Annual Elks Club Hoop Shoot Jan. 17 in Durango

The 2009 Elks Club Hoop Shoot for participants from Pagosa Springs, Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Escalante Middle School gym in Durango.

All Pagosa residents who wish to participate this year should attend the Durango event since there will be no local contest this year. The gym will be open at 9 a.m. for registration and warm-up.

The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest sponsored by the Durango Elks Club for boys and girls ages 8-13. All participants may sign up the day of the event; registration is free.

Over 3,000,000 of America’s youth participate in the Hoop Shoot each year, with winners in local contests earning the right to advance to district, state, regional and national contests. National winners’ names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Qualification and category assignments are determined by a participant’s age as of April 1, 2009. Boys and girls compete separately in the following age categories: 8/9, 10/11, and 12/13. Youngsters are too old to participate if they will be 14 before April 1, 2009.

All age groups will shoot free throws on regulation, 10-foot rims.

For more information, call Dick Alexander, Hoop Shoot director, at (970) 946-9118.

Youth basketball assessments

Registration for the upcoming 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball seasons has ended and the assessments for these age brackets have been set for Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the community center gymnasium.

All players and head coaches who registered for participation in these leagues should report to the gym according to the following schedule:

In the 9-10 division, all participants having last names beginning with A-L should report to the gym from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. All participants in the 9-10 division with last names M-Z should report to the gym from 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

In the 11-12 division, all participants having last names beginning with A-L should report to the gym from 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.; all participants with last names M-Z should report from 7:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

All players should arrive ready to participate in dribbling, shooting and passing drills.

On a related note, the recreation department is in need of head coaches for the 11-12 division and would like to hear from anyone interested in coaching a team.

If interested, contact Andy Rice at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Skate pond

The skate pond at the River Center is open for the season. Conditions permitting, the hours of operation are from dawn to 10 p.m. daily, except on those nights when ice maintenance operations are being performed.

Resurfacing will be scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings unless weather conditions and snow removal priorities prevent the parks crew from maintaining the ice. On resurfacing nights, the pond will be closed at 6 p.m. A minimum ice thickness of four inches will be regularly monitored, but thin spots can occur, and an effort to mark them with cones will be made.

Pond users are requested to leave the cones in place. We also ask that no foreign objects be thrown onto the ice. The pond will remain open until safety concerns require its closure.

Christmas tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is conducting a Christmas tree recycling program. Anyone wishing to participate in this program can take trees to be recycled to South Pagosa Park on South 8th Street between now and the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. To ensure that trees can be properly recycled, remove all lights and ornaments before leaving your tree.

The parks department will chip the collected trees into mulch to be used for landscaping projects during the coming season.

Indoor soccer

Indoor soccer will resume Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon.

This free “pick-up” style program for players ages 5-and-older will consist of informal scrimmages, practice and instruction. Non-marking athletic shoes are required; skating shoes are not recommended.

Sessions will be held Saturdays in the community center gym when space is available; the season is expected to run through late March or early April.

Indoor soccer balls and goals will be provided; outdoor balls will not be permitted. Shin guards are highly recommended for all participants.

For more information on this program, contact Matt Bowdridge at 903-8663, or call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.