Sports Briefs 08/29/2014


Ocean Pines is offering a Pickleball Clinic on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m.; beginning Sept. 3 for four weeks.

This clinic is a family-friendly course for beginners. All equipment is provided at no additional charge. The clinic will be held at the Racquet Complex in Ocean Pines.

This increasingly popular sport is a cross between ping pong, badminton and tennis. The cost is $15 per person.

The clinic is being taught by local Pickleball enthusiasts Frank Creamer and Julie Woulfe.

Call the Ocean Pines Community Center at  410-641-7052 to register and pay by phone.  The Community Center is also open seven days a week for walk-in registration.


The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will once again be offering an adult Kickball League this fall. Games will be played on the Fourth Street field. It is a co-rec league for adults 18 and older.

League games will be played on Tuesday nights and the league will start Sept. 23. It runs until the middle of November. Game times will be 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and if needed, 9 p.m.   League fee is $300 per team.

There is a maximum of 10 players per team. There will be a team representatives meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Northside Park on 125th Street at 6 p.m. For more information, can 410-250-0125.

Boating course

The Ocean City Power Squadron will present the all new America’s Boating Course at the Worcester County Library, Ocean Pines Branch, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the first class at 7 p.m. the same evening. This is an eight-hour course, 7-9 p.m. each evening.

Anyone born after July 1, 1972 must satisfactorily complete a safe boating class to operate a recreational vessel or personal watercraft in Maryland. This course covers basic boat handling, navigation, federal and state regulations, rules of the road, aids to navigation, required equipment.

Students successfully completing this course may be eligible for six months free membership in the Ocean City Power Squadron.

This course is free. There is a nominal charge for course materials. Call 410-726-1509 or 410-641-6535 or 410-641-8940 for advance registration information. Visit  for more information on upcoming courses and dates.

 Youth soccer, basketball

Worcester County Recreation and Parks kicks off the Youth Outdoor Soccer and Fall Youth Basketball Leagues on Saturday, Sept. 6. Soccer is open to children ages 3 through 8th grade. Basketball is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The Youth Outdoor Soccer League will include five age divisions (age 3-4, grades K-1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8), and all divisions are co-ed. The age 3-4 division will play Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. The K-1 division will play Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. The grades 2-3 division will meet Monday evenings and Saturday late mornings. The grades 4-5 division will play on Monday evenings and Saturday early afternoons and the grades 6-8 division will play on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Teams from each town will be formed and will travel to the three following locations: John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill, Newtown Park in Pocomoke and Northern Worcester Athletic Complex in Berlin. Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 4.

The Fall Youth Basketball League will consist of three divisions: grades K-1 (co-ed), grades 2-4 (co-ed), and grades 5-8 (co-ed). The league will take place every Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6-Nov. 15, at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The cost for each program is $25 per player ($20 for each additional child), and financial aid is available for those who have demonstrated need. Proof of eligibility is required. A participant whose registration is received after the deadline may not have the request met for certain teams or coaches. An additional $5 will be applied to those who register after the deadline.

For more information, call 410-632-2144 or email

Golf tournament

The second annual “Tee off for Youth” Golf Tournament, sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 166 to benefit youth recreation in Worcester County will take place Friday, Oct. 10, at the Bay Club, located at 9122 Libertytown Road in Berlin. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and play will start at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament entry fee is $65 per golfer for Worcester County employees, Bay Club and American Legion Post 1669 members and $75 per golfer for all others. Each participant will receive 18 holes of golf, cart fee, goodie bag, meal and prizes.

Holes can be sponsored for $100, and donations by area businesses to make the fundraiser a success are welcomed by the American Legion Riders Post 166.

All proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Worcester County Recreation & Parks Youth Scholarship Fund (75 percent) as well as the American Legion Riders Post 166 charities. The American Legion Riders’ charitable works include donations and proceeds to benefit local children’s hospitals, schools, veteran homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. The WCRP scholarship fund will help provide funding of registration fees for youth programs, leagues, after school activities and summer camps for youth and families who are otherwise unable to afford these services.

Registration forms and payment can be dropped off or mailed to the American Legion Post 166 at 321 Schooner Lane, Berlin, Md. 21811. For more information or to get a registration/hole sponsorship form, email or contact Legion Rider member John Granite at 302-494-7499. Visit for more information or to download a registration/hole sponsorship form.

Youth volleyball

The Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department has partnered with Delaware Volleyball Academy to offer two six-week programs. This co-rec clinic is open to youth in 4th-9th grades and will run on Sundays this fall.

Young athletes can expect to learn motor skills, hand-eye coordination, conditioning and the fundamentals of volleyball including serving, passing, defense, hitting and serve-receive for the older groups. The first fall section will run Sept. 14–Oct. 19. It will be held on Sundays at Northside Park Recreation Complex. Children in 4th-6th grades will play from 4-5 p.m., while those in 7th-9th grades will play from 5-6 p.m.

The cost is $45 for Ocean City residents and $55 for non-residents. For questions or more information, contact Lynda Brittingham at 410-520-5180 or

A second fall session of the clinic will be offered Oct. 26–Dec. 7.

Youth Volleyball League is just one of more than 100 classes, programs and events that OCRP offers residents and visitors. A complete guide can be found at, under Recreation and Parks/Recreation Programs.









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