Youth Sports

Carrollton School golfer, leader Gaby Delgado overcomes car accident, bruised ribs to help team

Gaby Delgado, captain of the Carrollton High School girls varsity golf team, is a true team leader. On the morning of districts, she was in a car accident. Barely making it on time and playing in pain, she helped her team qualify for regionals by starting and finishing the round at districts.
Gaby Delgado, captain of the Carrollton High School girls varsity golf team, is a true team leader. On the morning of districts, she was in a car accident. Barely making it on time and playing in pain, she helped her team qualify for regionals by starting and finishing the round at districts.

Gaby Delgado, captain of the Carrollton High School girls’ varsity golf team, proved to be a great team leader.

She woke up early on Oct. 14, allowing herself plenty of time to drive to the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables.

The Cyclones were competing in districts, and Delgado planned to arrive early for some practice time on the range. While on her way, at around 7 a.m., she was in a three-car accident.

Delgado waited for police. She arrived at the Biltmore at 8:26 a.m. without any time to warm up and barely making the 8:30 a.m. shotgun tee time.

Delgado was nervous and shaken from the accident. After the first couple of holes, she began to experience soreness and pain in the abdominal area. She decided to play through it, but the pain worsened. In pain and crying, she consulted with her coach about withdrawing, if it would not affect her team’s chances to qualify for regionals and hopefully states.

Delgado continued to play while her coach consulted with officials. She completed the round through great personal sacrifice, helping her team reach regionals. Immediately after the round, she went to a doctor who diagnosed her with bruised ribs from the accident.

Delgado was prescribed an anti-inflammatory and instructed to rest. Needless to say, her performance at districts -- even though she placed third for her team -- was not up to her standards. She scored 101, and she agonized over that for days. She found some solace in the fact that she still helped her team advance to regionals.

Upon hearing Delgado’s story, the mother of a former teammate forwarded her a CNN clip which helped her deal with what she perceived as a huge personal disappointment at districts. Inspired by the story in the clip of a cross-country athlete who finished the race for his team with a broken leg, Delgado returned to form at regionals, scoring 85, which was 16 strokes better than districts and which helped her team reach states.

Doral tennis

The Doral Park County Club tennis team was fourth at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 4.0 National Championships in Tucson, Ariz.

Doral features Eli Panell (captain), Mario Hidalgo, Alfredo Lomeli, Armando Cabane, Ramiro Abran, Octavio Gomez, Guillermo Brito, Patrick Kettel, Gustavo Alvarez, Jean Texier, Alberto Pierini, John Narus, Hans Sarmiento, Manuel Mifsut, Richard Samson, Cristian Mateluna, and Franco Palmiotto.

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Tennis in schools

More than 40 attendees learned the basics of hosting Kids’ Tennis Clubs in schools or working with children in physical education classes, when USTA Florida hosted PE and Kids' Tennis Club workshops in Homestead and Miami.

A morning workshop was at the YMCA Homestead with PE teachers representing three Homestead schools: KeysGate K-12 (3,000 students), Charter School at Waterstone K-5 (1,000 students), Summerville Advantage K-8 (600 students).

“The schools also received a grant from the USTA Florida Section Foundation for equipment to incorporate tennis in their PE programs,” said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Tennis program coordinator for the Miami area.

An afternoon workshop was at the South Miami K-8 School, which will be starting an after-school Kids Tennis Club.

“This is the first step, to establish youth tennis and provide a viable pathway for immediate recreational play opportunities,” said USTA Florida volunteer and USTA national schools trainer Susan Allshouse. “By linking the schools, after-school programs, Kids' Tennis Clubs and programs in park and other organizations, between Play Days and Team Tennis Challenges and other events, they will always have another play level to graduate to.”

The programs also utilizes Tennis Skillastics, designed to give children the opportunity to play tennis in a fun, non-threatening and structured environment, and an excellent tool in motivating children who are picking up a racquet for the first time. The 26 activities in Tennis Skillastics include a mixture of all the basic tennis skills and activities for individual, partner and team participation, ideal for Grades 3-8.

Kids can quickly work their way up to participating in USTA Play Days, events designed to introduce kids to competition in a low-pressure setting where results are not documented. The events provide kids with the opportunity to continue to develop and enhance their skills. For both novice and experienced players, Play Days are a welcoming way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.

“JD Redd Tennis Center has also offered an ‘Adopt a Schools’ program in Homestead to offer field trips for the kids to the tennis center, and having the pros go out to the schools,” Nordlund added.

For information on Kids Tennis Clubs, Play Days and other USTA Florida offerings, go to

Tennis player

Milan Bass of Miami Shores was a finalist in boys’ 14s at the Kendalltown Tennis Tournament, a USTA Florida tournament.

Bass trains at Extreme Tennis Academy in Aventura. He is also a freshman at Miami Country Day School, competing for the Spartans’ boys’ varsity tennis team.

Life Time 5K

Miami’s Gabe Leitz won the Life Time 5K (3.1 miles), part of the Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon.

“I ran the half marathon here two years ago,” said the 25-year-old structural engineer who works for the Miami-based BNI Engineering firm that built the Miami Marlins Park. “This year I’m out of shape. It was a little warmer than I expected but a beautiful route running down Las Olas.”

In the half marathon (13.1 miles), Princeton grad Jolee Vanleuven, a four-year collegiate runner, was the first woman to cross the finish line (1:28:40). She was a minute ahead of second-place finisher Laura Dibella, 36, of Fort Lauderdale (1:29:39).

“It was a nice race and a nice group of people pacing,” said the 26-year-old Vanleuven. “I had turtle strategy. I started out slowly, and at four miles I started to pick it up and then had a nice lead at the end.”

Vanleuven is an Oregon transplant who recently relocated to Miami to work at Burger King’s headquarters. She's returning to her running roots after a five-year hiatus, with plans to ease back into racing by participating in the five-race Florida Storm Series.

The Michelob ULTRA Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon is the lead event of the Series and next is the Dec. 7 EAU Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest. The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is Jan. 25, 2015 followed by the Michelob ULTRA 13.1 Marathon Miami Beach on March 1 and the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay March 15.

Caterina Lancia of Miami was ninth in 1:38:11. In the men’s division, Miami’s Alberto Grande was seventh in 1:26:00, followed by Miami’s Nathan Brown in 1:27:52. Abidan Grunewald of Miami was ninth in 1:29:16.

The Michelob ULTRA Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon is also part of a line-up of races around the country at the increasingly popular half marathon distance. The 13.1 series includes races in Miami Beach (March 1, 2015), New York (March 21, 2015), Chicago (June 2015), Boston (September 2015), Atlanta (October 2015) and Dallas (October 2015).

Key Biscayne 5K

Adrian Gandara broke the 5K world record for 7-year-olds during the 37th annual Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run.

Gandara completed the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes 7 seconds. The previous record was 20:58, set by TJ Hansen of Grosse Point Falls, Mich.

Born at Baptist Hospital in Kendall, he competes in races from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties. He began competing six months ago. A road racing favorite, he has been mentioned in Runner's World magazine.

SFPGA golf

Key Biscayne’s AJ Sardina was first in the boys’ 13-15 age group and second overall during the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour event No.14 at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Wellington.

Sardina fired a second round 1-over par 73 to force a playoff with Wellington’s Louis Serrone for the boys’ overall title. Miami’s Jake Beber-Frankel opened round one with an impressive 1-under-par 71 to take a two stroke lead. He finished third.

Cole Castro of Homestead was seventh in boys’ 16-18. Logan Bryant and Simone Armando Colozza, both from Miami, tied for ninth in boys’ 13-15. Luke Clanton of Miami Lakes was sixth in boys’ 11-12.

Miami’s Phoebe Beber-Frankel was first in the girls’ 13-15 age group and second overall. She took the opening round lead after shooting a 4-over-par 76. Abigail Chai-Onn of Miami was fifth in girls’ 16-18.


Our Lady of Lakes sports

The Our Lady of the Lakes varsity girls’ basketball team had a strong start to its 2014-15 season, going 3-0.

In their opener against St. Mary’s, the Cheetahs broke open the game in the second quarter with a 9-2 run en route to a 24-10 victory. They were led by Alexa Gonzalez (sixth grade) with eight total points and Carolina Arevalo (seventh grade) with nine steals.

Our Lady of the Lakes then edged St. Rose of Lima 18-17. The Cheetahs followed with an 18-8 win over Immaculate Conception. Gonzalez, who finished with nine points, sparked an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

The Cheetahs varsity boys’ basketball team began the season 2-0 by defeating St. Mary’s 41-23 on opening day and then St. Patrick’s School 27-23. They were led by Ulises Hernandez III (eighth grade), who had 25 points in two games, and Andres Vega (eighth grade), who had more than 14 rebounds and six blocked shots in two games.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Klara Meyer (cross-country) was second for the team, eighth overall, in helping lead the Spartans varsity girls’ team to a runner-up finish at districts.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Diego Oropeza (soccer) as a eighth grader on the varsity boys’ team, he scored a goal in his first regular season match against Divine Savior.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Lea Ankonina (cross-country) was third for the team, 13th overall, in helping lead the Spartans varsity girls’ team to a runner-up finish at districts.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Alexander Cohen (cross-country) was first for the team, second overall, in helping lead the Spartans varsity boys’ team to their third consecutive district championship.

Scheck Hillel sports

Freshman goalkeeper Vanessa Levy was named Scheck Hillel Community School Student-Athlete of the Week.

Levy recorded a shutout in her first varsity soccer game, a scoreless tie with Dade Christian at the Lions’ new home field. She made 15 saves including blocking a penalty kick by knocking it over the crossbar.

A great addition to the team, she displays promise for a successful season.

Central football

Defensive back Calvin Brewton of Miami Central High School has been selected to join an elite group of All-Americans for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Those selected will play in the annual East vs. West match-up on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

“Calvin and all of the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl players were selected not only for their ability on the football field, but also because they demonstrate mental, emotional and physical toughness – similar strengths to those of our Army Soldiers,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “We are pleased to welcome these talented athletes to this year’s showcase of athleticism, teamwork and excellence and we congratulate each of them on their selection.”

Brewton was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports and XOS Digital. U.S. Army All-Americans are eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins Game MVP Award and the Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards.

As a result of Brewton being selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, his head coach, Roland Smith, is invited to travel to San Antonio to attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience, and participate in Bowl Week.

For 15 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson, and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans, and a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, Gatorade, San Antonio Visitors Bureau, 247Sports, XOS Digital, NCSA, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, EvoShield, 23 Blast Movie, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include: The National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Wind Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Concert Percussion and DeMoulin Uniforms.

For information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events,



or the official Facebook and Twitter pages



Northwestern football

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Miami Northwestern High School to select defensive back Deandre Baker for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Miami Northwestern High School honored Baker before his teammates, classmates, fans and family during a Selection Tour stop in the auditorium.

Five U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour teams are traveling a combined 30,000 miles across the country from late September to mid-December to announce all 90 players and 125 marching band members invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

By becoming an U.S. Army All-American, Baker joins an elite group. Players are chosen not only because they excel on the football field, but because they possess the strengths similar to our Army Soldiers of mental, emotional and physical toughness.

For more than 14 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.

In the 2014 NFL Draft, there were seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl alum drafted in the first round. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew 40,017 to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl is 1 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Alamodome.

American Heritage School Coach Mike Rumph and Westminster Christian School Coach Sedrick Irvin will be assistant coaches for the East squad.

Soccer tournament

The Come Make A Difference 5v5 Soccer Tournament to support Special Olympics is Dec. 6 at Kendall Soccer Park.

There are boys and girls divisions (U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16) and men and women’s open, over 35 and coed divisions.

There will also be a Special Olympic athletes division and a Unified Family Division which means people with and without disabilities can play on the same team. Now the parent instead of just cheering from the sidelines can play with his or her child and even give them the assist and hug them after a goal.

A free soccer clinic, featuring five World Cup ambassadors, is scheduled for all athletes with special needs.

The ambassadors are a Who’s Who of soccer royalty including Teofilo Nene Cubillas (World Cup player for Peru in 1970, 1978, 1982; Peru’s greatest soccer player; world’s Top 50 player all-time), Enrique Borja (World Cup player from Mexico 1966, 1970), Pavel Pardo (World Cup player from Mexico 1998, 2006), Luis Carlos Perea (World Cup player from Colombia 1990, 1994), and Fernando Fiore (former Univision sportscaster who covered World Cups in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).

A Celebrity Unified match with the ambassadors, athletes and special guests will follow.

Teams that sign up through the link have the option to fund raise for their team. There is also a volunteer link.

The website is

Registration and donation page

Volunteer page

Any questions, call 786-361-6363 or e-mail

More events, leagues, programs

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. 22 and 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 or visit

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

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


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.



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.



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

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.


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.

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 athlete or team news to Sports Scene

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

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

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



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

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) 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