Email your sports events, youth league registration and other metro-east recreation news to firstname.lastname@example.org, send a fax to 236-9773 or mail them to News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, Ill., 62222.
CLINTON COUNTY ELITE -- Clinton County Elite newly formed 9-under select team hosting tryouts for 2013 season 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at Trenton City Park. Team will play in the Southwester Illinois Baseball League and three or four local tournaments; cannot turn 10 before May 1, 2013. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email email@example.com for information.
SLUGGERS -- The Sluggers 14-under select team will hold open tryouts Aug. 25 at Mel Price Park in Swansea needing players to fill out its roster. Craig Mentzer, 792-5654.
JUNIOR LANCERS -- Junior Lancers Baseball Club is holding tryouts for the 2013 season for any current seventh and eighth grade players planning to attend Belleville East High School. 977-2351.
METRO EAST CARDINALS -- Metro East Cardinals 13-under select team is holding tryouts for the 2013 season 10 a.m. Aug. 25 and noon Aug. 26 at Shiloh Middle School. League games in the Southern Illinois Select Baseball League in Freeburg; four local tournaments and one out of state. Greg Bayus, 795-0364.
McCARTHY HEAT -- McCarthy Heat 13-under select team will hold a tryout for the 2013 season Aug. 25. Team plays in competitive division in Freeburg. Jim Robben, 514-9599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. CLAIR STARS -- Player evaluations for the St. Clair Stars 2013 10-under team Aug. 18 at Wolf Branch Middle School in Swansea. Registration and warm-ups will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. and the evaluations will follow from 10 a.m.-noon. Players must not turn 11 before April 30, 2013. Players interested in "playing-up" will be considered as well. Rob Koester, (314) 249-5186 or email@example.com.
GRIZZLIES BASEBALL ACADEMY --Grizzlies Baseball Academy, a select baseball club based at the Gateway Grizzlies home park in Sauget, has scheduled tryouts at GCS Ballpark: 18-under (2013 team) 11 a.m. Aug. 25; 16-under (2012 team) 9 a.m. Aug. 11; 16-under (2013 team) 8 a.m. Aug. 25. Tryout fee: $10 per player; no metal spikes, molded or plastic spikes and turf shoes are OK. To preregister, email Darin Kinsolving at firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'FALLON BOMBERS -- O'Fallon Bombers 13-under team hosting tryouts for 2013 season 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 11 at O'Fallon Sports Park Field 3. Team plays in the National SWIBL division; will play in four or five tournaments including two in Tennessee and one in Omaha. Scott Kaiser, 531-3803 or email email@example.com.
DIAMONDBACKS -- SI Diamondbacks Select Baseball Club will be hosting tryouts for its 8-under through 14-under teams throughout August. 977-2351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SUN DEVILS -- Southern Illinois Sun Devils will hold 2013 season player tryouts for its 9-under team 9-11 a.m. Aug. 11 and 3-5 p.m. Aug. 12 at Freeburg Park. Tryouts for the Sun Devils 10-under team are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 11 and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 12, also at Freeburg Park. For more information about either team. call Dan Blazier at 223-0815 or email email@example.com.
BLUE SOX TRYOUTS -- The Blue Sox Baseball Club select program will hold tryouts for its 9-under, 10-under and 11-under teams for the 2012 fall and 2013 spring seasons. Interested players from the O'Fallon and Shiloh area should forward player information (age as of May 1, 2013, position, etc.) and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLYING TIGERS -- Tryouts for the VFW Post 805 Flying Tigers 13-under team's 2013 season are Aug. 18-19. Team plays in competitive division of local leagues. Bill Dalonzo, 206-8660 or email email@example.com.
SISBL FALL LEAGUE -- Southern Illinois Select Baseball League is accepting teams through Aug. 15 for 9-under through 15-under divisions for its fall baseball league at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Play is Sept. 3-Oct. 31 and will be USSSA-sanctioned. Call Glen Polacek at 792-6880 or email SISBL@htc.net; or visit www.sisbl.org to register.
TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks baseball tryouts for its 10-under, 11-under and 13-under select teams 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. David Ohl, 920-6988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIRLS SKILLS-DRILLS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is hosting a girls basketball skills and drills session coached by Southwestern Illinois College women's basketball coach Mike Juenger. 277-7111 or visit www.familysportsplex.com.
JAGGED EDGE TRAINING PROGRAM --King's Point in Belleville now offering the Jagged Edge Sports Training Program. Program teaches athletes through a core training program that accents power, strength, agility, speed training and conditioning. For more information, call 1-800-398-8540, email info@JaggedEdgeSportsllc.com or email@example.com.
REGATTA CYCLING RIDE --Regatta Fun Club holding a bicycle ride featuring a metric century 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Carlyle Lake Dam West Recreation Area in Carlyle. Routes include 21 miles, 33 mils or 62 miles (metric century). Fee: $8 for members, $13 for non-members and $3 for children. (314) 436-1324 or visit www.trailnet.org.
METRO ACADEMY TRAINING --Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 can receive individual instruction in strength, conditioning, basketball and volleyball from coaches with more than 30 years of high school experience. Workouts will be conducted at Edwardsville-area locations. Fees will be determined on an individual basis. 656-1641.
GOLF LEAGUE -- Thursday Night Men's League, a team match-play league, now forming at The Prairies of Cahokia. Wes Bell, 332-6944.
FREE GOLF CLINIC -- Free golf clinic 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Practice Tee on Old Collinsville Road, O'Fallon. Taught by Moe Croak. 726-7719.
THE ORCHARDS JUNIOR PROGRAM -- 2012 Junior Golf Program at The Orchards in Belleville includes various programs. Instructional clinics for children 5-older throughout the year covers irons, woods putting and chipping. Fee: $95 per child or $225 for camp and a junior set of clubs. Sessions are Sept. 8-Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) and Sept. 9-Oct. 7 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.). Private golf lessons and summer passes are available, All classes and lessons taught by PGA Professional Dale David II and his staff at The Orchards. Dale David, 233-8921, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.orchardsgolfclub.com.
JACK BUCK CLASSIC -- 43rd annual Jack Buck Golf Classic four-person scramble to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research and awareness 7 a.m. Aug. 13 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis. There also is a pre-tournament Jack Buck Classic Dinner & Auction 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12, also at Norwood Hills. Golf tourney includes food, drinks, a cocktail reception, lunch and awards. Jill Schroeder, 314-733-1241 or visit www.gateway.cff.org/jackbuck.
BROOKE STONECIPHER CLASSIC -- Brooke Stonechiper Classic four-person scramble 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $100 for adult/$60 for student. Fee includes, buffet dinner, cart and more. Buffet dinner only is $20 adults/$16 kids. Live music by Still Montgomeries. Silent and oral auction. Proceeds benefit Belleville East Athletic Departments, two college scholarships to Belleville East students, Cardinal Glennon hospital. Call The Orchards at 233-8921 or Patti Zellner at 550-4203.
MEMORIAL WALKWAY 5K RUN/WALK -- Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois holding its 5K Run/Walk 9:11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Hough Park/Franklin School in Belleville. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 on day of the race with proceeds benefiting the Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway. Entry forms available at the Fire Admnistration Office, 1125 S. Illinois St., in Belleville, or register online at www.wtcmemorial.us.
CARLYLE LAKE 5K and HALF-MARATHON -- Carlyle Lake 5K Run and Half-Marathon 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Dam West Beach Ara of Carlyle Lake in Carlyle. Event for ages 10-over, also includes 2K Fun Run. Fee: $15 for 2K and 5K run, $50 for half-marathon before Aug. 16; $25 and $60 after. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project, Body by Boyd Kids, Carlyle Boosters and PTO and Carlyle Fireworks Sepctacular. Email email@example.com for more information.
YMCA OZARKS BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Second annual Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Valmeyer. Race begins at Borsch Park in Valmeyer and runs through Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve. Fee: $30 before Oct. 8; $35 after. Becky Keightley, 281-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ymcaswil.org and click on YMCA Race Series.
ELITE FT -- Elite FT offering a six-week program in Alton (Nautilus), Glen Carbon (The Sports Academy) and O'Fallon (Vetta). Programs offered include strength and speed for athletes of all sports for ages 6 to 18; individual/team training; Juniors soccer for ages 2 to 7; soccer skills ages 8 to 14. New indoor classes start every 7 weeks. Call 972-1830, email email@example.com or visit www.EliteFT.com.
JUNIOR LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers fastpitch softball team will hold tryouts for 2013 roster Aug. 11-12 at Belleville East High School varsity field: 10-under, 9-11 a.m.; 12-under, noon-2 p.m.; 14-under, 3-5 p.m. To schedule a tryout, call Randy Wroten at 416-4025 or 791-8296.
ST. LOUIS FUSION -- St. Louis Fusion will hold 18-under tryouts for the fall 2012 season and summer 2013 season 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11 and 2-4 p.m. Aug. 12 at Metro-East Lutheran High in Edwardsville. Henry Goff, 406-5443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TRENTON THUNDER -- Trenton Thunder 14-under girls fastpitch softball team tryouts 1-3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Trenton Park. Greg Ratermann, 514-2406.
SWAT 14-UNDER -- Tryouts for position players and a pitcher for the Swat 14-under select team 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11 at St. John Lutheran fields in Red Bud. League games at Laderman Park in Belleville, plus four to six tournaments. 559-9577 or email Swatsoftball@gmx.com.
METRO-EAST SHOXX -- Metro-East Shoxx 18-under girls select team seeking a pitcher and infielder for the 201 season. Email email@example.com for more information.
ADULT MEN'S SLOW-PITCH LEAGUE -- An adult men's softball league is forming at the Freeburg Sports Complex and runs Sept. 7-Oct. 31. Call Glen Polacek at 792-6880 or email SISBL@htc.net. Sponsored by Southern Illinois Select Baseball League.
TROY STORM -- Tryouts for the Troy Storm girls fastpitch teams are 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 11 for 16-under; noon-2 p.m. for 12-under.; noon-2 p.m. Aug. 19 for 16-under and 2-4 p.m. Aug. 19 for 12-under. Tryouts held at the Triad High School softball fields in Troy. Greg Beeler 667-4972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim Burgess, 346-1572.
PURPLE CRUSH -- Purple Crush 16-under team will hold tryouts at noon Aug. 19 at Field 5 in Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Lenny Bryant, 978-6421.
MIDWEST JENNIES -- Midwest Jennies girls select fast-pitch program are holding tryouts for the 2013 season for 14-under and either a 16-under or 18-under team. Highly competitive teams will seek to qualify and participate in national tournaments and college exposure tournaments for the older team. Call 635-9198 or visit www.midwestjennies.com for more information.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons 12-under select fastpitch team team needs an experienced pitcher and catcher for the 2013 season. To schedule a tryout, call Brad Ragland at 444-9644 or Jeff Mueller at 223-0293, or email email@example.com. Southern Illinois Falcons 10-under select fastpitch team needs one pitcher to complete its roster for this fall and the 2013 season. To schedule a tryout, call Jay Ozier at 781-4142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting has scheduled tryouts Aug. 12 or its teams at Millstadt City Park Field 2. 12-under tryout is 1-3:30 p.m.; 14-under tryout is 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 18-under tryout is 9-10:30 a.m. For 12-under and 18-under information, contact Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or e-mail email@example.com. For 14-under info, call Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOT SHOTS -- Belleville Hot Shots 12-under girls select fastpitch team holding tryouts 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at Laderman Park in Belleville. To register or for more information call Bob Zirkelbach at 573-275-0779 or email email@example.com; or call Patty Crowder at 593-0491, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLINSVILLE CHAOS -- Collinsville Chaos 14-under girls select fastpitch team holding tryouts 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Collinsville Jaycee Sports Complex, Field 4. Mike Juenger, 401-8224 or email email@example.com.
TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks girls fast-pitch organization is accepting coaching applications for all age groups for the 2012-13 season. For more information contact Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLINSVILLE EXTREME -- Collinsville Extreme youth softball development program will be holding tryouts at its indoor facility, 103 Complex Drive, Collinsville. Extreme Elite College Softball Development Program 16-under and 18-under gold teams 6 p.m. Aug. 11-12, Brett Swip, 514-0290 or email email@example.com. Extreme Youth Softball Development Program, 14-under, 3 p.m., Aug. 11. Julie Murphy, 791-8403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LADY HURRICANES -- Highland Lady Hurricanes 14-under girls select team is seeking players for the 2013 season. Second-year 14-under team plays in Collinsville League and four to six tournaments. Call to register for tryouts before Aug. 10. Jerry Holzinger, 781-4065 or email email@example.com, or call Kent Lewis at 910-8957 or enail firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLEN-ED SLIDERS -- Glen-Ed Sliders 14-under girls select fastpitch tryouts 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Edwardsville Sports Complex. For information visit www.glenedsliders.com
TOMAHAWKS TRYOUTS -- Tomahawks Softball Club holding tryouts Aug. 11-12 at Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park. Times are: 10-under, 8-11 a.m. Aug. 11; 12-under, noon-2 p.m. Aug. 11; 14-under 3-6 p.m. Aug. 11; 16-under, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 12. For more information email email@example.com.
TRENTON THUNDER BLACK -- 12U tryouts are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 11 on Diamond 3 in the park in Trenton. Contact: Kim Rose at 618-420-5120.
MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom girls select fastpitch team holding 14-under and 16-under tryouts for fall league, summer league and five summer tournaments. For a tryout, call 401-3214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTRALIA FALL LEAGUE -- Girl high school fall fast-pitch league in Centralia with games at 1 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 9 on Rotary Fields 2 and 3. Fee: $500 per team with Aug. 31 registration deadline. Call the Centralia Recreation Department at 533-7666 or Spanky at 292-9255.
BALLOON FEST SLAM -- Balloon Fest Slam girls fastpitch softball tourney for high school age teams Aug. 18-19 at Centralia Rotary Park. Fee: $325 with three-game guarantee. Spanky, 292-9255.
BLACK WIDOWS -- Black Widows Softball Club holding girls fastpitch tryouts Aug. 11-12 -- 14-under noon-2 p.m.; 16-under/18-under 2-4 p.m. All tryouts at Edwardsville High School Sports Complex. Visit www.eteamz.com/blackwidows or email Glen Nicholls at email@example.com.
LADY ROUGHNECKS -- Lady Roughnecks girls select fastpitch tryouts Aug. 12 at St. Jacob Township Park, 239 W. Main St. 12-under, 1-3 p.m.; 10-under, 3-5 p.m. Jason Bode, 444-7229 or Jarrod Daniel, 334-6135.
MASCOUTAH PURPLE STORM -- Girls 14U select softball team tryouts are 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Ladderman league and tournament play. Contact TJ Williams at 618-301-6955 or email Scooby2nt@aim.com
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CRUSH -- Southern Illinois Crush 16-under girls select fastpitch tryouts are 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11 at Laderman Park in Belleville; looking for two or three highly competitive players. Team will play in eight to 10 local and out-of-town tournaments. Also a 16-under/18-under league beginning with college exposure tournament this fall. For information and to request tryouts:, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul, 779-9404.
MIDWEST MAYHEM -- Midwest Mayhem 16-under team holding tryouts 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 11 at Belleville West High School. If you are interested in trying out, or would like to arrange an individual tryout, email Jeff Frerker at email@example.com.
ST. CLAIR FALL PROGRAMS -- St. Clair Tennis in O'Fallon offering a Junior Program for ages 4-17 with after- school and Saturday morning classes available. The Excellence on the East Side program is for juniors who play in tournaments and high school tennis; focus on fitness, nutrition and mental training along with weekly competitive play ssession. Also available are adult beginner lessons, leagues and cardio tennis programs. Private and semi-private lessons also available. 632-1400 or visit www.stclairtennis.com.