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, Ill., 62222.
SLU SHOWCASE -- St. Louis University will host a high schol showcase camp 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Billiken Sports Center designed for prospect-age players and featuring advanced instruction in all aspects of baseball. Fee: $100 for pitchers, $150 for position players and $175 for two-way players for the one-day, nine-hour camp. Video analysis of batting practice swings is an additional $30. The Billikens also will host a last-chance mini-camp for high school players Oct. 18. The camp is for prospects to display their talents in front of college coaches. Fee: $150. 314-977-3260, email email@example.com or register online at www.collegebaseballcamps.com/slubaseball/info/15308.
BOMB SQUAD -- The Bomb Squad Baseball Club will hold tryouts for its 7-under through 14-under teams 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5-6 at Fox High School in Arnold, Mo. Tryouts for 7-under through 10-under teams is Aug. 5 and 11-under through 14-under is Aug. 6. To register, call 636-671-2324 or visit www.stlouisbombsquad.com
TEAM MASCOUTAH -- Team Mascoutah 12-under select team will host tryouts noon-2 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 17 for the 2015 season. Register at concession stand pavilion. Tom, 363-2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Team Mascoutah 13-under will hold 2015 tryouts 3-5 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 at the Team Mascoutah Field on Harnett Street in Mascoutah. For more information, call Christopher Norwood, 960-8514 or email email@example.com.
ST. CLAIR STARS -- St. Clair Stars holding player evaluations for 2015 12-under team last week of July and first week of August. Players must not turn 13 before April 30, 2015. If interested in attending evaluations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK-2-BACK TRAVELING TEAM -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training is putting together a 10-under traveling team. Call Jeremiah at 979-3252 or email email@example.com before Aug. 15.
METRO MANIACS -- Metro Maniacs 13-under select team holding tryouts for 2015 season noon-2 p.m. July 27 and 6-8 p.m. July 30 at Collinsville Jaycees Sports Complex Field 7. Competitive team in the SWIBL league will play 40-45 games and six or seven tournaments. Stan Vlasak, 978-3474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLINSVILLE EXTREME ELITE -- Collinsville Extreme Elite holding tryouts for its 14-under and 15-under College Development Program teams at the Collinsville Extreme Training Facility, 103 Complex Dr., in Collinsville. 14-under tryouts 7:30 p.m. July 30, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3; 15-under tryouts 7:30 p.m. July 29, 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and 5 p.m. Aug. 3. For 14-under information call Shane Lyday, 314-704-7481 or email email@example.com; for 15-under information call Chris Fair, 910-3120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLINSVILLE EXTREME -- Collinsville Extreme Youth Development Program holding tryouts for its 8-under through 14-under teams July 30 and Aug. 2-3 at the Collinsville Extreme Training Facility, 103 Complex Dr., in Collinsville. Tryout schedule: 8-under is 7:30 p.m. July 30, 10:30 am. Aug. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3; 9-under is 6 p.m. July 30, 9 am. Aug. 2 and 1 p.m. Aug. 3; 12-under is 7:30 p.m. July 30, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and 2:30 pm. Aug. 3; 13-under is 6 p.m. July 30, 9 a.m. Aug. 2 and 1 p.m. Aug. 3; 14-under is 6 p.m. July 30, 9 a.m. Aug. 2 and 1 p.m. Aug. 3. Players may participate in one, two or three tryouts; roster spots offered after each tryout. 660-8127 or email CollinsvilleExtreme@hotmail.com.
ALTHOFF CAMPS -- Following is a list of the sports camps available at Althoff High School. Contact athletic director Mike Dori at 235-1100 or visit www.althoff.net for more information: Girls Soccer: July 28-31 for grades 3-8 at The Family Sportsplex in Belleville, $50; Cheerleading: Aug. 4-6 for grades kindergarten-8, $50; Dance-Pom Pons: Aug. 4-6 for grades kindergarten-8, $50.
BELLEVILLE WEST FOOTBALL CAMP -- Football camp for grades 7-9 July 28-Aug. 1 at Belleville West High School. Fee: $50. Contact Athletic Director Mark Lanxon at 222-7665 assistant AD Seth Garrett at 222-7662; register and pay online at www.BWestAthletics.org
McKENDREE BASKETBALL -- 11th annual McKendree University Basketball Camps for boys and girls at Melvin Price Convocation Center in Lebanon. All camps are $80 per person. Skills Camp for boys and girls grades 1-4 9-11:30 a.m. July 28-Aug. 1. Camp director is McKendree men's basketball assistant Eric Echelbarger. 537-6846, email email@example.com or register online at www.mckendreecamps.com
METRO ELITE TRAINING -- Metro Elite Sports is offering football training for high school and junior high players every Sunday at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Call 610-2604 for more information.
LITTLE KNIGHTS -- Registration for Little Knights Youth Football & Cheerleading for ages 5-14 (not in high school) 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Jaycees Hall, 750 West H St., Belleville. New players must bring copy of birth certificate. Practice starts 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 at Jaycees Hall. Season begins first week of September. Information: Brian at LK_peewee3@yahoo.com, or call 954-1635 after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information visit www.littleknightsfotball.org.
WEST JUNIOR HIGH SPORTS TRYOUTS -- West Junior High in Belleville holding fall sports tryouts on the fields behind West Junior High in Belleville. Baseball: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 4-5; softball: 4:30-6:40 p.m. Aug. 4-5; soccer: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 5-6. All students must have a current physical before trying out.
TRAP SHOOTING LEAGUES -- DNR/World Shooting Complex near Sparta offering Fall Trap League Aug. 28-Oct. 30. Five Stand Sporting Clays to run concurrent with trap league. 295-2700.
FREE CHIPPING LESSONS -- Free chipping lessons 5-7 p.m. every Monday at Practice Tee driving range on Old Collinsville Road in Belleville. Contact Moe Croak, 616-9590.
ORCHARDS SENIOR SCRAMBLE -- The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville offering a senior two-person scramble at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday for seniors 50-older. Fee: $26 per player for golf, cart, prize money and skin money. Tees based on age with closest to the pin contests on every par 3. 233-8921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORCHARDS GOLF PROGRAMS/LESSONS -- The Orchards in Belleville is offering its Junior Golf Program. An instructional clinic for children 5-older covers irons, woods, putting and chipping with sessions Sept. 6-Oct. 5. Fee: $95 per child or $235 for camp and a set of U.S. Kids junior clubs. 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. Standard lessons are $40 per half-hour ($25 for juniors; junior lesson package is $125); also available are a three-lesson package ($100) and a six-lesson package ($200). On-course playing lessons are $50 per session and a pitching-chipping lesson is $40. Group lessons and junior clinics also available. Contact PGA Professional Dale David at 233-8921 or email info@orchardsgolfclub.
TAMARACK/YORKTOWN JUNIOR CLINIC -- Tamarack Golf Club in Shiloh and Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville will jointly hold a junior golf clinic 8:15-9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for ages 6-12. Includes Monday and Tuesday at Tamarack and Thursday and Friday at Yorktown on all aspects of the golf grip, stance and swing. Clubs provided for those who do not have their own. Fee: $100 for five hours of instruction; children play free with adult supervision Wednesday through Friday at Yorktown. Lead instructor is Mark Morfey from Tamarack. For more information, call Mark Morfey at 698-3683 or email email@example.com.
BROOKE STONECIPHER TOURNEY -- Brooke Stoneciper Benefit four-person scramble 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Stonewolf Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $125 includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, four drink tickets and live band. Dinner/auction at 3:30 p.m. Dinner and auction only tickets are $30. Brooke Stonecipher was a 16-year-old Belleville East cheerleader who died after a traffic accident in 2011. Proceeds go to collage scholarships and Linus Blankets of Southern Illinois. 550-4203 or 624-4653.
GOLFING WITH SHRINERS TOURNEY -- Golfing With Shriners four-person scramble 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at The Legacy Golf Course in Granite City. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, full breakfast, lunch, free beverages; proceeds benefit American Diabetes Association and The Student Scholarship Fund. Suskin Lockett, 977-3564; Herman E. Gray, 978-0100; Jose Lockett, 444-7761 or Kevin Young, 339-7225.
KIWANIS OF CAHOKIA AREA -- Kiwanis of Cahokia Area holding a 9-hole four-person scramble 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at The Prairies of Cahokia. Fee: $50 per player includes golf, cart, refreshments, prizes, fish dinner. Proceeds support Kiwanis projects for youth and communit building in the Cahokia area. Dee Reed, 670-1189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTHOFF GOLF CLASSIC -- 27th annual Althoff High Golf Classic five-person scramble noon Sept. 12 at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights. Fee: $200 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner, beverages, snacks, skins, mulligans and Althoff logo gift. Pam Miller, 235-1100, ext. 109 or email email@example.com.
GOLF AGAINST CANCER -- The We Give Back Foundation will hold its annual charity golf tournament 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Stonewolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights. It benefits Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Fee: Senior citizens $50; women $50; all other golfers $75. All golfers bring one toy each. Lunch and dinner provided. Free after party from 6:30- 11 p.m.; an evening of jazz and blues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 447-7253.
ELITE FT TRAINING -- Elite FT offering a speed training program teaching the fundamentals and proper running mechanics. Level 1 (ages 6-12 and 13-adult) and Level 4 for advanced training (ages 10-12, 13-adult). 972-1380 or register online at www.eliteft.com.
McKENDREE HARVEST CHALLENGE -- McKendree University Harvest Challenge 5K (3.1 miles) run-walk and half-marathon (13.1 miles) 8 a.m. Sept. 6 beginning and ending at McKendree University in Lebanon. Fees: $15 for 5K and $33 or half marathon ($20 and $40 on race day). There also is a children's fun run added this season called the Kids K; begins at 8:50 a.m. and is a 1K race (1,000 meters or .62 mile). Fee: $5. 537-6420, 537-6941 or visit www.mckendree.edu/raceday.
YMCA OZARKS 10K BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Monroe County YMCA Illinois holding its annual Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 leaving from Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer. This challenging, exciting race will take you up the bluffs twice with spectacular views. Fee: $30 through Oct. 11; $35 Oct. 12 and after. 281-9622 or register online at www.active.com.
SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL 5K -- Third annual September 11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk 9:11 a.m. Sept. 7 in Belleville. Race begins at Third and West C St. in Belleville near Franklin School and Hough Park. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 race day with all proceeds to benefit construction and maintenance of the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois. Register online at www.wtcmemorial.us or register at the Belleville Fire Administration office, 1125 S. Illinois St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information email email@example.com
MEN'S OPEN INDOOR LEAGUE -- Belleville Sportsplex hosting a summer Men's Open Indoor Soccer League on Tuesday nights. League includes eightgames and payed on the indoor turf field with two referees. 277-7111 or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com
ELITE FT TRAINING -- Elite FT offering soccer training, a junior program and soccer skills program designed to teach fundamentals in a fun environment. Little Juniors (ages 2-3) $55; Juniors (ages 4-5) $65; Big Juniors (ages 6-7) $75; Soccer Skills (ages 8-10) $95. 972-1830 or register online at www.eliteft.com.
WATERLOO RAGE -- Waterloo Rage 12-under select tryouts for 2015 season 6-10 p.m. Aug. 5 and 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 9 at Jaycees Field No. 1 in Waterloo. Will play in eaither Belleville or Collinsville, and will play only in local tournaments. Looking for girls with some select experience. For more information or to pre-register, contact Tommy at firstname.lastname@example.org, email email@example.com or call 792-4730.
MEN'S FALL LEAGUE -- A men's slow-pitch softball fall league is set or Thursdays at J.C. Diamond, Collinsville. Fee: $300 for 10 games. Bob, 345-5760.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CHAOS -- Southern Illinois Chaos 16-under select team holding tryouts 6-8 p.m. July 31 and 9-11 a.m. Aug. 2 at St. Jacob Park in St. Jacob. 789-7790.
JUNIOR LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers Fastpitch Softball teams holding tryouts for 10-under through 18-under teams for 2015. Tryouts are Aug. 9 and 10 at the Belleville East High School varsity field: 10-under, 9-11 a.m.; 12-under, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 14-under, 2-4 p.m. 16-under and 18-under tryouts 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 14 at Belleville East High School varsity field. Randy Wroten, 791-8296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHLAND LUNACHICKS -- Highland Lunachicks 14-underteam looking for two players, including a pitcher. Darren Zobrist, 401-2535.
SELECT SOFTBALL TRYOUTS -- Tryouts for a 14-under team for the 2015 season are 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 at Mascoutah High School. If you have a conflict on Sunday, but are still interested, call Darin Berndt, 975-8948 or email email@example.com.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons select fast-pitch softball organization holding tryouts for 2014-15 season Aug. 10 at field No. 1 in Okaw Valley Park, 101 St. Clair St., New Athens. 10-under tryout at 1 p.m.; 12-under at 3 p.m.; 14-under at 5 p.m. For 10-under information, contact Bryan Blomenkamp, 974-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For 12-under information contact Jay Ozier, 781-4142 or email email@example.com. For 14-under information contact Brad Ragland, 444-9644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenn Poirot, 977-7706 or email email@example.com
K&R LIGHTNING -- Tryouts for the K&R Lghting 12-under girls select fast-pitch team 10 a.m. Aug. 2 and 9 at K&R Facilities in Greenville. Randy Brown, 267-9384.
NEW 14-UNDER TEAM -- A new 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is holding tryouts for the 2015 season 1-3 pm. Aug. 10 at Trenton City Park. Shawn, 581-9856 or Clay, 401-5226.
BLUFF CITY FASTPITCH -- Bluf City Fastpitch select softball organization holding tryouts for 10-under through 18-under teams Aug. 9-10 at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, fields 6 and 7. 10-under: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 10; 12-under 2:30-5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 12:30-3 p.m. Aug. 10; 14-under: 2:30-5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 12:30-3 p.m. Aug. 10; 16-under: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 10; 18-under: 11:30 a.m.-2 pm. Aug 9 and 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 10. 12-under coaches are needed. Randy Anderson, 540-9019.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting will hold tryouts 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 at Freeburg Recreational Park for its 14-under and 16-under teams. For 14-under information, call Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For 16-under information, call Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 or email email@example.com
COLLINSVILLE EXTREME -- Collinsville Extreme Youth Softball Development Program holding tryouts for 8-under through 14-under teams 6 pm. Aug. 7, 9 a.m. Aug. 9 and 6 p.m. Aug. 11. at the Collinsville Extreme Training Facility, 103 Complex Dr., Collinsville. 660-8127 or email CollinsvilleExtreme@hotmail.com.
COLLINSVILLE EXTREME ELITE -- Collinsville Extreme Elite College Development Program holding tryouts for 14-under through 18-under teams 7:30 pm. Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Collinsville Extreme Training Facility, 103 Complex Dr., Collinsville. 660-8127 or email CollinsvilleExtreme@hotmail.com.
TOMAHAWKS -- The Tomahawks girls fast-pitch softball organization has scheduled tryouts for its 2014-15 10-under through 18-under teams at the O'Fallon High School varsity field, 308 S. 5th St., O'Fallon. 10-under: 9-11 a.m. Aug. 2; 12-under: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 2; 14-under: 2-5 p.m. Aug. 3; 16-under: 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 9; 18-under: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 9. For 10-under through 14-under information, call Dean Schloer at 520-236-8158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For 16-under and 18-under information, call Wayne Bendall at 618-407-5061 or email email@example.com.
ST CLAIR ADDS NEW PRO -- St. Clair Tennis Club in O'Fallon has added teaching pro Rich Snodgrass to its staff for private lessons, group lessons and Junior Program instruction. Snodgrass has held Head Pro and Tennis Director positions at several Florida cubs and most recently at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge. For lessons or other information, call 335-6065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about St. Clair tennis programs, visit www.stclairtennis.com or call 632-1400.
SUMMER LESSONS, LEAGUES -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department offering summer tennis leagues and lessons at the Edwardsville High tennis courts. Lessons for all levels from beginners to advanced players are 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 692-7538 or visit www.cityofedwardsville.com.