Gary Chernow, Lely boys lacrosse coach, has said many times that lacrosse may be the hardest game to learn,
“Playing well begins with catching and throwing and scooping up more ground balls than the opposition,” he said. “The team that scoops up the most ground balls usually wins.”
In his four years at Lely the team has improved, but has won few games.
Chernow said developing a youth program would be a major step in seeing Lely become more competitive.
“We need a youth program on this part of town so that they get involved much younger,” he said. “Now, when they come to high school, we are having to teach fundamentals,” he said at the end of last season.
The future is looking up for Chernow with the Optimist Club of Marco Island adding a lacrosse program, aimed at athletes from ages 10 to 14.
This summer Chernow and varsity players Cody McCauley, Cotton Hail and Drew Fordon, are basically introducing and instructing, in what for most is a new sport for Marco .
Eddie Webb, Optimist Club president, said the club saw the need and Larry Gordon is directing the program.
“The Optimist Club saw a need to provide the sport,” he said. “Nationwide lacrosse has 125,000 players in the youth and high school levels. Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports and is now sanctioned as a championship sport in 21 states with many college scholarships given each year from some of the nation’s biggest universities.”
Webb and Chernow both said that the program can be a feeder system for high school teams.
“Programs like this will be a huge help to the Lely team,” Chernow said. Having a program like this can spark an interest for more individuals who have a lacrosse background. I know they are out there.”
The Marco Island Academy High School, just going into its third year as a school, does not have lacrosse.
“Marco is a great place to start a new lacrosse program,” Webb said. “It provides the kids with a new opportunity to try a sport that they may not see until they get older and then be behind the power curve when they start playing.”
In its first call for athletes, 26 signed up.
“Unfortunately we did not get enough for any other age group than 10 to 14,” Webb said, “It meant that eight kids couldn’t play, but we have enough for two teams.”
The Green Eagles and Gold Eagles practice from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Mackle Park. The registration fee is $200, which includes equipment. Financial assistance is available.
“As they develop the kids will play games against each other, with the hope that we can plays teams in the Naples Lacrosse League in August,” Webb said.
For more information, or register, call Webb at 239-394-0494, or go to the Optimist website, Optimist Club of Marco Island.
Free SAT/ACT software programs
Four professional athletes are donating free $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs to Florida high school students and families during the 2013-2014 school year. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves, who went to Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay, Roy Miller,Tampa Bay, now Jacksonville Jaguars and Paul Polusny, Jacksonville Jaguars, are donating the programs. They are participating with FHSAA and eKnolwdge program. “I believe in using my gifts and public image to help students and families, Jones said. Families can order a free program by going to www.eknowledge.com/FHSAA1, or call 951-256-4076, referencing Naples Daily News.
Combine 360 Youth Sports
One-hour sessions with a qualified Get A Grip Coach. $35 per session. Contact: Al Green 200-7411, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Club Center open gym
Pre-K through 8th grade. Fridays, 6:30-10 p.m. Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB.
Juan Romero Baseball
$175 each, July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26. Hitting camp: $135 each, July 17 to 19, July 29 to 31. Winter Super Camp: $180, Dec. 26 to 28. Contact: 732-9664 or visit, www.JuanRomeroBaseball.com.
Offers baseball and softball mentoring and performance enhancement in a brand-new training facility. One-on-one and group training in skill development, strength, quickness, visual, and confidence building. $65/hour individual or group (up to 4 players) $100/hour. Contact: Coach Rick Saggese, 777-4435.
Travel team recruiting 10U, 11U, 12U players. Call to schedule a time to meet the coaches and work out with the team. Contact: Coach Keith 222-4602 (Fort Myers); Coach Cain 682-9433 (Naples).
Ages 4-15. Register at naplesyouthbaseball.com.
Team looking to add one or two players. Must be league age 12. Travel at least two weekends per month. Contact: 262-8402.
FGCU Baseball Camps
Three-time Atlantic Sun Coast Coach of the Year Dave Tollett and staff. Prospect Camp, Aug. 1-3, $295 for commuters, $395, overnight campers. Focus the camp is to possible prospect for FGCU recruitment. The Green and Blue youth camp, ages 6 to 12, July 15-18. Cost $250. All camps at Swanson Stadium. For information, or to register, www.collegebaseballcamps.com/fgcu, or contact assistant coach Jon Moore, 239-590-7059, or email@example.com.
Golden Gate Hammerheads
11U travel team seeks players for fall, ages 10-11. Contact: Walter Rascher at 340-5025.
11U travel team. Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos 986-9118.
Southwest Florida Red Hawks
13U travel team. Contact: 682-3299.
13U travel team seeks players. Contact: Lou Marsala at 784-5965.
Beat the Heat Baseball and Softball camps: At Extra Innings, Fort Myers, indoor facility. Both camps for ages 7 to 14, will focus on fundamentals, mechanics of hitting, fielding and throwing. The baseball camp is July 8-12. The softball camp is July 15-19. Times for each are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 225-2222.
Shark Shootout team registrations
Gulf Coast High School will host a freshman and junior varsity Christmas tournament at The North Collier Regional Water Park in Collier County. Each level will have eight teams. Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cost is $100 per team. Contact Mike Murphy, 239-825-8899, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wali Jones free clinic
The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida is sponsoring a free clinic, featuring former NBA Philadelphia 76ers star Wali Jones. His Shooting for the Stars Clinic is part of the Gollee Gator Children’s Initiatives. The clinic, open to any child, ages 8 to 17, is at 9 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the Golden Gate Community Center. To sign up call 239-261-5405, or go to www.mhaswfl.org.
Scott Stewart Basketball Camps
July 15 to 19. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $120 per week or $200 for both at North Collier Regional Park. July 22 to 26. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $125, at Marco Island YMCA. July 22 to 26. Boys and girls, ages 6 to 14. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $120. First Baptist Church. Contact: Scott Stewart, 269-7473.
Boys travel team looking for skilled fifth-graders. Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or PhenomsHoops@gmail.com.
SWFL Youth Basketball League
Ages 5 to 17. Contact: 267-7922, swflbasket
Looking for eighth-grade travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.
Desmond Howard to host coed football clinic
Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, in conjunction with Dibia Athletic Development, will hold a coed camp on July 20, ages 6 to 14, at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove. The camp is 9 a.m. to noon, Dibia said the clinic is to cultivate the next generation of athletes. Joining Howard will be Sedrick Irvin, former Detorit Lions running back, Cory Johnson, coach of 2009 Class 6A champion and Miami Killian, along with Bo Smith, CEO of MILK Personal Training, who is an NFL trainer.
Marco Island Eagles
Currently holding registration for football and cheer. Ages 5 to 15 for fall league. Cost is $200 for football and $60 for cheer. Practice begins in mid July. Registration and forms deadline is July 22. Go to the Optimist Club of Macro Island website for more information or contact Eddie Webb at 394-0494. The Eagles are part of the new Southwest Florida Youth Football League.
North Naples Lions
Currently holding registration for football and cheer. Ages 5 to 15 for fall league. Cost is $175. Practices will be at Seagate Elementary. The North Naples Lions are part of the new Southwest Florida Youth Football League. Contact: 431-5793, email email@example.com
Golden Gate Tigers
Registration for Golden Gate Tigers, ages 5 to 15, who are part of the new Southwest Florida Youth Football League and play all home games at Golden Gate High School. Contact: Coach Leo 646-0055.
North Naples Lions
Currently holding open registration for football and cheering. Ages 5 to 15. For fall league registration fee, $175. Practices at Seagate Elementary. The North Naples Lions are part of the new Southwest Florida Youth Football League. Contact: 431- 5793, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swflyouthfootball.com
South Naples Pirates
Open registration for football and cheer ages 5 to 15. Registration every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Eagle Lakes Community Park. $50. Contact: Quincy Harris 687-9252, southnaplespirates.net.
Naples Gators Youth Football & Cheer
Visit naplesgators.com. Contact: 324-9603.
Skill position players ages 6 to 18. Visit skillpositionpride.com. Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, email@example.com.
Naples Football League
The league is over 20 years old, and is a Non-Profit, Non-Traveling, Full-Contact youth program. Players can practice and play for whichever division they want. No more than 25 to 30 players per team. No draft system. No more than 3 days a week involvement. Contact: naplesnfl.org.
Learn to play
Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Girls and boys ages 4 to 7. First session free with complimentary use of skates and stick. Veterans Community Park. Contact: 566-2367.
Pro Elite Hockey Skating and
Tuesday 6 to 7 p.m. Girls and Boys ages 8 to 12. Veterans Community Park Call. Contact: 431-7090.
An Okinawa style of karate called Seibukan Shori Ryu. Sessions are July 22-26, July 29-Aug.2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75 per session for Greater Marco YMCA members, $90 for community. Call 394-3144.
Optimist Club of Marco Island
offers lacrosse program
Gary Chernow, Lely’s head lacrosse coach, with players Cody McCauley, Cotton Hail and Drew Fordon, are the instructors for ages 10-14, not in high school. The Optimist Club, led by Lynn Gordon, will have two teams that will scrimmage each other, with the chance of playing teams in Naples Lacrosse League in August. Cost, $200, which includes lacrosse gear. Financial aid available. Call Eddie Webb, 394-0494, or go to the website at Optimist Club of Marco Island..
Summer Lacrosse Half Day Camp
Aug. 5 to 9. 8 a.m. to noon, Fleischmann Park. Cost is $75/session. Sign up at the Fleischmann Park Recreation Center. Contact: 213-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Naples Lacrosse Club Spring Program
Girls, Grades 3-5 Sunday, Naples High School, 1-2 p.m.; girls, Grade 6-8 — Sunday, Naples High, 2-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Fleischmann Park, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Register at napleslacrosseclub.com. Contact: email@example.com.
Girls and boys 10 to 14 (Grades 5 through 8). Contact: Eric Vasquez 289-4943, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Bears High School Rugby Club
Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Practice behind Palmetto Ridge High School: Contact: Reed Jarvi, 777-5741 or email@example.com or on Facebook (Naples Bears Rugby).
Naples Optimists soccer signup
The Optimist Club of Naples will hold a registration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 and noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Coastland Mall. Latest registration date is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Vineyards Community Center. To be eligible players must be born between Aug. 1, 1995 and July 31, 1913. Games begin Oct. 5 running through Dec. 14. All games will be at Vineyards Community Park soccer fields. For more details, www.optimistsoccer.org.
Florida Fire Juniors Oggi Camps
Pre-Season Camp: Aug. 5 to 9. $220. Camp is at Seagate Elementary. Register: http://www.floridafirejuniors.com/camps.php. Contact: Gavin Spooner, 941-545-8874.
Registration is open. Visit ngsll.org.
At Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. Beginners - Monday and Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m.; Intermediate - Tuesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Advanced - Monday and Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15/session or prepay 10 sessions for $125. Private lessons are also available at $40/hr. Contact: Nancy Geiman 572-4739.
Gulf Coast Runners Youth Team
A running club for youth for ages primarily 6 to 15. We train for both fitness and competition, for both sprint and distance runners. We also train for other track and field events including hurdles, high jump and throwing. Contact: Coach Erica firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-5023.
Stingray Volleyball Camps
July 1526, Seacrest Country Day School. For girls and boys, ages 7-15. Evenings from 5 p.m.8 p.m. For the aspiring players with emphasis on fundamentals, techniques, game concepts and game play. Preregistration highly recommended. For more information go to www.seacrest.org .or contact: Jan Class 787-240-1723 or email@example.com.
Contact 405-9191 or sportsclubnaples.org.
South Florida Riptide
Fielding girls travel teams, 10U to 17U for USAV and AAU events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, riptidevolleyball.net.
King Cougar Wrestling Club
AAU certified, offers training in Freestyle, Folkstyle, MMA, and Greco Wrestling for ages 5 and up. Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. Barron Collier High School. We offer summer camps, conditioning, and weight lifting. All participants must have an active AAU membership. We are also looking for summer youth coaches. Contact: Anthony Partello, 770-883-4730, email@example.com
6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, all ages, in Naples High School Cafeteria. $60 for first month (includes FAWA membership), $35 each additional month (no charge for first practice). Contact: Luke Garcia 239-784-6177, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bear Wrestling Club
Sign-ups and practice Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Palmetto Ridge High School cafeteria. Ages 5 to 18. $150. Contact: David Parmenter 353-0265 or Josh McIntosh 938-6316.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Gulf Coast High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, giolexi@ yahoo.com.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Golden Gate High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, giolexi@ yahoo.com.
Practices 6-7:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Estero High School. First grade through high school. Free. Contact: Matt Brock at 851-7630, email@example.com.
To have an activity you want listed, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email preferred by 9 a.m. Wednesday.