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FALL CLASSIC CAMP -- Fall Classic Baseball Camp for players in grades 1-6 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Freeburg Park. Instructors include Althoff coaches Brett Isaacs and Mark Brachman, minor-league pitcher Brett Huber and former Freeburg High coach Fred Blumberg. The special guest coach is former Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells. Rain date is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Fee: $40 per person with proceeds to Freeburg Rebels 9-under and 12--under teams. Kim, 567-5490 or email email@example.com.
CHARGERS -- Chargers 13-under select team holding tryouts for 2014 season. The Chargers play in the National SWIBL division and play 35-40 games and up to five tournaments. Looking for birthdates after May 1, 2000. Kevin Poelker, 420-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDWEST ALL-STARS --Midwest All-Stars 11-under and 12-under select baseball teams are holding tryouts. 11-under tryout 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Mel Price Park in Swansea and 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Mel Price Park. 12-under tryout 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Mel Price Park in Swansea. Teams will compete in SISBL League in O'Fallon and Freeburg. Email Zac Hamilton at email@example.com.
BACK-2-BACK PROGRAMS -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training in Highland offering: Pitchers Velocity Program with former St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher Cale Johnson is 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 9. Fall hitting leagues begin Oct. 5 with weekly games for six weeks, including two weeks of playoffs. Top finishing team receives free entry into the next available hitting league; second place receives discounted entry fee. Fall Junior Sluggers Program for players in grades 3-5 are 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Fee: $100. An 8-week Catchers Blocking Program begins Oct. 6 and a Columbus Day Hitting camp is 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 14 (fee: $50). Jeremiah, 979-3252 or 882-4243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also available at www.back2backtraining.com.
METRO BLUE STORM -- Metro Blue Storm 11-under select team holding evaluations for 2014 season. Player eligibility determined by age as of May 1, 2014. Team stresses fundamentals, teamwork and leadership. Dan Lidisky, 314-750-5965.
BLUE STORM GIRLS -- The Blue Storm will hold basketball tryouts for girls in grades 4-7 Oct. 27 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Tryout for grades 4-6 is 6-7:30 p.m.; tryout for grades 7-8 is 7:30-9 p.m. Fee: $10 per player. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 277-7111.
FAMILY SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville will host a Fall 3-on-3 Tournament for boys and girls in grades 8-12 Oct. 26. Fee: $100 per team with three-game guarantee with oct. 20 deadline. The Sportsplex is offering a Skills and Drills basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 4-9 will run every Wednesday through Nov. 13; $10 per session. Basketball shooting lessons are being given by Mike Juenger every Wednesday through Nov. 20 for boys and girls in grades 5-12 and are $10 per lesson. For information on any program, call 277-7111 or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
TEAM FIRST -- Team First holding boys basketball tryouts for players in grades 3-8 Oct. 20 at Collinsville Middle School, 9649 Collinsville Road, in Collinsville. Tryout schedule: Grades 3-5 is 3-4:15 p.m., grades 5-6 is 4;15-5:30 p.m.; grade 8 is 5:30-7 pm. 214-919-0777 or email email@example.com.
ST. JAMES ATHLETICS -- St. James Grade School Athletic Association in Millstadt holding a four-person benefit scramble at noon Oct. 19 at Triple Lakes Golf Course. Fee: $75 per person includes golf and dinner. Larry, 791-1751.
O'FALLON DIAMOND BOOSTERS -- O'Fallon Panthers Diamond Boosters 11th annual four-person golf scramble is 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Clinton Hill Golf Club in Belleville. Fee: $80 per person with proceeds to benefit the O'Fallon High baseball program; lunch and dinner provided. Kathy Kelly, 406-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information available at www.ofallonpantherbaseball.com.
JASON "RED" MARTIN MEMORIAL 5K -- Jason "Red" Martin Memorial 5K 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the west side of the main dam at Carlyle Lake. Fee: $15 for 5K; $15 for youth 1/2-mile fun run. Registration forms available at www.jasonmartinmemorialrun.com. Fundraiser for scholarships at Lebanon High School, where Martin was an alum.
SWIC KASHMIR DASH 5K -- Kashmir Dash 5K Run/Walk to benefit Southwestern Illinois College Athletics 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the SWIC campus in Belleville. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 on race day. 235-2700, ext. 5663 or visit www.swic.edu/kashmir-dash.
YMCA 10K BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26 starting at Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer. Fee: $30 until Oct. 12, $35 on Oct. 13 and after. Sara Martinez, 281-9622 or email email@example.com.
RUN 4 YOUR LIFE -- Run 4 Your Life 5K costume run event 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Trimpe Middle School, 910 Second St., Bethalto. Fee: $25; register by Oct. 17 to guarantee a T-shirt. Registration details at Facebook Event Run 4 Your Life 5K or Trimpe Middle School PE website at www.bethalto.org
GRANITE CITY ELKS -- Granite City Elks Soccer Club has several openings for the under-15 girls and under-17 girls fall teams. Steven Dohnal, 974-4373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting girls fast-pitch team has openings for a second-year 14-under pitcher and catcher (Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 or email email@example.com), a second-year 12-under pitcher and catcher for a second-year 12-under team (Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and pitchers and catchers for a first-year 10-under team (Mike Todd, 401-5454 or email Michael.email@example.com).
METRO-EAST SHOXX -- Metro-East Shoxx 18-under select team is looking for players, including a pitcher, for the 2014 summer season. Will play three to four tournaments. Email Steve Nagel at Shoxxsoftball1@yahoo.com
UNITED SOFTBALL LEAGUE -- United Softball League has fall league openings for men's slow-pitch teams that play on Thursdays and Fridays. Fee: $300 for 10 games. Bob, 345-5760.
DAZZLERS -- Dazzlers 14-under select team seeking two experienced outfielders for the 2014 season. Shawn, 581-9856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SW ILLINOIS CRUSH -- Southwest Illinois Crush Volleyball Club is holding tryouts for its travel team season at the Southwestern Illinois College intramural gym. Girls 11-under (born on or after Sept. 1, 2002) 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26; Girls 12-under (born on or after Sept. 1, 2001) 1-4 p.m. Oct 26 (there will be a Belleville area and Clinton County area team in this division); Girls 13-under (born on or after Sept. 1, 2000) 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 26 (there will be a Belleville area and Clinton County area team); Girls 14-under (born on or after Sept. 1, 1999) 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 (one team will practice in the Belleville area; one team will practice in the Clinton County area). Parent or guardian must be present to sign medical release form before tryout. Tryout fee: $10. Emily Heimann, 444-4550, Julie Deien, 531-1353 or Jeff Juenger, 971-8395; or email email@example.com.