Lots of sports activities for island kids this summer
School sports may be winding down, but the Jamestown recreation department has enough sports-related options to keep everyone busy all summer long.
Kicking off the festivities is a dodge ball tournament scheduled for June 15 and 16. The high school tournament will take place during regular open recreation hours on Friday evening and the middle school game is planned for Saturday.
"Everyone will register at the door and we have a tournament format where we will be able to quickly put everyone onto a team," Jill Goldstein, a recreation intern said.
Summer playground will start on June 25 for kids ages 5 to 13.
Bill Piva, Melissa Minto and Goldstein have brainstormed to come up with some new twists on old favorites.
"Instead of one person running the whole program as it has been in the past, we have all combined our ideas to make it the most fun it can be," Piva said.
One idea that has been presented is to have each week be a theme week, so campers attending more than one week will have different things to choose from. Themes include sports, pirates, and water weeks. Trips to the Yawgoo water slides, Around the Horn sports center, Mulligan's golf and a Paw Sox game are all planned. The Paw Sox trip is scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. game on Aug. 2.
The playground has three time options. All three start at 9 a.m., and end between noon and 4 p.m.
"We may have to eliminate option three if we do not have enough registrations. For us to ensure proper staffing, the registration cut off is June 18," Piva said.
Youth tennis lessons, taught by tennis pros from the Jamestown Yacht Club, will also begin on June 25. Lessons for ages 6 to 12 will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. They are $60 for the six-week session and will take place at the Lawn Avenue courts.
For young adults, ages 12- 16, there will be team competition, ladder matches and league matches on Tuesdays and Thurs- days, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
"The focus of the older lessons is to prepare kids to play at the high school level and enhance their match play if they are already playing at that level," tennis pro Phil Johnson said. "These are not beginner lessons."
New this year to the line-up this year is a basketball camp for children ages 6 to 14. The camp will be run by Lawn school basketball coach Eric Bush, who will be assisted by local talent. It will be held July 23 to 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.
"We will be working on fundamentals, doing some drills and playing scrimmage games," Bush said.
Jay Primiano's soccer camp returns this year from July 30 to Aug. 3. Camp for ages 5 to 7 will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will cost $125. A full day camp for players 8 to 14 years old will be $215 and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All campers will receive a ball, water bottle and an official camp T-shirt.
"This year our camp is sponsored by Xara and is stronger than ever. We have something for the novice player all the way through to the elite competitive player," Primiano said.
Steve Cirella, head coach of the Salve Regina baseball team, will hold a baseball school for children 7 to 12 years old from June 25 to July 29. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $110 per child. It is limited to 50 children, so registering early is recommended to avoid disappointment. Players should bring a hat and glove each day.
"This camp is for all abilities," Cirella said. "We will have the Salve players and a few other coaches. It will definitely be a fun week."
Although the scheduled sports line up is impressive, the recreation staff is still searching for a few ideas to round out the summer schedule.
"We would also like to host a lacrosse camp, and are in the process of looking for an instructor," Piva said. "We are also looking into the possibility of holding swimming lessons at Mackerel Cove as we have in the past. If anyone is interested in either of these programs they can contact us at the recreation office."
For more information on any of the recreation programs, call 423- 7260.