Destination Recreation Expo Sat Feb 21, 2015

Your one-stop-shop for everything James City County Parks and Recreation has to offer! Discover your parks and facilities, learn about all the classes and programs offered throughout the year and be one of the first to register for summer camps! Informational booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities are just a few great features of this event. We’ll keep your children engaged while you gather information about summer camp opportunities, sports, outdoor, aquatic programs, special events, parks and facilities, REC Connect, inclusion and therapeutic programs and activities offered through our affiliate organizations. Raffles and discounts for camps, classes and facilities given on the day of event! All ages welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 21: Destination Recreation Expo, Free, 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center

5301 Longhill Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

 757-259-5353

More info here

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Williamsburg to host U10 Babe Ruth of Va. championships

This week, the Colonial Capital will serve as the backdrop for the Babe Ruth Leagues or Virginia baseball tournament. Williamsburg Revolution’s are one of nine teams slated to participate in this double-elimination tournament, which starts Thursday afternoon. The Revolution, Williamsburg Youth Baseball League’s will open the tournament with a showdown against District 2 champion Halifax County on Thursday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. on Field 4.

The Babe Ruth Leagues of Virginia 10-year old state tournament will be held July 11-15 at Warhill District Park

New High School Lacrosse Team forms in Williamsburg

Many thanks to Coach Charlie Turner for his efforts in bringing a boys high school lacrosse team to Williamsburg VA

imageSpring signals the return of baseball, track, tennis and soccer for many greater Williamsburg athletes. But for a continually growing segment of the population, lacrosse is becoming the sport of choice for the warmer weather.

Walsingham is perhaps the only Williamsburg school that has been able to meet the demands of establishing a lacrosse program. With a boys varsity team in place, the Trojans introduced a middle school girls team this spring.

And the Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse League has also been a great option for youth interested in the sport.

But there has still been little opportunity for high school boys. Realizing this, a few prospective players and coaches banded together with the common interest of forming a new team in Williamsburg. After several years of planning and with the support of the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League, a chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, the Williamsburg JV High School team makes its debut this spring.

The squad, better known as the Royals, is made up of ninth, 10th and 11th grade boys from Warhill, Jamestown and Lafayette high schools. And the team includes both players with experience in the sport and some that are brand new. The team will compete with high school teams that include Grafton, Menchville, Poquoson ,Tabb , York, Cox , Currituck ,First Colonial, Grassfield ,Great Bridge, Hickory , Kellam, Maury, Princess Anne from the York County, Newport News, Poquoson, Va Beach, Chesapeake and Outer Banks areas

Charlie Turner is the Royals head coach, and is thrilled for this lacrosse expansion in greater Williamsburg.

Read more here

Read more about other youth lacrosse opportunities in Williamsburg VA here

Top Gun Football University Camp Returns to Williamsburg for 2012

Football University’s Top Gun camp is coming back to Williamsburg VA for 2012.

More than 1200 athletes from around the nation will  descend upon the facilities at Warhill Sports Complex.  Last years event drew players from across the US ,  Canada, ,the United Kingdom and Austria as the coaches put them through their paces.

This will be the third  year for FBU to finish their camp season in Williamsburg with the Top Gun event. This final camp is the culmination of a camp season that started in Hawaii in January.

The camp which showcases  the country’s top middle and high school  top high school football players will run from  July 19-21, 2012.

What a boon for our area economy. It was reported last year that this event brought  a $2 million return to the Williamsburg/ James City County economy. (SPORTS MARKETING WORKS !)

Top Gun is the culmination of Football University’s 43-camp nationwide tour gathering the most elite performers from across the United States and allowing them to display their abilities together on one stage. Football University has an impressive alumni list that includes some of the top college football players in the nation, such as 2008’s No. 1 prospect and current Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor, 2009’s No. 1 prospect Bryce Brown, and 2010’s No. 1 prospect Ronald Powell, as well as U.S. Army All-Americans, Football University Youth All-Americans, and hundreds of Division I players. 

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For 2012 FBU Top Gun will bring the 1000+ of the nation’s top athletes in grades 6 – 11 to Williamsburg, VA.  Participating athletes are hand-selected by our NFL coaches from FBU’s 40 regional camps.  At the heart of FBU Top Gun is its elite instructional staff made up of former NFL coaches and NFL athletes, who will spend three days with these elite athletes at Top Gun.  Almost all of the instructors currently coach, play, or train top NFL and college athletes.  Now entering its fourth year, FBU Top Gun will feature the next generation of football talent, including future U.S. Army All-Americans, college stars, and NFL stars. 

New this year in Williamsburg is an additional youth football camp following the Top Gun event

Top Gun- Youth Camp 2012– July 23-25 for 6th-8th Graders

Football University: Top Gun- Youth Football Camp Will take place July 23-25, 2012, at Warhill HS and Sports Complex. All athletes must have been in 6th-8th grade in the fall of 2011 to participate in TOP GUN- Youth Football Camp. FBU is the nation’s most exclusive and elite football camp experience. Although FBU does have an invitation-only policy, due to the elite level of training and athletes, we strongly encourage athletes to nominate themselves. Please refer to the  nomination and policy page for more information.

More details on Football University can be found at www.FootballUniversity.org.

Highlight video from 2010 camp in Williamsburg VA

 

 

TOP GUN: Who, What, Where, When?

Who? Approximately 1,000 elite youth and high school players chosen from the best of the Football University camps along with about 100 former NFL players and coaches.

What? The largest assimilation of prep and youth talent in North America where the top athletes from Football University can square off against each other to improve their skills and technique while finding where he stands through intense competition.

Where and When? This year, TOP GUN will take place Thursday, July 21 to Saturday, July 23 at the Warhill Sports Complex located at 4725 Stadium Road, Williamsburg, Va., 23188. Opening ceremonies kickoff at 2:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 21.

Do you have to go to a FBU camp to attend TOP GUN?

–TOP GUN participants are chosen from those standout athletes at their local FBU camp.

Who decides which athletes are selected for TOP GUN?

–TOP GUN participants are chosen by our NFL faculty and our FBU staff.

What ages may participate at TOP GUN?

–Athletes from grades 6 through 12 are invited.

Girls Coach-Pitch 7 & Under Softball League

 

Did you miss the registration period for Girls Youth Softball – Coach Pitch 7 & Under league?

Williamsburg Parks and Recreation will accept registration for Girls ages 6 and 7 (players age as of February 1, 2012) in person at the Quarterpath Recreation Center until Wednesday, March 14th.

All other leagues are closed at this time but names can be placed on a wait list by calling (757) 259-3760.

Quarterpath Recreation Center is located at 202 Quarterpath Road, Williamsburg VA 23185 and registration will be accepted in person Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sun: 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Lacrosse Camps

Camp Information
Camps are a very important part of becoming a great lacrosse player. No other opportunity offers complete immersion in the sport. Eat, sleep, and play lacrosse with players and coaches from around the country and globe.

Skills are learned and developed much faster than under normal after-school-practice conditions. For younger players, the important basics are thoroughly reinforced. For high school level players, camps serve as not only a learning and playing experience, but also as a college scouting and recruiting vehicle.


Check back often, more will be added as they are found!
Register as soon as possible to secure a spot, many sell out quickly!

All-America Lacrosse Camp (Boys) (Girls) – Ages 9-17
(Coach Petrone attended in 1989, 1990, 1991!)
Westminster, Maryland
Collegiate (Richmond) Summer Lacrosse Camp (Boys and Girls camps available) – Multiple levels, multiple dates.
Richmond, Virginia   Phone: (804) 741-9714
Eagle Lacrosse Camp* (Boys)
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia and Wingate University, Wingate, North Carolina
Lacrosse Academy (Boys)
Lexington, Virginia   Phone: 410-828-4338
Old Dominion University Lacrosse Camp (Girls)
Norfolk, Virginia   Phone: 757-683-4358
Rising All-American Lacrosse Camp (Boys)
Hampden Sydney, Virginia   Phone: 804-392-5972
Roanoke Lacrosse Camp (Boys)
Salem, Virginia   Phone: 540-375-2340
Triple Edge Lacrosse Camp (Boys and Girls camps available)
Fairfax, Virginia    Phone: 877-392-6177
University of Mary Washington Lacrosse Camp (Boys and Girls camps available)
Fredericksburg, Virginia
UVA Lacrosse Camp (Boys) (Girls)
Charlottesville, Virginia   Phone: 804-295-3285
Washington & Lee Lacrosse Camp (Boys) (Girls)
Lexington, Virginia   Phone: 888-824-LAX1
Woodberry Forest School Lacrosse Camp* (Boys) – Ages 11-16
Woodberry Forest, Virginia   Phone: 540-672-6004

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Youth Lacrosse in Williamsburg VA

Williamsburg VA now has a boys high school lacrosse opportunity. 2013 marks the debut year for the Williamsburg Royals. The team  is made up of ninth, 10th and 11th grade boys from Warhill, Jamestown and Lafayette high schools.In coming years they will field a varsity team as well as a JV team

Charlie Turner , the Royals head coach,  is thrilled for this lacrosse expansion in greater Williamsburg.

“In many ways, we have already met our primary goal for this season: to get on the map,” said Turner in a recent interview. “Our parents and players have made a great commitment to field the team, compete throughout the season and establish ourselves within the [HRLax] league.”

In addition to the Royals HS team  the Williamsburg Warrior Lacrosse Club (HRLax Member) has  Boys teams from U9 to U15 playing in HRLAX. At the U9 level they have 2 teams now and at the U11 level they will field 3 teams in 2012. They also  have Girls teams at all levels from U9 through High School.  More info here

Another  option would be to play for the Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse Club (Non-affiliated), otherwise known as the “Blue Warriors”.  The team fee for varsity is $525 and JV is $477 (non-refundable) and does not appear to include US Lacrosse Membership. (Those fees have increased approximately $100 over previous year.) The fees can be paid in three installments with the first payment due on July 1, 2011 according to the team’s participation agreement posted on their website. The team also offers a scholarship for those needing financial aid. The team’s coaches present the team as an “elite” team, often referred to as a travel/tournament team and they played several private schools last year that generally do not list the games in their official schedules. Essentially, this is a select team that recruits players from throughout the area and only accepts those players  that the coaches select.  Most of the player’s are experienced and play at a skill level that is comparable to some of the private schools in the state.

According to Laxpower the team finished the season at 15 – 5 and was ranked second among it’s non-VHSL counterparts in Virginia. The most notable season highlight was a close loss to number one ranked Blue Ridge School with a score of 9 -12 at home. Unfortunately, none of the statistics are listed on either team’s website. At least five of their games required travel to northern Virginia and Charlotte, NC requiring overnight stays while the last game of their season was played against St. Albans School in downtown Washington, DC on a Monday night.

Generally, teams such as this operate in the summer after the normal lacrosse season and many are excellent opportunities for advanced players to be recruited at the collegiate level. Some good examples would be the Hampton Roads Ironclads, Peninsula Patriots, and Team Venom in Richmond which are  all coached by experienced coaches with extensive collegiate connections. The “blue warriors” team does not appear to have competed in any college recruiting tournaments nor do they list any of the coaches experience. They do have at least five former players that have made the lacrosse team at Virginia Military Institute, one of which is the varsity coach’s son.

Contacts: JV- Monty Hill email: jamesmonroeus@cox.net  cell: 757-869-5102  & Varsity-Mark Hofmeister email: mdhof@verizon.net  cell: 757-876-5222

2012 William and Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp

The 2012 William and Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp is scheduled for June 24-27 on the College’s campus. This year’s NFL guest instructors will be announced later this spring. Online registration is available by clicking here. Campers may also register by completing the flier (available to the right) and mailing it back to the Tribe Football office. The camp is for boys ages 8 through rising seniors in high school.

imageLast summer’s camp featured Super Bowl XLV MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, tackle Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions and NFC Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers.

This summer will mark the 19th time W&M has hosted the Colonial All-Pro Camp. In addition to last year’s NFL guest instructors, other pros who have participated in the camp include Drew Brees, Troy Polamalu, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Urlacher, Clinton Portis, Jerome Bettis, Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald, Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner, Darren Sharper, Bruce Smith and many others. These greats, along with Tribe head coach Jimmy Laycock and his staff, make for a memorable and instructive camp experience for young players.

 

Find more summer camps in Williamsburg VA here


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Got Soccer ? in Williamsburg VA

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Over 100 soccer teams from nine states (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey) will be in Williamsburg this weekend.

The Virginia Friendlies Soccer Tournament is set for this weekend at Williamsburg, Va.’s Warhill Sports Complex and Hornsby Middle School.

Players will be competing in matches against  other US Youth Soccer Regional ODP (Olympic Development Teams)  and State ODP Teams. The soccer players attending this event  have an opportunity to be observed and evaluated by a US Soccer National Team Scouts who will be attending this event.

This event is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), which is the National Governing Body for soccer. The USSF falls under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee and the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA). The mission of the USSF includes the preparation of teams for domestic and international competitions such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, US Cup, CONCACAF Championships and international exchanges.

Come on out and see them play games from Friday, Feb. 24 through Sun. Feb. 26.

See game lineup/ schedule here

Virginia Venom Youth Baseball

Allowing the youth Baseball and Basketball players of Williamsburg a chance to participate in a competitive environment. While Recreation sports give you the basics to play the game, Venom travel organization gives you the extra knowledge to compete at a higher level.

Mission

Virginia Venom Travel organization was created to offer talented and motivated youth players a chance to play against other competitive teams. Players have opportunities to improve their individual skills and learn team strategy with an emphasis on the dedication and perseverance needed to play competitive baseball. Although the goal of each outing is to win games, the focus is on learning how to win games as a team. Practices play an especially important role in Travel sports, since it is during those times that a great deal of work toward achieving individual and team goals gets accomplished. With the help of motivated coaches and volunteer parent coaches, we hope to provide an intensive learning experience that will be both challenging and fun.

Awards

Current State Champions for 11U Baseball, Current Triple Crown National Champions for 12U, 11u Monster Bash Champions, 12u State Champions.

Products

Current teams include ,10u,11u,12u,13u and 14u Baseball and 10u,11u,12u, 16U, and 17U Basketball. If anyone is interested in building a Venom team from a different age group contact one of the coaches and we will talk to you about the possibility.

Email

virginiavenom@cox.net

Website

http://www.virginiavenom.com

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Team Flash-Youth Track and Field

Entering its 12th year, Team Flash has partnered with James City County Department of Parks and Recreation to promote fitness to Williamsburg, VA area youth through the sport of Track and Field. Since its inception the team has helped hundreds of athletes to discover their passion for running.  Started by Bernard Canaday, Team Flash has provided the foundation for numerous young athletes to compete successfully at the state, regional and national level.

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages can participate in the Team Flash Youth Track & Field?

 

Team Flash Track Club is available to athletes from 7 -18 years old.

What are the different age groups and what is the birth date cutoff?
The athlete will participate in the age group determined by the athletes age as of 12/31 of the current year.
The age groups are:
Sub-Bantam: 8 and under
Bantam: 10 and under
Midget: 11 and 12
Youth: 13 and 14
Intermediate: 15 and 16
Young: 17 and 18

What are the track and field events?
Races:

 

50 Meter
100 Meter
200 Meter
400 Meter
1500 Meter
3000 Meter (Bantam and up)
*Hurdles (Midget and up)
4X100 Relay
4×400 Relay
Field Events:
Long Jump
Triple Jump (Youth and up)
Shot Put
High Jump (Bantam and up)
Note: Age groups are typically allowed to participate in 3 races, two field events, and two relays at most meets.
*Hurdles may not be contested at most of the developmental meets.

What does the registration fee include?
The registration fee is $60 for all athletes. The fee covers, track equipment, ribbons and awards, team liability insurance, developmental meet fees, AAU annual membership, and end of season party.
All fees must be paid prior to participating in practice. Fees are refundable within the first two weeks of practice if the athlete should decide to withdraw.
Team Flash Youth Track Club is non-profit. All funds will be used to the benefit of the club.

 

Uniform costs are separate and I will have information soon. Uniform costs will range from around $15 to $50
Is parent attendance required at practices and meets?
Yes. A parent or designated adult is required to be in attendance during all practices and meets. The coaches will be responsible for the athlete while on the track, however should a child need to leave the track for any reason, a parent or designated adult will need to take responsibility of the athlete.
Who are the coaches?
We are lucky to have such great coaches. Our talented sprinting and jumping coaches are Coach Turner and Coach Willis. Our distance team is lead by Lafayette senior Jennifer Brooks and many athletes from local HS running programs.  Race-walking is Rich Higgins, head coach for Walsingham Academy. For throws we have Kevin Brooks, Asst coach at Lafayette HS along with HS athletes. We love to get the kids from different high schools together helping. When they teach the kids, they re-learn the skills.
What are my volunteer obligations?.
Managing a team of 100 plus kids ranging from 7-18 requires a lot of support and help from the parents and all levels of assistance is appreciated.

What form of communication is used by the club to reach parents/athletes?
All communication is handled via e-mail via jwomeldorf@cox.net and the website, teamflashtrack.com.
If a practice will be canceled, Ellen will typically send an email by 3pm so it will be important to use an email that you can monitor during the day. A message will also be left on Ellen’s voicemail greeting. Typically, we will always have practice. We do not mind practicing in the rain, but if it is lightning or thundering we will send everyone home.

Are there additional expenses required by the athlete?
The athletes/parents are responsible for transportation to all meets.
There are shirts and sweatshirts for sale, however purchase is optional.
A good pair of running shoes should be purchased for the athlete. Spikes are optional, however most athletes above Sub-Bantam purchase them.

What running gear does my child need?
Your child will need to have a pair of athletic running shoes for practice and meets. Appropriate running attire should include warm ups/sweats (earlier in the season), running shorts, long, short sleeved, and sleeveless shirts. Running spikes are an option, they are not required.
It is required that all athletes bring water and/or sports drinks to practices and meets.
Recommendation: Put your child’s name on everything they bring to the track, including drinks.

What are the practice times and where?
Practices will be 2 days a week, Mondays and Thursday unless reschedule is necessary due to weather or track availability due to sports taking place at the high school track. All practices will take place at Lafayette High School.

What can I expect at practices?
At 5:30 sharp, athletes are to take a minimum 1 lap warm up jog and then proceed to the far end of the field for stretching. After stretching and announcements, kids will break off into groups: Sprinting (includes long jump and hurdlers), Distance, Throwing, Race-walking and 8 and under. The athletes will spend the remainder of practice in their groups.
Note: Please do not have the athletes eat heavily or consume dairy products before practices. Ensure they are properly hydrated and have had a healthy snack before arriving.

 

What can I expect at meets?
The first meet will be an All-comers meet in late March at Lafayette during practice. This will serve as a �warm up�h for our big home meet on April 24th called the Newtown Invitational. This meet is an all day, Saturday meet and it takes place at Warhill High School. We will need to know as soon as possible if your child will not be able to participate in this meet.

If your child participates in another sport, i.e. baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, you can typically participate in some portion of the meet and leave for your other sport. We have many parents that bring their kids for as much of the meet as possible and head to the other sport and return later. The coaches are accustomed to that and will work with you. Just let them know in advance when the child will be arriving and leaving so we know when to expect them and whether we can get them signed in for an event.
There is not a set time schedule for the events, however, there is an order of events for the races/field events so you will be able to get a general sense of the time of day for an event.
The developmental season ends in June. Most of the children continue to the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) qualifier meet the first weekend in June. In order to advance further, the athlete HAS to participate in that meet. These meets are qualifying meets so the athlete has to qualify to advance to the next meet. If qualified, there is a Regional meet in early July and Nationals (late July).
Bring ample fluids, sunscreen, and healthy snacks to the meets. Bring enough for a full day. Recommendation is to have umbrellas for shade or rain, blankets for cool mornings (although the Newtown Invitational always seems to be on the hottest day), chairs, and stadium seats. Depending on the weather forecast, you can be prepared to bring what you need and what will make you comfortable. The club has a tent that is set up for the team, and some parents opt to bring their own as well. There are usually enough tents available between the club, coaches, and parents.
Note: Please ensure the athletes are properly rested, have had a healthy breakfast, and are properly hydrated before arriving to the meet. Avoid dairy products before and during meets.

Where can I buy running shoes/spikes?
You can buy running shoes at any of the sports stores. However, Colonial Sports has a knowledgeable staff, and a wide selection. Jim has special 15% off deals for our team with youth sizes available.

Youth Soccer-Legacy

Legacy Soccer offers some of the top facilities in southeastern Virginia including the Warhill Sports Complex which is home to 8 Bermuda grass fields, 6 lighted Field Turf Fields for training and a 3,000 seat stadium. The Legacy is home to a youth travel club (400 players) and an instructional soccer program called the Futures Academy.  This program is home to over 350 kids ages 7-10 over the course of a year.The travel club offers a variety of playing level options, cost packages, and opportunities. Legacy Soccer aims to pioneer, develop, and continuously be on the cutting edge of youth soccer in the area and country.

Youth Football-Williamsburg Hornets

Welcome to the Williamsburg Youth Football and Cheerleading League (WYFCL), home of the HORNETS!! Established in 1997, our league is in its 16th season in 2012. As a member of the Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization (PYFCO), we compete against the other leagues in our organization. We have 7 football teams broken down into age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14), with a sideline cheerleading squad for each team.

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