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SYA Spring Registration is now available online at www.syasports.org. SYA offers the following spring sports: Babe Ruth baseball, Little League baseball, T-ball, travel baseball, soccer, travel soccer, track and field, softball, lacrosse and volleyball. Register early in order to ensure placement on a team. Refer to the Web site or contact the SYA Office at syaboard@verizon.net.

The 5th Annual Bulldog Bash Holiday Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Dec. 26-30. All games will be played at Westfield High School, Chantilly. In addition to the girls' field of eight teams, the Bash will feature a boys' bracket of eight as well. The boys field will include teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Schedule information is available at www.bulldogbashtournament.com

The Loudoun Freedom AAU girls basketball organization will hold tryouts in Spring 2007 for girls basketball teams in the following age groups: U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, and U16. Tryouts will be held in late February or early March. Look for details as Spring 2007 approaches. The organization will also be in need of quality coaches for these teams. Contact Michael Turner at 703-303-0808 (cell) or michaelturner@aol.com. See www.loudounfreedom.com.

The 14th annual Pohanka Chantilly Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament will take place Dec. 27-29 at Chantilly High School. Sixteen teams from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina will be competing in basketball. Proceeds support the Chantilly Sports Boosters and benefit all high school sports programs. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children for a day pass. There will be a 3-Point Shoot Out daily, along with Damon's Fan of the Game Gift Certificate drawing.

Games begin at 9 a.m. daily followed by game-times of 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 2:15, 4, 5:45, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Call the Charger hot-line 703-448-4909 for bracket information. Individual and corporate sponsors are welcome and encouraged to call Wayne VanOster, co-director at 703-368-0327.

Bull Run Runners will host the first Annual 5K run on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. through the Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The run will benefit Matthew's Center for Visual Learning — a school for autism and brain trauma. The center helps to transform children with autism by bringing them out of their shells. Register on-line at www.bullrunrunners.com or print a registration form off the Web site and mail to Bull Run Runners, P.O. Box 222, Centreville, VA 20122. Interested volunteers can e-mail bullrunrunners@gmail.com. Donations can be made on the Web site or though the mail.

Team registrations are now being accepted for the Seventh Annual Women's Indoor Field Hockey Extravaganza Tournament scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 in Hampstead, Md. Competition will be offered for the following age levels, Under 12 and Under 14 Middle School and Under 16 JV and Under 18 Varsity High School. The tournament will feature round-robin competition, with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three (24 min.) games. The team registration fee is $265. The deadline for registration is Dec. 31. Registration forms, rules and regulations are available on the Extravaganza's page located under field hockey at www.usamateursports.com. Contact Skip Apple at 410-363-8610 or e-mail usamateursports@aol.com.

Westfield Rattlers U-14 Baseball Travel Team is seeking individuals for the spring/summer 2007 season. Opportunity for committed, experienced players who have aspirations to play in high school. Emphasis on improving players skills, team play and focus under positive atmosphere and experienced coaching. Winter off-season indoor conditioning will be held twice a week until season begins in March. Contact Alex Callas 703-968-4918 email acallas@cf18lo.com Tom Lawall 703-222-9822 email Thomaslawall@aol.com.

SYA Fire, U-16 NCSL D3 is seeking experienced field and GK players for winter training and the Spring 2007 season. Looking for committed individuals who also enjoy an atmosphere that emphasizes team strategy, conditioning and smart play. During the winter off-season there will be indoor team training as indoor leagues. The team will practice only one day per week during the Spring 2007 NCSL season (in addition to weekend league games) and will participate in 2-3 tournaments. Contact SYA Fire Coach Brian Cochran at bcochran13@cox.net. See also www.syasoccer.org.

The U16 WAGS D3 SYA Strikers, 2005 Virginia State Cup Quarterfinalist, seeks to secure a hard-working, aggressive goalkeeper. The Strikers' current roster includes JV/Varsity players from Centreville, Westfield, Chantilly, Robinson, Stone Bridge and Battlefield high schools. Contact Coach Glenn Cornell at frcornell@earthlink.net or call 540-631-0090 (home).

The ODFC Thunder (U15G, located in South Riding) is currently looking for quality players to compliment the roster for the Fall 2006 season. The Thunder is professionally trained by Soccer Performance International (SPI) and trains roughly eight months out of the year. Winter training includes indoor soccer and futsal. In addition to striving for success on the field, the Thunder family also enjoys their friendships off the field as well, with pool parties, paintball, field trips and much more. Contact Coach Jack Tenshaw (jtenshaw@adelphia.net) and check out at www.leaguelineup.com/odfcthunder.

RISING U17B - Division 1 NCSL team - Premier AC Rangers 89 - continues to seek serious players in all positions, including GK for their team. This team competes at the highest levels year-round; this is the showcase year for players interested in exposure for collegiate level play. Interested players should contact Coach Shaban at 703-724-9451 or 703-901-7023 or sshaban@aol.com.

BRYC NV United (playing as U14G in ODSL) is looking for players for the fall season. They practice at Pine Ridge Park, Annandale and are looking for players who have a love for the game and who want to learn. Players and parents must commit to attending practice two times a week (a third practice is sometimes added) and games on the weekend. They participate in two to three tournaments a season and offer winter training. The coach holds a "D" license and works on tactics, movement, rhythm and teamwork. Additional information can be found on the team Web site http://eteamz.active.com/nvunited/. Contact team manager Ella Patel at epatel@cox.net or Coach Shailesh Patel at spatel@cns-inc.com or 703-216-8666.