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.
U.S. BASEBALL ACADEMY -- U.S. Baseball Academy training program for grades 1-12 is coming to Lindenwood University-Belleville March 9 and March 16. The program is operated by Tampa Bay scout Jason Ford and includes advanced hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching training. Fees as low as $99. For more information, visit www.usbaseballacademy.com or call 866-622-4487.
SISBL TOURNEYS -- Southern Illinois Select Baseball League will be hosting five youth baseball tourneys throughout the summer for ages 8-under through 14-under. For more information or to enter, call Glen Polacek at 792-6880 or email email@example.com.
CLINTON COUNTY ELITE TOURNEY -- Clinton County Elite 10-under select team holdings its 3GG Tournament May 3-4 at Trenton Park. Fee: $285. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREEBURG SELECT LEAGUE -- A 2014 Select Baseball League is forming for teams 8-under with machine pitching and 9-under through 14-under with traditional pitching at Freeburg Sports Complex. League will be run by Glen Polacek and the Southern Illinois Select Baseball League. Glen Polacek will run the league. Glen, 792-6880 or email email@example.com
REBEL RECRUITS -- 11-under Rebel Recruits team is looking for several players for the upcoming season. Focus on building positive self-esteem while teaching fundamentals. Jason, 560-9721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HER-ICANES GIRLS TRYOUT -- Southern Illinois Her-icanes holding tyrouts for its girls high school team (freshmen through juniors) 6-8 p.m. March 11 and March 13 at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis, Reginald Gardner, 567-4703 or visit www.southern-il-aau.org.
LITTLE SHOOTERS -- Belleville Sportsplex offering its next Little Shooters session for boys and girls in grades 1-3 6-7 p.m. March 14, 21, 28 and April 4. Teaches young players fundamental basketball skills. Fee: $45. 277-7111 or email email@example.com
METRO-EAST REGIONAL COMBINE -- Metro-East Regional High School Football Combine for unsigned high school seniors and underclassmen through the Class of 2017 9 a.m.-noon March 15 at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon. Sponsored by Exclusive Sports Performance and coaches Jason Ford and Jeff Hunt, with local colleges scheduled to be in attendance. Participants will complete the bench press, 40-yard dash, L-drill, short shuttle and one-on-one and 7-on-7 drills. Results will be posted and available for recruiters at www.ExclsuiveSportsPerformance.webs.com. Fee: $45 or $55. Jason Ford, 979-0137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Hunt, 823-6819 or email email@example.com.
JUNIOR KAHOK CAMP/REGISTRATION -- Collinsville Junior Kahoks Football Program will hold a three-day non-contact camp for players in grades 4-8 from 6-8 p.m. April 1-3 at the Collinsville High Gym. Camp fee: $20. Registration will also be held for the upcoming fall season. Registration also will be held May 10 and June 14 at the Collinsville High gym. Season registration fee: $200. 343-9054 or email jblayloc@kahoksorg.
EASTER DAY CAMP -- Belleville Sportsplex hosting an Easter Day Camp for children 4-14 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17-18 and April 21. Activities include soccer, basketball, tag, batting cages, kickball, arts and crafts, card games and open gym. Breakfast, lunch and snack included. 277-7111, email info@familysportsplex or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- Horseshoe tournaments being held 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 16 at the Taterdome in Columbia. Fee: $10; opportunity to qualify for world or state tournaments. Dave Shreve, 910-8558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STONEWOLF FIRST TEE PROGRAM --Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights is in its second year hosting the First Tee youth golf program for ages 7-16. First Tee provides all the necessary equipment and teaches youngsters the game of golf as well as other important life lessons. The first eight-week session begins March 31; registration begins Feb. 24 by downloading a registration form at www.thefirstteestlouis.org. Fee: $45, scholarships are available. For more information, call Don Hawkins at 201-7767 or Stonewolf at 624-4653, ext. 6.
FIT AND HIT -- Pilates and golf instruction to improve your golf game with Pilates instructor and Absolute Flow owner Lisa Udasco and Stonewolf Golf Club pro Don Hawkins. First session 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday mornings March 8, 15, 19 and 26. Second session April 5, 12, 19 and 26. Fee: $250 per session with maximum enrollment of four people. To register or for more information, call Don Hawkins at 201-7767, 624-4653, ext. 6, or email email@example.com.
STONEWOLF JUNIOR CLINIC -- Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights offering a junior golf clinic for ages 5-16 8-10 a.m. June 10-13. Fee: $85 (discount for families). Clinic director is Don Hawkins, PGA Stonewold Director of Instruction. Don Hawkins, 201-7767 or 624-4653, ext. 6, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STONEWOLF GIRLS JUNIOR ACADEMY -- Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights hosting a Girls Junior Academy for junior high and high school age players 8 a.m.-noon July 16-18. Designed to prepare for junior golf and high school golf, targeting those with strong motivation. Fee: $75. Instructor is Stonewolf PGA pro Don Hawkins. Don Hawkins, 201-7767, 624-4653, ext. 6, or email email@example.com.
ORCHARDS JUNIOR GOLF -- The Orchards in Belleville is again offering its Junior Golf Program. An instructional clinic for children 5-older covers irons, woods, putting and chipping with sessions April 12-May 10, April 13-May 18, June 9-13, June 16-20, July 7-11 and Sept. 6-Oct. 5. Fee: $95 per child or $235 for camp and a set of US Kids junior clubs. A Playing Camp and Mini-Playing Camp are June 23-27 and July 21-25 for players ages 5-8 and 9-older. Fee: $75 for ages 5-8, $125 for 9-older. Summer Junior Golf League plays nine holes once a week for eight weeks on Mondays June 9-July 28. Fee: $150; purchase a summer junior membership for $250 and play Monday through Friday (no holidays) June 1-Aug. 31. High School Preseason Camp July 28-31 designed to get high school golfers ready for the fall high school season. Space limited. Fee: $125. Private golf lessons and summer passes are available. Contact PGA Professional Dale David at 233-8921 or email info@orchardsgolfclub.
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MIRACLE LEAGUE OF FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS -- The Miracle League of Fairview Heights is looking for disabled children and adults to join their league for the 2014 season. Games played at the new Miracle League field at Moody Park (formerly Longacre Park) in Fairview Heights. The league also goes bowling at 1:30 p.m. every Sunday and plays basketball at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cornerstone Christian Church. All ages and abilities welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.miracleleagueplaysball.com.
BELLEVILLE KHOURY -- Belleville Khoury League holding registration for baseball, softball, tee ball and rookie ball. Online registration available at www.bellevillekhoury.org. For more information, email email@example.com.
BELLEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION --Belleville Parks & Recreation Department accepting registration February through May for its Tee Ball, Robat Pitching Machine League, Optimist League, Jaycee League and Jaycee Travel League baseball leagues. Fee: $65 in January and $75 in February and March, with $85 late registration fee in April and May. Registration being held February through May by calling 233-1416 or visiting www.belleville.net for information and a downloadable form. Coaches also are needed.
COLLINSVILLE REC LEAGUE -- Collinsville Recreational Baseball League (CRBL) is looking for area high school age players (ages 14-18) or teams to play summer recreational baseball. Those who will be a freshman next fall or will graduate from high school this spring and are not playing American Legion baseball are welcome. Mike Kamp, 406-0948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAMBLE INTO SPRING -- McKendree University in Lebanon holding its sixth annual Ramble Into Spring Run 8 a.m. March 22. The event gives runners the choice of a 5K run/walk, a 10K run or a 10-mile run and last year drew more than 600 participants. Fee: $15 in advance, $20 on race day. Register at www.mckendree.edy/raceday; call 537-6420 for more information.
ADULT CO-REC LEAGUE -- Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering an indoor co-rec adult soccer league beginning March 7. League is 10 games with two 25-minute halves. Fee: $575. Jarius Holmes, 795-0975, email email@example.com, or call 277-7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS INDOOR LEAGUE -- Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering a high school boys indoor soccer league beginning in April. Games played Mondays and Thursdays; Fee: $575. 10-game session with two 25-minute halves. Jarius Holmes, 795-0975 or email email@example.com, or call Juergen Huettner, 410-2963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN'S OPEN INDOOR LEAGUE -- Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering a men's open indoor league for players 18-older. 10-game session begins in April. Fee: $575. Jarius Holmes, 795-0975 or email email@example.com.
PEE-WEE INDOOR PROGRAM -- Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering a Pee-Wee indoor soccer program for ages 4-5 beginning in March. Includes five instructional games on Saturdays in March. Fee: $75. 277-7111, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom 16-under girls select team seeking a pitcher and catcher for 2014 summer season. Four to five tournaments and Belleville league. Shawn, 401-3214.
ADULT CO-ED LEAGUE -- A Wednesday night adult co-ed softball league at Millstadt Park is now forming for the 2014 season. Kris, 406-0364 or email 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
DAZZLERS -- Dazzlers 14-under select team seeking two experienced outfielders for the 2014 season. Shawn, 581-9856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT CO-ED LEAGUE -- 2014 Thursday night Adult Co-ed slow-pitch softball league now forming at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Glen, 792-6880 or email email@example.com.
BLACK WIDOWS -- Black Widows 2000 14-under girls select team looking for a pitcher and catcher for the 2014 seaso. Larry Strope, 210-2199.
DEMO'S SAND VOLLEYBALL -- Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville now forming its sand volleyball leagues for co-ed (Monday through Friday) and four-person (Sunday) divisions. 977-0863, 236-1759 or 233-9134.