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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.
KAHOK SHOOTOUT -- The second annual Collinsville Kahok Fall Shootout Basketball Tournament for boys in fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be held Nov. 8-9 at Collinsville High and, if necessary, Collinsville Elementary School. Entry fee is $175 per team; each team is guaranteed three games. If multiple teams are entered, cost is $150 per team. Awards will be presented for first and second place. Make checks payable to Purple Pride Booster Club and submit payment to Eric Anderson, 2201 S. Morrison, Collinsville, Ill., 62234. Entry deadline is Nov. 1, or when all brackets are filled. If registering through mail, include your name, the team name, your address, phone number (home and cell), your email and the grade level of the team being registered. For more information, call Anderson at 558-0035 or Darin Lee at 977-1568. Also, Anderson can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org; Lee can be emailed at 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.