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Baseball
n Tryouts, Independence Indians, 8U machine pitch team, seeking players to play league and five tournaments, including state championship and world series. Please contact Rick Rawlings at 816-405-1214 or mizzoufan@comcast.net.
n Blue Springs Youth Just Block It Baseball/Softball Catchers Camp, Jan. 3-4 at SportsCity in Blue Springs. Ages 9-14 are eligible for the camp that runs 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Cost is $120 per person. Campers will receive 5 1/2 houurs of catching instruction and evaluation, catchers’ handbook, camp dri-fit T-shirt, and guest speakers. Camp staff includes professional scouts as well as current minor league catchers. For more information visit the SportsCity Web site at sportscitykc.com or call 816-229-1314.
n Tryouts, KC Rush 13U AAA competitive team (formerly Blue Springs Jaguars) looking to fill spring roster. Seeking young men who love the sport and are willing to further develop themselves and a team. For additional information, call Mike Steinbach at 816-229-9846. You must be 13 years old or younger before May 1, 2009 in order to be eligible to play on this team. Team information available through USSSA under the Blue Springs Jaguars name.
n Tryouts, Blue Springs Rockets 14U AAA, 13U AA State Champions will be playing AAA in 2009. Seeking solid, experienced player capable and willing to play multiple positions. Parents and player must be dedicated and have positive attitude. We play league, tournaments every other weekend, state and world series tournaments. See team Web site at rocketsbaseball.org. Players cannot turn 15 before May 1, 2009. Contact Tom at 816-853-0861 for more information.
n Tryouts, Independence Bears, 14U AA/AAA team, still seeking few players. Tryouts and practices will be run by former Kansas City Royal Carl Blando along with William Chrisman High School varsity coach Justin Woods and his staff. Seeking future Bears from Independence area who want to play at the high school level. Contact coach Rob Knight at 816-786-6339 for more information.
n Tryouts, Independence HiBoy, a 13U AA competition tournament team seeking players for 2009 season. Team will play league and 5-6 tournaments. Contact Phil at 816-289-3091 or phil.pinkley@crbusa.com for a tryout or more information.
n Tryouts, Lee’s Summit Hornets, 11U AA/AAA competitive team that finished second in the 10U AA World Series, seeking a few talented players to complete its roster for fall and spring 2009. Team will play in a few tournaments this fall and approximately 10 tournaments in 2009, including state and the World Series. Players must not turn 12 before May 1, 2009. Contact Ed Derks at 816-564-6447 or ederks@bakeru.edu for more information.
n The Yard, an indoor sports facility, seeking interested, qualified baseball and softball instructors. A background in baseball/softball as a former college/pro player, coach, or instructor is required. Must be able to work with athletes on an individual basis and in a small group or team setting. Applicants need to be very thorough with instruction and be able to give constructive criticism to athletes. Please contact Gerald Barker at (816) 525-YARD (9273) or www.theyardkc.com.
n Tryouts, 12U AA/AAA competitive team for next season looking to play 40-50 games and travel. If interested contact Rick at 816-405-0202.
n Tryouts, Blue Springs Vipers, a competitive 14U AAA boys baseball team, will conduct tryouts for 2009 season. Call Danny Johnson at 816-228-6318 for an appointment.
n 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 sigjcc@comcast.net.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Officials Association seeking umpires. Contact Rob Michael at 816-224-4621, 816-918-6066 or jrmichael@sbcglobal.net.
n Ongoing: Fort Osage Indians Athletic Association looking for experienced umpires for summer league. Contact Josh Mitchem at 816-985-9878.
n 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).
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Little League. For more information go to Web site (bluespringsbaseball.org).
n 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.
n 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.
n Ongoing: Ban Johnson Amateur League, 816-383-7765.
Basketball
* n IYAA Youth Basketball Tournament, Dec. 5-7 at William Chrisman High School. Boys and girls teams in grades 3-7 eligible. Cost is $100 per team. Deadline to register is Dec. 3. Visit the Web site at www.iyaabasketball.org for an entry form. Contact Rob at 816-985-5216 for more information.
n Tryouts, Saints Athletic Club, a competitive Christian-based basketball club team, looking for boys in grades 4-8. Players participate in league and tournament play. For more information go to www.SaintsAthleticClub.com or contact Dalton Vann at 816-401-5245 or daltonvann@Ballin4Christ.com.
n Chrisman-Truman 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Leaague. Seventh and eighth grade boys attending the Independence Public School Middle School Campus or Nowlin Middle School are eligible. Practices will begin as soon as the teams have been selected. Games start January 2009 and will be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more league information, please contact Mark Sevy at 816-223-5557 or Sevytoy2@aol.com, or Doug Wescott at 816-721-0579.
n Tryouts, 16U Select Team, 2009 United World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria, June 14-23. Travel packages available for players and families. Trip includes games, tours, more. Contact Brett Kratzer 816 213-7329 or kratzer5@yahoo.com for more information.
n Tryouts, third grade boys competitive basketball team seeking 1-2 players to add to squad. League play and local tournaments. Tryouts are Nov. 5. Call Tim at 816-588-7860 for details.
n Tryouts, Team Supreme, fifth grade boys competitive team looking for post player. Leagues, tournaments now through March. Contact Brett Kratzer at 816 213-7329 or kratzer5@yahoo.com for more information.
n Tryouts, Blue Springs Jaguars, sixth grade girls competition basketball team, seeking hard-working and dedicated players to fill roster for the fall/winter 2008-09 season. Team will play competition basketball in the Supreme Sports league and 6-8 local tournaments during the season. Point guard and post position players wanted. Contact Steve Schmidli at 816-217-7413 or sschmidli@indepmo.org.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association Basketball League. For more information contact, Steve Hyde at 816-228-4994 or visit bsaabasketball.com.
n Ongoing: AAU basketball. For more information, write to the Missouri Valley AAU, 1815 South York, Independence, Mo. 64058 or call 816-796-8605.
Booster clubs
n 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.
n 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.
n 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.
n Ongoing: Fort Osage Athletic Booster Club meets the first Wednesday of each month in the high school cafeteria. Executive board begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner for a $4 charge is at 6:30 p.m.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs South High School Boys Basketball Booster Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School football booster club, 6:30 p.m., second Tuesday of each month in the high school library.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs South High School football booster club, 7 p.m., second Monday of each month in the Community Room at the high school.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs South High School soccer booster club, 7 p.m., first Monday of each month in room 063 at the high school.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School softball booster club, 7 p.m., second Tuesday of each month in the Wildcat room at the high school.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs South High School main booster club, 6:30 p.m., second Wednesday of each month in the library.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School baseball booster club, 7 p.m., first Monday of each month in the library.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School volleyball booster club, 7 p.m., third Monday of each month, Wildcat Room of the high school.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School main booster club, third Wednesday of each month in the library.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School basketball booster club, 7 p.m., second Wednesday of each month, Wildcat Room of the high school.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs High School cheerleader booster club, 7 p.m., second Monday of each month, Wildcat Room of the high school.
BMX
n 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.
Football
n 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.
n 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, call Leonard Fields at 816-373-3298 or Marc Busker 816-224-7991.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association football leagues. For information, call the BSAA Hotline at 224-4639, ext. 3012.
n 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.
Horseshoes
n Independence Horseshoe Club leagues run April through August. For more information, contact club president Alvin Gwinn at 816-461-1746 or league director Neal Straughn at 816-246-0310.
Miscellaneous
n Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation is now taking registrations for Winter Dodgeball Leagues. Divisions include coed and men’s. Participants must be 18 years or older. There will be 6 games played. Minimum of 6 players on the court, maximum of 10 persons on the roster. Games are held on Mondays, Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, 2009, between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Games played at Harris Park Community Center (110 SW Blue Parkway) in Lee’s Summit. Team fee is $100 and can be paid with Visa or Mastercard over the phone. Registration ends Dec. 12. Call Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation at 816-969-1500 to register or for more information.
n 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).
n 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.
n 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).
n Ongoing: Missouri State Senior Games: Call the MSSG office at (573) 882-1462 or go online (www.smsg.org/senior_games).
Outdoors
n Ongoing: Raytown Bass Club is seeking new members. For more information, call Dennis Mitchell at 913-787-5810 or visit the www.raytownbassclub.net Web site.
Racquetball
n Ongoing: Independence YMCA racquetball leagues. For more information, call the YMCA at 816-254-9622.
Running/Triathlons
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Running Club, contact Terry Hickam at 816-229-6779.
n 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.
n 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
n 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.
Soccer
n SportsCity Winter II Indoor Leagues start week of Jan. 3 for U8-U14 boys and girls and high school girls divisions. U8-U14 boys and girls leagues, which feature an eight-game schedule, run Jan. 3 through March 21. Cost is $725 per team. Deadline to register is Dec. 21. High school girls league, which features eight games, runs Jan. 6 through Feb. 24. Cost is $750 per team. Deadline to register is Dec. 16. Teams signing up before Dec. 1 receive a $50 discount and coaches signing up two more teams receive an additional $50 discount. SportsCity will also feature three indoor tournaments: Winter Magic Tournament, Jan. 16-19; National Indoor Tournament, Jan. 30-Feb. 1; and Character Classic Tournament, Feb. 13-15. Visit the Web site at www.sportscitykc.com, call 816-229-1314 or send e-mail to tbaldwin@sportscitykc.com for more information.
n Soccer kickarounds every Sunday, 7 p.m. at Blue Springs High School’s Peve Stadium. Call 808-4978 for more information or send e-mail to bshssocceralummni@hotmail.com.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Soccer Club. For more information, call 913-982-1240, visit the Web site (www.bluespringssoccerclub.org) or send e-mail to sewells@sprintmail.com.
n Ongoing: Soccer Association of Independence. Visit the Web site at www.saisoccer.org or call 456-9837.
n Ongoing: Soccer West. Visit www.soccerwestmo.com, send e-mail to soccerwest1@sbcglobal.net or call 816-229-4502.
n Ongoing: Oak Grove Soccer League. For information contact Bruce Forthofer at 816-898-7564 or president@oakgrovesoccer.org or visit the Web site (www.oakgrovesoccer.org).
n 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 bvac@bvacsports.org.
n Ongoing: Raytown Soccer Club. For more information, visit the Web site (www.raytownsoccerclub.org) or call 816-313-7721.
n 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.
n 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.
Softball
n The Yard, an indoor sports facility, seeking interested, qualified baseball and softball instructors. A background in baseball/softball as a former college/pro player, coach, or instructor is required. Must be able to work with athletes on an individual basis and in a small group or team setting. Applicants need to be very thorough with instruction and be able to give constructive criticism to athletes. Please contact Gerald Barker at (816) 525-YARD (9273) or www.theyardkc.com.
n 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.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the Web site (bsgsa.net).
n Ongoing: USSSA men’s and coed softball leagues at Walnut Valley Park. For more information, contact Mark Clifton at 816-918-3736.
n 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 hasskc@sbcglobal.net or call 816-358-4277.
n Ongoing: KC Metro 50-Plus Softball League. For details or visit the Web site (www.kcseniorsoftball.com).
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Slow-Pitch Leagues. For more information, visit the Web site (www.bluespringsgov.com) or call the Parks office at 816-228-0137.
n Ongoing: Independence Adult Softball Association Adult Men’s and Coed Leagues. For more information, call Donnie Payne at 816-350-3758 or 816-212-0797.
Swimming & Diving
n Ongoing: Kansas City Dolphins, practices at Centennial Pool-Plex, Blue Springs and at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Visit the Web site (www.teamdolphins.com) for more information.
n 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.
n Ongoing: Tsunami Swim Team at Blue Springs YMCA, Longview Recreation Center and William Jewell College. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Call 816-224-WAVE (9283) or visit online (www.tsunamienterprises.com).
n 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.
n 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.
Table Tennis
n Ongoing: JACOMO Table Tennis Club plays Sunday and Thursday evenings, 7-10 p.m. For more information, call Dave Baker at 816-229-2253 or send e-mail to dhbakerinc@yahoo.com.
Tennis
n Ongoing: Independence Tennis Association: If you would like to know more about the ITA, contact Jody McClain at jmcclain39@hotmail.com.
Track & Field
n Ongoing: Missouri Valley AAU Association. Visit the Web site (www.region8aau.org/movalley).
Volleyball
n Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department Adult Volleyball Leagues begin the week of Dec. 1. Coed Rec, Coed Intermediate B, Coed Intermediate B 40-plus and Women’s Intermediate A and B divisions are available. Games will be played at various locations in Blue Springs. Cost is $170 per team for a 10-game schedule for week-night leagues and $190 per team for Sunday leagues. 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.
n Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation is now taking registrations for Winter Volleyball Leagues. Divisions include coed A, B and recreational on Tuesdays; men’s 4-on-4 A and B on Thursdays; and women’s A and B on Thursdays. Participants must be 18 years or older. There will be 6 games played. Games will run Jan. 6, 2009 through the week of March 3, between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Games are played at Harris Park Community Center (110 SW Blue Parkway) in Lee’s Summit. Team fees are $165 and can be paid with Visa or Mastercard over the phone. Registration ends Dec. 12. Call Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation at 816-969-1500 to register or for more information.
n Ongoing: Blue Springs Youth Volleyball League. For more information, visit the Web site at www.eteamz.com/BSYVL.
n 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.
Wrestling
n 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.
n Blue Springs South Youth Jaguar Wrestling Club will have signups Nov. 24 at Blue Springs South High School, 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Doug Black at dblack@bssd.net or 816-582-6911.
n Ongoing: Youth Jaguar Wrestling Club. For more information, contact Doug Black at dblack@bssd.net or 816-582-6911.
n 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 mwgempeler@gmail.com.
n 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 hullbuilders@yahoo.com for more information.
n 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.
n 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.
n Ongoing: Mo West Wrestling Club. For more information, contact Jason Heslop by e-mail (jheslop@mowest.org) or by calling 816-471-2499.
n 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.