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Tryouts, 14-year-old competitive team looking to fill two roster spots for 2011 season. Will play in Blue Springs League as well as 6 tournaments. Please call Steve at 816-509-9353 for tryout.
Avila University will host a one-day fielding and base-running camp Sunday, March 27, for players in grades 1-12. Avila University head coach Ryan Howard will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. The session will last for three hours and cover numerous aspects of playing infield, outfield and running the bases. Cost is $50 using discount code “RUN.” Space is limited. Registration is now under way at For more information, call toll-free 866-622-4487.
Tryouts, Blue Springs U11 baseball team looking for 4-5 players with 2-3 years experience for 2011 season. Players must be 11 on or before April 30, 2011. Contact Chris Blanchett at 816-365-4543. If no answer, please leave a message.
Tryouts, 14U AAA Blue Rocks looking for 1 player to complete 2011 spring roster. Contact Garry Anderson @ 289-0246 for more information.
SportsCity T-ball youth program for ages 3-5 has spring, summer and fall sessions available. For information, visit (click “LATEST INFORMATION” on home page and locate “YOUTH T-BALL” and click on link of your choice). For more information, visit the website or call 816-229-1314.
Tryouts, 12U competitive team looking for players for 2011 season. Contact T.J. at 816-256-9975 or for tryout information.
Tryouts, 13U AAA Fury is looking for 2 players to complete 2011 spring roster. Team will play 10 tournaments, including state and world series. Catching is a plus. All positions are open. Contact Jon Henry at 935-0024 or for more information.
Tryouts, 12U AAA FCA Knights team is looking for 1-2 athletic players to complete 2011 roster. Looking for an outfielder. Pitching and catching experience a big plus. Team will play 50-plus games, including a competitive league and 8-10 tournaments, including state and world series. One or two tournaments will be out of town. The FCA Knights are the 2010 USSSA 11U AAA state champs. Please call Mike July at 816-229-3656 to schedule a tryout.
Tryouts, Blue Springs Marlins 14U AAA team looking for 1-2 players for 2011 spring season. Contact Todd Bissell at 668-4991 to set up a tryout.
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 for tryout information.
* Former Fort Osage standout and WNBA star Betty Lennox will conduct a shooting clinic on April 2, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at East Side Baptist Church in Independence. A $15 donation is asked to participate. Proceeds go to the Lennox Foundation 22. Contact Chris Earley at 816-847-0252 for more details.
Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department and Blue Springs Elks Lodge No. 2509 are sponsoring a Hot Shot Basketball Contest, March 26 at the Blue Springs Freshman Center (2103 N.W. Vesper St.). Free shooting competition is open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Ages 8-9 start at 9 a.m.; ages 10-11 start at 9:45 a.m.; and ages 12-13 start at 10:30 a.m. Boys and girls compete separately, shooting from seven locations in two 1-minute timed rounds. For diagrams with distances and shot locations, visit For more information, call the Parks office at 816-228-0137 or visit the website.
Tryouts, Phenom Girls Basketball Club is looking for players in fourth, fifth and sixth grades who are wanting to play against the best in the Missouri Valley region. For more information, call Reggie Middlebrook at 816-216-4158.
CMC Charity Golf Tournament, April 21 at Rockwood Golf Course. Four-person scramble has a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $100 per person and includes green fee, cart, prizes, contests and meal. Register online at Deadline to enter is April 15.
Independence Horseshoe Club leagues run April through August at McCoy Park. For more information, contact club president Wayne Henderson at 816-257-1853.
Ice Skating
Ongoing: Centerpoint Community Ice Facility, located inside the Independence Events Center, offers several learn-to-skate and hockey classes for every age and skill level. Visit the website at and click on the “Community Ice” page for class times, prices and online registration. Or call 816-442-6128 or send e-mail to for more information.
BVAC Adult Kickball league taking registrations. Must be 18 years or older to play. Games on Friday nights. Team fee is $285 for an eight-game session. Please call 816-796-8702 or check the web site at for more information.
SportsCity Lil’ Kickers youth program for ages 18 months to 9. Session started Feb. 3 but participants can sign up anytime (classes are pro-rated). For registration information or forms, visit (click “SPORTS-LIL KICKERS,” then scroll to bottom of page). For more information, visit the website or call 816-229-1314.
2nd Annual Clemons Classic Memorial Basketball Tournament, April 8-10 in Raytown area. Boys, girls and adults have a three-game guarantee. More information and registration at: Contact or Talinda at 816-679-2180.
Adair Park Doubleheader League now forming, starts second week in April. Games played Tuesday and Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Cost is $860 per team. Call 816-836-4782 for more information.
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
Track & Field
* Eastern Jackson County Track Club will have registration for boys and girls ages 6-18 April 19 and April 26 at East Side Baptist Church in Independence, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost of participation is $40 per person, which includes a track jersey. For more information, contact Chris Earley at 816-847-0252 or Ryan Rogers at 816-461-7387.
* Eastern Jackson County Track Club will host four track meets on April 14, April 28, May 12 and May 19 at William Jewell College for athletes 5 years of age and older. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Cost per event is $3. Contact Ryan Rogers for more details at 816-461-7387.
Ongoing: Youth Jaguar Wrestling Club, team practices at Blue Springs South High School. For more information, contact Doug Black at or 816-582-6911.
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 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
Ongoing: Western Stars Youth Wrestling Club, for ages 4-15. For more information, contact Phil Howk at 816-841-9852 or visit
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 ( 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 and click on athletics, wrestling and Kids Club.