Youth Sports

Palmetto Middle track wins Miami-Dade County title

The Palmetto Middle School girls’ JV track team (sixth-seventh grade) did very well at the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championships at Southridge Park. The standout Lancers are from left, Fairy Stringfield, Lexi Momplaiser, Victoria Karr, Justyce Hill, Navaeh Ezell, Makayla Gardner, Aaliyah Tyler, and Coach Mallie Brown.
The Palmetto Middle School girls’ JV track team (sixth-seventh grade) did very well at the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championships at Southridge Park. The standout Lancers are from left, Fairy Stringfield, Lexi Momplaiser, Victoria Karr, Justyce Hill, Navaeh Ezell, Makayla Gardner, Aaliyah Tyler, and Coach Mallie Brown.

The Palmetto Middle School girls’ junior varsity track & field team (sixth-seventh grade) did very well at the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championships at Southridge Park.

With a small group, the Lancers still finished third of 16 JV teams, totaling 84 points. Credit to the athletes and their coach, Mallie Brown.

Victoria Karr won the 100-meter race and placed third in the 200-meter run. She was also the anchor leg on the 400-meter relay team, rallying that unit to a championship. Karr is doing just as well in the classroom with an ‘A’ average in advanced classes.

Justyce Hill was runner-up in the 100, 200 and 400 runs. She was the third leg on that winning 400 relay team, making up ground in the come-from-behind effort.

Fairy Stringfield was the lead on the champion 400 relay team. She also took third in the 400 and fourth in the 800.

Nevaeh Ezell battled through an injury to run the second leg of the winning 400 relay team. During the season, that stellar foursome, when healthy, bested times of older winning relay groups, as did Karr in the 100.

Lexi Momplaisir won the discus and shot put events at county, and in the high jump, Makayla Gardner finished sixth.

Junior Orange Bowl JV basketball

The annual Junior Orange Bowl Boys’ and Girls’ JV Basketball Tournament featured 16 teams from South Florida at the Miami Springs Recreation Center.

Miami Senior High School defeated Lourdes to win the girls’ title, and Columbus High School beat Dr. Krop to earn the boys’ championship.

The JV Basketball Tournament is part of the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Series that also includes the National Varsity Basketball Classic in December and the Middle School Classic in the spring. The Junior Orange Bowl annually hosts 15 athletic, academic and cultural arts competitions to fulfill its mission of serving the youth of South Florida and the world.

For information on how to participate or volunteer for the Junior Orange Bowl, visit www.jrorangebowl.org.

The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, The Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners. The JOBC, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the Youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multi-cultural experiences.

For information, call 305.662.1210 or visit

www.jrorangebowl.org.

Coral Reef cheer/dance

More than 15,000 of the country’s top high school cheerleaders and dancers recently competed in the National High School Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships, produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and the Universal Dance Association, both Varsity Spirit brands, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

These groups have spent months on the sidelines cheering on their high school sporting teams, and all the hours of hard work and preparation were highlighted when each team took the stage. The two-day events hosted 12,000 cheerleaders from 645 teams and nearly 5,000 dancers from 345 teams.

Cheerleading teams are judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading abilities and overall performance, while the dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution and overall effect. Teams competing in the championship had to qualify at a regional event in order to participate.

“The growth in championship participation each year is a testament to the popularity of cheerleading and dance, and we are honored to continue to provide this showcase for such hard work and dedication,” said Jeff Webb, CEO of Varsity Spirit, the organization that has hosted the events since the early 1980s.

Varsity Spirit will be posting segments of each performance on www.varsity.com so fans can watch their favorite teams. The competitions will also air on ESPNU and ESPN2 starting in late March and will continue through mid-April. Viewers can check their local listings for air times.

Coral Reef High School won two national titles.

Dance Team Large Varsity Jazz (15 or more members).

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Dance Team Junior Varsity Jazz

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More than 50,000 spectators attended the national championship events, with performances at four different venues within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and one stage at Hollywood Studios, all on the grounds Walt Disney World Resort.

The Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association are dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading and dance, and all teams participating in the National High School Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships comply with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators’ safety guidelines.

About Varsity Spirit

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance.

A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions, of which more than 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers attend each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit’s 1,200 employees have been helping raise cheerleading’s influence and profile since 1974.

For information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, visit www.varsity.com or www.varsitybrands.com.

Belen Jesuit lacrosse

The Belen Jesuit School varsity lacrosse team won the Pope Cup Tournament, hosted by Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton.

This is the third year of the tournament with Pope John Paul II High School winning the first two. The tournament consists of Catholic high school teams from across the state, competing in a round robin format.

This year’s participants were: Pope John Paul II High School (Boca Raton), Cardinal Gibbons High School (Fort Lauderdale), Belen Jesuit High School (Miami), Cardinal Mooney High School (Sarasota), St. Brendan High School (Miami), Archbishop John Carroll High School (Miami).

Belen Jesuit defeated the host school and state’s ninth ranked Pope John Paul II 3-2 in the semifinals and beat Cardinal Mooney 7-4 in the finals.

Belen Jesuit features freshmen Deiter Prussing, Carlos Romero, Robert Fernandez; sophomores Carlos Machado, Josh Lara; juniors Danny Hondal, Diego Rivera, Danny Garcia-Tunon, Brian Pascual, Oscar Ortega, Gaby Garcia, Mathew Salas, Adrian Rey, Nicholas Arias, Danny Dager, Johnny Powell, Richie Perez, Patrick Arian, Alejandro Gonzalez, Luke Hernandez, Ted Huertas; seniors Robert Pertierra, Christian Estrada, Carlos Martinez, Nico Rodriguez, Joey Garcia, Walter Tomasino and Michel Abud. The head coach is Alan Bellando, and assistant coach is Roger Lara.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Maria Alvarez (varsity basketball) scored 10 first half points to help lead the Spartans to a 77-59 win in the state championship game against Seffner Christian.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Harrison Breslow (tennis) won singles and doubles match in the Spartans 6-1 win against Ransom Everglades.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Michelle Berry (basketball) had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to help lead the Spartans to a 77-59 win in the state championship game against Seffner Christian.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Christian Claramonte (water polo) combined for 26 saves and three steals in games against Riviera Prep and Dr. Krop High School.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named Sarah Dreyfuss and Myles Gilbert as Student Athletes of the Week

Dreyfuss, a junior, has been struggling with a shoulder injury but her performance on the girls’ varsity tennis court shows otherwise. Against Yeshiva, she won her singles matches 8-0 and her doubles match with partner Alexa Cohen 8-0. She is a very strong, confident player, and her positive attitude inspires the rest of the team.

Gilbert, a seventh grader, is a member of the boys’ varsity tennis team. He moved up the ladder this season because of his performance last season. He recently played the No.4 position in singles, winning 8-5 against Yeshiva. He also won at No.1 doubles with his partner Jacky Kleibaum 8-1.

St. Brendan soccer

The St. Brendan School boys’ varsity soccer team went 5-10 with a 4-3 record in district play.

St. Brendan improved from last season and posted their best district record in years. The Sabres advanced to the second round of districts, losing to district champion Gulliver Prep.

As a four-year team member, senior forward Gabriel Vasquez said: “The team played well together. We were a close knit family and played our hearts out in every game.”

The Sabres featured 13 seniors.

Junior defensive midfielder Peter Leon said: “We had a pretty good season and definitely grew as a team. We learned a lot, and hopefully next season we will pick up right where we left off.”

Hochberg Prep soccer

The Hochberg Preparatory Middle School girls’ soccer team beat Potential Christian Academy 3-0. Ariel Fishman, Daniela Aronsky and Lauren Shaked each scored. Noam Fishman was solid in goal with stellar defensive support from Leeyan Cohen, Emily Davidovic, Dianne Strauss and Ahava Greenbaum.

Nova Southeastern basketball

Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball player Jasmine Wilkins of Miami was chosen for the first time this season and third time in her career the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week.

Wilkins led the Sharks to two victories over Top 25 opponents, giving the team at least a share of the regular season SSC title by defeating No.17 Rollins and No.20 Florida Tech. The senior forward had 21 and 19 points, respectively.

Against Rollins, she also shot 7-of-11 from the field and the same mark from the line and added six rebounds and three blocked shots. Then in the victory over Florida Tech, she tied for the team best with 19 points and was even more efficient, making 7-of-9 shots and 5-of-7 free throws. She again grabbed six boards.

In the last four games, Wilkins is averaging 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds and is shooting 71.7 percent from the field. On the season, she leads the Sharks in scoring at 14.4 points and is among the nation’s leaders in field goal percentage at 63.7 percent.

Wilkins, a graduate of Hialeah High School, is a former Miami Herald All-Dade first team selection. She earned a college degree in business administration and is currently working on a Master's of Science in education with a specialization in athletic administration.

Coral Gables golf

U.S. Kids Golf, the leading international manufacturer of golf clubs and equipment for kids, announced its U.S. Kids Top 50 Teachers at The PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

PGA Pro John Pallot of Coral Gables was named as a TOP 50 Teacher in the national competition.

“I am truly honored to be named by US KIDS as among their TOP 50 Teachers because youth instruction is a significant part of my academy's curriculum,” Pallot said.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored golf’s best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Recipients, who are selected from among 500 public, private, resort and municipal course teachers, are chosen based on their contributions to junior golf, including time devoted to teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity and fun in their programs; parental involvement; and overall effort to grow the game.

Pallot, founder of The John Pallot Golf Academy and a former collegiate standout for the University of Miami, has devoted the past 29 years to teaching and continuing his own golf education with golf’s great instructors, including Butch Harmon, PGA Hall of Fame member Bob Toski, Martin Hall, Peter Kostis, Jim McLean, and John Elliot.

Twice recognized as the Florida Southern Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year and twice named to Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Florida, Pallot can still play a little bit, too, winning the Senior Southern Chapter PGA Championship in 2014.

“I began my love affair with the game of golf at age 7 and became ranked as the eighth best junior in the Unites States by age 17,” Pallot said. “If I can use my experiences to foster a curiosity for learning, encourage sportsmanship and inspire confidence in youngsters, then I have accomplished something far more rewarding than my own playing successes.”

Tennis

Israel Tennis Centers begins its 40th year with special winter exhibitions in Florida, including one in Coral Gables.

The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation announced plans for a series of tennis exhibitions as the ITC embarks on its 40th year as one of the largest social service organizations for children in Israel. “40 Years A Family” signifies a major milestone for the ITC, having empowered almost a half million Israeli children…beyond tennis and beyond borders.

“In 1975, as plans were being made for the ITC, we envisioned an organization whose mission would be to help underprivileged children learn valuable life skills through the medium of tennis,” said ITC Founder Bill Lippy.

“Our goal was to provide them with the tools to become strong and productive members of Israeli society. A year later that dream came true when we opened our first center in Ramat Hasharon. I only wish all the founding fathers could see how this one center has turned into 14 throughout Israel and the hundreds of thousands of young people whose lives we’ve helped turn around.”

A tennis exhibition is 3:30 p.m. March 7 in Coral Gables.

A diverse team of Israeli tennis players and coaches will be flying to the United States to share their personal stories about how their lives were turned around by the not-for-profit ITC.

For information or to attend, contact ITC Development Director Yoni Yair at 954-480-6333

or yyair@israeltenniscenters.org.

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.

Suniland conditioning

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 josearegalado@att.net.

More events, leagues, programs

Tennis

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.

Spring Series

March 14-15 – Academia Sanchez-Casal, Naples

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.

For information and to register visit

www.USTAFlorida.com/TeamTennisChallenges

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.

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.

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:

March Registrations fee: $120 -- Friday, March 6 and 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, March 14 and 28 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

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 khwfootball@aol.com.

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.

For information email khwfootball@aol.com or visit www.khwarriors.org.

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.

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.

Visit www.footballfoundation.org.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NFFNetwork

Twitter https://twitter.com/NFFNetwork

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/NFFOnDemand

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 — 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.

Jose’s Heroes

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.

For information, visit marlins.com/josesheroes, email SeasonTickets@marlins.com or call 305-480-2521.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

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.

Physically Challenged

Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).

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