Email your sports events, youth league registration and other metro-east recreation news to email@example.com, send a fax to 236-9773 or mail them to News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62222.
9-UNDER TOURNEY --Clinton County Elite sponsoring a 9-under kid pitch tourney May 4-5 at Trenton Park. Fee: $285 with three-game guarantee. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASEBALL, SOFTBALL LESSONS -- The Batter's Box in Belleville is offering baseball and softball lessons in hitting, pitching and fielding. 207-4549.
BACK-2-BACK BASEBALL/SOFTBALL TRAINING -- The Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training facility in Highland is offering private lessons, cages available for team and individual rentals, hitting leagues, camps, clinics and birthday parties. Upcoming events include Baseball and Softball Hitting Leagues and a Hitting Class (twice a week for four sessions, limited to 10 per session). More hitting and catching programs planned for the near future. Baseball director is Jeremiah 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.
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
14-UNDER PLAYER NEEDED -- A 14-under team playing in Freeburg is looking for a player to fill out its roster. For tryout information, call 444-7312.
3-on-3 TOURNEY -- Greenville High School is hosting a 3-on-3 tournament March 23 for boys and girls teams in grades 3-8. Fee: $15 per player with proceeds going to Greenville High sports programs and eight teams per age group. Joe Alstat, 664-5580 or email email@example.com
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.
FREEBURG JUNIOR MIDGETS -- Freeburg Junior Midgets football club holding registration 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Cottage in Freeburg Park. Fee: $200 for the first player in each household, $100 for each additional player in same family with raffle tickets to sell to help defray the registration fee. To register or for more information, call Pat Wolf at 795-0202 or email email@example.com. To register online, visit www.sportssignup.com/Freeburg-Jr-Midget-Football-club-Online-Registration.start
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LACROSSE -- Southern Illinois/GFAF Lacrosse is forming teams in Belleville for boys in grades 6-8 and boys and girls in grades 9-12. Teams begin playing in March and end in May. For more information, call Conni Tilley at 920-3846 or visit www.gfalacrosse.org.
ELITE FT -- Elite Fitness Training is offering strength and speed training at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Elite FT has been in business for over 10 years training athletes to improve overall performance throughout the metro-east and also Carbondale. The six-week strength and speed program is a fundamental training course designed to teach proper running techniques and strength building to increase speed. Along with strength and speed training, Elite FT specializes in soccer skills training. Registration is now open for the strength and speed program, soccer skills training and other fitness training programs. 972-1830, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eliteft.com.
HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- The Taterdome in Columbia (122 W. Washington) will hold horseshoe tournaments Sunday, 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 email@example.com.
TRIVIA NIGHT --Tomahawk Baseball Teams holding a Trivia Night 7 p.m. March 16 at the Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Colinsville Road, in Fairview Heights. Fee: $100 per table with maximum of 10 people per table. David Ohl, 920-6988.
STONEBRIDGE LEAGUES -- Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville will hold its Men's League preseason meeting 6:30 p.m. today and its Women's League preseason meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The club will also host its St. Patty's Day Bash four-person scramble 10 a.m. March 16. Fee: $200 per team includes lunch, two drink tickets, gift. 346-8800 or visit www.golfatstonebridge.com.
MOOSE GOLF CLASSIC -- O'Fallon Moose Lodge 2608 will hold its 7th annual golf classic April 27 at Clinton Hill Country Club, 3700 Old Collinsville Road, Swansea. 18-hole, four-person scramble. Registration at noon. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. $75 per person, $300 per team. Hole sponsorships available for $100 each. Food for dinner following the tournament is by the O'Fallon Moose BBQ Team. Information: Gale Newgent, 618-624-3522; Ed Holdner, 618-604-1521; Dan Stratman, 618-570-8698.
THE ORCHARDS JUNIOR GOLF -- The Orchards in Belleville has announced its 2013 Junior Golf Program. An instructional clinic for players 5-older covers irons, woods, putting and chipping. Fee: $95 per player or $225 for camp and junior set of clubs. Players may register for multiple sessions throughout the year. Sessions offered April 6-May 4; April 7-May 5; June 10-14 (morning and afternoon sessions), June 17-21 (morning and afternoon sessions), July 8-12 (morning and afternoon sessions), Sept. 7-Oct. (Saturday sessions) and Sept. 8-Oct. 6 (Sunday sessions). Playing camps for ages 5-8 and 9-older are June 24-28 and July 22-26; Fee: $125 (ages 9-older) and $75 (ages 6-8). A Summer Junior Golf League will be held Tuesday mornings June 11-July 30 with 9 holes per week for eight weeks. Fee: $150; High School Preseason Camp is July 29-Aug. 1. Fee: $125. Private lessons and summer passes are also available. All classes and lessons are taught by PGA professional Dale David and staff. Dale David, 233-8921, email info@orchardsgolfclub or visit www.orchardsgolfclub.com
TOMAHAWKS SCRAMBLE -- Tomahawks Softball four-person scramble 12:30 p.m. May 10 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $75 per person includes golf, cart, prizes and barbecue dinner. Bob Craddick, 314-750-3498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or email email@example.com.
KHOURY LEAGUES/YOUTH LEAGUES
WEST END KHOURY LEAGUE -- West End Khoury League in Belleville is holding baseball, softball and T-ball registration. For more information visit www.wekhoury.com.
BELLEVILLE PARKS LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its youth baseball, T-ball and pitching machine leagues for ages 3 through high school. Fee: $75 in February and March and $85 in April and May. Register at the main office at 510 W. Main St., in Belleville, call 233-1416 or 277-9785, or register online at www.bellevilleparksandrec.com.
TOP OF THE MORNING 5K -- 14th annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Top of the Morning 5K run/walk 8:30 a.m. Saturday sponsored by Toolen's Running Start in Shiloh. Fee: $25 on race day with registration also available at www.active.com. 628-9898.
RAMBLE INTO SPRING 5K -- McKendree University in Lebanon offering its fifth annual Ramble Into Spring 5K run or walk, 10K run and 10-mile run event 8 a.m. March 23. Walkers and strollers welcome in the 5K run-walk only. Fee: $14 for each race, or $20 on race day. Register at the McKendree fitness center or the intramural gym at the Melvin Price Convocation Center, or register online at www.active.com. 537-6420, 537-6941 or visit www.mckendree.edu/raceday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MILLSTADT SLOW-PITCH LEAGUE --Millstadt Men's Slow Pitch League is looking for one more team for its summer league. Fee: $700 per team includes 18-game schedule, plus playoffs; league begins April 5. Travis Jones, 779-3788 or email email@example.com.
BELLEVILLE FAST-PITCH LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks & Recreation Department accepting team registration for its 2013 Summer ASA Girls Fast-Pitch Softball League for 10-under through 18-under teams at Laderman Park and SouthSide Park. Leagues will be played Monday through Thursday with 10-under and 12-under begin play the last week of April, with 14-under through 18-under teams starting in June. Fee: $1,000 includes 12 games, league fee, ASA fee and insurance fee. For more information, call Todd at 233-1416.
TRENTON THUNDER TOURNEY -- Trenton Thunder Spring Tournament April 27 at Trenton City Park for 10-under through 14-under teams. Fee: $235 per team with three-game guarantee. David Meddows, 514-2296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAST-PITCH TOURNEYS -- Southwest Illinois ASA is accepting registration for girls fast-pitch softball summer tournament. Call Todd at 560-9329 or visit www.swilasa.com.
SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL -- Freeburg Sports Complex is offering a Wednesday night adult men's softball league with recreational and competitive divisions and a Thursday night adult co-ed softball league. To register or for more information, call Glen at 792-6880 or email email@example.com.
TRENTON BOOSTER BASH -- Trenton Booster Bash Tournament for 10-under through 18-under girls fast-pitch teams is June 7-9 at Trenton City Park. Fee: $375 with four-game guarantee; pool play leading to single elimination. Larry Litteken, 224-7272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom 16-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a catcher and infielder for summer league and five tournament. 401-3214.
BANDITS -- Southern Illinois Bandits 10-under girls select fast-pitch team has openings on its 2013 roster. Keith Cummins, 322-7344 or email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
SOUTHERN STORM -- Southern Storm 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking players for the 2013 season. Must not have turned 13 before Jan. 1. For a private tryout, call Chad at 570-8180.
XPLOSION --The Xplosion 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher and position player. League games at Laderman Park in Belleville starting in June, plus tournaments. 402-0562 or email email@example.com.
TOMAHAWKS -- The Tomahawks girls select fast-pitch organization has openings for a strong 16-under middle infielder or outfielder and an experienced 14-under catcher 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.
PARENT-CHILD TOURNEY --St. Clair Tennis in O'Fallon holding a Parent-Child Tourney 4-7:30 p.m. March 16. Players can also "adopt" a parent. Competitive and recreational division available with round-robin pool play. Fee: $36 per doubles team includes pizza; March 10 entry deadline. Naomi Brunner, 910-7683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGURS -- Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville has openings for its Spring Sand Volleyball Co-Ed Leagues. To register or for more information, call 236-7113, 977-0863 or 233-9134.