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Youth basketball assessments, draft set

SUN Columnist

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. 8, in the Ross Aragon Community Center gymnasium.

All players should arrive ready to participate in dribbling, shooting and passing drills, and should report to the gym according to the following schedule:

In the 9-10 division, all participants should report to the gym from 5:30-6:30 p.m. In the 11-12 division, all participants should report to the gym from 6:45 -7:45 p.m.

The draft for both divisions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. in Town Hall; all head coaches in each division should attend.

For more information, contact Darren Lewis, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Gymnastics

Through a partnership with local instructors Lindsey Kurt-Mason and Katie Vincent, the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is offering an introductory gymnastics program for youths in grades one to four.

Kurt-Mason and Vincent are former competitive gymnasts and will teach basic tumbling, vaulting, balance beam, rings, pommel horse and fitness activities in a fun and safe environment. Classes, which will be limited to eight students per age group, begin Jan. 8 and will run through Feb. 12. Classes will be held in the elementary school gym Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. for participants in grades 1-2. Participants in grades 3-4 will practice the same evenings from 5-5:50 p.m.

Registration will run through Jan. 7 unless the class limit is reached prior to that date; due to the specialized nature of the program, registration cost is $77. Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are posted in Adobe format on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Youth programs

The Town of Pagosa Springs is in the process of evaluating the feasibility of new summer programming, clinics and workshops for local youths.

Through an ongoing partnership between the town recreation department and Ross Aragon Community Center, staff hopes to identify new possibilities for low-cost sports programming, outdoor education and arts-related endeavors. The desire is to create an introductory curriculum for next summer and implement as many new programs as the town budget allows.

The tentative plan is to utilize volunteers for as many programs as possible, but there may also be opportunities for the use of talented, specialized instructors on a part-time, compensated basis. The goal is to provide fun, educational programs for youths ages 4-10 at a reasonable cost.

Anyone interested in submitting a programming idea can contact the town recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232, or Cheryl Bowdridge, community center director, at 264-4152.

 Photos

Coaches and parents who ordered youth soccer and volleyball photos can contact Jeff Laydon at Pagosa Photography, 264-3686, to arrange pickup of their orders. The recreation office will provide sponsors with team plaques and pictures as soon as they are available.

The recreation staff would also like to thank Mr. Laydon for accommodating another busy schedule during this year’s programs.

This year marks the 17th year Jeff has offered professional photography service to our programs while donating all of the team photographs used in the commemorative plaques free of charge; thanks again.

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.

This story was posted on January 3, 2013.