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Sports Chatter (6-5-13)

The 38th annual North Olmsted Soccer Organization soccer camp is June 10-14 at the Barton Bradley Soccer Fields in North Olmsted. The camp is for boys and girls ages 5-14. The program will focus on teaching technical skills, including ball mastery, receiving, shooting, dribbling, passing and running with the ball. Tactical awareness will also be a major objective of the camp. In addition, each student will spend a portion of each session perfecting fast footwork exercises which will improve individual ball handling skill. The cost is $60 per player and $55 per each additional family member ($55 for NOSO coaches and board members). Each player will receive a camp T-shirt. For additional information, contact Tom Hatfield at 440-779-8117 or go to

The Bay High School girls soccer team will be holding its annual Lady Rockets Champ Camp June 10-13, at Cahoon Park in Bay Village. The sessions will be put on by the Bay High coaches and players and will go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Instruction includes technical and tactical training for individual and team play.  The camp is for any girl who is going into grades 1-8, and attends a school in Bay Village. The cost is $60, and each girl will receive a camp t-shirt. If you are interested in attending and did not receive a camp flier from your school, please contact Bay High School head varsity girls soccer coach Jack Griffiths at or call him at 216-346-9465.

The 21st annual Classic at Mastick 5K run supporting The Classic at Mastick Scholarship Fund will be Aug. 14 at the Mastick Woods Picnic area in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. The event is an excellent preseason tune up for cross country teams, challenging for seasoned runners and easy for leisurely runners. There will be only 550 entries accepted, so register today. Entry fee is $20. Last year, the event surpassed the $100,000 mark in scholarship awards. The race is once again expected to sell out and registration will close when that happens. Early registration is strongly encouraged. For registration packet or more information, go to

Rocky River High School is looking for a varsity diving coach. Applicants must have SRFA, CPR, NFHS and Fundamentals of Coaching certifications. Interested persons should send a letter and resume to Mark Wagner, Athletic Director, Rocky River High School, 20951 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Oh. 44116, or e-mail

The 4oth Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp will be held June 17-21 at the Westlake Recreation Center. The camp features an outstanding staff with more than 200 combined years of experience. Professional, college and high school coaches will be on hand daily, providing individual instruction for all age levels, along with six batting cages in use daily and a “Competition Day” to evaluate campers in throwing, hitting and bunting. Games will be played daily on seven fields. Every camper gets a hat and shirt, and a Best Camper plaque will be awarded in each age group.

Lunch is provided daily. Guest speakers will be on hand to share their expertise. Each camper will have a professional camp photo to take home. There will be inside demonstration instruction during inclement weather. The ratio of staff to campers is 1:10.

Camp Schedule and Information
The planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterward. A typical day will be as follows: 8:15 a.m. – arrive at Westlake baseball field ready to play; 11:20 a.m. – lunch provided; 12:30 a.m. – back on field for instruction; 1 p.m. – instructional age group games;2:30 p.m. – individual instruction or stations; and 4 p.m. – depart for the day. Camp cost: $235.00 per camper. Includes instruction and lunch for all five days, shirt, hat, camp photo and evaluation. What to bring:Glove; baseball shoes or tennis shoes; water bottle; bat; practice pants; personal attire (socks, supporters, etc.). New this year are team discounts. Get 10 or more players from your team to register for camp and each player will receive $35 off. That’s a savings of over $350 for your team. Check the website for more details and a registration form.For more information, write Phil Bova Baseball Camp, 25709 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145, e-mail or go on the Web to

The Cleveland Indians once again will offer summer baseball camps for children ages 6-14 in eight area suburbs including Fairview Park, where the camp will be held at Bohlken Park on June 18-19. Each camp will consist of two, two-hour sessions and will take a comprehensive approach to teaching the game of baseball. Summer camp instructors will focus on throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running. At the completion of the second day of camp, each child will receive a fair evaluation and additional advice on how to improve their game. All camp times will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 6- to 10-year-olds and 12:30-2:30 p.m. for 11- to 14-year-olds. All campers receive a free Indians T-shirt and two tickets to see the Indians face the Houston Astros Sept. 21 as part of Cleveland Indians Youth Baseball Day. Prior to that day’s game, each child is invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track at Progressive Field. Cost is $79 per two-day session.

New this summer to the Indians summer camps is the Progressive Field of Dreams Camp, a three-day session at Progressive Field July 16, 17 and 19. The camp runs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. each day, and campers will participate in drills on the field and in the team’s bullpen and indoor batting cages, while also getting a tour of the visitors clubhouse. All participants will receive an Indians flex-fit hat, a T-shirt and a free on-field photo, as well as a report card with feedback and tips for improvement following the camp. The camp will cost $249 for the session, with registration available online at