Although many of you may still be getting over the disappointment of such an abrupt end to summer, the fall sports season is already well under way, and coaches and organizers are gearing up for the indoor sports that will run through the winter. Below is a selection of some of the many organized activities to keep kids occupied during the winter months.
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Middle School basketball
Hood River and Wy’east middle school boys basketball programs begin Wednesday, Oct. 23. All participants should register through Hood River Community Education prior to the start of practice. Additionally, a parent meeting for the Wy’east team is Oct. 21, 5 p.m. at the school. Registration is limited so be sure to sign up as soon as possible if you want to play. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Holiday break youth hoops
Thanksgiving youth camp for kids grades 3-8 runs Nov. 25-27 at HRVHS and another Christmas break camp for the same age runs Jan. 2-4. Both camps are taught by HRVHS coaches and players with a focus on fun, skills, drills and scrimmages. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Youth basketball league
One of Hood River Community Education’s most popular youth programs, the youth basketball league, starts Dec. 3 and is open to players grades 3-6. The season consists of two practices per week and includes six Saturday games. Volunteers and coaches are also needed for this program. Practices will be at kids’ home gyms whenever possible. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Little Ballers youth hoops
For kids ages 3-4 and 5-6, this program teaches the very basics of basketball with the help of parents and coaches (parent participation is required). Dates run each Saturday from Oct. 26 to Nov. 23. Registration is limited at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Traveling basketball grades 5-8
Tryouts for boys and girls traveling hoops teams, for kids grades 5-8, will run Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, from 3-5 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Players should attend at least one of the two dates to be considered for a team, which will travel to games and tournaments starting in December and ending in February. Sign up at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Hood River Wrestling Club
Practices start Oct. 28 for the long-running Hood River Wrestling Club’s winter program. Classes include a beginners group that practices every Monday from 5:15-7:15 p.m., an intermediate and advanced class that practices Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and a middle school club that runs until the start of the middle school season in January. Kids and parents interested in checking out the program can show up and watch any of the classes listed above. For more details or to register, go to www.hoodriverwrestling.com
Middle School Wrestling
Hood River and Wy’east middle schools will field separate wrestling teams, with seasons starting in early January. Wrestlers must register through Community Education but will represent their respective teams as Eagles or Panthers. Coaches are professional and experienced and wrestlers will practice hard after school each day. The season will end with a development tournament for beginner wrestlers and regional and state tournaments for advanced wrestlers. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.
Wrestling at May Street
A one-day class specifically for May Street Elementary School students on Oct. 24, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The class will be fun and friendly and good for kids without wrestling experience. Register at hrcommunityed.org.
Cooper Spur Race Team
Cooper Spur Race Team is gearing up for another winter of fun and fast action on the slopes. CSRT offers programs for kids ages 5-15, ranging from fostering first-time racers to developing some of the fastest young rippers in the Northwest. New to CSRT is a FreeRide program offered this year for skiers ages 9-14 that focuses on park and pipe skiing, techniques and tricks.
For details on CSRT’s many programs or to register, go to cooperspurraceteam.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indoor lacrosse grades 5-12
Hood River Youth Lacrosse Club plays indoor box lacrosse through the winter Monday evenings starting Dec. 2 at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Fee is $80 for nine indoor games. For details see hoodriverlacrosse.com.
Columbia Gorge Table Tennis League
This group plays every Sunday, from 3-6 p.m. at the Hood River National Guard Station. The group is open to new members and includes players of all skill levels. For info see the league’s Facebook page.
Running Wednesday nights from Jan. 8-March 12, 7-9 p.m. at HRMS, this badminton course is open to players of all ages and includes instruction and playtime. Register at hrcommunityed.org