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, IL 62222.
WINTER BASEBALL-SOFTBALL CAMPS --Back-2-Back Baseball and Softball Training in Highland is offering a softball pitching camp ($30) for all ages is 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 5. To register, call 979-3252 or 882-4243, email email@example.com. For more information visit www.back2backtraining.com.
I-70 COACHING CLINIC -- Greenville High School will host the I-70 Baseball coaching Clinic 8 a.m. Jan. 21, 2013 featuring former Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, Mississippi State coach John Cohen, St. Louis U. coach Darin Hendrickson, Mississippi State assistant Jake Wells and Missouri strength and conditioning coach Scott Bird. Advance fees: Single coach ($50), Two Coaches ($90), Three Coaches ($120), Staff rate for four to seven coaches on same staff ($150), players ages 13-22 ($30). Rates are higher at the door on the day of the clinic. To register, call Greenville Athletic Director Joe Alstat at 664-5580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BACK-2-BACK BASEBALL/SOFTBALL TRAINING -- The Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training facility is offering private lessons, cages available for team and individual rentals, hitting leagues, camps, clinics and birthday parties. Baseball director is Jeremian Knackstedt (hitting and catching) and instructors include Stefan Neece (baseball hitting), Andy Rincker (baseball pitching), Cale Johnson (baseball pitching) and Tenequa Martin (softball). To sign up or for more information, call Jeremiah Knackstedt at 979-3252 or visit www.back2backtraining.com.
SO. ILL. SELECT LEAGUE -- The 2013 Southern Illinois Select Baseball League (SISBL) is now forming for teams ages 9-under through 14-under at the Freeburg Sports Complex. The USSSA-sanctioned league will be run by Glen Polacek and the SISBL. For more information, call Glen at 792-6880 or email email@example.com.
BASEBALL, SOFTBALL LESSONS -- The Batter's Box in Belleville is offering baseball and softball lessons in hitting, pitching and fielding. 207-4549.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIAMONDBACKS -- Southern Illinois Diamondbacks select baseball team is looking for 10- and 11-year-olds. All team members will go through winter training for the upcoming season. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FLYING TIGERS -- The 13-under VFW Post 805 Flying Tigers baseball team is seeking one or two competitive players for 2031 season. Team plays in the upper division of the SISBL and SWIBL. Call Bill Dalonzo at 206-8660 for a January tryout or email email@example.com.
WESTVIEW JUNIOR LEAGUE -- Westview Junior League is offering a youth program for boys and girls going in grades 1-4 in January and Feburary at the Westview Baptist Church Multi-Purpose Building near Belleville. Fee: $25, includes eight practices and eight games. For more information, call Don Otness at 277-2353.
BATTLE IN BELLEVILLE -- Southwest Illinois Titans are hosting the Battle in Belleville-SW Illinois Titans Invitational for boys teams in grades 7-8 March 22-24 at Belleville West High School. Tourney will include some of the top 7th and 8th grade teams in the region and some nationally ranked teams. To register or for more information, call Davanon Fox at 304-8710, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swillinoistitansbasketball.org.
STRENGTH AND SPEED CONDITIONING -- Elite FT offering a six-week strength and speed program in Alton, Glen Carbon and O'Fallon for athletes in all sports from ages 6-18. Group for ages 6-11 designed to help team proper running form, foot speed and agility while focusing on technique. The 12-over group is designed to push athletes to the limit and will focus on increasing overall speed, strength and conditioning with new indoor classes every seven weeks. 972-1830, email email@example.com or visit www.EliteFT.com.
HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- The Taterdome in Columbia (122 W. Washington) will hold horseshoe tournaments Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, March 24, April 7 and April 21. First class at 11 a.m. and if needed, a second class will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Fee: $10, must have NHPA card to enter; this is an opportunity to qualify for world or state tournaments. To register, call Dave Shreve at 910-8558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KHOURY LEAGUES/YOUTH LEAGUES
WEST END KHOURY -- West End Khoury League in Belleville holding baseball, softball and t-ball registration 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Emge Grade School cafeteria. For more information visit www.wekhoury.com.
COLLINSVILLE KHOURY LEAGUE --Collinsville Khoury League holding player registration for baseball, t-ball, coach-pitch, softball, high school baseball and softball 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 and noon-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Collinsville Knights of Columbus on Illinois 157. New payers need copies of their birth certificate. Umpire registration will also be held at this time. Fees vary, multi-player discounts available. Online registration begins Jan. 1 at www.mycbsl.com. Stan Vlasak, 345-5673.
WAY OF LIGHTS 5K RUN -- The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville will hold its fourth annual Way of lights 5K Competitive Run and 1.5-mile Fun Walk 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2013. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. Fee: $25 for the run before Jan. 2, $30 after; $15 for the walk before Jan. 2, $20 after. Beth Mertz, 394-6463 or 314-241-3400, ext. 6463, or visit www.wayoflights.org/run.
KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB -- The Knights Soccer Club has several openings for under-8, under-11 and under-13 girls for the outdoor spring season. The teams will all practice in Belleville. For information, call Herb Foerster at 977-6511 or email email@example.com.
ELITE FT -- Elite FT offering a six-week program in Alton (Nautilus), Glen Carbon (The Sports Academy) and O'Fallon (Vetta). Programs offered are Little Juniors (ages 2-3), Juniors (ages 4-5) and Big Juniors (ages 6-7). Soccer skills classes also offered for players ages 8-14. Call 972-1830, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.EliteFT.com.
MUSTANGS --Mustangs 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a catcher, infielders and outfielders. Team will play in Kirkwood and Affton leagues plus tournaments. To schedule a tryout, call Clint Couch at 443-8662 or email email@example.com. More information available at www.mustangsfastpitch.org/
SWAT 14-UNDER -- Swat 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher and position player. League games at Laderman Park in Belleville, plus four to six tournaments. 559-9577 or email Swatsoftball@gmx.com.
TOMAHAWKS -- The Tomahawks girls select fast-pitch organization has openings in the 10-under, 12-under, 14-under and 16-under age groups for 2013 summer leagues and tournaments. Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGS POINT ELITE PROGRAM --Kings Point in Belleville offering a Tournament Tennis Elite Program. This 13-week program designed for tournament players, high school players and players able to compete at the tournament level in their age group is limited to 12 players for each of two programs Monday-Sunday or Wednesday-Sunday. Four hours of tennis with two meetings a week. Fee: $490 for Kings Point members, $560 for non-members. 277-7715 or email email@example.com.
PICKLEBALL LEAGUE -- Pickleball, a variation of tennis played with plastic balls and paddles, will be offered at St. Clair Tennis at O'Fallon. League fees are $6 for members and $8 for non-members. To register, call 632-1400 or visit www.stclairtennis.com for more information.