Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 745-7097.
Jan. 22-31: The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department will hold on-site registration for the 2013 Spring Youth Basketball League through Jan. 31 at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive W. Children ages 5-17 are encouraged to participate. The recreational program teaches the importance of fundamentals and teamwork. A three-week camp will begin Feb. 4. Team practices are scheduled to begin March 4, and games will begin March 16. The registration fee is $65 per child and includes a jersey. Teams will play eight regular-season games followed by single-elimination playoffs. For more information, call Ashley D'Arpino at 941-742-5923, ext. 6062.
Jan. 22-27: Registration for the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department's 2013 Spring Adult Softball League will be held from Jan. 22-27. The Open League will play 14 regular-season games on Monday-Thursday evenings. The Coed League will play 10 regular-season games on Sunday evenings. The spring season will begin Feb. 4. A single elimination tournament will follow the regular season. The team registration fee is $400 for the Open League and $350 for the Coed League. All teams must pay a $20 association fee. For more information, contact Ashley D'Arpino at 941-742-5923, ext. 6062, or email@example.com.
Jan. 23-28: Manatee Girls Softball has announced extended registration for its girls fastpitch softball spring 2013 competitive season. Player registration will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 28 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Palma Sola Park, 7929 40th Ave. W. Age divisions include T-Ball (3-5), Coach Pitch (6-8) and Player Pitch (9-16). Player assessment/try-outs for 8-and-under and 10-and-under players will be 6-8 p.m. Jan. 29. Assessment/tryouts for players 11 and older will be 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31. Players should be prepared to show their skills and bring softball gear on those dates. For more information and registration forms, visit www.eteamz.com/manateegirlssoftball.
Jan. 26: Saint Stephen's Episcopal School will hold its first Game Changers Sports Gala at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. Speakers will include All-Star pitcher Chris Perez, former U.S. Olympic soccer coach Tim Mulqueen and UCF head women's soccer coach Amanda Cromwell. Auction items include throwing the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game, field passes to a Boston Red Sox game and Tampa Bay Rays game, tickets and locker-room passes to a Tampa Bay Lightning game and tickets to an English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a private reception with the keynote speakers. General tickets are available for $100. Purchase tickets or find more information at www.saintstephens.org/gamechangers.
Jan. 26-Feb. 15: Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold registration for its spring soccer season for players ages 4-16 from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at the MAYSO clubhouse at G.T. Bray park. The cost for the 10-game season is $110 for players ages 4-7 and $130 for players 8 and older. Prospective players may register online by going to mayso.org and clicking on registration. The season begins March 23 and ends May 11. For more information, contact Kevin Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 15-17: Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization will hold an entry-level referee course for those interested in refereeing youth soccer matches. Referees must be at least 13 years old, and the cost of the course is $100. The course will be from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the MAYSO clubhouse at G.T. Bray park. Anyone interested in attending the clinic must go to www.fsr-inc.com and click on the "become a referee" link and follow the directions. For more information, contact Kevin Cassidy at email@example.com or 941-807-1105.
Feb. 19-24: Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions to be held in Manatee and Sarasota counties from Feb. 19-24, 2013. The Gulf Coast Senior Games is one of 19 regional qualifying events that determine participants for the statewide Senior Games to be held December 2013 in Polk County. Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, a 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field. The registration fee is $12 and includes and event T-shirt. There also is a $3 fee for each event. Participants must register by mail or by visiting www.mymanatee.org/parks and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be complete by Feb. 1. There will be no registration on the day of the events. For more information, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.
March 5: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrations for the fourth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic. The clinic is intended for youth adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 at McKechnie Field. The registration fee is $40. Pirates major- and minor-league player players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases and fielding. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and a ticket to the March 8 game against the Baltimore Orioles. Gecko's Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The registration deadline is Feb. 18 to receive a T-shirt. Visit www.bradentonmarauders.com for a registration form or contact Stacy Morgan at 941-747-3031, ext. 4365, or firstname.lastname@example.org.