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Learning the rules and skills of soccer is 7 year old Soccer League Player Angelique Wilson,  and Tiny Tot Indoor League Player Daniel Wilson, 5 years old with Program Director, Neil Condon.

There's nothing to do? Well, how about ice skating, bowling, cross-country skiing or at the YMCA you could play basketball, gymnastics, pool, table tennis, swim, or even climb the wall.

 

KICKING ALLOWED AT THE YMCA

The Southeast Family YMCA has just completed their first season of Youth Indoor Soccer. The "Y", located at 5125 Werling Drive, about 5 minutes from Waynedale, has not held Indoor Soccer Leagues since 1997. Re-vitalization of the soccer leagues to Southeast Family YMCA has been implemented by Program Director, Neil Condon. Neil is a native of Brisbane, Australia who played soccer at the University of Saint Francis. "His extensive soccer background in both playing and coaching the game is the right ingredient for re-building our soccer program," expresses Anne Bowman, SE-YMCA Director.

"We offer leagues for pre-K (4yr olds) to 11 year old boys and girls. These leagues are a fun-oriented, everyone-plays-style, incorporated around the YMCA's 4-Core Values: Caring, Respect, Responsibility, and Honesty."

All games incorporate a 30-minute instruction and 30-minute game. The coaching staff includes a 4-year varsity soccer player, Eric McCorkle and a visit from Southside native, Jamar Beasley. Jamar is presently signed with the Chicago Fire, a major league soccer team. The soccer games are held on Sunday afternoon allowing family members to come, watch and support the players.

The next Indoor Soccer League will begin February 10th and continue to March 24th, 2002. You may sign up by calling Neil Condon, program director at 447-4567. The focus with sports leagues at the YMCA is on building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

 

ARE YOU CLIMBING THE WALLS THIS WINTER?

Wall climbing is becoming a growing INDOOR sport. "You don't have to be an athlete, you just need a desire to try something new," states Jeb Balkema, educator on the sport of wall climbing at the north Parkview Family Activity YMCA, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd. The "wall" is 30 feet high with foot/hand extensions to grab onto. Don't worry. Safety is a must! A certified YMCA belay is present at all times (that's a "spotter" or someone to watch you as you climb). All climbers must wear a climbing harness and helmet. The "Y" offers wall-climbing classes for one-on-one guidance, group classes and "team building" activities. Reservations are needed 24 hours in advance. The Parkview Family Activity YMCA contact number is 497-9996.

Bouldering is the "other" wall climbing experience. Found at Earth Adventures Unlimited, 1804 W. Main in Fort Wayne, you will find over 1300 sq. ft. of bouldering. This bouldering gym includes slab, vertical, overhanging and roof sections enough to challenge anyone's abilities and get a great workout.

 

FUN ON ICE

The McMillen Ice Arena, located at 3901 Abbott Street and Rudisill, is home to Olympic skaters, the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Team, high school and youth hockey teams, and figure skaters of all ages. If you are 3 years of age or older you can learn to skate too! FREE introductory skating lessons are offered during the Friday evening (7:30-9pm) and Sunday afternoon (2-3:30pm) public skating sessions. This 15-minute lesson is taught by a professional skating instructor. Admission for youth and adults: $4.50 and seniors: $3.50. If you need to rent skates they are available for youth and adults: $2.50 and seniors: $2.00. It's never too late to learn to skate!

 

AND WHEN WE HAVE SNOW...

Cross-country skiing will be available in January and February, providing we have at least 6 inches of snow. Salomon Park, north on Dupont Road, will be groomed and ready for daylight skiing. You may rent skiing equipment at the Salomon Farm Learning Center from 9am to 4pm. Tony Acousta is available for more information at 427-6008 or 427-6790.

 

WHO BOWLS FIRST?

When you go bowling, you expect to have a good time, so find a "user-friendly" bowling alley. I would suggest EAGLES BOWLING LANES, 4940 Bluffton Road, and ask for Dave or LITTLE TURTLE'S HILLCREST BOWL, 6700 Hwy 27 South.

When you arrive, check in at the desk and check out a pair of bowling shoes. The desk will give you the number of the lane that you will be bowling on. And then chose your bowling ball. If you need assistance of any kind just ask.

Don't wait just do it! Pick up your bowling ball and let's bowl.

Practicing the proper bowling etiquette will help make your bowling experience an enjoyable one. When you get up to bowl, and there are two people on either side of you, who should bowl first? The general rule is: the first person up should go first. If there is a question who was the first person to get up, the person to the right should bowl first. Once you are lined up in your stance, don't wait, take a deep breath, then go. You don't have to run to the foul line, but don't wait too long, either. If you want to knock those pins down, you have to throw the ball!

In the heat of competition, emotions and enthusiasm run high. That's one of the things that make bowling such a great sport. But remember not to be overly loud or rowdy. And part of the camaraderie of bowling is taking -or giving-a little ribbing from time to time.


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