What's Happening sports bulletin board for Nov. 20
Items for What’s Happening must be received by noon Thursday before publication. Send information to sports editor Karl Zinke, including daytime telephone number, to What’s Happening, Sports Dept., The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, fax it to 816-254-0211 or send by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include deadline or date notice should be taken out and please indicate what sport the announcement should be listed under. Dates are subject to change. Examiner is not responsible for tryouts. Please contact people listed for detailed information. The Examiner reserves the right to edit for length and content and remove any listings. More listings available online at www.examiner.net/sports_calendar.
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* ¦ Tryouts, KC Chargers, a new 12U AA team needs 1-2 players to complete spring roster. Players must have successful pitching experience. Positive, fair, supportive, experienced coaches will stress fundamentals, teamwork and having fun. Players must be willing to hustle and give their best effort. Team will play league and 10-12 tournaments. Indoor practices begin in January. Contact Dave at DTritsch@its.jnj.com for tryout information.
¦ Tryouts, Big Boy Independence A’s 12U AA are looking for two players to round out team for 2011 spring/summer season. Experienced catchers and pitchers a plus. Will play 6-8 tournaments, including state and world series. Will also play league. For more information, please contact David Odom at 816-795-7875 or email@example.com.
¦ The Yard in Lee’s Summit is taking reservations for its winter indoor league. League is 6-v-6 live pitching/fielding/catching. For ages 8-16. Teams are recommended, however, help is available to put teams together. Contact Gerald at 816-525-9273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Avila University will host a six-week Spring Training 2011 baseball program for players in grades 1-12 from Jan. 2 to Feb. 6. Avila head coach Ryan Howard will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching lessons. Cost is $99 per person for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call toll-free 866-622-4487.
¦ University of Missouri 19th Annual Winter Baseball Camp, Dec. 26-30, for grades 8-12. Camp is three day-and-a-half-long sessions. Staff includes the entire Mizzou coaching staff, former Tigers no playing professionally and other college coaches. To sign up online or view details of the winter camp, log onto www.mutigers.com and go to the baseball page. Contact the Tiger Baseball Office with more questions at 573-882-1917.
¦ Kansas City Youth Pitching Academy, Inc., is looking for new or used baseball equipment donations. Donations will be used for families who can’t afford to supply their children with baseball equipment for next year’s baseball season. Bats, gloves, helmets, shoes, pants and other items are accepted. Kansas City Youth Pitching Academy, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping develop injury-free youth pitchers through education, research and instruction. If you have any baseball gear taking up space in your home, please contact Russ Barker at email@example.com or 816-517-1828.
¦ Ongoing: Kiwanis Baseball League, for 15-16-year-old teams, is a composite wood bat league. League games to be played at Crysler, IAC and Fort Osage. League is seeking experienced scorekeepers. For more information contact John Curtis at 816-795-6503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: Fort Osage Indians Athletic Association USSSA sanctioned baseball league for full teams and individual players ages 4-14. For more information, visit the Web site (www.fortosagebaseball.com).
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Little League. For more information go to Web site (bluespringsbaseball.org).
¦ Ongoing: Queen City Baseball Association. For more information, call the Queen City office at 816-796-4003, visit the Web site (www.eteamz.com/qcba/) or send e-mail to: Queencitybball@aol.com.
¦ Ongoing: Tri-City Baseball League. For more information, visit the Web site (www.tri-city.org) or call Donna Schroer at Tri-City at 816-795-1088, ext. 320.
* ¦ R.W. Gehrs Holiday Basketball Tournament hosted by Truman Patriot Club, Dec. 17-19 at Truman High School, for boys and girls teams in grades 4-7, all levels of play. Cost is $160 per team (multiple team discounts available) and there is a three-game guarantee. Deadline to enter is Dec. 10. Please contact Mike Titus at 816-668-4243 or email@example.com for more information or to enter.
* ¦ Supreme Sports 5th Annual Basketball Classic, Dec. 4-5, at several Eastern Jackson County facilities, for boys and girls teams in grades 2-7. Cost is $175 per team with a three-game guarantee. Deadline to register is Nov. 29. Register online via the website at www.supremesportskc.net. For more information contact Jeff Bass at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 257-7339.
* ¦ Eagles Hoop Classic, Dec. 3-5, at Lenexa (Kan.) Family Life Center and other area gyms, for boys and girls teams in grades 3-8. Cost is $165 per team with a three-game guarantee. Deadline to register is Nov. 28. Find a complete list of Eagle Hoops events at www.avilahoops.com. Register on-line at www.avilahoops.com or download a registration form off the website. Send e-mail to email@example.com or call 816-916-9565 for additional information or to have forms sent.
¦ BVAC Youth Basketball League begins Dec. 11 at the BVAC facility. Boys and girls ages 4 through fourth grade are eligible. Cost is $90 per person for 10-game, 12-practice schedule (no games on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, no practices Dec. 20-31). All games are played on Saturdays. Each player receives a game shirt and medal. Deadline has passed; call for availability. For more information, call BVAC at 816-796-8702 or go to www.bvacsports.org.
¦ Tryouts, Blue Springs Shooter basketball for 2010-11 winter season is looking for 1-2 additional players to fill out roster for competitive sixth grade basketball team. Will play league games at KC Sports Lodge and multiple tournaments. Team practices in the Blue Springs area 2-3 times a week. For more information, contact Mike Brandt at 816-799-8812 or Mlbra@yahoo.com.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association Basketball League. For more information contact, Steve Hyde at 816-228-4994 or visit bsaabasketball.com.
¦ Ongoing: Prowlers Basketball program at SportsCity in Blue Springs, for grades 3-12. Freshmen and younger will not travel out of state and will play majority of games in KC metro area. Older groups will be traveling to NCAA-sanctioned tournaments to get exposure to college scouts. Older groups could travel as far as Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa. Teams will have two practice days per week plus games. All Prowler Basketball players will get 50 percent off any clinics and camps the Prowlers Basketball program holds at SportsCity. For more information, contact Steve Tutt at 816-286-8796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: AAU basketball. For more information, write to the Missouri Valley AAU, 1815 South York, Independence, Mo. 64058, call 816-796-8893 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs BMX at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. For more information, call the Track Hot Line at 816-392-9901 or visit bluespringsbmx.com.
¦ SportsCity seeking officials for its fall and winter flag football leagues. Must be at least 21 years old and have some knowledge of the game. Games are normally on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Pay is $12.50 per game (normally 1 hour) and paid out the 10th of each month for games done the previous month. If interested, please call SportsCity 816-229-1314.
¦ Ongoing: Pop Warner football, ages 5-14 are eligible. For more information, call Steve Bowen at 816-373-4511 or 816-550-2221 or e-mail to SSKC88@aol.com.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Pop Warner football, for ages 5-15. Flag football is for ages 5-8; tackle football is ages 8-15. For more information, contact Bill Humphreys at 816-795-9791 or BillLisaHumphreys@sbcglobal.net or Anthony Boyd at 816-935-4749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association football leagues. For information, call the BSAA Hotline at 224-4639, ext. 3012 or visit bsaafootball.com.
¦ Ongoing: Grain Valley Athletic Association youth football leagues. Flag (grades K-2) and tackle (grades 3-7) are available. For more information, visit the Web site at www.gvaasports.org.
¦ Ongoing: Raytown Sports Association Football, for ages 5-15. Flag (grades K-1) and tackle (grades 1-7). For more information, call Bob Dingman 816-510-2607 or www.raytownsports.com.
¦ Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department offering introductory gymnastics classes at Rebound Gymnastics (8316 South Missouri 7 Highway) in September. Boys and girls ages 6-12 are eligible. Participants will learn the basics of gymnastics with the use of the bars, beam, vault and trampoline. Four-class sessions are held 5-5:30 p.m. on Thursday nights Dec. 2-30. Cost is $20 per person per four-class session. For more information or to register, call the Parks office at 816-228-0137 or visit the Web site (www.bluespringsgov.com). Register online or at City Hall (903 Main Street) during business hours.
¦ Independence Horseshoe Club leagues run April through August. For more information, contact club president Alvin Gwinn at 816-461-1746 or league director David Thompson at 816-516-2508.
* ¦ Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department Coed Wiffleball League now taking registrations for league that runs Dec. 2 through Jan. 20 at Moreland Ridge Middle School. Cost is $55 per team for an eight-game schedule. Teams consist of a maximum of eight players, five (three men, two women) of which are on the field. For more information or to register, call the Parks office at 816-228-0137 or visit the Web site (www.bluespringsgov.com). Register online or at City Hall (903 Main Street) during business hours.
¦ Ongoing: YMCA youth sports (preschool children through ninth grade) offered are baseball, soccer, basketball, golf and tennis. Swim lessons for youths and adults are also offered. For more information, contact the Blue Springs YMCA (224-9620), Independence YMCA (254-9622) or the Raytown YMCA (356-9622).
¦ Ongoing: Kansas City Gaelic Atheltic Club. Gaelic football squad trains and scrimmages at 11 a.m. every Sunday at the Wizards practice facility in Swope Park (63rd and Lewis Road). For more information or the blog, visit the KCGAC Web sit at http://kansascity.missouri.gaa.ie/index.html or http://kcgac.blogspot.com.
¦ Ongoing: Kansas City Blues Rugby team. Practices are open to experienced and new players. For more information, call the Blues hotline at 816-960-1281 or visit the Web site (www.kcblues.org).
¦ Ongoing: Missouri State Senior Games: Call the MSSG office at (573) 882-1462 or go online (www.smsg.org/senior_games).
¦ Ongoing: Raytown Bass Club is seeking new members. For more information, call Dennis Mitchell at 913-787-5810, Neil Parikh at 816-506-0611 or visit the www.raytownbassclub.net Web site.
¦ Ongoing: Independence YMCA racquetball leagues. For more information, call the YMCA at 816-254-9622.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Running Club, contact Terry Hickam at 816-229-6779.
¦ Ongoing: Free Sunday runs offered at Garry Gribbles Running Sports. Check Web site at garrygribbles.com for directions and starting times. For more information, call 816-373-1100.
¦ Ongoing: The Brocaw Blazers youth cross country team. For further information, visit the Web site at www.brocawblazers.org or call coach David Ramsey at 816-365-7938.
Soap Box Derby
¦ Ongoing: Kansas City Soap Box Derby. Visit the Kansas City Soap Box Derby Web site at www.kcsbd.org or the All American Soap Box Derby Web site at aasbd.org for more information.
* ¦ SportsCity in Blue Springs is taking registrations for its adult soccer leagues. Spots will not be held. Teams must properly register to be accepted. This requires a team registration form and $100 deposit. Form is located online at www.sportscitykc.com (click up on “SPORTS-SOCCER-LEAGUES”). For rules and additional paperwork, click on “COACH’S INFO.” Men’s Soccer League starts Dec. 1 (Nov. 24 registration deadline). Games start at 6 and 6:30 p.m. with the last games starting at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Limit of 21 teams. Adult Co-ed League starts Dec. 3 (Nov. 26 registration deadline). Games will start at 6 and 6:30 p.m. with the last games starting at 11 and 11:30 p.m. Limit of 25 teams. For more information, visit the Web site or call 816-229-1314.
¦ MCC-Blue River/Futura FC Soccer Camp is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22 at SportsCity in Blue Springs, for ages 4-18. Three sessions available: First Touch/Receiving/Foot Skills/Dribbling camp will focus on the necessary foundation of mastering the ball. Appropriate for all ages and skills, which will be grouped accordingly. Shooting/Finishing camp will focus on the elements of striking the ball properly, follow-through, finding the balance of accuracy and power and vision training. This session is best for players who have a reasonably strong soccer foundation. Goalkeeper Technical Training will be coached by Leonard Harmon, MCC-Blue River goalkeeper coach. Coach Harmon will work keepers through specific drills that will enhance technique, foundational necessity of footwork, keeper-specific fitness and reactionary instincts. Sessions will be 1 hour in length and will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Monday. Specific time will be assigned by staff, but time requests will be received. Space per session may be limited. Ideally each group will consist of 8-12 players of similar age and skills working with a coach on the selected session. Cost is $50 per person for the four-week session. To register, contact email@example.com or call SportsCity at 229-1314.
¦ Ongoing: BSHS Soccer Alumni Association seeking former soccer players at Blue Springs High School to join in the year-round fun and giving. For more information, call Bob Rusert at 816-808-4978 or visit bshssocceralumni.org.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs High School Boys Soccer Booster Club will meet on second Thursday of each month at the high school. For more information, call Bernadette Lawson at 816-616-4531.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs High School Girls Soccer Booster Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Springs High School library. For more information, contact Kathy Karst at 816-228-7458 or Janet Shelman at 816-229-5769.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Soccer Club. For more information, call 913-982-1240, visit the Web site (www.bluespringssoccerclub.org) or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: Soccer Association of Independence. Visit the Web site at www.saisoccer.org or call 456-9837.
¦ Ongoing: Soccer West. Visit www.soccerwestmo.com, send e-mail to email@example.com or call 816-229-4502.
¦ Ongoing: Oak Grove Soccer League. For information contact Bruce Forthofer at 816-898-7564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site (www.oakgrovesoccer.org).
¦ Ongoing: BVAC Youth Soccer Leagues. For more information, call BVAC at 816-796-8702, visit the Web site (www.bvacsports.org) or send e-mail to email@example.com.
¦ Ongoing: Raytown Soccer Club. For more information, visit the Web site (www.raytownsoccerclub.org) or call 816-313-7721.
¦ Ongoing: Jackson County Parks and Recreation Soccer Field Rental Program. Requests for field rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $20 per hour, per field for daily rental and $100 per field or $30 per team for tournament or league field rental. Nets, corner flags, field painting, etc., require additional fees. To reserve a field or for more information, call 816-795-8200, ext. 1-277 or 1-270.
¦ Ongoing: Jackson County Futsal Leagues. Futsal is FIFA’s official indoor soccer game, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors on a smaller field with a low-bounce ball that is weighted. For more information, visit the Web site (www.premierfutsal.com) or call Jim West at 816-522-7314.
¦ Tryouts, Cool Cats of Lee’s Summit, 10U softball team, looking for another pitcher for 2011 season. Prefer 2000 or 2001 birthdays. Prefer a player who has been taking pitching lessons and has pitched rec ball or tournament ball for at least one season. Indoor workouts begin in January. Team expected to play league ball in the spring plus tournaments (both C and B). If interested, contact coach Alan Wilds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: The Exceptionals, a summer youth softball program at Hidden Valley Park Softball Complex for boys and girls ages 5-20 physically or mentally unable to participate in other programs. Contact Laurie Munzuris at 816-522-6749 or Karin Windes at 816-217-8403 for more information or to volunteer.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the Web site (bsgsa.net).
¦ Independence Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the Web site (www.igsasoftball.com).
¦ Ongoing: Lee’s Summit Girls Softball Association is accepting girls from the entire metro area. Information available online at LSGSA.org. Both recreational and competitive teams available.
¦ Ongoing: Heart of America Senior Softball leagues, for women ages 40-70-plus, men ages 50-70-plus, and coed (women 40-plus and men 50-plus). To register or for more information, visit the Web site (www.hasskc.com), send e-mail to email@example.com or call 816-358-4277.
¦ Ongoing: KC Metro 50-Plus Softball League. For details or visit the Web site (www.kcseniorsoftball.com).
Swimming & Diving
¦ Ongoing: Kansas City Dolphins, practices at Centennial Pool-Plex and Blue Springs YMCA in Blue Springs and Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Visit the Web site (www.teamdolphins.com) for more information.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs YMCA Swim Club, a non-competitive swim team, is available to children ages 6-18. Fundamentals of each stroke as well as personal development will be taught. Call the Blue Springs YMCA at 816-224-9620 for more details.
¦ Ongoing: Tsunami Swim Team at Blue Springs YMCA, Longview Recreation Center and William Jewell College. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Visit online (www.tsunamiswimteamkc.org).
¦ Ongoing: KC Blazers swim team, at the Blue Springs YMCA and the Longview Recreation Center in Lee’s Summit. For more information, call 913-383-8342.
¦ Ongoing: Centennial Pool-Plex open swim hours. Admission is $5 per person for age 4 and older ($3.50 after 5 p.m.). Ages 3 and younger are free with a parent. Season memberships are also available. For dates and times of Lap Swim, Swimnastics, Therapeutic Swim, open swim hours or additional information, call 228-0137.
¦ Ongoing: Open play, JACOMO Table Tennis Club in Independence, Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Dave Baker at 816-229-2253 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: United States Tennis Association Jr. Team Tennis, for boys and girls ages 6-18 in leagues that emphasize fun, fitness and friends. Leagues match players of similar age and ability using the Junior National Tennis Rating Program (JNTRP). To learn more go to www.missourivalley.usta.com or call 913-322-4826.
Track & Field
¦ Ongoing: Eastern Jackson County Track club, for ages 6-18. Includes USA Track and Field membership. For more information, contact Chris Earley at 816-847-0252.
¦ Ongoing: Missouri Valley AAU Association. Visit the Web site (www.region8aau.org/movalley).
¦ Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department Adult Volleyball Leagues begin the week of Nov. 29 at various Blue Springs School District facilities. Cost is $175 per team for weeknight leagues and $190 for Sunday leagues and is based on a 10-game schedule. Divisions available are Women’s Intermediate A (Monday at Moreland Ridge Middle School), Coed Intermediate B (Tuesday at Moreland Ridge Middle School or Thursday at Blue Springs Freshman Center) or Women’s Intermediate B (Sunday at Moreland Ridge). Matches begin 6-9 p.m. Rules and roster forms available at the Parks and Recreation office. For more information or to register, call the Parks office at 816-228-0137 or visit the Web site (www.bluespringsgov.com). Register online or at City Hall (903 Main Street) during business hours.
¦ Ongoing: Blue Springs Youth Volleyball League. For more information, visit the Web site at www.eteamz.com/BSYVL.
¦ Ongoing: Fort Osage Youth Volleyball League, for girls in grades 4-7. Girls in Fort Osage and Independence school districts are eligible. Contact Lyn Adams at 816-650-6294.
¦ Blue Springs South Youth Jaguars Wrestling Club signup, Nov. 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Blue Springs South Commons Area. For more information, contact Doug Black at email@example.com or 816-224-1315.
¦ Ongoing: Independence Youth Wrestling program at the William Chrisman High School wrestling room. Ages 5-14 are eligible. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tournaments are scheduled for Saturdays at area schools. Novice tournaments for first- and second-year wrestlers are Sundays. For more information, visit the Web site at www.independenceyouthwrestling.org or contact Chuck Rodgers at 816-254-3716 or Bill Jones at 816-305-2928.
¦ Ongoing: Predator Youth Wrestling Club of Eastern Jackson County seeks youth wrestlers ages 5-14. Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the William Chrisman High School wrestling room. For more information on joining, please contact Dawn Taff at 816-650-3979 or Mike Gempeler at 816-525-1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Ongoing: Mat Rat Wrestling Club, practices at Lee’s Summit West, Richmond and University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Team is run by UCM assistant and former Raytown South High School head coach Alan Hull. Contact Alan Hull at 816-564-1847 or email@example.com for more information.
¦ Ongoing: Western Stars Youth Wrestling Club, for ages 4-15. For more information, contact Phil Howk at 816-841-9852 or visit www.westernstars.org.
¦ Ongoing: Fort Osage Mat Club. Children in kindergarten through eighth in the Fort Osage School District are eligible. Practices are 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Fort Osage Multipurpose Building. For more information, Contact Jeff Cutbirth at 816-478-3994 or Bob Luke at 816-650-3516.
¦ Ongoing: Mo West Wrestling Club. For more information, contact Jason Heslop by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 816-471-2499.
¦ Ongoing: Lee’s Summit Broncos Youth Wrestling Club. Call Bill Biggerstaff at 816-986-1499 ext. 8193 for more information. Additional registration info and practice schedule may be found at www.leesummit.k12.mo.us/lsnhs and click on athletics, wrestling and Kids Club.