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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Baseball

- The CC Shockers Traveling USSSA baseball blue team (14-and-under AAA) and the gray team (13-and-under AA) have openings for pitchers. Applicants must purchase uniforms. If you are interested in trying out for the blue team, contact Sheila Weaver at (706) 592-4445, or for the gray team, contact coach Lee Solt at (706) 513-4347 or Tonya Malcom at (706) 589-4766.

- The USSSA baseball umpires clinic will be held Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Citizens Park 2 in Aiken, S.C. All umpires interested in officiating USSSA baseball in 2007 are encouraged to attend. Cost is $60, which includes the $50 certification fee for 2007. For more information, call Dale Roberts at (803) 642-6381 or e-mail vdaleroberts@aol.com, or e-mail Jack Curry at curr1107@bellsouth.net.

- The Augusta Baseball Umpires Association is actively recruiting umpires for the 2007 high school season. Umpiring experience (Little League, recreation, etc.) is a plus. Both classroom and on-field training will be provided. For further details, contact Secretary Frank Harast at (706) 210-1412.

- Midland Valley Recreation will hold baseball and softball registration for age 4 to 15 on Feb. 10 and Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Professional baseball instruction in hitting, infield and outfield play are available, as well as private, group sessions and team practices. For more information, call Fernando Mickens at (706) 951-6222.

- Atomic City Sports will host the USSSA baseball Battle of Aiken Feb. 23-25 at Citizens Park. The tournament is open to teams 8-16 and under. For more information, call Dale Roberts at (803) 642-6381.

- Atomic City Sports will hold a baseball umpires clinic Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Citizens Park. USSSA State UIC James Smith will conduct the clinic. Cost is $60 and includes 2007 official registration. For more information, call (803) 642-6381.

- Atomic City Sports will host the USSSA baseball Pot O' Gold NIT March 16-18 at Citizens Park in Aiken. The tournament is open to all teams 8-16 and under. For more information, call Dale Roberts at (803) 642-6381.

Basketball

- The Harlem Globetrotters will play at James Brown Arena on March 21. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $16 and are available at the arena box office, by phone at (706) 828-7700, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit the team's Web site at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Fencing

- Registration is now open for a 10-week class in beginning foil fencing at the Augusta Fencers Club. The youth class for ages 10-14, which begins on Tuesday, meets Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m., while the adult class, which begins Jan. 18, meets Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Cost for the course is $150, and all competitive equipment is provided. Those interested should call (706) 722-8878 to register or for additional information.

Football

- The Georgia Ragin' Bulls minor league football team will hold tryouts Jan. 13 and Jan. 27 at Glenn Hills High School. Pre-registration is $40 and can be obtained by calling (706) 284-9108. The fee the day of tryouts will be $50. For more information, go to www.georgiaraginbulls.com.

- NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino will be the featured speaker at this year's Greater Augusta Sports Council's Annual sports awards gala, scheduled for Feb. 6. The 2005 inductee played 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, compiling the most seasons with 3,000 passing yards (13) and most career touchdown passes (420). In total, he set 20 NFL records during his career. Joining Marino in attendance will be 2006 Ray Guy Award winner Daniel Sepulveda, of Baylor University. To support the Greater Augusta Medal for Excellence in Sports awards, the Council will hold an auction of sports memorabilia. Items will be featured on the Council's Web site beginning Monday. The Council annually hosts the sports awards gala, which provides a platform to honor the area's top coaches and amateur athletes. Nominations for these awards are being accepted through Jan. 16. A nomination form, online voting and ticket information can be found at www.augustasportscouncil.org or by calling (706) 722-TEAM. The gala is open to the public.

Golf

- The Fore Everyone adaptive free clinic is held the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon at First Tee of Augusta. The clinic is designed to work on swing, stance and grip while putting, chipping, and driving for golfers with disabilities. For more information, call Judie Thompson at (706) 823-8691.

Hockey

- The AIHA Adult fall league starts Feb. 7 and runs through May 24. Registration deadline is Feb. 4. League play will be Wednesday and Thursday nights. For more information, call (706) 863-0061 or (803) 278-6345.

Rowing

- The Augusta Junior Rowing team will hold spring tryouts Monday through Wednesday, from 4-6:30 p.m. For more information, see the club's Web site at www.Augustarowingclub.org or call (706) 821-2875.

Rugby

- The Augusta Rugby Football Club practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at May Park. New players are welcome. For information, call Tony Martin at (803) 292-6278, or e-mail admartin@bellsouth.net.

Soccer

- The Columbia County Patriots Select program is looking for a few experienced female players for the Under-14 team to join the fall and spring season. Additionally, they are seeking experienced players for their U9 spring team.

Finally, the Patriots will begin a U6 Junior Academy Program beginning in January. Practices will be on Monday nights and games will be on Saturday mornings.

For more information, call (706) 312-7488 or go to www.patriotssoccer.org.

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