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Pg. 14 18 storm brewing: What started as a simple conversation has blossomed into a key date on the local soccer calendar. ball: 12 play Little League World Series opens in Livermore.

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to young arms from 25 Dangers overuse are well-documented. So it’s up to you to protect yourself.

pitch: Football. Football. 6 first Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. Football. We heart football. Coaches love natural 32 Clipboard: athletes. If that isn’t you, the only

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room: Sometimes you 8 locker get into the worst pickle you’ve ever been in. In those moments we like to look to the wisdom of the Sandlot. But mainly, we think about Wendy Peffercorn. of the week: 7 Sportstar Justin Hooper, De La Salle baseball

thing you can do is work harder. on the cover: Concord Terrapin swimmer, Justin Lynch (Jonathan Hawthorne photo); INSET: Impact Soccer Club’s Katey Hartwig (Phillip Walton photo).

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id you hear that? That’s the sound of Summer passing us by. Seriously. It’s all but over. Heck, some of the year-round schools will be back in class this week. Many of our readers will lament this — especially our student readers. But as much as we love the long days, vacation getaways and afternoons in the swimming pool, this is actually the time of year when SportStars HQ starts to get a little giddy. We start to think of watching football from the sideline as the Indian Summer sun sets behind the goalpost. And you know, other sports, too. While the football teams begin their double-day workouts, we treat the first three weeks of August as our own training camp. We hunker down and begin planning for another season of high school sports. We make notes, lists and rankings. We start calling coaches. We put in the extra work. We also hydrate. It’s important. Hydrate, people. Seriously.

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In the hopes of sharing some of our excitement, we thought we’d offer up five burning questions we hope to expand on in our 2013 Football Preview coming out on Aug. 22. 1. Can Jake Browning and the Folsom Air Show keep the pace it set for itself a year ago? Browning was just a sophomore last year when his varsity debut included a national record-tying 10 touchdown passes. He went on to set multiple state season passing records, and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t improve on them this season. 2. What could a Freedom-Oakley offense centered around five-star running back Joe Mixon look like? We’re thinking it will look a lot like the no-huddle, spread-offense attack that coach Kevin Hartwig has employed over the past several years. But with a new quarterback and the graduation of Pac-12-talent Darrell Daniels as receiver, there’s no doubt Hartwig will figure out more

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ways to get the ball in Mixon’s hands. Which could mean Mixon lining up as a wildcat QB. Just a hunch. 3. What can be expected of Justin Alumbaugh’s first season as head coach of famed De La Salle? A lot of winning. The anti-Spartans crowd won’t like this, but not much is changing on Winton Drive in Concord. The coaching staff is all still together, only Alumbaugh gets to do the postgame interviews now. Also, there’s still plenty of talent expected to suit up in Green/ Silver this season. 4. Could the Sac-Joaquin Section send three teams to the CIF State Championship bowls again? Carson’s Home Depot Center was SJS central last December as Central Catholic, Oakdale and Granite Bay all reached the ultimate game. Central Catholic (Div. III) and Granite Bay (Div. I) each won their bowl. Three teams for a second straight year would be a tall order, but we aren’t foolish enough to bet against it either. 5. Could an imminent partnership with Cal-Hi Sports lead to the best SportStars Football Preview yet? We hope to prove it come Aug. 22. Stay tuned. See? Don’t lie. You’re as fired up as we are now. ✪

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joe demers The College Park pitching sensation joined Hooper as the only other incoming junior named to the A’s Area Code Games roster.

nathan cervantez The De La Salle junior earned a third-place finish in 138-pound Greco Roman tournament at the Asics/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, ND.

kelli hayes The Archbishop Mitty senior guard was recently among CalHiSports.com’s “Cream of the Crop” selections from the FILA 64 Las Vegas AAU tournament. She posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and six steals in one of her team’s wins.

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Justin Hooper recently put a feather in his cap when he was named one of two incoming juniors to make the Oakland Athletics roster for the New Balance Area Code Games. Competing in a tournament typically reserved for seniors eyed by MLB scouts, Hooper will get his chance to prove his worth when the Area Code Games kick off Aug. 5 in Long Beach. ESPN will be webcasting the games live on Aug. 6. View it at ESPN3 or with the Watch ESPN App. SportStars Magazine: How much does this honor mean to you? Justin Hooper: It’s like what the coaches told us, it’s a great honor. I know it’s more of a going-into-yoursenior-year event. Since I’m gonna be a junior it means a lot to me. I’m just gonna give it my all like always. … I hope I do well down there. SSM: How have you been getting ready for these games and the upcoming season in general? JH: I’ve been lifting, I long toss and lift every single day. I’m just trying to get my arm stronger for these Area Code Games and see how good I can be down there. SSM: Describe the relationship with your DLS teammates and coaches. JH: I love all the players on the team. We have a great bond, great chemistry and I love our coaching staff. SSM: You came close to winning NCS this year. Do you have a good shot at the title next year? JH: I think we really do. We have a lot of guys coming back. … I’m 100 percent sure we’ll do perfectly fine.

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Film review: “The Motivation” The X-Games are upon us again, which means you’ll get your fix of all action sports including Motocross, Rally Car, BMX, and more. But if street skate is your thing, you’re gonna want to check out the documentary, “The Motivation.” Highlighted is the annual Street League Championship in New York City, known as the most prestigious street skate competition in the world. The Motivation profiles the eight competitors in the days leading up to the event as they vie for the trophy and $200,000 prize. We’re given a behind-the-scenes look into their personal lives as they train and practice new tricks, while explaining how badly they want this title and the recognition as best street skateboarder in the world. Most of the talented field are teenagers like Nyjah Huston, Sean Malto and Chaz Ortiz. Others are veterans like Paul Rodriguez and Chris Cole, and even a couple of them hail from other countries like Bastien Salabanzi (France) and Luan Oliveira (Brazil). They’ve experienced success in other events like the X-Games and Action Sports League but they all agree the Street League Championship is what they covet the most. Former skater and now-MTV personality Rob Dyrdek founded the competition. He’s responsible for securing the competitors, obtaining TV rights and even designing the insane course layout that terrifies even the eight guys. We follow the competitors to NYC for an unforgettable tournament. A must-see for street skateboarding fans, “The Motivation” will have your heart racing throughout and cheering for all eight of the competitors to the finish. The movie premieres July 30 in Los Angeles. Rating:

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“As a swimmer, she’s more of a boxer than a ballerina. She’s a big strong powerful athlete who wants to get in, muscle and go.” Concord Terrapins coach Paul Stafford talking about recent Carondelet graduate Chelsea Chenault, whom he’s coached for the past seven years. Chenault was recently named the Cal-Hi Sports State Female Athlete of the Year and is representing the USA at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona through Aug. 4.

FOOTBALL: Clayton Valley Charter at De La Salle, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. — What better way to kickoff the season than a trip to Owen Owens Field to see Justin Alumbaugh’s debut as the Spartans head coach? It doesn’t hurt that both teams were CIF Regional Bowl participants in 2012.

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SOCCER: Dublin United’s Shamrock Tournament, Aug. 10-12, Dublin — More than 120 boys and girls teams age U9-U19 take the pitch. BASEBALL: New Balance Area Code Games, Aug. 6, Long Beach via ESPN3 — Several NorCal standouts made the Oakland A’s-sponsored roster for the national showcase event.

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BASEBALL: Little League Intermediate World Series, July 30-Aug. 5, Max Baer Park, Livermore — This inaugural event should be a must-see for any baseball fan. PLUS: Admission is free. GIRLS SOCCER: Mustang Stampede Tournament, Aug. 9-12, Danville — This top level tournament catering to U9-U15 levels begins its 32nd year.

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The inaugural Little League Intermediate 50/70 International World Series kicked off in Livermore on Monday, July 29, y’all. The dreams of every kid who ever tossed around the old horsehide on some dusty field in the dead heat of summer or wrapped electrical tape around a wood bat (they still have those, right?) to get a few more hacks out of it culminate in this showcase event, right in the Bay Area’s backyard. The Intermediate Division features 11-13 year-olds, meaning that this next bit of nostalgia might require a certain amount of Netflixing, just to get them up to speed. Because this summer is also the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest baseball movies of all time, “The Sandlot”. Download that one from Amazon Prime or something, kids. It’ll change your life. Because, here are the top five things we learned from Scotty Smalls and the gang. 1. Be Bold and Audacious — Even though you are a funny looking, twitchy kid with glasses, if you are daring, and you have a plan, you can kiss really pretty girls. 2. Relax and Just Play — “Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking. Just have fun.” 3. Friends Matter — You can be the world’s biggest Oscar Meyer L 7 weenie, but, with the right eight friends, you can whup anybody. 4. Nicknames = Love — Nobody bothers coming up with a nickname for someone they don’t like. But if you are surrounded by folks with names like The Jet, Squints, Ham and Yeah Yeah, well, you know you’re among friends. 5. Insulting People is an Art Form — Appropriate escalation is important. Start slow, with something like “jerk” or “idiot.” Work your way up to “You bob for apples in the toilet, and like it.” Use caution before thermonuclear options like, “You play baseball like a girl.” —Bill Kolb, S’mores aficionado and admirer of Wendy Peffercorn

FOOTBALL: Character Combine Honor Bowl, James Logan at Del OroLoomis, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. — Begin the season by honoring our veterans, and catch one heck of matchup. Del Oro won last year’s midseason meeting in overtime.

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SOFTBALL: ASA/USA 16-Under Fast Pitch National Championships, July 28-Aug. 4, Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Sunnyvale — Take a day off from the Little League World Series and watch the girls play. MAGAZINE HUNT: SportStars Football Preview 2013 Release, Aug. 22, Northern California — Once again, we’ll have our preview loaded with features, rankings, X’s and O’s.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: NorCal Clash, Aug. 25, El Cerrito High, 3:30 p.m. — Top talent from the Class of 2014 takes on the Class of 2015. GOLF: NCGA/PGANC Junior Tour Fall Series II, Aug. 24-25, Adobe Creek GC, Petaluma — The Junior Tour makes its North Bay swing as the points race hits the home stretch.

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Juan Antonio Bibiloni LL, Yabucoa, Puerto Rico It’s officially, game on! The inaugural Intermediate 50/70 Little League World Series hosted by Livermore kicked off with an Opening Ceremonies parade on July 29 and the first pitch came a day later. Ten teams — six from the U.S. and four international — will compete through Aug. 5 to become the first World Series champion for the newlycreated division for 11-13 year-olds. Here are the competing teams: HOST TEAM: Pleasanton National (CA. Dist. 57), U.S. WEST: Nogales National (Arizona), U.S. SOUTHWEST: Post Oak (Houston, TX), U.S. SOUTHEAST: Rutherfordton (North Carolina), U.S. CENTRAL: Georgetown (Jenison, MI.), U.S. EAST: Collier Township/Charles Valley (Collier Township, PA.), CANADA: Southwest (Lethbridge, Alberta), LATIN AMERICA: C Unidas Miraflores (Guayaquil, Ecuador); PUERTO RICO: Juan Antonio Bibilioni (Yabucoa, PR), ASIA-PACIFIC: Izumisano (Osaka, Japan). As the official media sponsor of the event, we plan to be there every step of the way. Visit SportStarsOnline.com/LLWS for all of our coverage throughout the tournament. The site will feature the game schedule along with stories, rosters, and links to photo galleries and video. You can also get updates through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Also: Go to the games. It’s free! FAR LEFT: Puerto Rico second baseman Anibal Lazu leaps above the bag to snag a throw. LEFT: Chris Bohrer of Latin America-Ecuador fires a pitch on July 30.

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Justin Lynch won’t toot his own horn — so after another national record, the swimming world is doing it for him

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here was a time when Justin Lynch’s sole swimming motivation was earning a trip to Toys R Us. “He repeated the first level (of lessons) two or three times,” said Lynch’s mother, Lia. “The only way I could get him to work with an instructor was to tell him we’d go to Toys R Us. There was a lot of Toys R Us.” The bribes eventually tapered off. Which is good because Mom would have had a difficult time finding a commensurate reward for setting a national record once owned by Michael Phelps. Lynch, who will turn 17 at the end of August, is one of the biggest buzz topics of the men’s swimming world after his performance at the National Swimming Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis on June 27. On that day, swimming in the consolation final of the 100 meter butterfly, Lynch set the new national 15-16 age group record in a time of 52.75 seconds — one tenth faster than the previous record-holder, the one and only Phelps. It was actually the second age group record of Phelps’ claimed by the Concord Terrapin Swim Club phenom. The homeschooled Vallejo native usurped the 13-14 age group record as well. But the most recent race is the one that has vaulted him into the national discussion. Almost exactly one month removed of his record swim in Indianapolis, Lynch would take part in his usual Terrapins National Group afternoon practice while his parents sat poolside chatting with University of Florida and 2012 U.S. Olympics Men’s Swimming coach, Gregg Troy. He and several other high-profile collegiate coaches have a very high opinion of Lynch these days. “I’ve had some of the top coaches in the country tell me that his stroke right now is better than (Phelps’) was at that age,” Terrapins head coach Paul Stafford said. “He just touches water. When you watch him, he makes it look so easy.” Lynch is the youngest of two children, with an older sister who now attends Pace University in New York. Both kids were See video of Lynch’s introduced to swimming early, although record-setting swim Support Your Local Business • Say You Found Them In SportStars™

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"I've had some of the top coaches in the country tell me that his stroke right now is better than (Phelps') was at that age. He just touches water. When you watch him, he makes it look so easy.” — Coach Paul Stafford

neither Lia Nor her husband Joe Lynch were competitive swimmers. Despite a sturdy build and muscular physique, Joe Lynch’s athletic career consisted only of Little League baseball while growing up in Milwaukee. Justin only decided to try swimming after his sister Kaitlyn was roped into the sport through some of her friends. “He was pretty quiet growing up,” Joe Lynch said. “He was always a mellow kid, and he always seemed very thoughtful AND mindful of his sister.” Still, the sport of swimming almost didn’t hold on to Justin. His rise seems sudden now, but it’s actually been a steady progression since he turned 12 and made the fateful decision to stick with swimming after two years of balancing the sport with Taekwondo. “With his older sister being a swimmer as well, it was getting too busy going all these places,” Joe Lynch said. “We gave him a choice and asked if he wanted to swim or go with Taekwondo. He thought about it a minute and then chose swimming.” And that accelerated things, but not as quickly as one might expect based on what he’s accomplished recently. “He was kind of quiet and kind of went through the motions,” Stafford said. “He was always pretty good and he was going to be good, but he was also a normal little boy who was more interested in a piece of pie and candy afterward than he was in the actual swimming side of things.” Once he moved from the Terrapins age-group team to the elite, Stafford saw that it was time to give Lynch an extra push. Prior to the summer of 2011, Lynch swam his first national qualifying time and that’s when his coach acted. “There was a full summer before the Olympic Trials,” Stafford recalled. “I told him ‘You know, a year from now you’re 16

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going to be at Olympic Trials, so let’s go to some of these big meets now and get that experience.’” So a 13-year-old Lynch transitioned to national-level competition. “The first time he got up on the blocks and looked up at the guy next to him, who had arms like this and tattoos, you could just see the look on his face,” Stafford said. “He was scared to death.” But once in the water, Lynch was every bit the bigger swimmers’ equal. He found out soon enough that he was more than their equal. One summer later he had a strong showing at the Olympic Trials and Stafford figured that it was then he started swimming like he believed he belonged. It all culminated this June with the record-breaking swim. Lynch knew he was close to breaking the mark after missing it by one hundredth of a second during the qualifying heats. “I was pretty nervous before the final,” Justin said. “I had missed the record earlier and I was thinking that I just wanted to get this done right. I nailed my breakout, and going into the wall I knew if I took the right amount of kicks, and they were fast enough, that I’d be on pace for the record.” Stafford said it was about as strong a race as Lynch had swam to date. “It was the first time he’d put together what I would call a picture perfect race,” Stafford said. “I don’t think there was anything we would change from that final swim, from a technical standpoint.” Joe Lynch thinks the race was the catalyst for a new outlook on swimming from Justin. If the light bulb wasn’t lit before, it’s glowing bright now. “He came back from that meet with an entirely different attitude,” he said. “It’s as if he really believes now that he can Upload photos and team stats! www.SportStarsOnline.com


achieve what everybody has been telling him he can achieve.” Lynch has spent July training for a very busy August. He’ll compete in the Junior National Championships in Irvine from Aug. 5-9. He’s planning to swim the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. That will lead into the World Junior Championships in Dubai from Aug. 26-31. He’s likely to be the gold medal favorite in the 100 butterfly at both events. Despite his rapid rise to prominence, a blossoming new confidence in himself, and an endless line of college suitors seeking his talent, not much about Justin has changed. “He retains a little of that same outlook he had when he first started with us,” Stafford said. “He carries a little bit of that pure enjoyment aspect of what he does. And that’s part of why he’s so good. He’s a very humble young man and he has a good perspective on the sport and always has.” Lynch is still the kid who’s eyeing that piece of pie once he’s out of the water. “I don’t see him changing at all,” Joe Lynch said. “If he were to say bring home an Olympic gold medal for the United States. I don’t see him changing. The first thing he’d want to do after he won the medal is probably get something to eat.” ✪

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event. One that’s about to enter its third year. The Taking the World By Storm soccer clinic is upon us as Tesoro Soccer Fields in Concord plays host to the event once again on Aug. 3. The event is free and open to girls ages 9-18. They will be treated to a crash course on soccer basics like ball handling, shooting, dribbling and teamwork from the players of the California Storm — a semi-pro team based in Sacramento that boasts quite an alumni. From former players like Brandi Chastain, Alex Morgan and Sissi, the Storm serves as a stepping stone for players who wish to play amongst the sport’s elite someday. “For three years, the Taking the World by Storm Soccer Clinic has been a unique district event that gives young girls the opportunity to interact and learn from talented female athletes,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla, who serves the 14th District. The beauty of this event is that is it gives these girls an opportunity to attend a clinic that they might not otherwise be able to, whether it’s lack of finances or soccer clubs in their areas. Soccer can be quite an expensive sport, perhaps the most costly. A good number of athletes compete year-round in various tournaments locally, regionally and nationally. Some also receive personal training every day in the summer so they can improve upon their skills and get better for the next season. That gives them a major advantage at tryouts when going up against girls who weren’t as fortunate to have those resources at their disposal. And because soccer is such a nuanced sport, there are a number of skills to learn that can take years to perfect. “We’re just trying to focus on providing an opportunity to girls that’s free and who typically wouldn’t be able to participate in

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pro-type clinics,” said Katie McCoy, a senior legislative aide — yes, the same aide who helped Bonilla brainstorm the event. “Girls who don’t have access to income or a coaching staff.” McCoy is also an active player for the Storm. She competed collegiately at Sacramento State and played overseas in Iceland. There are a number of sponsors and partners for Taking the World by Storm. Sponsors like Tesoro Oil Refinery along with Wells Fargo and Garaventa Enterprises have been keeping this event running every year so far. There are also several soccer clubs and leagues partnering — such as Concord’s Diablo Futbol Club. “We have been a partner with Tesoro for many years, using their fields for almost 20 years now,” Diablo FC president Jay Bedecarre said. “When they decided to do this clinic, it was an opportunity for us to give back to the community at large.” Heritage Soccer Club, based in Martinez, is another sponsor. “This is the third year Heritage Soccer Club has been participating as a consultant in bringing Taking the World by Storm to our community,” Heritage SC president Ellen Lawrence said. “Currently on the Cal Storm roster are former players and staff of Heritage Soccer Club, including Tracy Hamm, Kory Lamet and Katie Oakes.” There are expected to be roughly 150 participants, most of which will be firsttimers. What’s in store for them?

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Storm player Krystal Moreno pushes the ball upfield during an exhibition game at the 2012 event.

“The Cal Storm team does an awesome job of working one-on-one and in small group workouts and giving each girl individual attention on how to improve their game,” Lawrence said. “But it doesn’t end there. After the training session, the girls have an opportunity to shoot on goal against the Storm, eat lunch, chat, take pictures and get their autographs.” Heritage SC will be giving away a $500 scholarship to the participants’ soccer or athletic organization to help pay for registration and tournament fees. McCoy says the event would be nowhere as successful without these soccer leagues involved. “They know the community real well,” McCoy said.

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“They do a great job in outreach with the community. Their word of mouth helps us spread the word.” Every year, the committee putting together Taking the World by Storm searches for ways to improve the overall experience. This year, they’ve added the shootout component. Girls will get an opportunity to score a goal against the Storm players. If they do, they’ll have plenty of bragging material when they go back to school. Another addition to the event is the Healthy Living Fair led by Dr. Andrew Nash of 1 to 1 Pediatrics in Danville. Dr. Nash will focus on concussions while Drs. Earle Paynton and Robert Fife will discuss ACL injuries – “probably the most frequent of all injuries suffered by female soccer players,” Lawrence said – and prevention. Both injuries are common in soccer and there’s a growing concern amongst parents about how devastating these injuries are on their kids, not just short-term but long-term as well. “Female soccer athletes have the highest percentage of head injuries than any other athlete in any other sport,” Lawrence said. “We want to get as much information as possible about the treatment and prevention of these injuries to the players and their families.” At the heart of this event, though, is empowering these participants with life skills that extend far beyond the soccer field. “The clinic is not just about soccer,” Assemblywoman Bonilla said, “It also allows participants to learn valuable life skills such as leadership, determination and teamwork. “As a mother of four daughters who were all active in sports, I can attest to the essential role that sports can play in developing girls into strong, confident women.” ✪

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After extremely strong fall and spring seasons, Heritage boys and girls teams deliver title-filled summer

Heritage Soccer Club, based in Pleasant Hill-Martinez, continues to make strides amongst its competition locally and nationally. Coming off of extremely successful spring play, HSC teams continue its success through the summer tournament season with notable victories on both the boys and girls sides. Two girls teams played in the San Ramon AZURI Summer Classic Tournament, both claiming victories in the championship games. Bolt, the HSC U12 team dominated play within their division, scoring 20 goals in their four games while only allowing four in their own net. Although down at half 1-0 in the final game against Sonoma Heat, the girls came back to score four goals in the second half, walking away with the championship, 4-1. At the same time HSC’s U14 Nighthawks, a Silver Level team, put labels aside and fought their way to the championship game and with confidence, grabbing the Gold Division title. Heritage boys’ teams continue to show strength in and out of California, with multiple teams earning rankings in the top ten. HSC’s U13 Hotspurs, ranked ninth in Northern California by Gotsoccer.com moves into August with a San Francisco Tournament Champtionship crown and a finalist position in the Copa do Campeonato Tournament. The U14 Cosmos has been extremely busy, garnering a sixth-place ranking in North-

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ern California. The Cosmo’s claimed titles at the Ajax United and Copa do Campeonato Tournaments, and made it to the final game in the West Regionals. Rounding out California tournament play, HSC’s U14 Celtics claimed the championship game in their division at the AZURI Summer Classic and the Milan U18 boys matched that in a Copa do Campeonato final. A highlight to the Heritage summer season was representation by the boys U16 United team at the National Cup Finals held at the Aurora Sports Complex in Aurora, Colorado July 18-21. With stiff competition at the national level, United scored six goals in three games, but fell one goal short of advancing to the final. The aforementioned success of Heritage during the Fall and Spring seasons included league titles and a variety of victories at the State Cup Tournament. It is due to the dedication of the outstanding HSC coaching staff and hard work of all players that this club is moving upwards at a fast pace. At the core of HSC’s success is its direct focus on team and sportsmanship. While HSC provides a highly competitive level of play, the club also offers an Academy where younger players (ages 4-9) focus on basic soccer skills and fundamentals under the supervision of adept instructors. ✪

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Diablo F.C.

Diablo FC

Sets the Pace

When it comes to youth soccer clubs of Contra Costa County, the conversation often starts with Diablo Futbol Club. Founded in 1991, DFC has been a premier competitive youth soccer club for over two decades. Since then, it’s been a pace setter. It was the first club in NorCal with a fully professional coaching staff and training program. It was a charter member of Super Y-League, US Club Soccer/ NorCal Premier and Golden State Soccer League. It’s also one of only three NorCal clubs fully enrolled in National Premier Leagues and Western College Development Association. And the club doesn’t just participate. It wins. The club’s career trophy haul includes Super Y-League North American Championships, US Club Soccer National Cup, USYSA Western Regionals, US Club Soccer Regionals, CYSA State Cups, NorCal Premier State Cups, WCDA championships, Surf Cup and numerous other invitational tournament championships. The club has also reached the Final 4 at USYSA Nationals. The emphasis has always been on player developmental — a major reason it makes such a good partner for Take the World By Storm. Players from Diablo FC have ascended to the top levels of play as a result. Major League Soccer’s leading scorer over the past three years, Chris Wondolowski, is one of three former club members now in MLS. Former goalkeeper Aly Winget was a record-setting goalkeeper for the NCAA women’s champion University of North Carolina. Diablo’s current success includes two girls teams winning US Club Soccer West Regional championships in June. DFC girls teams have also won Davis College Showcase and Rage Showcase titles in the past few weeks. Diablo FC 97 USCS Regional U16 champs have girls from 12 East Bay high schools on the roster. The 2013 season has also marked the start of two new significant programs for Diablo FC. US Soccer has established the club as one of the US Soccer Development Academy clubs around the country, and the San Jose Earthquakes announced the creation of a landmark partnership establishing DFC as the Earthquakes’ first Youth Development Alliance.The Earthquakes are offering Regional Development Schools for girls and boys 5 to 14 through Diablo FC. ✪

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shoulder strengthening: duggan moran

Protect the foundation

Proper strengthening of scapula leads to fewer shoulder injuries in all overhead-motion sports The shoulder and the scapula are intricately linked: what affects the scapula will affect the shoulder and vise versa. The scapula, or shoulder blade, is the triangular shaped bone in the upper back that is the critical link between the arms and rest of the body. It is the foundation upon which all upper extremity strength and function is built. Unlike a house where the foundation is fixed, the scapula moves in three dimensions, like a gyroscope, changing the orientation of the socket to follow the movement of the arm. When raising your arm fully over your head, 2/3 of the motion occurs at the shoulder and 1/3 occurs at the scapula. Scapula upward rotation changes the orientation of the shoulder socket. As the scapula is moving in sync with the arm, it needs to remain a stable base of support to efficiently transfer energy from the body into the arms. Without a strong scapular foundation, energy transfer will be lost due to inefficient and excessive scapular motion decreasing performance potential. In the past, the emphasis given to strengthening the scapular muscles in overhead-throwing athletes was under-val-

ued and immensely under-addressed. These scapular stabilizing muscles control the position and movement of the scapula which are vital to arm health and performance. Clinical and field testing from the youth level to the professional ranks has proven that most overhead athletes have weak scapular stabilizing muscles and many of them suffer from scapular dyskinesis, meaning that either the position and/or movement of the scapula is dysfunctional. In fact, the latest research indicates that most injuries at the shoulder are a direct reflection of a misaligned scapula. Studies show that scapular dyskinesis is involved in 68 percent of rotator cuff problems and 100 percent of shoulder instabilities. The scapula allows or disallows proper overhead throwing mechanics. When the scapula is dysfunctional, the arm has to make up for what the scapula was supposed to do one step prior in the kinetic chain.  This produces added stress to the shoulder and elbow. At right is a posture test to demonstrate how scapular positioning can affect range of motion at the shoulder..

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bad posture This image demonstrates how a poorly positioned scapula can create shoulder impingement. The subject stands in a slouched position with his shoulders rolled forward. With his arms at his side he attempts to raise his arms overhead at a 45 degree angle. As the arms move above shoulder height he will be unable to fully raise his arms overhead. The poorly positioned scapula is causing the rotator cuff tendons to impinge as the arms are raised above shoulder height.

good posture This image demonstrates how good scapular positioning improves shoulder range of motion. The subject stands at attention like a soldier, with the shoulder blades retracted down and pinched together and the shoulders pulled back, the subject is able to lift his arms fully overhead. The scapular stabilizing muscles are activated, placing the scapula in a more optimal position which prevents shoulder impingement. Traditional shoulder tubing exercises typically do not address these key scapular stabilizing muscles. Proper implementation of a comprehensive shoulder program that includes scapular strengthening, like Crossover Symmetry, will significantly reduce the risk of injury while improving throwing velocity. ✪ Duggan Moran is the president and founder of Crossover Symmetry, a Denver-based company focused on scapula strengthening.

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injury prevention: dr. earle paynton & Dr. Robert Fife

What is Active Recovery and how can it help you prevent injuries? No one knows his or her bodies the way athletes do. Athletes are extremely tuned in to how their bodies feel and minor tweaks here and there are all part of the game. However, the key to elite performance is managing an injury before it occurs because hopefully it never will. Injuries take time to heal and that is why it is critical to account for this fact regardless of the season. The term most closely associated with this account for time is known as Active Recovery and it is absolutely essential for elite training programs to utilize. From the football in the NFL to the football in England’s Premier League, the trainers and medical professionals responsible for these athletes do everything they can to help facilitate this Active Recovery continuous phase. Active Recovery is multi-dimensional and has many players and components. For this reason, it should be performed daily either by the individual players themselves, or by a specialist in sports therapy. Stretching, deep tissue massage, RockTape, cold laser, ultrasound, interferential, ice therapy, heat therapy, and many others help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation which in turn helps reduce risk for injury and improve performance. Here’s a brief glance at one major knee injury, the ACL tear:

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ACL Tear:

›› From excessive anterior (forward) sliding in combination with medial (inward) rotation of the Tibia causing the ligament to fail. ›› Majority of ACL injuries are from a noncontact situation. ›› Females are at increased risk for non contact/non-dominant kicking leg. ›› Males are at increased risk for ACL injury in their dominant leg. ›› Bone development variations between genders have been associated with this increased risk in females. ›› Biomechanical differences in how players sprint, jump/land, cut and kick all impact the player’s overall risk for injury.

How To Prevent an ACL Tear: ›› Eliminate muscle imbalances through proper stretching, strengthening, and conditioning exercises. ›› Improving body biomechanics and body control through proper technique and agility drills. ›› Improve nutrition and hydration. Avoid unnecessary harmful substances like energy drinks, sodas, and junk food. Dr. Paynton and Dr. Fife specialize in sports medicine and rehabilitation at STARS Rehab. They will be presenting physicians in the Doctors Workshop at the Taking the World By Storm Soccer Clinic on Aug. 3.

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& Take a break health watch: kelli Adams

It’s time to take Overtraining Syndrome seriously It is now very common to see young athletes train and compete in their respective sports year round. Not only do they play for their schools, they may play on a club team as well as participate in camps. Athletes are always looking to improve their skills/overall performance levels. But some athletes may be pushing themselves beyond the limit by exercising excessively without adequate rest periods. Our bodies have a hard time adjusting to this which may result in physical and mental changes which are not necessarily a good thing in this case. Overtraining syndrome has been associated with poor performance, exhaustion and chronic fatigue. Other clues to overtraining syndrome may be irritability, moodiness, depression, a change in sleep patterns, loss of enthusiasm for your sport as well as a loss of that competitive edge. Athletes who overtrain may complain of muscle soreness that doesn’t go away after several days, may be prone to frequent viral illnesses and injury. The most effective way to treat overtraining syndrome is to rest. Once you have gone through an adequate recovery period which may be anywhere from a few days to several weeks, you do not want to jump back into daily excessive workouts. It is better to take things slow and start light training on an every other day type schedule. To prevent something like overtraining syndrome from happening again you should consider getting adequate sleep, drink plenty of fluids such as water throughout the day, avoid extreme environmental conditions, rest at least six hours between exercise bouts and make sure you ingest adequate calories throughout the day. Kelli Adams is a physical therapist assistant and certified athletic trainer at Sports Medicine for Young Athletes, a division of Children’s Hospital Oakland with a second facility in Walnut Creek.

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tennis injuries: dr. hunter greene

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As with any sport, tennis injuries can and do occur. As a tennis player, I’ve experienced some myself. And as team physician for the Sacramento Capitals World Team Tennis, I’ve seen the importance that proper technique and training routines can have on preventing many common overuse injuries in the sport. Whether you’re a new player or a tennis veteran, learning more about these common conditions can help you avoid them.

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This is caused by overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist or bend it backward. Proper strengthening of these muscles, along with a regular warm-up routine, will help decrease the likelihood of experiencing this injury. Also pay attention to racquet grip size and proper technique.

SHOULDER INJURIES

Shoulder overuse injuries are usually due to poor strength and conditioning of the rotator cuff muscles. When they are fatigued or weak, there is increased “play” of the ball in the shoulder socket, irritating the tissues and producing pain with overhead motions such as serving.

STRESS FRACTURES

About 20 percent of junior players suffer stress fractures, compared to less than 8 percent of pros. Stress fractures result from increasing training too rapidly. They can occur in the leg or foot and are preventable with proper strength and endurance training prior to extensive tennis playing. Appropriate footwear is also important.

MUSCLE STRAINS

These usually occur from quick, sudden moves. A good warm-up followed by proper stretching can help reduce your chances of a muscle strain. A warm-up can include a slow jog, jumping jacks or riding a bike. The best stretches are dynamic stretches, such as leg swings and arm circles.

Hunter Greene, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon with Summit Orthopedic Specialists in Carmichael, where he specializes in sports medicine.

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training time: tim Rudd

Reaching speed potential isn’t about having fast feet

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ACCESS THE VIDEO To see Tim Rudd’s video on acceleration mechanics, simply scan this page using the Layar app. Or you can also access it at SportStarsOnline.com/Fit70.

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As previously discussed, strength is a great indicator of how much of an athlete’s speed potential they are using. If they are weaker, they are further from reaching their true speed potential. If they are stronger, then they are much closer to reaching that potential. Many athletes try to accelerate by moving their feet faster, which is a huge mistake. With this strategy, even if an athlete is strong they still would not accelerate that well. The goal is to be able to put as much force in the ground as possible to create the forces necessary to optimally accelerate. This simply cannot happen with fast feet. The forces that need to be created require a powerful triple extension of the ankles, knees and hips. When athletes are able to finish each stride with triple extension they are able to generate optimal power from the power producers of the posterior chain (Glutes). This requires that the power leg (front leg) stay on the ground longer to finish with a complete triple extension of the ankle, leg and hip, and the trail leg finish through with a powerful punch in preparation for the next powerful push. Arm drive also plays a very important role in acceleration and contributes 30 percent in optimal acceleration mechanics. So if your athlete’s arm drive is dysfunctional, then they could be losing up to 30 percent of their acceleration potential. Tim Rudd is an IYCA specialist in youth conditioning and owner of Fit2TheCore.

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powered by trucks: anthony trucks

Properly stretching & training your hips will go a long way in strength training

When it comes to strength training for athletic development the primary need is for lower body development, and more importantly the musculature of the hips. Not only are the hips the center of gravity for the athlete, but the hips contain, and/or control, the most explosive grouping of muscles in the body. Oddly enough the hips are an area that is neglected in regards to strength and flexibility, or they’re very poorly trained. Just think back to how many times you’ve seen an athlete unable to touch their toes, change direction correctly, or simply have good body control. If you’re like me, while watching some games, you can’t figure out how some athletes were able to make the team in the first place. So now that we’ve established the importance of the hips, how do we improve them? First things first, you MUST work on stretching the hips to increase mobility. This will increase the range of motion for an athlete to work in, which can translate to better power output and better body control. The goal is to stretch in multiple ranges to loosen ALL of the hip muscles. The next phase is to build MOBILITY into the movement range by strengthening the muscles that work in the newly-attained range of motion. Mobility is gained by doing FULL range of motion lifts. Unlike body builders, range of motion is an athletes BEST friend. So start stretching. Anthony Trucks is the owner of Trucks Training facility in Brentwood and covers weight training for SportStars.

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Chasing Potential The coaches love this new guy who’s tall, strong and fast — but he’s not very skilled. My technique is a lot better, and I also understand what’s going on better than he does. But the coaches keep giving him chance after chance. So what’s more important, his physical abilities or my skills? R.J., Santa Rosa

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great question — and to make it really clear what’s at issue, I’m going to rephrase your question. Instead of abilities vs. skills, let’s talk about potential vs. production. “Potential,” as the saying goes, just means you haven’t done anything yet. But on the other hand, there’s also another old saying attributed to the great French general Napoleon. Before a major battle, there was talk that the French might lose, and one of the young commanders said “But we have God on our side.” “God,” said Napoleon, “is on the side of the big battalions.” In the same way, the sports gods are on the side of talent. That talent, of course, has to be somewhat skilled, but the wide receiver who runs a legit 4.4 doesn’t really need to have

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a lot of double moves at the high school level — all he needs is a quarterback who can throw the ball a long way. And then if the speed guy learns how to run a couple patterns, and how to block a little, he’s going to be a lot more valuable than a much slower wide receiver who has every move in the book. So coaches look at kids who are great athletes as potential stars; they look at kids who aren’t great athletes but are very skilled as complementary players. And coaches know all too well that you win games with stars, because a complementary player needs a star to take most of the attention. Sadly, you can see where I’m going with this. If a 6-1 girl walks into my gym who runs well and has decent hand-eye coordination, I’m going to work with her as much as she wants to help her develop her skills. That 5-9 girl who understands everything that’s going on but isn’t really quick enough to defend on the perimeter is still going to get my attention, but I owe it to my program to see just how good the 6-1 girl can be. And what that means is I’m going to give her chance after chance, just as your coach is going to give that tall, strong,

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fast athlete chance after chance. The return on the investment of coaching time and coaching energy into a potential star is exactly the same as paying rookies big signing bonuses — things may not work out as you hope, but the reward is well worth the risk. One of the unfortunate aspects of sports is that it reinforces the old “life isn’t fair” complaint, but then again, since life really isn’t fair (why wasn’t I born as handsome as Brad Pitt and as athletic as LeBron James?), we all need to maximize what gifts we have and live up to whatever our potential might be. The tall strong fast kid may never figure out how to play and may never acquire the skills he needs to excel because just like everyone, he has inherent limitations he simply may not be able to overcome. In the end, your production could easily be more important than his potential — but at the high school level, potential generally has the upper hand because if the light goes on for a natural athlete, the whole team gets better in a hurry. ✪

Clay Kallam is an assistant athletic director and girls varsity basketball coach at Bentley High in Lafayette. To submit a question for Behind the Clipboard, email him at clayk@ fullcourt.com

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

All Star Academy of Baseball All-Star Academy in Santa Clara features a 17,000-square foot indoor and outdoor training facility that is home to a variety of instructional programs designed to develop the total player. ASA offers All Skills Camps for ages 7-12, and Summer Boot Camps for 12 & under, middle school, high school competitive athletes. Info: 650-961-2255; www. asabaseball.com EJ Sports EJ Sports provides positive, instructive baseball programs that includes camps, teams, conditioning clinics for ages 7-18. We provide an exciting, bullyfree environment to help players improve athletically and build confidence. Our instructors possess the capability to teach concepts and relate to youth based on their comprehension level and athletic ability. Our staff consists of qualified coaches dedicated to improving and continually learning newest techniques in baseball. Info: 925-866-7199, www. ejsports.com. Total Player Center The Total Player Centeris a full-service baseball/ softball training academy. We provide comprehensive, fully-integrated programs that evolve based on the best research and information in areas from health/safety, peak performance, education techniques and more. Age- and skill-specific programs available for ages 8-18. Info: 925-416-1600, www. thepitchingcenter.com.

BASKETBALL

All Out Sports League Our camps are geared toward teaching fundamentals. Every aspect is covered: dribbling, shooting, layups, passing, cross-overs, defense, help defense, boxing out and more. Camps open to boys, girls ages 6-16. Info: 925-203-5636 or www.allout-

sportsleague.com Hawk Basketball Academy We focus on skill development, challenging the individual to push themselves to become the very best. Focusing on: footwork, dribbling, proper shooting technique, reaching your highest level of performance, improving your mental game, preparing for CYO, high school and AAU. Info: 510-943-9252, facebook.com/hawkbasketballacademy. I’m Possible Training (Mike Allen) Whether you’re beginner or on varsity, this program will help you excel. Improve ball-handling, footwork, shooting, overall fitness. I’m Possible is a world-renowned basketball program authored by NBA skills coach Micah Lancaster. Mike Allen, head trainer for the Bay Area located in Los Gatos, runs clinics for athletes of all levels from pros to AAU and high school. By registering, you can download the program, which lists a library of drills. Info: 408224-8503 or email mikeallen@possibletraining.com, www.possibletraining.com/mikeallen

CHEER

CheerGyms.com Customize our clinics to fit your needs. Cheergyms. com runs the best overnight residential camps. We offer practical, fun material and professional, knowledgeable staff. Camps do not exceed 375 cheerleaders with one staff member fore every 15 cheerleaders. Two-day camps also available. Private camps allow you to pick the hours, decide what they will learn. Camps also available for coaches. Intense Training Camps let you can pick one specific thing to work on for just $10 per student per hour. Info: morton@cheergyms.com, 925-685-8176, www.cheergyms.com

ENRICHMENT

Dianne Adair Programs Come join any of our eight summer sites for our fun

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and exciting summer program. Each week campers choose from several camps including sports, fashion, drama, CSI, science and more. In addition to weekly camps, we have weekly field trips to places like an A’s or Giants game, museums, the Jelly Belly Factory, Six Flags, the pool, the movies, parks and the zoo. Field trips and camps vary by site. Offers, rates may vary at any of our nine locations. Info: www.dianneadair.org.

FITNESS

Fit2TheCore As a Youth Conditioning, Speed/Agility and Nutrition Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, Fit-2 The Core Training Systems offers innovative approach to getting athletes back on the field. We work on a solid athletic foundation while focusing on individual progress. Instruction in movement training, injury reduction, linear/lateral speed development, foot speed and agility, power development, proper weight training techniques and functional strength training. Athletes are closely supervised, with attention on proper technique, safety. We offer 2 days/week or 3 days/week program options. Free two-week free pass. Info: www.fasteryoungathletes.com, 925-639-0907. Renaissance ClubSport We offer sports, speciality camps for kids 5-12 during school breaks. Participants have funfilled, active breaks as they receive instruction in a variety of sports, activities and projects. Working parents can take advantage of our extended hours for both morning and afternoon sessions. Families with multiple children receive 10 percent discount for each additional sibling registered for the same week. Info:

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925-942-6344. Trucks Training Trucks Training was started by people who grew up in the area, experienced the world and came back to provide a service that we feel our community lacks. We have proven records and know what it takes to achieve the next level of sports & fitness safely and effectively. Hometown feel from true hometown people. We offer 1-on-1, group and small group training for both fitness and sportspecific needs. Info: truckstraining.com; 925756-7321

FOOTBALL

All Out Sports League Camps held in Antioch and Clayton. Our four day non-contact camp teaches every position on the football field and are geared toward the fundamentals. Every aspect is covered: blocking, tackling, running, defense, offense, special teams and more. Camps are open to boys, girls ages 6-16. Info: 925-203-5636, www.alloutsportsleague.com

GOLF

The First Tee-Contra Costa The First Tee Summer Camp is a youth development program for boys, girls ages 7-18. Participants will learn about golf and life skills and values inherent to the game. We have offerings at courses in Antioch, Concord, Martinez and Walnut Creek. Fee assistance available. Info: Angela Paradise, 925-686-6262, Ext. 0, www.thefirstteecontracosta.org.

GYMNASTICS

East Bay Sports Academy Day camps offer the best in gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling. Half-day and full-day camps for girls, boys ages 5 and up

for both recreational and competitive athletes. Our 13,000 square foot facility has the newest equipment, including the brand new superbouncy, safety-rated Weller Spring Floor, which is the largest in the world. Gymnastics & cheerleading camps: August 5-8, August 12-15. East Bay All-Stars Cheerleading also private minicamps and clinics for all kinds of cheerleading. Info: www.eastbaysportsacademy.com, 925-680-9999 .

MULTI-SPORT

Cabernet Indoor Sports The Livermore-based club is home to training and recreational leagues in baseball and other sports — including football, soccer, futsal, softball and lacrosse. Lil’ Baseball offered for ages 3-7. Info: 925-416-1600, www.cabernetindoorsports.com Real Neal Sports Real Neal Sports is a sports performance program that teaches speed and conditioning, improves overall movement and athleticism, and is dedicated to building overall athletes and committed sports programs. Mike Neal works on your athlete’s performance through weight training, agility exercises, plyometrics, flexibility, proper movement and running mechanics that will essentially improve their all around performance. The best part is, he comes to you. Mike will train you on your home field. Info: 925-237-0163 www.real nealsports.com

OUTDOOR/ADVENTURE

Bear Valley Mountain Outdoor adventures including kayaking, tennis, cycling, hiking, camp fires and more. Soccer (ages 9-16); archery (9-adult); teen climbing and Bear Valley’s Day Camps for

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ages 3-18 provide mountain fun. Eight-week, weeklong and day camps. Every camper will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of mountain activities including: rock climbing, sailing, canoeing, hiking, swimming, disc golf, art and crafts, kayaking, biking, wilderness adventures and more. Info: www. bearvalley.com. Diablo Rock Gym Offering kids summer camps every week June-August. Ages 6-17; multiple kid and/or week discounts. Info: 925-602-1000. Epic Indoor Skatepark Skateboard and scooter camps available in November. Only $250 for a week or $50 per day. Skateboard deck or scooter grips included with a full week of camp. Lunch and snack provided. Info: www.epicindoorskate.com.

Heritage camps focuses on learning new skills and honing existing ones. Compete in small-sided games and camp tournaments. Camp also includes keeper and striker training, conditioning, nutrition and developing your mental game. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Info: www.HeritageSC.com West Coast Soccer Programs designed to bring professional experience and guidance to youth players across Northern California. The WCS coaching staff has created a curriculum to build the necessary foundation for your child to continue to grow. WCS camps, clinics and training programs create an environment that encourages experimentation and a passion for the game. Info: www.westcoastsoccerclub.com

RUGBY

Diablo Rugby Youth rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Based in Clayton, our club is dedicated to providing a positive rugby experience for boys at high school, jr. high and youth levels. Info: 925-3815143, http://diabloyouthrugby.clubspaces.com.

SOFTBALL

Pickles Softball Pickles Softball is based on helping your athlete become a better pitcher or catcher. Pickles Softball is dedicated to the whole athlete and you will find that our instruction will go beyond the basic mechanics of pitching or catching and into what it takes to be a successful on and off the field. We work with athletes from ages 8-22 and no matter the age or skill level, we will help your athlete find success and self-confidence. Info: 925-413-8432 www.picklessoftball.com

SOCCER

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SWIMMING-DIVING

Sherman Swim School Our year-round schedule allows children and adults to learn, retain and improve their swim skills. We teach from age 9 months to adults, from non-swimmers to competitive. Our private or semi-private lessons allow you to progress at your pace. We also offer beginning and competitive diving classes. Info: 925-283-2100, www.ShermanSwim.com.

TENNIS

ClubSport Valley Vista Our camps are designed so that we touch on every major aspect of the game: stroke production, conditioning, strategy, footwork and psychology. Our low prices help make summer camp more affordable than ever. Eight sessions offered between June 17 and Aug. 16 geared toward players ages 7–16 from beginner to intermediate levels. ClubSport Valley Vista members receive discounted rates. Info: 925934-4050.

VOLLEYBALL

Bay Area Blast Summer Clinics Offering summer skills clinics for players of all ages, skill levels at NorCal Courts in Martinez. Morning clinics for 6th-8th grade girls and boys or players who are beginner/intermediate level. Evening clinics for 9th-12th grade girls and boys or players who are intermediate/advanced level. Info: www. bayareablast.com/summerclinics.html City Beach The City Beach volleyball club is based out of Santa Clara and has achieved a vast amount of national success while sending an array of athletes to the college level. The club offers summer camps and clinics. Info: CityBeach.ClubSpaces.com Pacific Rim Volleyball Through private lessons and opportunity for yearround skills classes, athletes of any age or level can learn and improve the skills to gain a competitive edge. For athletes with limited experience, we help develop solid fundamentals. Our advanced training, for junior levels (12th grade & below) will provide

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athletes opportunity to excel at becoming elite players in preparation for high school and/or collegiate volleyball. Info: www.pacificrimvolleyball.com. U.S. Youth Volleyball League Camps are for beginner, intermediate, advanced players for boys, girls. We have a player-to-coach ratio of 8:1. Focus on spiking, serving, setting, passing, blocking, defense, offense and game strategy. Six-, four- and two-person formats allow kids to play in every position. Registration fee includes a T-shirt, completion certificate, snacks and water. Info: 888988-7985, www.USYVL.org.

WRESTLING

Community Youth Center Offers young athletes opportunity to participate and excel in one of the world’s oldest sports. The program trains, challenges wrestlers at all age groups from kindergarten through high school, and all experience levels. The program is nationally recognized under the guidance of coach Mark Halvorson. Info: 925-671-7070, Ext. 229, www.communityyouthcenter.com.

MULTI-SPORT

City Beach Kids Camp Camps in Fremont for ages 6-15 and are chockfull of activities, including rock climbing, interactive games, free play at the entertainment hub and courts (based upon availability). Camps are offered in 1-, 3- and 5-day session (w/ full- and half-day options) and run until Aug. 30. 510-651-2500 x105. East Bay Youth Sports Association Year-round, full-service youth sports organization dedicated to growth, development of character, sportsmanship, confidence, teamwork, ability and fun. Family friendly schedules and a relaxed, enjoyment of sports in a less-than-competitive atmosphere that offers both the player and their families the best that youth sports can offer. Our camps schedule includes spring break camps for ages 5-12 and summer camps for ages 5-14. Info: www.eastbay summercamps.com. ✪

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