Youth Sports

Miami Rowing Center places second at FSRA State Sculling Championship

The Miami Rowing Center’s Boys’ Freshmen Double (Andrew Bared, Fabian Herrera) was first during the FSRA State Sculling Championships at Sarasota’s new rowing center at Nathan Benderson Park. Those gold medal winners helped MRC place second of 34 teams in the overall points standings.
The Miami Rowing Center’s Boys’ Freshmen Double (Andrew Bared, Fabian Herrera) was first during the FSRA State Sculling Championships at Sarasota’s new rowing center at Nathan Benderson Park. Those gold medal winners helped MRC place second of 34 teams in the overall points standings.

Miami Rowing Center had its best FSRA State Sculling Championship effort, placing second of 34 teams in the overall points standings at Sarasota’s new rowing center at Nathan Benderson Park.

MRC medal winners:

Gold: Girls Lightweight Quad (Elizabeth Ray, Isabel de Vengochea, Kamila Vazquez, Alexandra Duffy). Boys Freshmen Double (Fabian Herrera and Andrew Bared)

Silver: Girls Lightweight Double (Paulina Suarez and Marissa Williford). Boys Junior Double (Antonio Ramos and Emil Andreassen)

Bronze: Boys Varsity Quad (Roury Higgins, Jacob Sorensen, Lorenzo Frati, Viking Mayor).

Although not medalists, the remainder of the 40 strong gave memorable performances, instrumental in gathering points toward the overall runner-up team finish, and that made MRC Head Coach Cesar Herrera proud.

Gulliver swimming

With the 2014-15 short course swimming season complete, seven swimmers from the Gulliver Swim Club and Gulliver Schools are ranked among the Top 25 swimmers in the nation for their respective single age groups by the USA Swimming National Age Group Recognition Program.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these dedicated swimmers,” Jeff Poppell, Gulliver’s aquatics director and head swimming coach, said in a release. “They are very deserving of this national recognition, and it’s a strong testament to their hard work and commitment to be the best that they can be in the sport.”

Listed below are the individual rankings of the seven nationally ranked Gulliver swimmers:

Miguel Cancel is ranked in the top 25 in the nation in seven events, including No.11 in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. He also is ranked in the 50 and 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 individual medley, and 200 and 500 freestyle in the 15-year-old age bracket. He has been swimming with Gulliver since August of 2014.

Emily Cordovi is ranked No.22 in the nation in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke in the 14-year-old age group. She has been swimming with Gulliver since August of 2014.

Brooke Ellis is ranked No.18 in the 100 individual medley for the 15-year-old age bracket. She has been swimming with Gulliver since July 2011.

Kelly Fertel is ranked No.4 in the 100 individual medley. She also is ranked in the 400 individual medley and 50 and 200 breaststroke for the 17-year-old age group. She has been swimming with Gulliver since August 2014.

Trey Gribble is ranked No.5 in the nation in the 100 individual medley for the 14-year-old age bracket. He has been swimming with Gulliver since January 2014.

Andrea Santander is ranked No.1 in the nation in the 100 and 200 freestyle, as well as in the Top 25 in 50, 500 and 1650 freestyle and 100, 200 and 400 individual medley in the 12- and 13-year-old age brackets. She has been swimming with Gulliver since December 2013.

Niki Urquidi is ranked No.20 in the 500 freestyle in the 17-year-old age group. She has been swimming with Gulliver since September 2009.

The USA Swimming National Age Group Recognition Program recognizes the top age group swimmers in the United States by compiling all the times submitted to the organization from sanctioned, approved or observed competitions. The time frame for each year’s recognition is Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 of the following year. Lists are compiled and checked in the fall, and the final list is prepared and announced prior to the end of the school year.

The Gulliver Swim Club is a year-round USA Swimming program and is available to all swimmers – Gulliver students and non-Gulliver students. The club offers various levels of training and competition for swimmers from young age groups to adult masters. For information about the swim club, visit

For information about Gulliver Schools, visit

Miami Dolphins Mom’s Clinic

The Miami Dolphins, in partnership with USA Football’s national initiative of Heads Up Football and Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, hosted their second annual Mom’s Clinic at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, the Dolphins training headquarters in Davie.

The free clinic included information about nutrition, heat and hydration, equipment fitting and concluded with interactive drills that showed proper Heads Up Football tackling techniques.

“This event is a continuation of our commitment to reach the youth of South Florida,” Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Manager Troy Drayton said. “Moms play an important role in the game of football, bringing their children to practice and games. Moms in many instances prepare the equipment our young football players wear each day and teach them the proper way to wear equipment. This clinic is step in empowering them to have the confidence to make the game safer.”

Guest speakers for the event included Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Administration Dawn Aponte, who also serves on the USA Football Board of Directors; Miami Dolphins Nutritionist Mary Ellen Bingham; and Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Jonathan Gress as well as a panel of football moms that addressed youth sports topics. The panel included Diane Philbin, wife of Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin; Stephanie Hickey, wife of General Manager Dennis Hickey; Tracey Rizzi, wife of Special Teams Coordinator Darren Rizzi; Bernadette Vernon, mother of Vernon; and Debbie Hall, mother of cornerback Brent Grimes.

Equipment fitting was led by Miami Dolphins Equipment Manager Joe Cimino with assistance from Olivier Vernon. Cimino showed the proper way helmets and shoulder pads should fit to help reduce injuries.

“Tonight I really learned a lot, especially on the safety aspect. I would have to say I certainly didn’t know how important the fit of the equipment is,” said participant Rachel Derenoncourt, who along with her two young sons recently relocated to South Florida. “The equipment is important in order to make sure not only that they have a good time, but they’re safe.”

After the presentations, the women participated in interactive drills that teach proper tackling techniques. The drills were led by Miami Dolphins Alumnus and Heads Up Football Master Trainer Drayton as well as Columbus High School Coach and USA Football Master Trainer Chris Merritt. Participants received a goodie bag, T-shirt and Heads Up Football Packet.


Miami Country Day School

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Stone (tennis) won the No.4 singles championship in helping her team win the South Florida Middle School Championship for the first time in program history.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Harrison Breslow (tennis) was runner-up in singles and doubles to help lead his team to a South Florida Middle School Championship runner-up trophy.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Sierra Mathis (softball) drove in two keys runs in an 11-run, sixth inning and made a spectacular catch in centerfield to help the Spartans beat SLAM Academy for the District 15-3A Championship.


The Florida High School Athletic Association State Tennis Championships were in the Orlando area -- Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry and Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

State Champions from Miami: Class 4A: Boys’ Overall Singles: Jose Andres Ortega of Ferguson High School. Class 3A: Girls’ Overall Doubles: Sophie Adams/Michelle Adan-Pol of Terra Institute.

State Runners-up from Miami: Class 2A: Julieta Dalmau/Lindy Lyons of Gulliver Prep.

Miami Midnites basketball

The Miami Midnites (4-0) grounded a late fourth quarter run by the Florida Flight (0-3) en route to a 104-92 victory in the Florida Basketball Association.

Miami's George Gray led the Midnites with 29 points and five rebounds, and Will Frisby totaled 28 points and nine boards. Amir Celestin had seven assists.

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 the historic 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 challenging 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.

To pre-register, go to

Kendall Hammocks cheer, football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors Tackle program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 football and cheerleading season.

Tackle fee $185 which includes home game jersey that players keep, secondary insurance, participation awards, and the rental of helmet, shoulder pads, game pants. Issued equipment to be returned at season’s end. Also, the NFL’s Stephen Tulloch Football Camp as well as the Rookie Camp.

Cheer registration fee $385 which includes $185 initial deposit for practice T-shirt, shorts, game day socks, hair bow, cheer brief, and shoes, secondary insurance, and participation awards. The remaining $200 is for competition, body liner, shoes, socks, warm up, cheer bag, and uniform rental.

Register 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 and 30 and June 6 and 13; and 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 15.

Registrations and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Tackle season starts July 6.

For information email Football Commissioner Mike Pintado at

or visit the web site at

The Warriors Football program, under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks, is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 28 years. The Warriors compete in the Miami Xtreme Football League.

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, age 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

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.

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.

Visit Palmetto Bay Broncos



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 everyday 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.

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

More events, leagues, programs

Sunshine State Games

Florida’s Sunshine State Games online registration is open for select sports of its 2015 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 different Florida communities between April and November.

SSG strives to provide first-class facilities, a family-friendly atmosphere and professionally organized, yet 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 2015 Sunshine State Games events at

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

or on Twitter @USAFootball

NFL Football Matters

The National Football Foundation announced the launch of, 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. “ 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. 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.





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.

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


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 ; or call 786-505-5585.

For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit 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

Registration is open.

Email 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 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

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.

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.

Nominate at



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, email 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 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 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.


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

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.



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 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).

Submit info to Sports Scene

Sports Scene spotlights news and notes from youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim is to feature game notes and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league, 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.


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Nominate youth baseball, softball players to be honored for academics, sportsmanship at Miami Marlins game

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 or call 954-538-7153.