The Collier County Challenger League is specially designed for disabled youth between the ages of 4 and 22. Players get great exercise, learn the basics of baseball and experience personal growth by learning to play in a team sport and work together with other children just like them. All a child will need is a glove.
League Signup info — Feb. 25, Gulf Coast Little League 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast Park, 5611 Warren St.; Feb. 25, Golden Gate National Little League, 11:3 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd.; Feb. 25, Golden Gate American Little League, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Max Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd.; March 3, Greater Naples Little League, 9 to 11 a.m., Fleischmann Park. 1600 Fleischmann Blvd.; March 3, Golden Gate Little League Softball, 3 to 5 p.m. at Max Hasse Jr. Community Park 3390 Golden Gate Blvd.
If a player is not able to get to one of these sign-up dates and locations, call or email Carrie Cooney, the Challenger assistant district administrator, to get your child registered. She can be reached at 239-273-4822 or email@example.com.
Naples Sharks U10 keep on winning: Over a three-week span, the Naples Sharks U10 girls team won two local tournaments.
The first was the I-75 Shootout on Jan. 21 and 22 at the Bay Shore Soccer fields in Fort Myers.
The Sharks, coached by Bruce Hershey II and Tom May, were a mixed squad of U9 and U10 players. Teams play 50-minute matches consisting of two 25-minute halves. The Sharks won their first two matches 4-0 and 4-3, but lost their third, 2-1. Regardless, Naples qualified for the championship match and won 3-2.
"All 11 of our girls on the team played an outstanding weekend of soccer," Hershey said.
The three stars of the tournament for the Sharks were Alex Reif, who had the second-most goals scored in the tournament, Mary May, who scored the championship match's game-winning goal, and defender Haile Egan.
Forward Ava Graziano, who had the most goals scored in tournament, was named the tournament MVP.
The second tournament was the Cape Coral Winter Invitational at the Cape Coral soccer fields on Feb. 3 to 5. As in the first tournament, the Sharks qualified for the championship match, winning their initial three games.
In the championship match, the Sharks faced the Cape Coral Cyclones. Knotted 0-0 after two overtimes, the match went to penalty kicks.
Sharks goalie Makenzie Hershey did not allow any goals during the penalty kicks or the entire game. Mercer Bleh scored the game-winning goal during the penalty kicks.
"All 12 girls on the team gave 200 percent on and off the field," coach Hershey said. "I am lucky to coach such a great bunch of dedicated girls that love the game of soccer."
The Sharks' Malaya Melancon had the most goals scored in tournament and defender Ellie Ciissold was superb in her role. Makenzie Hershey earned MVP honors.
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SPORTS CLUB CENTER OPEN GYM
Info: Grade Pre-Kindergarten through 8th. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and largest foam pits in Southwest Florida as well as other fun activities at the Sports CLUB Center on 3275 Pine Ridge Rd. Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m.
Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB
YOUTH STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CLASS
Info: Put on by Magic Benton and 24/7 Sports. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $30.
Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, firstname.lastname@example.org/a>
FLORIDA PROWLERS/TEAM EASTON
Info: The Prowlers are looking for 9U players interested in travel baseball.
Contact: Randy at 239-293-3081.
GOLDEN GATE HAMMERHEADS
Info: Golden Gate Hammerheads 11U travel baseball team looking for players for fall season, ages 10 to 11.
Contact: Walter Rascher, 340-5025
Info: Travel Baseball 11U. "No Daddy Baseball " Prepare for a high school baseball program.
Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos (pitching coach) 986-9118
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA RED HAWKS
Info: Looking for players 13 and under for a travel baseball team.
Info: Nationally-ranked and state champion SWFLHawks 13u traveling baseball team looking for experienced players to join spring team.
Contact: Lou Marsala, 784-5965
GULF COAST REBELS/FOURTH GRADE
Info: Boys travel team looking for skilled fourth-graders.
Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or email@example.com
FLORIDA PHENOMS/SIXTH GRADE
Info: Boys traveling teams looking for sixth-graders
Contact: Chip Youmans 465-4789, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info: Looking for seventh grade experienced travel basketball players.
Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.
Info: Grades 1st through 6th. March 3 to April 27. Affordable introductory cheer programs that begins with clinics on March 3 and 10 from 9-10:30 at Gulf Coast High School. Girls will cheer at K6 Flag Football games on Saturday mornings. There will be a weekly clinic/practice plus a practice before the games each week. Cheerleaders will also learn a dance routine that will be performed at the Friday Night Lights Playoffs on April 27. For more information go to www.sportsclubnaples.org.
K6 FLAG FOOTBALL
Info: Grades 1st through 6th. March 3 to April 27. Kickoff clinics and Jamboree will be March 3 and 10, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast High School. Games will be played on Saturday mornings with 1-2 clinics/practices during the week. Players divided into two divisions. All coaches are trained youth coaches and teams are made up by school/geographic region. Friday night lights playoffs at Gulf Coast High School on April 27th. For more information go to www.sportsclubnaples.org.
DIAMOND FLIGHT CAMP
Info: Grades 7 through 12. April 7 and 8. St. John Neumann High School. Cost is $149.
Contact: http://www.juniorrank.com/2012-Diamond-Flight-Camps. php.
1-ON-1 FOOTBALL INSTRUCTION
Info: For skill position players ages 6 to 18. Individual lessons and instruction. Visit www.skillpositionpride.com.
Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, email@example.com.
MARCO ISLAND OPTIMIST FOOTBALL and CHEERLEADING
Info: Open registration. Boys and girls. Ages 7 to 14.
Contact: www.hometeamonline.com/mioptimist or call Coach Webb 394-0494.
Info: Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th. Ongoing sessions throughout the year. Each six-week session offers gymnastic skill training that will enhance coordination, strength, balance, flexibility and over all motor development. Sessions offered Monday through Friday at various times.
Contact: Kevin Lehman 570-417-1121 or visit www.k-6sports.comfor more information.
Info: New open gym hours, every Friday, school age from 7 to 9 p.m. ($10), family open gym, 6 to 7 p.m. ($10).
NAPLES LACROSSE CLUB
Info: Girls, ages 8 to 17. Naples High School Football Field. Sundays until April 15. Times: Girls ages 8 to 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Girls ages 14 to 17, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A $25 U.S. Lacrosse membership required and can be purchased on line at www.uslacrosse.org.
Contact: Frank Adiutori at firstname.lastname@example.org
PEE WEE ROLLER HOCKEY
Info: Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 8.Contact: Veterans Park to register 566-2367.
PRO ELITE HOCKEY SKATING AND SKILLS CLINIC
Info: Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Ages 7 to 12. $120 for six weeks. Travel team exposure
Contact: Coach Joe 431-7090, www.proelitehockey.com
Info: Ages 10 to 14. Seeking coaches.
Contact: Joe Sutherland, 561-436-1443
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA UNITED ACADEMY
Info: Ages 3 ½ to 19; Registration open for SWFL United Soccer Academy, First Kicks Academy (3 ½ -6 yrs old) training on Monday(s) or Wednesday(s) from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.; Junior Academy I (6-9yrs old) training on Wednesday(s) ONLY from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Junior Academy II (8-13yrs old) training Monday(s) and Wednesday(s) from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Senior Academy (13-19yrs old) training Monday(s) and Wednesday(s) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Train for 12 weeks at Barron Collier High School, with league games on Thursdays at North Collier Regional Park — Soccer Fields for the Junior Academy ages. Register at North Collier Regional Park — Soccer Complex on Saturday, Feb. 25 between noon and 2 p.m. or online at http://www.swflunitedsoccer.com/Player_Registration.html. Early registration discount available online through Feb. 18 and 10 percent sibling discount (2nd Child). First Kicks/Junior Academy Training Dates are Monday, March 12 and/or Wednesday, March 14 to June 6. Senior Academy Training Dates in April
SOUTH FLORIDA RIPTIDE
Info: Florida Riptide is now fielding girls volleyball travel teams ages 10U- 17U for USAV and AAU tournaments. Also looking for assistant coaches and Jr. coaches, both volunteer and paid positions available. Help with camps, clinics, special events and travel teams. Travel Expenses covered. Experience in volleyball preferred but not required. www.riptidevolleyball.net
Info: Grades 3rd through 8th. March 3 to April 21. Instructional youth volleyball program built on planned progressions coach by trained coaches. Skill/Drill Clinics on March 3,10, and 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Barron Collier High School. Players will be divided into two divisions. Beginning March 24 there will be games each Saturday with clinics on Tuesday evenings at the Sports CLUB Center at 3275 Pine Ridge Rd. Playoff tournament on April 21.
Contact: 405-9191, www.sportsclubnaplesorg.
BEAR WRESTLING CLUB
Info: Bear Wrestling Club sign ups every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Ridge High School cafeteria. Open to all youth ages 5 to 18. Practices every Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $100, includes USA membership card and club shirt.
Contact: Josh McIntosh 938-6316 or Dave Parmenter 353-0265.
NAPLES SHARKS WRESTLING CLUB
Info: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Gulf Coast High School. 7878 Shark Way. Practice is in the Cafeteria, east side of the school. No charge for first practice to make sure the kids like it. Cost is $100 for the whole season, includes practice uniform and USA membership card.
Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, email@example.com
NAPLES TITANS WRESTLING CLUB
Info: At Golden Gate High School. Practice is at the wrestling room. Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. No charge for first practice to make sure the kids like it. $100 for the whole season, includes practice uniform and USA membership card.
Contact: Dominic Del Debbio (816) 520-7617 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WILDCAT WRESTLING CLUB
Info: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Estero High School. Ages first grade through high school. No experience necessary. Free for all participants.
Contact: Matt Brock 851-7630, email@example.com
To have a youth activity listed in the calendar, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34110. You can fax info to 263-4816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email preferred by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.