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BASEBALL

Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy, 72 Camp Avenue, Stamford, (203)-968-2872. Year-Round baseball/softball training for all age levels and skill levels that includes: A professional curriculum with proven results. Private Lessons (1 on 1 instruction). Buddy Lessons (small groups of 2, 3, or 4 students). Clinics (programmed or create your own). School Holiday Day Camps and Snow Day Specials. Cage Rentals (with or without a pitching machine). Birthday Parties. The Fury Travel Program.

GloveWhisperer.com (Accelerated Glove Conditioning) offers free recommendations on general issues of glove fit and overall glove condition for baseball and softball players at all levels. Their all natural conditioning process makes a new or flat glove playable in days not weeks or months. For more info, email GloveWhisperer@gmail.com or call (203)-487-8997.

I.S.T. Sports Headquarters in Norwalk Late fall program registration is now open. 2012 Late Fall programs include baseball, softball, and Pre-K skills development programs for all ages. Online registration is open and all programs can be viewed at www.integratedsportstraining.com. Please email istkatz22@yahoo.com with program questions. New Sporting goods store at I.S.T. Mon-Fri 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Equipment for all ages and skill levels on sale now!

The Blue Jays Baseball Club is sponsoring a high school exhibition series in the Cooperstown, N.Y. area in Spring of 2013 for varsity and junior varsity teams. They are also sponsoring 3-game summer tournaments for 13U, 14U, 16U and 18U clubs. Night gams can be scheduled. Trophies awarded. For more info, call Harvey Sandig at 607-652-7740 with your open dates. Or email him at Cooperstown314@AOL.com

Holowaty Baseball Camps are now accepting online registrations for our Winter Session, December 27, 28 & 29 at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Daily program includes Hitting Instruction from 9am-10:15am, Defensive Instruction, including pitching, catching, infield and outfield play from 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and each daily session ends with 2 games (Little League and Senior League).For more info go to http://www.holowatybaseballcamps.com/ or e-mail holowatybaseball @yahoo.com

The highly competitive Housatonic Valley Men's 18+ wood bat baseball league is looking for new players and teams for the upcoming 2013 season. We currently have 9 teams from New Milford, Sherman, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Bridgewater, Wilton and Newtown. This is a great league for college players looking for a place to play this summer. Our season begins at the end of May and runs until August. If you are interested in playing contact Patrick Egan at 203-770-2991 or email him at pegan526@gmail.com

StAMFORD SPORTS HISTORY

The Stamford Historical Society will host an exhibit "Forging a Community: Stamford on the Gridiron and on the Diamond 1860-1975." The event opened Sept. 12 at the group's site at 1508 High Ridge Road and will run for several months. Numerous photographs and memorabilia of Stamford football and baseball teams will be on display in the galleries. There is no admission charge (donations are appreciated). Call 203-329-1183 for information.

BASEBALL DONATIONS

The Polish National Youth Baseball Foundation wants your excess and used sports equipment. Baseballs, bases, bats, catcher's equipment, gloves, uniforms, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Clark's Trophies, Instant Replay in Springdale, or we will pick up. For more info, contact Al Kaproski at 203-323-9944. The Stamford Old-Timers are helping to promote Baseball in Poland and Eastern Europe.

BASKETBALL CLINICS

Former UConn point guard Craig Austrie's Basketball IQ Skills camp at the Stamford YMCA is offering a pair of one-year membership packages. For Gold Membership at $225 per month, a player receives three private/semi-private sessions per month. Additional sessions at $45 each. Free evaluation game once per month. 25 percent off summer camp registration. You can get two free sessions if you refer a friend within 30 days of signing up. Craig will also serve as a basketball mentor looking toward AAU, school or college recruiting. The platinum membership at $325 per month entitles a player to four private/semi-private sessions, additional sessions at $36 each, one free evaluation game per month, two free summer camp sessions (a $450 savings), three free sessions for a friend referred within 30 days and basketball mentor sessions. For more info, please email caustrie@gmail.com or call 203-832-2265 or visit www.craigaustrie.net

I.S.T. presents Coach Garrity Boys Basketball Instructional "Game Play" programs at the Norwalk YMCA. Players will work with Coach Mike Garrity developing all aspects of their game. Dribbling, Shooting, Ball handling, Offense and Defense. Each session is limited to 12 players. We will offer addition sessions to accomodate wait listed players. 2nd grade "Game ON" basketball Sunday-January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, March 2, 9. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. 3rd grade "Game ON" basketball Sunday January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, March 2, 9 Time: noon to 1 p.m. 4th grade "Game ON" basketball Sunday January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, March 2, 9. Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 5th to 8th grade programs can be formed. Register at http://www.integratedsportstraining.com or email istkatz22@yahoo.com with questions.

BOXING, YOGA

Newly certified Yoga teacher Ahmad Mickens of Revolution Fitness is holding a series of weekly B-Yoga classes at Revolution Fitness gym at 860 Canal St., Stamford. For more information, please email Ahmad@revolutionfitness.org. Revolution Fitness is hosting Crossfit Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. as well as Wednesday mornings from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Revolution Fitness also has a new program "The Yard" focusing on strength and hypertrophy. Zumba Classes are available as well. Anyone interested in working out alongside the Revolution Fitness Youth Boxers for one hour can call 203-355-2666 or e-mail ahmadmickens@rfyouthboxing.com and get details on Operation Motivation.

The sixth annual Fall Fisticuffs VI, the Revolution Fitness Youth Boxing Program's flagship fundraiser/amateur boxing show, is set for Saturday November 24 at the Revolution Fitness Gym located at 860 Canal St. Stamford. Grants from the Stamford Police department have ended and donations from many of the private companies are drying out so we are in need of your support now more than ever. Great boxing, food, drinks, entertainment. Ticket prices are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. We will sponsor a 50/50 raffle, and the winner can walk away with half of the donations collected. RF Youth Boxing is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization so all donations are fully tax deductible. To purchase tickets, make a donation or for more info, visit www.revolutionfitness.org

OLD TIMERS DINNERS

The Stamford Old Timers Athletic Association will be holding its 70th Annual Dinner on Monday December 3 at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave. Stamford, beginning at 6 p.m. This year's local honorees are Joseph Augustin, Fred Bondi, Gene Bonina, Richard Nixon, Rick Robustelli, Bennett Salvatore, and Peter Walsh. Tickets are $65.00. To purchase tickets or for more info, please call Lou at 203-326-7911.

FOOD DRIVE

The Stamford High School Athletic Council is hosting a Food Drive to support The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County at the Westhill at Stamford football game on Thursday, November 22 at 10 a.m. at Boyle Stadium. Fans who bring a food donation will get $1.00 off the price of admission.

The following is a list of the most needed food:Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna, Breakfast Cereals, Pasta, Pork & Beans, Juices (Bottles & Boxes), Powdered Milk, Parmalat Milk, Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly, Soups, Macaroni & Cheese, Dried Beans Rice, Canned Pasta, Applesauce, Coffee, Jarred Spaghetti Sauce and Canned Black Beans.The Food Bank provides food to more than 70 agencies and programs serving people in need.

SYHA GIRLS LEAGUE

The Stamford Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) Girls League welcomes ALL interested girls from the surrounding area. The Girls league is organized to provide a learning and recreational environment featuring equal ice time for all and competition among girl players of similar abilities as well as provide young girl players the opportunity to continue their hockey careers into High School Girls Hockey. Registration is open to girls birth year between 1995 -- 2006. (Note: Registration fee will depend on participation.) Registration is now open www.syha.org. Girls first practice was Sun Sept 30 at Terry Conners rink. If you have any questions, please contact the SYHA registrar at registrar@syha.org with any questions/problems regarding the registration process.

HOCKEY ALUMNI GAMES

All Westhill High School Boys Ice Hockey Alumni are invited to play in the Annual Alumni hockey game to take place at Terry Conners Ice Rink on Saturday, November 24 at 3:40 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact either Eva Compo at (203)-461-3674 or Brendan Baranowski (203)-223-1757. There is a $60 registration fee. Visit our Facebook page WESTHILL HOCKEY.

All King School Boys Ice Hockey alumni are invited to participate in a game against the current King Varsity Boys Ice Hockey team on Friday November 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stamford Twin Rinks. A reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. follows at the Ice View Sports Grill. To sign up, see the link on the home page at www.KLHT.org

PREP HOCKEY JAMBOREE

Terry Conners Ice rink at Cove Island Park in Stamford will host a High School Boys Ice Hockey Jamboree on Saturday December 8. The matchups are as follows: Westhill vs. Trinity Catholic at 3:50 p.m. Trinity Catholic vs. Stamford High at 4:40 p.m. Stamford vs. Westhill at 5:30 p.m. Darien vs. Greenwich at 6:30 p.m. Darien vs. New Canaan at 7:20 p.m. Greenwich vs. New Canaan at 8:10 p.m.

Greenwich Skate Park

The Greenwich Skatepark will be open on weekends from 12:30 to 6 p.m., and on weekdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The Greenwich Skatepark is a fun, safe, supervised park for youths 6 years of age and up to Skateboard and inline skate. The Park is located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park next to the Arch Street Teen Center. Annual Memberships and Ten day passes are available to residents at the Town Hall, Parks and Recreation Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday -- Friday. All skaters 17 years or younger must have a parent or guardian sign the Waiver release form before they can skate. Full pads are required. For more info, call 203-496-0912, or visit www.greenwichct.org

Greenwich Cup Series

The Volvo of Stamford Greenwich Cup series of 10 races continues with the Beachfront Bushwhack/Max's Mile at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday Nov. 18 at Camp Simmons at 744 Lake Ave. in Greenwich. Early entry fees are $20 for the Beachfront Bushwhack and $15 for Max's Mile. Entry fees on the day of the race are $25 for the Beachfront Bushwhack and $20 for Max's Mile. Both events encompass cross country running for the whole family, including leaps over hay bales and log jumps while running through secret trails and scenic beachfront paths. The Beachfront Bushwhack/Max's Mile event is the ninth event in the Volvo of Stamford Greenwich Cup series of 10 events. Max's Mile is in memory of Maxwell Scotti, who passed away at the age of 7 in 2009 after a courageous battle against cancer. For more info, visit www.threadsandtreads.com or call Threads & Treads at 203-661-0142. The final event in the series is the Jingle Bell Jog at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9.

YOUTH WRESTLING

Stamford Jr. Wrestling Club is in 21st year. Registration for the Stamford Jr. Wrestling Club Fall session is underway. The SJWC offers instruction and competitive opportunities for beginners and experienced wrestlers ages 6-14. Wrestlers will have the opportunity to learn skills, practice technique and gain match experience in a disciplined and fun environment. The program is open to children from all towns. For registration information visit www.stamfordwrestling.com or call 203-322-5366.

STICKS FOR SOLDIERS

The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Lacrosse team will host the 7th annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Charity Lacrosse Tournament --to raise money for severely wounded soldiers -- on Saturday November 24 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Over 700 boys and girls high school lacrosse athletes in varsity and JV divisions are expected to participate, representing more than 45 teams and playing over 90 games during the day in nearby venues. Team entry fees and other fund-raising activities contribute towards the charity goal. The officials -- referees and umpires -- also donate their time towards this worthy cause. This year, honorees will include USMC Cpl. (ret) Greg Caron, 26, of Ellington, Conn., who lost both his lower legs and suffered nerve damage in a booby-trapped IED explosion in Afghanistan the day after Veteran's Day last November. Following immediate in-country medical care and quick transport to Germany, Greg was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There, he received extensive wound treatment, physical therapy and prosthetic training though the last several months of rehabilitation. He and his wife are now adjusting to their lives in Connecticut. It is planned that the Sticks For Soldiers donation, together with that of several other non-profits, will help contribute to building a home for Greg and his family in Ellington. The tournament will begin at 9 am with registration at 8 a.m. Participating high schools include host Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Prep, Ridgefield, Hopkins, St. Joseph, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Barlow, Amity, Staples, Hamden, Cheshire, Newtown, Guilford, Hall-West Hartford, Stamford, Southington, Darien, Wilton, Brien McMahon, Avon, Daniel Hand, Danbury, and Xavier, as well as club teams. Donations may be sent, payable to "Sticks for Soldiers, Inc.", PO Box 475, Fairfield, Conn. 06824. For more information, honoree profiles, tournament schedules, location and history, please visit www.sticksforsoldiers.org

FORDHAM SOFTBALL CLINIC

Play Ball Group's 7th annual Ultimate Game Softball Clinic will be held on Sat. Dec. 8 and Sun. Dec. 9 at the Fordham University Lombardi Center. Session times: Group 1 Sat 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & Sun 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Group 2 Sat 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. & Sun 9 a.m.-noon. Athletes ages 9-18 and coaches are invited to attend the full participation softball training clinic. The collegiate coaches will instruct and interact with each athlete in all areas of the game in small group drills and stations. Optional individual hitting video analysis available. The clinic offers an opportunity to showcase skills to the collegiate instructors while in a hands-on learning environment. Featured instructors are University of California Berkeley NFCA Hall of Fame Head Coach Diane Ninemire and assistant coach Tammy Lohmann; Fordham University Head Coach Bridget Orchard, assistant coaches Charisse Mariconda, Chelsea Plimpton, Bob Baxter and the Fordham University softball team; University of Louisville assistant coach Courtney Scott; University of Oregon assistant coach Chelsea Spencer; Iona College Head Coach Melissa Inouye and assistant coach Sarah Tacke; Williams College Head Coach Kris Herman; New Jersey City University Head Coach Bridgette Quimpo; Tour and former University of Florida All-American Ali Gardiner; Protege Sports pitching instructor LB Bailey; Complete Game LLC instructor Rob Crews; strength and conditioning specialist Chris Rowan. For more details or to register, please visit www.playballgroup.com, email info@playballgroup.com or call 800-970-3230.

COACHING VACANCIES

Ridgefield High School Athletics is now accepting applications for the following coaching vacancies: Boys Indoor/Outdoor Track -- Assistant Coach; Boys Lacrosse -- Freshman Coach; Baseball -- Varsity Assistant, Junior Varsity Coach; Girls Softball -- Varsity Assistant. Successful candidates will: Hold a valid Connecticut Teaching Certificate, Coaching Permit or be eligible for a Temporary Emergency Coaching Permit. Have successfully completed standard first aid, CPR and concussion management training. Have substantial knowledge of the sport for which the application is made. Have knowledge of legal and safety aspects of coaching, medical aspects of coaching adolescents, principles and practices of coaching adolescents and adolescent sports psychology. Show evidence of kindness, intelligence and the ability to work effectively with student athletes and with adults. Possess a steady composure, a sense of humor and grace under pressure. To apply, contact: Carl Charles, Athletics Director, Ridgefield High School, 700 N. Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tel. 203-438-3785 ext 1010.

ST. JOSEPH HIGH (Trumbull): Assistant boys indoor and outdoor track. Contact: Send letter of interest and resume to AD Jim Olayos by Friday Nov. 9.

CHELSEA PIERS CAMPS

Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT, located at 1 Blachley Place in Stamford, is pleased to announce that a vast array of sports classes, leagues and programs will be offered at the 400,000 sq-ft sports complex starting in the fall of 2012. Led by an extensive team of accomplished coaches, teachers and directors, the fall programs at CPCT will cater to youth and adult athletes of all levels and abilities. Fall programming will be comprised of four core categories: Little Athletes (6 months to 5 years). Developmental (5 years to 13 years). Elite/Competitive Teams (6 years and older). Adult Programs (Leagues and instructional classes).The Little Athletes programs are taught by experienced, professional coaches who also teach the highest level athletes. Sports offered include basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, ice skating, lacrosse, rock climbing, soccer, squash, swimming, tee ball and tennis. The youth sports development program offers a comprehensive, diverse and innovative curriculum for athletes of all ages. Developmental programs will feature after-school and weekend programs for kids ages 5 to 17 in a wide range of sports including baseball/softball, basketball, field hockey, figure skating, flag football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, multi-sport, rock climbing, soccer, squash, swimming and tennis. Field hockey available at a later date. Elite training is offered for dedicated junior high and high school, prep school, and college athletes that are looking for a complete off-season training program to take their game to the next level. Elite training and competitive teams will be available for gymnastics, lacrosse, squash, swimming and tennis. Basketball and volleyball travel teams will also be offered. The Leagues at CPCT will provide competitive kids off all ages a broad selection of youth leagues throughout the school year, including basketball, gymnastics, lacrosse, squash, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The adult amateur sports program have league games played at CPCT with referees and full-time program directors .Competitive Adult Leagues for men, women and co-eds (individual or teams) will be offered in basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse volleyball and indoor soccer. Over-30, Corporate and Open leagues will also be available as well as a Masters swim team, competitive triathlon team, and tennis and squash leagues. For more info, visit www.chelseapiersct.com

CHELSEA PIERS TRIATHLON

Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford announces that 4X USA Triathlon Team National Champions, Full Throttle Endurance Racing, will offer a triathlon training program. The triathlon program will include high-intensity triathlon training led by USAT Level II coach Scott Berlinger and USAT Level I coach Rick Krupa. Training is geared towards all aspects of triathlon racing for all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. For more info, visit www.chelseapiersct.com

KAYAK LESSONS

Since 1983, the Small Boat Shop at 144 Water Street in South Norwalk has been the premier source for anyone interested in sea kayaking, rowing, canoeing, and generally exploring the coast in small craft. Contact the Small Boat Shop of Norwalk, CT at 203-854-5223, or www.thesmallboatshop.com.

TENNIS FALL PROGRAMS

Shippan Racquet Club, an indoor tennis club in Stamford, currently has registration open for programs for both adults and children this upcoming winter season. Junior programs include our Junior Development Academy for all ages and levels, along with our Tournament Training and High School programs. For adults, we offer our Adult Integrated Method which are small group lessons, leagues, privates and seasonal court time. For more information on our programs, please call 203-323- 3129 or visit us at www.shippanracquet.com.

Kings Highway, an indoor tennis club in Darien, has registration open for programs for both adults and children this upcoming winter season. Junior programs include our Junior Tennis Pathway Progression for all ages and levels, our High Performance/Varsity Training programs as well. For adults, we offer small group lessons, leagues, privates and seasonal court time. For more information on our programs, please call 203-655-8769 or visit us at www.kingshwytennis.com

TENNISIMPLE PROGRAMS

TenniSimple being offered at Shippan Racquet Club and Kings Highway. TenniSimple is designed for both total beginners and former players that are getting back into the sport after an extended absence. The fun, fast-paced lessons will have you learning the game and competing within a matter of weeks. The $150 fee includes six, one-hour group lessons with a licensed pro and a new racquet.The TenniSimple program is also located at Fairfield Indoor Tennis, Trumbull Racquet Club and Milford Indoor Tennis. For more info, Fairfield Indoor Tennis, 15 Old Dam Road, Fairfield, CT--(203) 254-0440. Kings Highway Tennis Club, 98 Old Kings Highway North, Darien, CT--(203) 655-8769. Milford Indoor Tennis, 580 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT--(203) 876-1776. Shippan Racquet Club, 45 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT--(203) 323-3129. Trumbull Racquet Club, 35 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT--(203) 374-8622.

HELPING VETERANS

Operation Music Aid is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Madison that secures musical instruments for our wounded servicemen and women. There is an auction consisting a Geno Auriemma signed guitar, two Geno Auriemma signed basketballs, a Jim Calhoun autographed guitar, two autographed Jim Calhoun basketballs and a signed football from the 2010 New York Giants. Bidding for these items continues. To make a bid, make the bid and your e-mail contact info to Operation Music Aid, Unit 1, 1 Orchard Park, Madison, Ct. 06443. For general organization info, visit www.operationmusicaid.org

To be included in the upcoming events, please email information to sports@SCNI.com or fax to 203-964-2345. Items should include a telephone number for verification.

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