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Marion Parks and Rec softball

The Marion Parks and Recreation department is currently taking registrations for teams for its upcoming co-ed and men’s slow pitch softball leagues.

The leagues will feature a 14-game regular season followed by a double-elimination tournament (subject to change depending on the number of teams). The season will begin the week of May 14 with games to be played Monday through Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. each evening.

Cost to enter a team is $475 and registration can be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 4 at the Marion Parks and Recreation Department, 301 S. Brason St.

Teams also must submit $50 forfeit fee at registration, paid separately, which covers the first forfeit, if necessary. Each additional forfeit would be a $25 fine to be paid before the next scheduled game. If a team incurs no forfeits, the fee will be refunded. 

 A complete roster - maximum 20 players - including player signatures, all fees and a Zero Tolenrence form, must be submitted at time of registration. Incomplete rosters will not be accepted and players with false information will be expelled from the league. 

Players must be 16-years or older by May 14 to be eligible.

Players may play in both the co-ed and men’s league, but a player may not be on two different teams in either league.

Teams may make additions to their rosters until June 29. Adding a player must be done at the ball diamond in front of the softball commissioner. 

Diamonds can be reserved for one-hour practices up to five days in advance beginning on April 30 by calling the Marion Parks and Recreation department at 662-9931.

Rain outs will be made up on the first available day and time following the regular season.

For a complete list of rules, as well as the application and waiver forms, visit: cityofmarion.in.gov/news-events/registration-open-for-marion-parks-rec-softball.

USA Basketball Open Court at Marion High School

USA Basketball will begin holding Open Court sessions starting Sunday at Marion High School. Open Court is sponsored by Nike and any children from ages 6 to 17 can participate for free.

USA Basketball Open Court provides children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball and children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3, and station options.

Sessions are free to the community and are open to children of all ability levels.

USA Basketball Open Court will operate on most Sundays on the following dates: April 15, 22, 29;  May 6, June 10, July 8, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19. The times for each age group are: Ages 6-9 will play from 1 to 2 p.m., ages 10 to 12 will play from 2 to 4 p.m., ages 13 to 17 will play from 4 to 6 p.m.

As one of USA Basketball’s youth development initiatives, Open Court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball-licensed coaches.

All participants must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before participating in their first session. Waivers are available at the program location. 

Open court participants earn points by attending sessions. Also, bonus points may be earned when a player brings a friend, has perfect attendance or makes a social post about their experience. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear. 

Taylor community athletics clinic

The Taylor University Athletic Department is hosting a free introductory athletic clinic on Tuesday, April 17, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. for elementary school students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Check-in will start at 3:30 p.m. inside the Kesler Student Activities Center lobby.

Taylor basketball, football, soccer and volleyball teams will be giving lessons in their respective sports with the supervision of coaches, giving students an opportunity to stay active, learn new skills and have fun with college student-athletes.

 In order to participate in the clinic, each student must bring a completed waiver form to check-in.

The link to the waiver form can be found at athletics.taylor.edu/article/9534.php.

 For more information, please contact TU volleyball head coach, Erin Luthy, via email at erin_luthy@taylor.edu or by phone at 998-4380.

IWU basketball camp registration

Reigning national champion Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball has announced their camp schedule for the summer of 2018.

Four different camps will be held beginning in June. The camp schedule is as follows: Mini Fun & Skills Camp June 4-7 for kids that will be in kindergarten through second next fall; Basketball Academy, June 4-7 for third through ninth graders; Advanced Shooting Camp, July 16-18, for fourth grade through 12th grade; and Prospect Camp, August 25 for ninth through 12th grades.

Online registration is currently open and closes two days before the camp begins.

However, campers are still able to register in person on the day of the camp.

For all camp information, please visit iwucamps.com.