mayor's Cup.

The Youth Fair and the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department work together to promote a year round athletic program. Annually, there are more than 6,000 public and private school students who participate in the various sporting events: swimming and diving, cross country, tennis, track, golf, bowling, wrestling and badminton. These events are open to middle and high school students.

All athletic events are held in accordance with the official rules of the National Federation of State High School Association, Florida High School Activities Association and the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC).

The Youth Fair is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that awards more than $300,000 annually in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to local public, private, charter and home school students. To date, The Youth Fair has awarded well over $10 million to Miami-Dade students to help them achieve higher education. In 2014, it awarded $90,000 in college scholarships, including $7,000 to winners of Miami-Dade County Public School's inaugural Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.

The Youth Fair is the only venue where students can showcase their educational, art and science achievements all in one place and be rewarded for their efforts. More than 40,000 student projects are exhibited annually to more than half a million families, friends and fairgoers.

Visit http://www.thefair.me/

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,” Mayor 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.

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).

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).

How to recognize someone in Sports Scene

Sports Scene spotlights news and notes from youth sports and adult league activities with the aim to feature game notes and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on league directors and coaches, as well as community members, parents and schools to submit information. We accept photos but ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

All sports are welcome as long as the team, individual or league is Miami-based.

Email sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com.

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