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Submitting sports notices

The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. Monday. We prefer email (howardcountysports@patuxent.com). Questions? Call 410-332-6578.

Softball

HCYP girls fastpitch softball registration is underway. HCYP's recreational softball program welcomes all girls, ages 6-17, from beginners to experienced players. Practices begin in March and games will be played from early April to early June. Register at http://www.hcyp.org or print out a registration form to mail in with a check.

Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Marc and Erin Nesbitt will be held Feb. 16 at CoHo Grill, in Hobbit's Glen golf course, at 5 p.m. Read about Marc at http://www.marcnesbitt.com.

Football

Columbia Ravens Football, Inc. is seeking qualified, committed individuals to coach in its youth tackle football program, for players ages 5-14, for the spring indoor and fall outdoor seasons. Interested parties should email the director of football at columbiaravens@gmail.com. For more information, go to http://www.columbiaravens.com.

Cheerleading

The Chapelgate Christian Academy Cheerleading Clinic will be held March 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. The clinic is open to girls in grades 1-8. Participants will be grouped by grade. Cost: $35 (includes T-shirt and pizza lunch). Space is limited; register early. Registration must be received by Feb. 20. Forms are available at http://www.chapelgateacademy.org. Call 410-489-4397.

Golf

The 22nd annual Howard County General Hospital Benefit Golf Classic will be held May 21 at Turf Valley Resort. Registration and a putting contest begin at 10:30 a.m. Call 410-740-7840.

The George E. Sonnefeld Foundation will award at least one $2,500 scholarship to an area high school senior golfer. Applications are available at school guidance offices or by calling 410-841-5670.

Lacrosse

The Baltimore Hawks will hold tryouts for their summer lacrosse club team Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills Campus of Stevenson University. The Hawks will hold tryouts for players graduating in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Tryout fee: $40 (non-refundable). Email gtpuls@stevenson.edu or call 443-352-4298.

Registration is underway for the Lions Pride Howard Boys Lacrosse Clinic scheduled for March 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Howard High School. Sign-in will begin at 10:30 a.m. near the tennis courts. All participants need a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, mouth piece, cleats, stick and reversible jersey. The clinic is open to boys currently in grades 6-8 and is free to Howard County residents. Registration information is available at http://www.howardhighschool.net/index/Lacrosse_Boys.html.

Rugby

Practices have begun for the Hurricane Express Rugby Football Club. Players ages 14-18 are needed for both the girls and boys teams. Experienced players and newcomers to rugby are all welcome. Register at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/rap. For more information, email walshpa@verizon.net.

Baseball

The Ponce de Leon Baseball League will be holding a spring season registration/workout April 1, 9-10:30 a.m., at Carroll Community College, in Westminster. The league is open to players of all skill levels age 30 and older. Games are played Sunday mornings in Howard and Carroll counties. Go to pdlmaryland.com or call 410-531-9434.

The 2012 Tigers U-19 travel team has a few remaining spots available on the roster. The team will compete in five weekend tournaments in June and July. Email bbtigers@yahoo.com or call 410-719-1077 for additional information.

The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Sean Forman, the founder of http://www.baseball-reference.com, will be the speaker. Call 410-740-1145.

AYRA Spring baseball registration is open. Register at http://www.ayra.com.

Tryouts for 10-U Sunday Only travel continue Feb. 12 from 2:45-4 at Reaper's Den, 8919-5 McGaw Court, Columbia.

For tryouts for 12-U Sunday Only travel, go to http://www.ayra.com.

AYRA is looking for 19-U travel players. Email jeffreybharris@verizon.net.

Baseball/Softball

Registration for the Western Howard County Youth Baseball and Softball League spring season for boys and girls ages 5-18 is underway. An early-bird discount and eligibility for free instructional clinics available if registered by Monday, Feb. 13. Register at http://www.whcsports.com. Call 410-313-4626 with questions.

Soccer

Team registration is underway for the 2012 Maryland Cup scheduled to take place April 28-29 in Carroll County, Maryland. The Maryland Cup features boys and girls competition in the U-10 to U-19 single age groupings in the recreation, travel and premier travel levels. Winners of the premier travel level will receive a free berth to the U.S. Club regional competition; the recreation travel level will not advance to regionals. The online application is available at elitetournaments.com. Email mlibber@elitetournaments.com.

The Baltimore JCC Maccabi Club will be hosting soccer tryouts for players interested in participating in the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games, Aug. 5-9.

Boys and girls teams are being formed for participation in either the Houston or Memphis, Tenn., games. Players who are 13 years old by Aug. 1, 2012 and have not turned 17 by that date are eligible to participate. Teams are being formed for boys 14-U, boys 16-U and girls 16-U.

Tryouts will take place March 4, 11 and 18 at 1 p.m. at the Owings Mills JCC athletic fields, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Baltimore. All players accompanied by one parent must report to the main lobby on the first scheduled tryout date for a 30-minute information meeting. Players should come dressed for outdoor activities on all dates.

For additional information regarding the soccer tryouts, call 410-363-8610. For information regarding the Maccabi Program and Games, and the other 13 sports being offered, call 410-559-3546.

Thunder Soccer Club is holding supplemental tryouts for its U-12 WAGS Division 3 girls team. Email patnairn@gmail.com.

The Columbia Soccer Club is forming a new U-12/13 girls team. Interested girls should call 240-272-0891.

The Columbia Soccer Club's Storm Runners (U-16 girls) are looking for a defensive-minded player for its roster. The Storm Runners play in the upper division of the Baltimore Beltway Soccer League. Email stormrunners@hotmail.com.

Basketball

HC Elite Basketball will hold tryouts for spring–summer AAU basketball for the following ages.  Contact the coach at the numbers below for more details.

10-U boys (fourth grade): 443-812-0919.

11-U boys (fifth grade): billterp00@yahoo.com.

12-U boys (sixth grade): hcelitebaskeball@gmail.com

13-U boys (seventh grade): cgringali@comcast.net.

14-U boys (eighth grade): hcelitebasketball@gmail.com.

15-U boys (ninth grade): hcelitebasketball@gmail.com.

HCYP is accepting applications for its Spring Break All Star Basketball Camp for boys and girls, ages 5-14. The camps will be held at River Hill High School April 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information is available at http://www.hcyp.org or by calling 410-461-7694.

The Mid-Atlantic Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held March 23-25, in Westminster. There is single age competition for boys and girls teams for ages 9-14. Registration forms are available under Basketball at http://www.usamateursports.com. Call 410-363-8610.

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