Baseball and softball registration begins
The city of Port Orange is conducting registration for its 2013 youth baseball and fast pitch softball programs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, at the Port Orange Gymnasium, 4655 City Center Circle.
The fee is $70 for Babe Ruth Youth Baseball and Babe Ruth Fast Pitch softball.
The ages are 7 to 16 for softball and 6 to 12 for baseball.
There will also be a 5-year-old rookie program for $45.
Contact the department for additional information for boys 13 and older.
All non-residents will pay an additional fee of $20.
All ages for Babe Ruth baseball is as of May 1.
All ages for Babe Ruth Fast Pitch softball is as of Jan 1.
The last day to register is Feb. 28.
Sponsors and coaches are needed. A coaches organizational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 27, at the Port Orange Gym.
For more information, call (386) 506-5851.
Learn about custom rod building and easy rod repairs
The Halifax Sport Fishing Club will host a seminar on custom rod building and easy rod repairs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Riverside Pavilion, 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
David Rittweger of Tight Lines South will be the featured speaker.
Mr. Rittweger is a member of the Board Of Directors of the Halifax Sport Fishing club and owner, operator of a custom rod building and rod repair business in Port Orange.
He started building custom rods in 1983 after injuring himself as a charter boat mate in Key Largo. He went to work for Key Largo Rods doing rod assembly and custom rod wrapping.
This presentation will review the types of rods necessary for specific angling goals, the advantage of custom rods, and the techniques and steps involved in producing a high quality fishing rod. A highlight of the program will be an in-depth review of quick, easy repairs anglers can do themselves.
All seminars are free and open to the public.
There will be a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. The seminar begins at 7:30 p.m.
For more information e-mail President@hsfc.com.
Stand Up Paddleboard Race set
After the success of the 2011 Mayor's SUP CUP, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer has again teamed with Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach to launch the Mayor's River Fest.
The Mayor's River Fest is a four race Stand Up Paddleboard Race Series that be at various waterfront venues of the city each month for four months. The first race of the series is slated to kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 177 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach.
"Of course some paddlers will be competitive, but the overwhelming vibe is healthy fun on our beautiful waters. We created the event so that it's equally enjoyable for the first time paddler and the experienced racer," said Race Director Erik Lumbert.
The 2011 event brought nearly 100 paddlers out. With the growth of the sport, participation may greatly surpass that number in this series.
Mayor Barringer said, "With our miles of Intracoastal Waterway, beautiful lagoon system and pristine beaches, it's easy to see why New Smyrna Beach is becoming the SUP capital of the East Coast."
Short course entry fees start at $29 and include door prizes, paddleboard raffle entries and lunch following the event. Long course entry fees start at $39.
To sign up with pre-registration discount, call (386) 530-3868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about fly tying
The Mid-Coast Flyfishers will host Bill Sherer for a fly tying session at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 18, at Fraternal Order of Police 471 Old Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Mr. Sherer, a guide and fly shop owner from Northern Wisconsin, will demonstrate some very unique fly tying techniques. The members and visitors can tie the fly along with Mr. Sherer.
Check out his website: www.wetieit.com.
The public may attend. For more information call (386) 409-9194.
NASCAR drivers to run Daytona Beach Half marathon
Prior to turning two high-speed qualifying laps in the Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, several NASCAR drivers will first compete in the fifth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon, which will start and end at Daytona International Speedway.
The Central Florida Sports Commission and DIS, in partnership with Volusia County, will host the Daytona Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 17, one week before the 55th running of the Daytona 500. The half marathon, which will start at 6:30 a.m., is being run for the first time during Budweiser Speed Weeks.
The NASCAR drivers included Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola.
The half marathon is open to runners and walkers at least 12 years of age or older, who can complete the course in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Each participant will receive a race-themed T-shirt, finisher's medal, access to the post-race party and a ticket to Daytona 500 Qualifying, which includes admission to the Sprint FANZONE
Registration has begun with the advanced entry fee set at $80 per person.
For race and ticket information, visit daytonabeachhalf.com.
ROGY event for Kids scheduled
USTA Florida ROGY (for the red, orange, green and yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events" are three-hour play periods where children ages 8-18 hone their tennis skills in a no-pressure format using modified equipment.
Rockin' ROGY at Plantation Bay will be on Monday, Feb. 18.
Depending on a child's age and experience, they will play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head.
To see the entire 2013 ROGY schedule in Florida to date, or learn more, go to FloridaRogy.com.
Soccer league to begin
The city of DeLand Parks and Recreation Department will offer a youth soccer league for boys and girls ages 4-15 (age as of Sept. 1, 2012).
Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Opening day and pictures will be on a Saturday at Sperling Sports Complex in DeLand.
Registration will end on Friday, March 15.
Participants may register at the Parks and Recreation office or at any city soccer clinic.
The city will be offering a free soccer clinic for anyone age 6-15 on Thursday, March 7, and Thursday, March 14. The clinic for ages 6-10 will be at 6 p.m. and ages 11-15 will be at 7 p.m.
The league cost per player is $58 for ages 6-15 and $50 per player for the 4 and 5 years olds.
Each player will receive a dry fit game jersey, shorts and socks. Participants may register at the Parks and Recreation office or at one of the clinics.
Volunteer coaches are needed.
For more information, call (386) 740-5800.