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Friday, October 12, 2012

Community Sports Briefs: Register for the 11th annual Saratoga Turkey Trot

Baseball and softball tryouts
Oct. 14
Adirondack Avalanche 14U softball tryout
The Adirondack Avalanche a competitive 14U fast-pitch softball travel team based in South Glens Falls is seeking players for the 2013 travel season. The team is currently looking for committed players at all positions.
The team will be holding tryouts Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Moreau Recreational Fields.
Contact Kelly Wright at 585-6713 or David Ebert at 461-1283 with any questions or for further information.

Oct. 20
Saratoga Stampede American Legion baseball tryouts
The Saratoga Stampede baseball program will be holding tryouts for their 2013, 14U Team. Interested players must be age 14 or younger on 4/30/13. The tryout will be held on Oct. 20 at East Side Recreation in Saratoga, from noon-2 p.m. The Stampede program encourages players residing in the following school districts to attend the tryout. Ballston Spa, Saratoga High, Saratoga Catholic, Schuylerville, Galway, Mechanicville and Stillwater. We are looking for the best players in the area to join our program. The team will play a ENYTB schedule against 14U and 15U teams, as well as several out of town tournaments.
To register for the try out, contact George Coleman at 312-3442.

Local 5K runs/walks
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. 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. One cannot register the day of the event.
For more information, contact Heather Varney at 587-0723 ext. 1266 or

Nov. 22
11th annual Christopher Dailey Foundation Turkey Trot
The 11th annual Christopher Dailey Foundation Turkey Trot will take place Nov. 22 at 8:30 a.m. on Broadway of Saratoga Springs. The race starts on Broadway, into Skidmore and ends on North Broadway.
The entry fee is $22 by Nov. 15 and $25 from Nov. 16-22. Check-in will be the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m. or race day from 6-8 a.m. Mail registration to CDF c/o AREEP P.O. Box 38195, Albany, NY 12203 or register online at There is no day-of registration this year.
All proceeds benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. Reach Maria at 581-1328 or for more information.

Turkey Trot in Clifton Park
 The first annual St George's Turkey Trot will be held Nov. 22. Thanksgiving morning, with warm-up at 7:45 and a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m.  There will a be kid’s run ($1 registration fee collected at the starting line), the DJ from Beaming Sounds Music and Lighting, and event shirts for the earliest registrants.
For more information and to register for the 5K, visit or you can find a link to a registration form at the schools website
Proceeds from the registrations will benefit the St. George's School Scholarship Fund.

Dec. 31
First Night Saratoga 5K run
The 15th annual First Night Saratoga 5K run, presented by Saratoga Arts, will be held Monday, Dec. 31, at 5:30 p.m. The race is limited to 1,500 registrants. Awards are given to the top three male and female, plus age category awards. All finishers will receive a First Night Commemorative Medal.
Registration fee is $22 by Nov. 23, and $30 after Nov. 23.
Register online at  for further information call 584-4132.

Walk-in recreation and Ongoing registration
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 Ave.
The program will start the week of Nov. 5.
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
Call the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department at 587-3550 ext. 2300 for more information.

Boxing lessons at the Saratoga Youth Boxing Association
The Saratoga Youth Boxing Association, located within the Saratoga Ice Rink on 30 Weibel Avenue is now accepting registrations for boxing programs.
The four levels of participation are non-contact boxing, light contact, competitive boxing and an anti-bullying alternating program.
The programs run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, contact Jack Nichols at 587-5158 or call the SYBA at 587-9828.

20-20-20- and Body Basics for Weight Loss
The Malta Community Center is offering two new fitness classes that run Thursdays for four weeks each from Oct. 18-Nov. 8.
The 20-20-20 class is from 9-10 a.m. incorporating cardio, strength, and flexibility, and Body Basics is from 10-11 a.m. and includes tips and strategies you can fit into your daily life.
Call Malta Community Center at 899-4411 for more information.

Indoor soccer programs
The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department and the First Touch Futbol Academy are co-hosting the Big & Lil' Kickers Indoor Soccer Programs.
The soccer program runs Friday afternoons at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The Big Kickers program is for players in grades K-2 while the Lil’ Kickers program is for 3- to 4-year-olds.
Cost is $60 per session. The first session runs November through December and Session two runs January-February.
Visit to register or for more information.

Golf clinic at Saratoga Rec Center
The Saratoga Recreation Department is offering the Golf World Clinic once again this year. The clinic is open to anyone age 9 or older and will run from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4, Tuesdays at the Saratoga Rec Center from 5-6:30 p.m. The clinic will teach the fundamentals necessary to be a successful golfer. Space is limited.
Terry Minsch of Golf World Driving Range will teach the clinic. For more information, email

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 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

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.

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.

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 Avenue.
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.

The Sports Barn/Hayner Academy indoor baseball registration
Live indoor baseball games will begin its 12th year of league play at The Sports Barn/Hayner Academy in Halfmoon Oct. 22 for boys ages 7-13.
Applications are being accepted for teams (7 players per roster) to compete in either the 7, 8 or 9 “Coach Pitch” Division; 9, 10 or 11 AAA Division or 11, 12 or 13 Majors Division.
Cost is $90 per player and the registration deadline is Oct. 16.
Additional information can be found at, where parent reps can register their team and all players can register individually. The phone number for the Sports Barn is 664-4537.

Frisch Soccer Academy Halloween Spooktacular
Saratoga graduate and former native Jen Frisch, former Assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Rhode Island and Director of the Jen Frisch Soccer Academy, and the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club will be hosting the Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 27 at Gavin Park.
The Halloween Spooktacular is a 3-on-3 soccer tournament for boys and girls U8-U12. Create your own teams with a maximum of six players on a team. Each team will play a minimum of four games. The cost is $25 per player and participants may wear a team Halloween costume.
For more information and to register, contact Jen Frisch at and at 369-1358.

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 basketball head coach Bill Haskell at or call 743-2200 ext. 2393. Brochures may also be viewed at

Hayner Academy baseball and softball hitting leagues, Nov. 5 
Registrations are being accepted for players who are of high school age (Grades 8-12) who wish to compete in The Sports Barn's Fall Indoor Hitting Leagues set to begin the week of Nov. 5.
Players form their own team of three hitters per team and will compete against other teams in either Varsity (Grades 10-12), JV (Grades 9-10) or Freshmen (Grades 8-9) divisions depending on age and skill level.
Players will hit off Hack Attack Pitching Machines, the most accurate machine on the market capable of throwing numerous pitches at varying speeds with amazing accuracy, and their swings will be scored using a predetermined point system. Weekly and cumulative point totals for individuals as well as team won/loss records will be recorded and posted weekly on line at  The leagues will compete Monday-Thursday with start times at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The cost per player is $70. Teams can register on line or print off a form and return it to The Sports Barn. The phone number for the Sports Barn is 664-4537.


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