Youth Sports

Barry University basketball player Deric Hill is DSBG guy

Barry University senior guard Deric Hill is making a name for himself on and off the basketball court. A South Miami High School grad, Hill and his high school friend, Danny Lopez, started a business venture from DSBG ‘Don’t Settle, Be Great.’ They’re selling DSBG apparel from wristbands to T-shirts that some professional athletes, students and celebrities are now wearing.
Barry University senior guard Deric Hill is making a name for himself on and off the basketball court. A South Miami High School grad, Hill and his high school friend, Danny Lopez, started a business venture from DSBG ‘Don’t Settle, Be Great.’ They’re selling DSBG apparel from wristbands to T-shirts that some professional athletes, students and celebrities are now wearing. Barry University

When Deric Hill was growing up, he didn’t have the easiest of childhoods. In fact, sometimes it was downright rough.

Now, the Barry University senior point guard is making a name for himself on and off the court. Students nowadays are approaching him, unbeknownst to him.

“Hey, are you the DSBG guy?”

Indeed, Hill, the electric 5-9 guard from South Miami who was fourth in the nation in assists and broke two school records in his first year at Barry, is the DSBG guy. He and his high school pal, Danny Lopez, often used the catch phrase, “Be great,” in the summer 2013. When others started catching on and using it, the two wanted to coin the phrase and turn it into something bigger.

“We added our own twist to it after a workout,” Hill said. “We were in the car just thinking of things to say, and after about five or six names, we came up with, ‘Don’t Settle, Be Great.’ It clicked.”

‘Don’t Settle, Be Great’ is more than just their coined phrase. It is a business venture Hill and Lopez started. They’re selling apparel from wristbands to T-shirts that some professional athletes and celebrities are now wearing. They’re even preparing to sell jogger pants soon.

They have a website that Lopez created where people can order DSBG items.

They are even talking about upgrading the current website:

http://dsbgapparel.bigcartel.com/.

DSBG also has its own Twitter handle:

https://twitter.com/DSBG_Apparel

Hill has South Miami native Patrick Robinson and his entire New Orleans Saints secondary wearing DSBG items. Through connections, NBA players Carlos Boozer and Tim Hardaway Jr. have also worn the apparel. Hill’s cousin, Erica Wheeler, who plays basketball overseas, alerted Brittney Griner of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury, who also has worn DSBG products. Rappers Ace Hood and Jadakiss and others are also wearing DSBG apparel.

“It just so happens that Ace Hood is making a song about being great,” Hill said. “It felt great to know they’re supporting us.

“It’s a motivational speech. We don’t want it to just be for athletes. We want it to be for anybody.”

Charles Agumagu, a Barry student, was the first customer on campus. Last year, Hill got the basketball team hooked on the #DSBG phrase. Some of the players even incorporated it into their Twitter handles.

“I got two shirts in my book bag right now that I’m supposed to sell,” Hill said. “It grew fast. I didn’t think it would be that fast. It seems to keep growing, up and up and up.”

A criminology major, Hill is using DSBG as a side venture, but still plans to put his studies to use in the professional setting.

In other words, he doesn’t want to settle for just being known as the DSBG guy.

“It’s just telling everybody don’t stop at just being good,” Hill said. “Don’t settle for less. Try to be the best at what you do. Don’t settle. That will help you grow as a person, too, knowing that you gave it your all.”

Hill, a former Miami Herald All-Dade first-team selection, averaged 18 points, eight assists and six steals as a senior at South Miami High School.

Carrollton golf

The Carrollton School girls’ varsity golf team placed second at the FHSAA Region 8 Class 1A Championship at the Palm Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach.

The Cyclones qualified for state.

Tanya Eathakotti, a freshman, shot 77 for runner-up honors at the region championships. Charlotte Stott scored a personal best 81. Gaby Delgado fired 85, Andy Delgado 97 and Irene Labarta 127.

Prior, at the District 24 Class 1A Championships at the Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables, Eathakotti medaled with 77. Stott scored 84, Gaby Delgado 101, Andy Delgado 103 and Labarta 171.

SFPGA golf

Aventura’s Sergio Escalante won the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour Event No.12 at The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood.

A full field of South Florida’s rising junior golfers faced a true test of golf at one of South Florida’s toughest courses.

Timothy Simpson of Fort Lauderdale and Escalante needed extra holes to determine a winner for the overall boys’ title. Simpson opened round one firing an 8-over-par 80, five strokes off the lead. Escalante shot an opening round 7-over 79 to find himself behind as well. Despite facing a large deficit in round two, both played well, finishing regulation tied for the lead. Escalante needed one playoff hole to capture his first SFPGA junior tour victory.

Doral native Leopoldo Herrera shot an impressive 77-70 for a tournament total 147 to capture the boys’ 11-12 age division title by six strokes.

In girls’ 11-12, Natalia Jimenez of Aventura was runner-up at 168 (80-88). In girls’ 13-18, Miami’s Abigail Chai-Onn was fifth at 183 (91-92).

For information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship and Challenge tours, visit the new South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at

www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.

West Miami cross-country

West Miami Middle School seventh grader Natalie Varela won the Sam Burley Foundation Middle School Cross-Country Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

Varela finished first of approximately 200 middle school female runners (JV and varsity), covering 2.1 miles in 12 minutes 50 seconds. That was 40 meters (and seven seconds) better than her closest competitor.

Varela is coached by Raul Amores and Stephanie Salas.

Highland Oaks cross-country

The Highland Oaks Middle School JV girls’ cross-country team bested nine teams to win the Sam Burley Foundation Middle School Cross-Country Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

Team Captain Vashti Claybrook finished second of 92 JV middle school female runners, completing the 2.1-mile course in 15 minutes 39 seconds. Sasha Lespinase-Casimir (15:53) was third. Kayla Yeungling (16:51) took eleventh, and Destiny Desrivieres (16:58) placed 12th. Shannon Laguerre (18:44) capped the scoring for the Panthers by placing 30th.

The Highland Oaks JV boys’ top runner was Markus Bermudez, who took 16th of 152 JV middle school boys’ runners in a personal best 14:31. Jamie Galo (19:46) represented the Panthers’ varsity girls by placing 50th of 90 varsity girls’ runners. Kevin Cam (17:22) placed 77th of 127 in the boys’ varsity race.

Archbishop Curley volleyball

The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep girls’ varsity volleyball team defeated Florida Christian 25-7, 25-15, 25-17.

“Being defeated in the previous game against Hollywood Christian, we expected to have a very difficult game, but the girls have been working very hard, and they showed how much have they improved,” said Curley Coach Jose Ramirez. “They worked hard throughout the game, and at the end, they came away with an easy win.”

Top performances were by Shelbie Charles (senior) with five aces, seven kills, four assists, five digs; Julina Gonzalez (senior) with three aces, two kills, seven assists, a dig; and Cecilia Saunders (sophomore) with two kills, nine assists, a dig.

The Knights are 5-7.

Our Lady of Lakes volleyball

The Our Lady of the Lakes girls’ volleyball team and the National Junior Honor Society hosted the All Catholic Conference Dig Pink Volleyball Games to raise awareness and money for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Miami.

The boys’ volleyball team and the JV boys’ basketball team joined efforts, too. So far, the students are $116 short of this year’s goal but have raised $100 more than last year.

The Lady Cheetahs defeated Mother of Our Redeemer and St. Patrick Catholic Schools to finish the regular season 5-3.

In other Cheetah sports, the varsity boys’ flag football team defeated Immaculate Conception 15-12 to even its record at 4-4.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Sydney Fuentes (cross-country): As a sixth grader on the varsity team, Sydney finished third for the team at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational and fifth in a home meet against rivals South Florida Heat and Westminster Academy.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Mack Tracy (cross-country): Mack broke the Miami Country Day School sixth-grade record for a 5K with a 19 minute 23 second run in the final meet of the season.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Nicole Sherwood (cross-country): Nicole placed fifth for the Spartans at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational and third in a home meet against rivals South Florida Heat and Westminster Academy.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Spencer Berens (golf): Spencer shot 79 at regionals, qualifying for state for the first time in his career.

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School Athletes of the Week

Andrew Beauperthuy is a senior football player who had 10 tackles, two touches and an interception in the Falcons 55-6 win over Pinecrest Charter.

Ellie Nosich is a senior volleyball player who had nine kills, five digs, two blocks, and two aces in the Falcons win over Archimedean Conservatory in the district semifinals.

Nicolas Rey is an eighth-grade cross-country runner who ran a personal best 10 minutes 47 seconds (average mile pace 5:47) to win the Individual 3K Middle School Championship.

About Palmer Trinity School: Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission.

Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. For more information about the school, visit www.palmertrinity.org. To follow Palmer Trinity School on Facebook, click here.

Kendall Hammocks football

To qualify for the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League post-season, two Kendall Hammocks Warriors tackle football teams needed to win Kansas City tiebreakers at Florida Christian School.

The Warriors 115s edged Miami PAL 6-0 in a tiebreaker. On a direct snap from center, Kendall Hammocks running back Dominic Neson scored. The PAT was blocked. Miami PAL’s offense took its turn from the opponent’s 10-yard line, and on fouth-and-8, the Warriors’ Auston Wise intercepted a Miami PAL pass to secure the victory.

The Warriors 130s also played Miami PAL in a tiebreaker. On fourth-and-14, Kendall Hammocks quarterback Anthony Cordovi found receiver Derrick Lawson in the end zone for the touchdown. The defense then held Miami PAL on downs to win the tiebreaker.

Four of six teams from Kendall Hammocks advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

Orange Bowl YFA Parks of Week

The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority, traveled south to George Mira Football Field in Monroe County to honor the Key West Junior Football League as part of its Park of the Week Program. The program also visited two local parks in Miami-Dade County.

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. The Orange Bowl Committee has been supporting youth football across South Florida for 16 years

The program honored the Key West Junior Football League at its home field of George Mira Football Field in Monroe County. In Miami-Dade, the first stop of the day was at North Miami Senior High School to honor the Future Youth Bulls. The program then traveled to Partners Park to honor two teams. First, the Liberty Square Colts were recognized, followed by the Helping Hands Bulls. All three teams honored in Miami-Dade County were members of the National Youth Football League.

At each stop during the program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distributed promotional items and discounts from OBYFA sponsors and presented each park with a commemorative plaque.

This year’s Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance is presented by Sports Authority and supported by 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. The OBYFA presented by Sports Authority 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.

Jump rope

In an effort to expose athletes, parents, families and friends to the world of competitive jump rope, Hurricane Jumpers will host a Fun Mini Tournament, Skills Workshop & Judges Clinic on Nov. 15 at St. Rose of Lima School, 415 NE 105th St., Miami Shores, 33138.

The day includes fun, inspiring events to traditional events for novice to experienced skilled athletes, kids through adults.

Registration fee is $5 per event per athlete or $25 all day.

Check in 8-8:45 a.m. Tournament is 9 a.m.–noon. Workshop 1-4 p.m. Judges Clinic Noon-6 p.m.

Awards for Top 5 in each age division in each event.

No supervision for athletes/children after 4 p.m. Make appropriate arrangements.

Email moody@hurricanejumpers.com. Call 305-608-5644. Visit www.hurricanejumpers.org.

More events, leagues, programs

ZooMiami 5K

Zoo Miami will host a 5K race. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on Nov. 16.

Unlike other 5Ks and walks at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, running through the Zoo Miami exhibit path and bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 31 years ago and ended in 2002.

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K, which sold out in its inaugural year, is for folks of every speed – from cheetah to tortoise – so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1-mile timed race is walker-friendly and will occur around the entire zoo.

The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash is a race for kids, age 2-9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio – the popular Zoo Squad mascots.

“We are pleased to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital again to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Communications and Media Relations Director. “With 2,000 race registrants already, we know that children and families want to be at Zoo Miami to experience this amazing park. Come take a walk [or run] on the wild side.”

Michelle Mejia, AVP at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, added: “West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race. This event is an extension of our three year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the Healthy Zoo, Healthy You initiative, part of the Healthy West Kendall coalition, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority. What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K fee is $35. Registration fees will increase to $45 on race day. The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash sale price of $10 is valid through Nov. 15 and increases to $17 on the day of the race.

An additional processing fee will be added per transaction. The first 4,000 5K and 1,000 Kids Dash registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium T-shirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50 percent discount on race day.

To register, visit http://zoomiami.org/run.

Zoo Miami is at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under two and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 am -5:30 pm; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

For information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400.

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist Baseball program announces the registrations dates and times for the Spring season.

For registration, a copy of the birth certificate is required for new players and is for age verification only

Space will be limited in divisions 6U Coach Pitch, 8U Coach Pitch, 10U, 12U, 14U.

Register (in person) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 33186.

Fee: $190 with uniforms and $160 without uniforms.

Opening Day is Jan. 10.

For added information email khobaseball@aol.com or visit www.khobaseball.org

The KHO Baseball program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer organization.

North Miami Beach baseball

North Miami Beach Little League baseball registration for girls and boys, age 4-14, is 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ives Estates Park.

For info and to register www.NMBLL.org.

Senior Games

Amateur athletes, age 50 and older, can register for the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships which are Dec. 6-14 in Lee County and Cape Coral.

Visit https://events.clearthunder.com/FSG2014 to register.

The event is a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minn. in the summer 2015.

Entry fees begin at $11 per event and vary by sport. Sports with multiple events carry additional charges per event. Team sports have a team entry fee. The deadline for online registration is Nov. 21.

The state championships feature 24 sports and events over nine days of competition. Some sports and events require a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games to participate at the state championships. Those sports include; 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track & field.

Sports that are open to all athletes without a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games include archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, fencing, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, road race (5K and 10K) and volleyball.

For information about the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships, visit

www.flasports.com or call toll-free 1-866-FLGAMES (354-2637).

Football

The FBU National Championship kicks off Dec. 6 at 16 venues across America, with the winners advancing to round 2 on Dec. 7.

The structure of the Football University National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness. The single-elimination tournament, features 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket – 6th, 7th and 8th grade) comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area who had to try out to earn a roster spot.

The first four rounds will occur at regional sites, with the semifinals and championship weekend Dec. 20-21 in Naples for the final four teams in each age bracket.

Miami-Dade County youth athletes have been given the extraordinary honor of participating in the tournament beginning Dec. 6. Sixth graders, seventh graders, and eighth graders were selected to play for the FBU Miami-Dade County Team in each of their grade levels. Each team, comprised of top football players from through the county, will be competing in full contact football games with the ultimate goal of advancing to the championship in Naples.

The Miami-Dade County team, led by State Director Damian Sosa, will begin the tournament on Dec. 6 in West Palm Beach.

This year’s tournament marks the fourth year of the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes and 1,200 coaches. The tournament will showcase 250 games through a three-week period, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.

Visit www.fbunc.com

Football

The fifth annual National Bowl, featuring some of the best FCS (NCAA Division I-AA) players in the country, is Dec 5-7 at Florida International University at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.

Representatives from 10 Nteams attended in 2013, and NFilms distributed game film to teams. Fifteen players in the past two years participated in Ncamps, seven in 2013.

NATIONALBOWL.ORG

FCSBOWL.COM

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

Be honored at Miami Heat game

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Neighbors Sunday print section of the Miami Herald and online at http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth-sports/.

Youth league coaches, team reps, school coaches, administrators, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season, and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail (Jim) jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153. Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

Be sure to include a contact telephone number and complete mailing address in your correspondence and mail or e-mail a photograph to us. For Heat ticket information, call 786-777-HEAT and log on to HEAT.com.

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