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Summer Sports Camps Enjoy Smooth Start


The Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department has begun its 2014 summer sports camps which began with track and field, soccer and baseball and softball camp last week, Youngsters can sign up for any of the camps at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center, 100 Riverside Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first 300 youth to sign up will receive a free T-shirt. All youth must sign-up at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center before they are allowed to participate in any Parks and Recreation Department sponsored sports camp.

For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 393-1980 or check out its Facebook page at “Ogdensburg City Recreation.”2014 SPORTS CAMPS

GIRLS’/BOYS’ BASKETBALL: The annual Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp for grades K-8 at OFA will be held from July 21-25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Skill development will be stressed including fundamentals in passing, dribbling and shooting. Intramural games will be held. Fee is $25.

FOOTBALL: Staff will conduct the 21st annual Football Skills Camp. The camp will run from July 14-18 from 6-7:30 p.m. for youth ages 6-16 at Montroy Park. The camp will include: daily warm-up exercises, non-contact drills, running, ball handling, carrying, throwing/receiving, blocking and tackling, punting, kicking and field instruction. All campers will be instructed in flexibility, quickness and agility conditioning. Cost is $25 per session.

CHEERLEADING CAMP: Jackie Pinkerton will conduct the 16th annual Cheerleading Camp for girls’ ages 4-12. Ages 4-7 will go from July 14-18 while ages 8-12 will participate July 28-Aug. 1 from 1-3 p.m. at the Lockwood Arena. Cheerleading is an integral part of sports teams’ success. Fee is $25.

GYMNASTICS - Jackie Pinkerton will conduct gymnastics for boys and girls, ages 4-12, at Kennedy Elementary School July July 21-25. Ages 4-6 will go from 1-2:30 p.m. and ages 7-12 will run from 2:30-4 p.m. Activities include pommel horse, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The fee is $25.

HOCKEY: OFA Varsity Hockey coach Jon Frederick will direct an off-ice hockey camp at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center for youths 6-12 on Aug. 4-8 from 9-11 a.m. Camp will include off-ice training, conditioning, shooting, face-offs and small games. There will be contests in the following categories: most accurate shooter, fastest stick handler in obstacle course. Cost is $25.

SOCCER: Recreation staff will offer instruction in all phases of this sport at Montroy Park. Boys and girls ages 4-15 can enhance skills through small group instruction and intramural games. The second session for ages 8-15 will run July 7-11 from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $25.

BOYS’/GIRLS’ LACROSSE : The 9th annual camp, for boys and girls ages 6-15 will stress the development of lacrosse skills including: passing, catching, attack, defense and goaltending. Those participating in this camp should have lacrosse sticks, gloves and helmets. Held at Montroy Park from July 14-18 from 9-11 a.m. Fee is $25.

WRESTLING: Wrestling Technique Camp will include daily warm ups and conditioning exercises, escapes, reversals, take downs and pinning combinations. There will be a mini tournament on Friday. No wrestling experience necessary. The camp promotes self - esteem and good sportsmanship. Instructors: Ricky Ledwith and staff. The camp is for youths 5-18 from July 28-Aug. 1 at the Lockwood Arena from 6-7:30 p.m. Fee is $25.

VOLLEYBALL: Staff will be conducting a week long volleyball camp for children entering grades 3-9. We will work on basic skills such as passing, serving, setting and spiking. The children will also learn the different positions on the court and the rules of the game. The camp, for youth in grades 3-9, will run July 7-11 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lockwood Arena. Fee is $25.

INFANT/TODDLER SWIM: This aquatic program has been developed to acquaint infants and toddlers ages 6-months to 4 years old to the water and as an introduction to the pre-school aquatics programs.

Its goal is to make the children comfortable in and around water and introduce some safety skills.

The swimming companion will be taught how to utilize various holds and techniques to help the child get acclimated to the pool.

There will be two swim instructors conducting classes and helping all the participants.

Requirement: parent, guardian, babysitter or responsible adult must be willing to accompany child in the water. The swim will be held Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to noon July 3-26 at the municipal pool. Fee is $12.

PROGRAM SPECIALS:The department will be offering the following “specials” for this summer:

SPORTS SPECIAL - If a child wants to sign up for three sports camps (including swimming lessons), the cost would be $60, a savings of $15.

SWIMMING SPECIAL - This special for $30 includes swimming lessons, at a regular cost of $25, and a season swimming pass, costing $10. That’s a savings of $5.

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