FOOTBALL

HERNDON OPTIMIST YOUTH FOOTBALL: Registration for the 2004 season is still in progress. Boys and girls, ages 7-16, may register on line at www.herndonoptimist.org. Walk-up registration will take place at the Herndon Middle School field Monday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. Practices started Monday. For more information, check the Web site or call (703) 318-7529.

SOCCER

U-19 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The LMVSA Patriots (WAGS Division 2), a team based in the Hayfield/Alexandria/Springfield area, still have an opening for a skilled field player. Contact Coach Rodgers at (703) 922-7999 or patriotmlr@aol.com.

U-17 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The Alexandria Avalanche, a WAGS team, is looking to fill a couple of openings for the fall season. This is a year-round program with accommodations made for multi-sport athletes. The coach of the Avalanche is nationally licensed with 15 years experience coaching soccer at the club and high school levels. Players born after July 31, 1987 who are interested should contact Coach Joe Easton at eastonjj@aol.com.

U-16 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The LMVSA Patriots White team, a rising U-16 travel squad, is looking to add a couple players to its roster for the Fall 2004 Season. The Patriots have a year-round program that includes summer training, tournament play, league games, team activities and winter league/training. Interested players must be born on or after Aug. 1, 1988. The Patriots practice and train in the Dale City/Woodbridge area. For information, contact Patriots manager Giannina Melgar at (571) 330-1816 or gmelgar78@hotmail.com.

U-15 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The ODSL Division 1 McLean Mambas will hold tryouts on Aug. 19, 23, 26 and 30 at Springhill Recreation Center Field No. 3. Practices are held in McLean on Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call Coach Joel Kanter at (703) 626-4073.

U-14 BOYS' TRYOUTS: The VYS Vipers, an established boys' travel team that has played together for four seasons, have limited openings for the Fall 2004 season. Interested players should contact Coach John Zolper at (703) 319-1592 or jzolper@darpa.mil. Tryouts are ongoing at Lakevale Clubhouse field in Vienna.

U-14 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The FPYC Hotshots, an ODSL travel team, are looking for additional players at all positions. On-going tryouts will be held on Wednesdays in August from 6-7 p.m. at Providence Park in Fairfax City. Please contact coach John DeOrnellas for more information at jdeorn1@msn.com or (703) 352-5601.

U-14 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The Herndon Stingers (WAGS Division 1) will hold ongoing tryouts through the Fall 2004 season. The team is coached by Jac Cicala, the Centreville High boys' coach and former George Mason women's coach. If interested, contact Jim Sinkovic at (703) 450-4620 or e-mail jjca@verizon.net.

U-14 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The LRSC Lightning (U-15 in Fall 2004), which started Spring League play 7-1 with 27 goals, seeks players for the fall and spring, FIFA's sanctioned Futsal game in the winter and both Sand Soccer and Futsal in the summer. Interested players are invited to practice with the team. For more information, contact Jack Wall at (703) 969-0172 or jwall@crosslink.net.

U-13 BOYS' TRYOUTS: The Fall 2004 ABGC Red Devils are interested in adding some players and invite interested players to come to regularly scheduled practices. The Red Devils practice at Mason District Park in Annandale on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. For more information contact assistant coach Peter Guidry at (703) 799-2482 or Dave Doeden, the team manager, at (703) 642-2754.

U-13 BOYS' TRYOUTS: The BRYC Blue Jays, a travel team, are holding ongoing tryouts. The Blue Jays will be U-14 in the fall. The team is coached by a former European professional player. For more information, call (703) 395-9561 and ask for Tab Bradshaw.

U-13 BOYS' TRYOUTS: Cugini Soccer's Perugia '91 U-13 boys' travel team is conducting tryouts for the Fall season on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Baron Cameron Park, Field No. 1. The team is trained by Cugini Founder Fabio Diletti, a former semi-professional player in Italy. Only players who are interested in a year-round program should attend tryouts. For more information visit www.cuginisoccer.com/

generic48.html or contact Diletti at (703) 450-5956 or president@cuginisoccer.com, or Rafael Hernandez at neca2004@netzero.com.

U-12 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The Braddock Road Youth Club Azul, a WAGS Division 1 team, is looking for field players and a full-time keeper. The team is coached by Karen Parker, who has more than 10 years experience coaching top level teams in Northern Virginia. Azul trains year round. Tryouts are held throughout the year. Contact Coach Karen at (703) 587-9138 or e-mail YorkParker@aol.com for more information. You may also visit www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=azul.

U-11 BOYS' TRYOUTS: The Gunston Gunners, an all-volunteer team in the NCSL, are holding open tryouts throughout the summer for the 2004-2005 season (players born after Aug. 1, 1993). The team practices in the Mount Vernon area and is coached by Jose Galdos and Patrick DaCosta. Please visit www.eteamz.com/gsc-ta93/ for more information. To schedule a tryout, contact Coach Jose at (703) 660-2326 or galdos7@aol.com or Coach Patrick at (703) 360-7997 or patro93@att.net.

U-11 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The Alexandria Strikers, a rising U-11 WAGS team (girls born between Aug. 1, 1993 and July 31, 1994), are looking to add one or two players to their roster. For more information, send inquiries to jennakman@yahoo.com.

U-11 GIRLS' TRYOUTS: The LMVSA Patriots (WAGS), a team based in the Hayfield/Alexandria/Springfield area, still have a couple positions to fill. If interested, contact Coach Rodgers at (703) 922-7999 or patriotmlr@aol.com.

CUGINI SOCCER CLUB: Cugini Soccer Club of Reston is accepting registrations from players ages 4-9 for the club's recreational house league. All players receive professional instruction for three hours each week. Practices are Mondays and Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. starting Sept. 10. Games are Saturday mornings at Baron Cameron Park in Reston. For registration forms, go to www.cuginisoccer.com/generic.18.html. If you have questions, e-mail info@cuginisoccer.com or call (866) 792-9433.

SOFTBALL

18-&-UNDER TRYOUTS: The 18-and-under Stingrays are holding tryouts on Saturday and Sunday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Rutherford Park Field No. 2. Visit www.brycsoftball.org for directions and e-mail GKozy@aol.com if you are interested. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Jim Pendergast at (703) 569-1466 or at BRYCSoftballJim@aol.com.

16-&-UNDER TRYOUTS: The South County Cardinals are holding tryouts on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. and by special appointment. To arrange a special appointment or get more information about the team, contact Ed Gregorowicz at (703) 643-0255 or e-mail EVGLAW@aol.com.

16-&-UNDER TRYOUTS: The XPlosion 16-and-under softball team, coached by Dan Craig, will hold tryouts at Mott Field on Aug. 21 and 28 from 3-6 p.m. and on Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. The Xplosion was the 2004 PONY National Champion in the 14-and-under division and is moving up to the 16-and-under level this year. For more information, visit www.explosionfastpitch.org or contact Dan Craig at (703) 368-0495.14-&-UNDER TRYOUTS: The 14-and-under Blue Jays will hold tryouts for the 2004-2005 season on Aug. 22 and 28 from 4-6 p.m. at West Springfield High. For more information, contact Coach Dave Marco at dave.marco@mci.com or call (703) 250-3818.

14-&-UNDER TRYOUTS: The Xplosion Red Fastptich team will hold tryouts for the 2004-05 season at Centreville High on Saturday and Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Rich Ferrick at (703) 631-2543 or Ed Morton at (703) 266-9295 or BMorton@ansonindustries.com.

BRYC: Fall registration for BRYC Softball will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Kings Park Library. You may also register online at www.brycsoftball.org through August. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Jim Pendergast at (703) 569-1466 or BRYCSoftballJim@aol.com.

CYA FASTPITCH: The CYA girls' fastpitch softball program will be holding tryouts for its Chantilly Lace 10-and-under fall softball travel team. The goal will be to mix league play and tournament play. Any girl born on or after Jan 2, 1993 can tryout. Tryouts will be held Aug. 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at Franklin Farm Park in Chantilly. E-mail questions to Richard Levin at LevinFamily@Verizon.net.

VGSL: Mail-in registration forms for the fall season of the Vienna Girls Softball League are available at www.vgsl.org and in the lobby of the Vienna Community Center. Coach pitch, 10-and-under, 12-and-under and 13-and-over divisions are offered. All games will be on Saturdays, from Sept. 18 through Nov. 6. Registrations postmarked after Sept. 6 require a late fee and placement on a team cannot be guaranteed. For more information, e-mail vgslsoftball@yahoo.com or contact Gary Seigel at (703) 255-0387.

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