Citizen Telegram Sports Briefs – Jan. 9, 2014
Nuggets Skills Challenge
The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, will host the Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Rifle High School gymnasium.
The free challenge will test a participant’s skills in dribbling, passing, and shooting. Those who participate must be between 7 and 14 years of age as of April 30. Winners will advance to the sectional round in March.
Open gym for adult indoor soccer, sponsored by the Rifle Recreation Department, will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Rifle High School. Registration will be taken until the event. The league will be limited to four 10-person teams, and each team will play each other twice. Cost is $115 per team.
The New Castle Recreation Department is offering an adult 3-on-3 basketball league each Thursday, beginning in late January. Teams can register through Jan. 17. Cost for the self-officiated program is $100 per team until Jan. 17 and $120 afterward.
Information/registration: 984-3352 or newcastlerec.com.
A soccer program for both youth and adults is being offered by the New Castle Recreation Department this winter.
The Lil’ Kickers coed program, for players ages 3 to 12, will include weekly practices and scrimmage games, with the focus on teaching the basic skills of dribbling, passing and shooting. The program will be held Tuesdays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 25.
The adult 4-on-4 coed league will run each Monday beginning in late January.
Cost for the youth program is $40 by Jan. 17 and $50 afterward. Cost for the adult program is $150 per team and $175 after Jan. 17.
Winter sports bus
The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department is again hosting the Sunlight Winter Sports Bus to take skiers to Sunlight Mountain Resort.
The bus runs every Saturday until March 29 and stops in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle, with arrival at Sunlight at 9 a.m. and departure from Sunlight at 3:30 p.m. The bus is limited to 47 riders.
Cost is $15 for a season pass and $5 per ride. Buses will run weekly every Saturday with designated pickup times in each town.
The New Castle Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the upcoming Colorado River Valley League boys basketball season. The program is for boys in grades three through six and includes one to two practices a week, with league games on Saturdays in New Castle and other local communities. Practices begin the week of Jan. 6, and league play continues through early March. The fee is $70.
Registration: 984-3352, newcastlerec.com.
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