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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Community Sports Briefs

Community Sports Brief Calendar
Sept. 30
Free Soccer Clinic
 The Saratoga Springs varsity boys soccer team will be hosting their annual Saratoga Soccer Day Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Maple Avenue Middle School.
The team will be leading boys and girls ages 6-12 through some basic soccer skills and then join them in some fun small sided games.
A $5-$10 donation to the Saratoga Springs Boys Soccer Booster Club is appreciated.
Visit for more information on this event.

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 Blue and Gold baseball teams will be holding spring tryouts Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Gavin Park.
The Adirondack Hawks 14U Blue team will hold tryouts at 11 a.m. with the Gold team holding spring tryouts at 3 p.m.
For additional information please contact Nate King at 587-0132 or email, coach O’Reilly at 376-6604 or email, or coach Reed at 376-5790 or email

Miss Scotties softball tryouts
Miss Scotties Softball is looking for players ages 12 and under the upcoming travel season. A tryout will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at Burgess Kimball Park in Malta. Contact with any questions.

Oct. 7
16U Northern Titans baseball tryouts
The 16U Northern Titans are holding an open try-out for the 2013 summer baseball season. The Titans play in the highly competitive Eastern NY Travel Baseball League and will compete with teams from the Empire State 16U Mickey Mantle League. The team will also play in Local and Regional Tournaments.
If interested in joining the team, the tryout will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at Round Lake field from 10 a.m.-noon.
For additional information contact Bill Canty at 495-9028.

Oct. 14
Adirondack Hawks Baseball Showcase
The Adirondack Hawks baseball program and Hawks 18U coaches, Tom Coons and Dave Palmer, will be hosting the Adirondack Baseball Showcase, Sunday, Oct. 14 at Gavin Park in Wilton.  The showcase will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in/registration and field work beginning at 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Players will be given the opportunity to showcase their abilities, become familiar with the college recruiting process and be evaluated.  The showcase is limited to 50 participants and registration deadline is Oct. 10. The cost is $100 per player.
Players should dress in baseball pants and bring their own bat, cleats, glove, hat, betting helmet if possible etc. Each participant will be provided with a showcase t-shirt to wear. Catchers should bring their own equipment.
Download a registration form online at Send completed registration forms along with check to SRA—Sports Recruiting Advisors, c/o Tom Coons, 364 Northern Pines Road, Gansevoort NY 12831.
Contact Tom Coons at 518-225-7658 or for additional information.

Oct. 14-16
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 11–2 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.

Oct. 20
The 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge
MVP Health Care presents the 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge to benefit Saratoga Bridges on a paved course in the Saratoga Spa State Park, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m.
The 5K walk/run is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Adirondack Association and will run simultaneously with the 10K. Long-sleeved moisture wicking T-shirts and a discounted rate of $22 for people who register by Oct. 1. The cost is $25 by Oct. 20. The Kids Fun Run, for children 12 and younger, begins after the 5K and 10K finish and costs $5. There is no day of registration.
For more information, contact Heather Varney at 587-0723 ext. 1266 or
Greenwich Hall of Fame Induction
The Greenwich High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold their forth 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. Visit the Hall of Fame link at the school website at for a nomination form or see a Committee Member.

Weekly athletic programs and clinics
Skidmore women’s Sunday basketball clinics
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 every Sunday through 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

Thursday night Intro to Field Hockey program
The Intro to Field Hockey program is taking place every Thursday through 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.

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.

SAFE Saturday 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.

Thursday evening 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

Ongoing registration
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.
Call 584-9455 with any questions.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Basketball League
The Saratoga Springs Recreation Basketball League registration is taking place on a first come first served basis. Spaces are limited for grades K-12 and filling up fast. Register Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue.
The cost is $70 for city residents, $90 for school district and $115 for non-resident/non-school district.
Registration forms are on the City’s website
Please call the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department at 587-3550 ext. 2300 for more information.
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.
Registration begins Sept. 12 at the East Avenue Branch front desk. Contact Bill Carey at 587-4227 with any questions.

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.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Email for more information.


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