Archive for August, 2008

Too good?

August 26, 2008

Could this happen here?

I hope not.

You see, I’m all about achievement. If the kid meets the eligibility requirements to play, then he should play. If he’s a prodigy, bump him up a league or two and let him try his luck against older kids.

But the only place for lawyers in youth baseball is in a dugout or in the bleachers.


A Force in Charlotte

August 26, 2008

One of these days, I’m going to stop using pun headlines with the Force soccer teams…

Until then, here’s a shot of the ’93 Force Premier Girls team, which came in second in the South Charlotte Soccer Invitational held on Aug. 16-17. The girls defeated the ’93 SCSA Black, 2-1, the CESA Girls Classic, 3-0, and tied the FVAA Flames 0-0 to advance to the U15 Championship game against the PTFC Lady Black. The Force girls lost the championship in penalty kicks, 4-2.

Click on the picture for a list of the team members:

Sampson County signups

August 26, 2008

Don’t miss out:

Sampson County Parks and Recreation is holding registration for youth football and volleyball until Aug. 28.

For more information, call your district office. The Eastern District contact person is Dana Bullard (594-0074), the Northern District contact is Pauline Cole (897-9957), the Southern District contact is Richard Carr (529-1442) and the Western District contact is Marina Sessoms (525-4188).

Baseball fever

August 25, 2008

In case you haven’t gotten your baseball fix this summer, the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department gets its Fall Baseball season under way tonight at Massey Hill and Kiwanis Recreation Centers.

Want to see the complete schedule? Click here.

Olympic fun

August 21, 2008

I hope everyone’s enjoying the Olympics while we ride out this lull in youth sports activity.

I am, especially after watching the U.S. clip Brazil in the gold medal match this morning. You’ve got to love a good, broadband connection at work…

Anyway, here’s my two cents…

Way to go

August 18, 2008

I hesitate to bring this up, because it might sound like we’re tooting our own horn.

But I’m going to risk it.

We tripled our Web traffic from July to August. Scratch that. YOU tripled our Web hits from July to August.

Thanks for helping to prove that there is plenty of interest out there in youth sports in and around Cumberland County.

Get your cheer on

August 18, 2008

Cheer USA is hosting an eight-week program at the Honeycutt Park/Kiwanis Recreation Center starting on Sept. 27.

Registration is Saturday, Sept. 13. The times are 10:10-10:50 a.m. (ages 5-6), 11-11:40 a.m. (7-8) and 11:50-12:30 p.m. (9-14) at the Honeycutt Park/Kiwanis Recreation Center.

There is a $10 registration fee and it’s also $9 per class.

For more details, call (866) 236-2767 or e-mail

YMCA Summer Camp Olympics

August 14, 2008

The opening ceremony for the Games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing was quite a show last week. And the Fayetteville and Hope Mills YMCAs brought a little of that flavor to Festival Park Thursday morning.

More than 90 kids from the two YMCA summer camps staged their own version of the Olympics at the park, complete with a flag-bearing march across a bridge and “water polo, field and track and shooting” events.

“They all made flags for the countries they’re representing,” program director Lisa Houpe said of the 12 different ‘countries.’ “We’re driven by our character values, which are honesty, respect, caring and responsibility. Those are themes we work on each week. We’ve also worked on some other ones, like diversity, teamwork, those sort of things.

“We really worked on building character.”

In other words, things you might need to win a medal in shooting.

Of course, kids ranging in age from five to 12 aren’t ready for the modern trap shooting-style events that went on in China earlier this week. But hitting light poles with a Frisbee from 10 feet away might be even more challenging.

Water polo was also slightly modified, played on a grass field with a soccer ball. Olympians had to throw the ball around – without running with it – and try to advance it to the goals on either end.

Tug of war, piggy back rides and wheelbarrow races were welcome additions to the Olympic schedule as sounds of laughter filled the park.

China, and this year’s Olympic Games, are thousands of miles away from downtown Fayetteville.

But the Olympic spirit lives in our own backyard.

Here’s the photo gallery.

Tricks of the trade

August 13, 2008

Because you can never get enough good advice on being a parent or coach of a young athlete…

A tribe from Sampson

August 13, 2008

Thanks to Pauline Cole, from the Sampson County Parks and Recreation Department, for sending this in: