Baseball Factory will hold free tryouts for high school baseball players ages 14-18 on Aug. 4 at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. Players should report to the field at 1:30 p.m. for registration; tryouts will follow at 2.

Top players will be selected to play on one of Baseball Factory's national teams that will compete in the USABF World Series, Arizona Fall Classic and other tournaments. Through Baseball Factory's partnership with Team One, participants also will have the chance to qualify for a Team One Showcase.

Baseball Factory's staff of professional scouts, former professional players and former college coaches will evaluate players on speed, defense, pitching, hitting and arm strength.

Players and parents also will have the opportunity to participate in a college recruiting question-and-answer session.

For information, call 800-641-4487. Players must confirm attendance with Baseball Factory prior to the event.


Tryouts for the Baltimore Burn of the National Women's Football Association will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Druid Hill Park football field. Tryouts will include a timed 40-yard dash, shuttle drill and other football-related activities. All women trying out must be at least 18 years old and must provide copies of a photo ID and their health insurance card. The tryout cost is $35.

Martial Arts

Anne Arundel Community College and the Annapolis Kendo Iaido Club will host more than 50 competitors from five states at the third annual Kendo tournament and seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Jenkins Gymnasium at the college's Arnold campus.

Kendo involves stylized swordplay using bamboo sticks as swords. Participants wear armor, including special suits, a headpiece, gloves and chest and hip protectors. Admission is free.

AACC has offered noncredit Kendo courses since 1999. For information, call 410-777-2325. Call disability support services, at 410-777-2307 or Maryland Relay 711, at least 72 hours in advance to request special accommodations.