Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Award to recognize sportsmanship

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The Chesapeake Tide of the Continental Indoor Football League have instituted a new program for youth athletes, the Tide Pride Youth Sportsmanship Award. The award will be given to an area youth athlete who most exemplifies the spirit of their game by showing sportsmanship toward teammates and opponents. The award is open to athletes in any sport.

Finalists for the award will be recognized at the Tide’s Youth Sports⁄Students Night on May 31 at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. The winner will be announced at halftime of that night’s Tide game and will receive a trophy, an official CIFL ball autographed by the Tide and a photo taken with the Tide.

To be eligible, athletes must have participated in a sport in 2007 or 2008. Nominations will only be accepted from youth sports organizations, and should include the athlete’s name and team name, as well as a paragraph describing the athlete’s display of sportsmanship. Nominations are due by March 7 and should be e-mailed to tidefootball@gmail.com.

The Tide will begin their second season in the CIFL with a home game March 21 against the defending league champion Rochester (N.Y.) Raiders. The team was 7-5 and made the playoffs last year in its inaugural season.

Registrations scheduled, coaches needed

Fort Washington Little League is registering boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for T-ball, baseball and softball. Children living in Camp Springs, Clinton, Forestville, Fort Washington, Morningside, Oxon Hill, Suitland, Temple Hills and Andrews Air Force Base are eligible. Register online at www.eteamz.com⁄fwll or www.fwll.ourfamily.com until March 1. You can also register in person from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Road in Fort Washington. Call 301-567-9799.

The Marlboro Boys and Girls Club is holding registration for girls and boys ages 5 to 18 for its track and field, baseball, soccer and softball programs. Registration takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro. Visit www.mbgc.org.

The Clinton Boys and Girls Club is looking for baseball, softball and soccer coaches. Candidates must be ASEP Certified and undergo a background check. The club is also seeking athletes ages 5 to 16 for all spring sports. For registration information and details on the club’s coaching requirements, call Wanda Sledd at 301-856-6581 or visit www.clintonjets.org.

The Fort Washington Area Recreation Council Boys and Girls Club is holding cheerleading registration for children ages 5 to 16 (ages 5 to 7 for peewee cheerleading). Register online at www.fwarc-bgc.org. Volunteer coaches are also needed for cheerleading, soccer and baseball. Call Katina McCluney (cheerleading) at 301-272-5405 or sports director Lou Avery at 301-742-2512.

The Allentown Boys and Girls Club is holding basketball and spring cheerleading registration from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10000 Glen Way in Fort Washington. Volunteer coaches are also needed. Call Cindy Robinson at 301-248-7307.

Football clinic planned

An NFL-sponsored JPD Football Clinic takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays March 31 through April 17 at Lanham Boys and Girls Sports Park, 7700 Good Luck Road in Lanham. Call 240-676-4844.

Track clubs seek athletes

The Southern MarylandStriders Track and Field Club will hold practices for the upcoming outdoor season beginning April 14 at Surrattsville High School in Clinton. The club, for ages 7 to 14, is a member of the AAU and USATF and competes locally, regionally and nationally. Practices are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Gary Kilgore at 301-418-1019 or visit www.southernmarylandstriders.com.

The Vision Elite Track Club is enrolling youth athletes ages 5 to 14 for the upcoming indoor track and field season. The fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events will be taught. Coaches are also needed. Vision Elite is a member of the USATF and AAU governing bodies of track and field. Call coach Tonya Manago at 202-494-4377 or send an e-mail to TManago@aol.com.

Basketball events planned

The Maryland Ruff Riders are hosting the Hoops Explosion youth basketball tournament the weekend of Feb. 22-24. The tournament is open to all boys and girls basketball teams in the U-8 through U-14 age groups. Registration is $250 per team. There will be a DJ, raffles, fish fry and free entertainment. Call Steve Jiggetts at 240-463-5577.

The first March Madness Challenge Tournament for U-10 through U-12 boys will be held March 1-2 in Forestville. AAU age qualification rules apply. Each team is guaranteed three games. Call James Knox at 240-765-9132 or send an e-mail to juzrite4ever@yahoo.com or futureplayersbasketball@yahoo.com. The registration deadline is Feb. 18.

The Maryland InvitationalBasketball Tournament seeksU-9 through U-14 boys’ teams to participate Feb. 15-18 at the Capital Sports Complex, 6417 Marlboro Pike in District Heights. Call 301-366-5404 or visit www.mithoops.org.

Cheerleaders sought

The Maryland Ruff Riders are holding tryouts for their cheerleading squad for girls ages 11 through 14. The squad cheers for all Ruff Rider basketball teams, travels, and competes in local cheerleading competitions and stresses academics and community service. Call Lisa Davis at 202-538-6469.

Bishop McNamara High School has rescheduled its Cheer With No Fear competition for 2 p.m. March 8 in the school’s main gymnasium in Forestville. Admission is $5 per person and free for ages four and under. Call 240-417-1724 or visit www.eteamz.com⁄bmhscheer.

Baseball events planned

The Maryland BaseballAcademy will hold tryouts for its U-18 summer team on March 2 at Centerway Local Park in Gaithersburg. Visit www.marylandbaseballacademy.com.

The Maryland BaseballAcademy will offer a fielding clinic at the Discovery Sports Center in Boyds. Visit www.marylandbaseballacademy.com.

DeMatha High School will hold its Winter Instructional Baseball Camp for players in fifth through eighth grades. Sessions will cover hitting, fielding and base-running and pre-season conditioning. Camp will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 24. Call 301-346-4035 or visit www.demathabaseball.org.

Basketball players sought

Air Flight Basketball is looking for experienced players ages 10-11 and 15-17 for the spring and summer travel seasons. Call Harold Heard at 301-350-0232 or log on to www.eteamz.active.com⁄airflight.

The Maryland Ruff Riders are holding tryouts for three basketball teams: U-13 girls, a new U-8 boys’ team and a U-14 boys’ team. The club stresses academics and community service. For the U-13 girls’ team, players must be 13 or in seventh grade and should call Mike Briscoe at 301-752-1463. For the U-8 boys’ team, players must be 8 or in second grade and should call Bob Cunningham at 240-604-6905. For the U-14 boys’ team players must be 14 or in eighth grade and should call Harry Howerton at 202-369-5834. Log on to the club Web site at www.marylandruffriders.com.

The Showtyme Stars U-9 boys’ basketball team will hold tryouts from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Isaac Gourdine Middle School, 8700 Allentown Road in Fort Washington. The team especially is in need of post players. Call 301-233-8797.

The Blaktop Ballaz are looking for players for their U-16 boys’ AAU team, which plays and travels year-round and is based in the Clinton⁄Upper Marlboro area. Players must have experience and be in ninth or 10th grade. The team is also seeking coaches. Call Corey Adams at 301-412-0236.

The Maryland Stallions boys’ travel basketball team is seeking players for its U-10, U-11, U-13, U-14 and U-16 programs. Call John Lewis at 301-466-3818 or send an e-mail to johnlewis2000@comcast.net.

Future Players Basketball Organization is seeking boys ages 8 to 10 for the 2008 AAU⁄YBOA season and tournament⁄league play. Practices will be held in the Forestville and Suitland areas. Call Rob Haskins at 202-439-5307 or Harvey Williams at 240-602-7776 or log on to www.leaguelineup.com⁄futureplayersbasketball.

Team Select AAU Girls Basketball seeks players born between 1994 and 1997. Call coach Robert Surratt at 240-417-2825 or send an e-mail to robertsurratt@msn.com.

The U-14 Maryland United Ballers boys’ basketball team is seeking experienced players for the upcoming AAU season and to play in local and national tournaments. Players must be born after Sept. 1, 1993, or be in the eighth grade. Practices emphasize fundamentals and player development. Call Aaron Wilmore at 301-335-6156 or send an e-mail to aaronwilmore@hotmail.com.

The Maryland United Lady Ballers will hold tryouts for girls born between 1993 and 1997. Call 301-254-1214.

The Maryland Beltway Lady Cougars AAU organization will hold evaluations for players ages 8 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday at DuVal High School. Call Cornell Barnes at 301-350-8637, Omar Hazel at 202-701-4987 or Keith Devoe at 301-675-2496.

The Lady Majic U-13 girls’ basketball team will hold tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 6315 Bren Mark Drive, Suite 100 in Alexandria, Va. Call Ace Nicholson at 202-716-7025.

The D.C. Assault U-11 boys’ basketball team is seeking players for YBOA play. Call coach Darrell Mack at 301-257-0872.

The D.C. Assault U-13 travel basketball team seeks experienced players. Call Donald Campbell at 202-345-1206.

The LA Hawks AAU basketball organization is looking for travel team players in the U-10 and U-14 age groups. Call Carlos at 202-538-4105 or Arian at 202-288-6166.

The Maryland Lakers Youth Basketball Organization is holding tryouts for U-10 and U-12 players for AAU⁄YBOA league and tournament play. Call Kenny at 301-556-3117.

Men With Vision seeks U-9 through U-12 boys for AAU play. Call Greg Boyd at 301-642-5128.

The Maryland Power U-11 Youth Basketball Organization seeks players for local and out-of-town tournaments. Players should not be 12 years old before Sept 1, 2008, unless they are in the fifth grade. Call coach Malcolm at 240-421-3906 or send an e-mail to mdpowerhoops@yahoo.com.

The Slam and Jam Youth Development Organization is looking for boys’ and girls’ basketball players, ages U-7 through U-15. Experienced players are preferred. Call Riley Gore at 202-374-1601 or Vincent Williams at 240-398-6312.

The Prince George’s All-Stars will hold open tryouts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Players ages 9 to 14 may try out, with Sept. 1 being the cutoff date for the next highest age level. Call coach Piner at 301-404-8494 or 301-333-8349 or Jones at 301-787-7662 or coach Evans at 240-687-1850.

Maryland Madness is seeking boys ages 7 to 14 for the 2008 season. Visit www.marylandmadness.org for tryout dates and times or call 301-424-9478.

The D.C. Warriors Basketball Organization is looking for players for its U-12 boys’ AAU team. Players must be in sixth grade and born on or after Sept. 1, 1995, or in seventh grade and born on or after Sept. 1, 1994. Call 202-439-4402.

The U-13 Triple Threat AAU basketball team seeks experienced players for local and national play. Players should not turn 14 prior to Sept 1, 2008, unless they are in the seventh grade. Tryouts take place in Mitchellville. Call coach Aaron Pruitt at 301-773-7904.