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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Community Sports Briefs

Walk-in recreation and occurring registrations

Saratoga YMCA Over-50 basketball league
The Saratoga Regional YMCA kicks off the seventh year of its Over-50 Basketball League with tryouts for new players Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. League games will be played Wednesdays starting Oct. 10 and going through March 13. the cost is $125 for YMCA members and $175 for non-members. A captain’s meeting Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga YMCA and players, sponsors are needed. Registration begins Sept. 12 at the East Avenue Branch front desk. Contact Bill Carey at 587-4227 with any questions.
Junior NBA registration at Gavin Park

Gavin Park’s highly successful youth basketball league is gearing up for another great season of Jr. NBA. This recreational program is open to boys and girls grades 2-10. All skill levels are welcome and everyone receives equal playing time.
Placement dates are scheduled for Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 and the registration deadline is Sept. 28. The cost is $115 for Wilton residents, $155 for Saratoga Springs City Schools residents and $165 for all others, which includes a full uniform. Gavin Park is located at 10 Lewis Drive in the Town of Wilton.
Register online at, or in person at the park office. Contact 584-9455 with any questions.

SAFE soccer program
Sports Are For Everyone (SAFE), a not-for-profit organization that runs sports programs for kids with special needs, is holding a soccer program at the Clifton Park Commons each Saturday through Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
Children five years and older with mental and/or physical challenges are encouraged to participate.
SAFE provides an environment that allows children with special needs to build self-esteem, confidence, and friendships through sports by providing opportunities to socialize and exercise both their motor and life skills.
For more information about the SAFE Soccer Program, email SAFE at or call 383-8076.

Youth Soccer Training Monday nights at Gavin Park
First Touch Soccer USA, in partnership with the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club, is offering training sessions focusing on individual soccer skill improvement. The sessions are run by St. Rose men soccer coaches Matt Jones and Stephen Hogan and their staff of current and former collegiate and professional players from all over the world. The sessions are open to all boys and girls ages 6-14 from Saratoga, Wilton and the surrounding areas.
The sessions occur every Monday night until Oct. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Gavin Park. The program costs $72 for all six sessions or $15 for each individual session.
Parents can register by emailing or arriving at the field 15 minutes prior to each session.

Saratoga Kinderskate program
The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is currently taking registration for it's Kinderskate program. This program teaches the basics and beyond of ice skating to children as young as 3 years old. Classes are held Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting on Oct. 16 and consist of a half hour instruction and a half hour practice. Cost is $30 for Saratoga Springs residents and $60 for Non-City residents.
Register at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at Vanderbilt Avneue.
Download the form at Please call 587-3550 ext. 2300 with questions.

Boys and girls youth basketball league
Boys and Girls Youth Basketball League registration will be available for kids in Grade K-12. The league runs from Nov. 3–March 23 and will be held at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.
The cost is $70 for Saratoga residents, $90 for non-residents and $115 for non-city/non-school. Registration is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Email for more information.

Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Fall Soccer Academy
The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club has announced the creation of a new 8U and 10U Soccer Academy Program for the 2012-2013 season. The program is designed for soccer players who are looking for advanced skills training beyond what is provided by recreational soccer. Boys with a strong interest in improving their soccer skills and playing soccer at higher levels will gain the most from this program.
The Academy will feature weekly training sessions with the best coaches in the area.
Practices will be each Thursday night through Oct. 25. The cost is $90 and includes a SWSC shirt. Those interested in continuing this soccer program into the winter and spring will have an opportunity to do so by registering for those academies later in the 2012-2013 season.
To register, contact Peter MacDonald at

Greenwich Hall of Fame Induction
The Greenwich High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold their 4th annual induction banquet on Saturday Oct. 20 at the Elks Lodge on Route 40 South in Greenwich. Tickets will be available to the public for the banquet. Tickets will be $25 and should be purchased by October 12, 2012. Please call (518) 692-7768 or (518) 281-2828 for more info or to purchase tickets. You can also email for information.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2013. Please visit the Hall of Fame link at the school website at for a nomination form or see a Committee Member.

Fall basketball clinic at SUNY Adirondack
The coaches and players of the SUNY Adirondack men’s basketball team will be hosting a clinic Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-noon and Sunday Oct. 28. 8:30-11 a.m at SUNY Adirondack Bay Road Gym.
The fee is $55 and includes a free T-shirt.
For a brochure, contact head coach men’s basketball head coach Bill Haskell at or call 743-2200 ext. 2393. Brochures may also be viewed at

Sept. 20
Kyle Busch to Speak at City Center
NASCAR star Kyle Busch will speak Thursday Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The event is being run by the National Automobile Museum, and tickets are available for $15 through their website.
For more information on the event, visit
Intro to Field Hockey program
The Intro to Field Hockey program is taking place every Thursday from Sept. 20 to Nov. 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The program will be held at the North Side Fields for children grades 2-6. The goal of the program is to develop the fundamentals necessary to be a successful field hockey player.
The cost is $50 for Saratoga residents, $75 for non-city and $100 non-city/non-school.
Email for more information.
Sept. 22
Allegiance Bowl VIII 
Perennial collegiate Sprint Football League powerhouse Army will face Post University in the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Saratoga Springs High School football field. Pre-game activities begin at 12:45 p.m. with kickoff at 1 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $5 in advance, $8 at the gate (children under 5 years old are free) and are available at any Adirondack Trust Company bank branch, area Price Chopper supermarket, Walton's Sport Shop, Perkins and Perkins Attorneys or online at
Call 588-6952 for more information.

Saratoga girls travel basketball tryouts
Saratoga Girls Travel Basketball will be holding tryouts Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Saratoga Springs Maple Ave. Middle School for girls grades 4-8. Registration is from 12:05-12:25 p.m. while tryouts are 12:30-2 p.m.
Games are played in Saratoga and in the Capital District. For more information, call Craig Klotz at 583-1092.

Connor LaFrance Memorial 5K
The fifth annual Connor LaFrance Memorial 5K walk/run will be held Sunday, Sept. 23 at SPAC at 11 a.m. Registration will be Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8-11 p.m. at the Local 142 on Grand Ave. Pre-registration is Sept. 23. from 8-10:30 a.m. and tickets for lunch can be purchased then as well. The race is being held to raise money for local athletes who are competing nationally or internationally in their sport of choice.
For more information, go to or visit Connor LaFrance Memorial on Facebook.

Skidmore women’s basketball clinic
The Skidmore women’s basketball coaching staff is holding Sunday clinics for girls in grades 6-12 in preparation for the winter season.
The camp runs from Sept.23 to Oct. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for grades 9-12 and 12:30-2 p.m. for girls in grades 6-8 at Skidmore College.
For more information, contact coach Bennett at or 580-5363 or visit

Oct. 5
15th annual Saratoga Springs Lions Club Golf Tournament
The 15th annual Saratoga Springs Lions Club Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 5 at McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton. The four person scramble event is open to the public and proceeds benefit several of the programs and services provided to the community through the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
The event costs $115 for a single player or $440 for a foursome with participants able to enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony and prize giveaways. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. Call 378-8111 or 584-4050 or visit for more information.

Oct. 6
Adirondack Hawks 14U tryouts
The Adirondack Hawks 14U baseball team will be holding spring tryouts Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Gavin Park.
Contact Nate King at 587-0132 or email for more information.

Oct. 14,15,16
Saratoga Stampede American Legion baseball tryouts
The Saratoga Stampede Legion baseball program will be holding tryouts for the 2013 season. The Stampede program will field a 19U Sr. Legion team and a 17U Jr. Legion team next summer. Players residing within the following school district boundaries are eligible to play legion baseball for the Stampede: Ballston Spa, Saratoga High, Saratoga Catholic, Schuylerville, Galway, Mechanicville and Stillwater.
There are multiple roster spots available on all levels. The tryouts will be held from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Eastside Recreation.
To register, contact Eric Thompson at 222-3990 or George Coleman at 312-3442.


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