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Roan Cliff Chaos coming up

Registrations are now being accepted for the annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race, which will be run June 15 and 16 north of Rifle on the Bureau of Land Management’s JQS area.

A cross country and hill climb race will take place, with the cross country race scheduled for 8 a.m. June 15, will feature a new and more challenging course than in 2012 and will span a six-mile loop through BLM land on the JQS Trail. A beginner, sport racer and expert division will be available.

The hill climb race set for 8 a.m. June 16, and it will feature a 2,600-foot vertical climb in seven miles. Separate divisions for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders are available.

Cost is $25 for one race and $40 for two races.

Information/registration: Rifle Recreation, 970-665-6570, or


Tennis league forming

The Colorado Roaring Fork Junior Team Tennis League is in the process of forming in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The league will provide players ages 18 and under the opportunity for organized team play on a regular schedule. Local facilities around the area will host the matches, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Thursday beginning June 20.

Information/registration: 970-927-4693.


Three Rivers Youth Football accepting registrations

Three Rivers Youth Football is now accepting registrations for its upcoming youth football seasons.

Registration sites and times are as follows:

In Glenwood Springs, registration will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 21 to 23 at Sopris Elementary School. Information: Jay Mancimer, 970-309-1278.

In Carbondale, information can be found by calling Scott Fitzwilliams at 970-945-1206.

In New Castle, registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21 and 22 at Riverside Middle School. Information: Tracy Jensen, 970-404-1498.

In Silt, registration will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 13 and 15 at Cactus Valley Elementary School. Information: Niki Smith, 970-381-5124.

In Rifle, registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 20 at Rifle Middle School. Information: Ryan Mackley, 970-319-2073.

In Parachute, registration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. John Elementary School. Information: Mark Mooney, 970-260-9823.


Rockies Skill Challenge

The Colorado Rockies and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association will hold the Rockies Skills Challenge at 11 a.m. June 8 at Deerfield Park in Rifle.

Children ages 6 to 13 will throw and bat for distance and run bases in this annual competition. Winners from the event will advance to a sectional event and have a chance to compete in the state finals at Coors Field in Denver.

Participants must bring a photocopy of their birth certificate to participate, and parents must sign a participation form for their children. No metal or spiked cleats are allowed, and there is no charge to participate.

Registration will take place the day of the event.

Information: Rifle Recreation, 970-665-6570.

Vintage Base Ball clinic

The New Castle Recreation Department will host a free Vintage Base Ball Clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 2 at VIX Ranch Park for anyone interested in participating in a tournament that will take place as part of the Town’s 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 15,

The tournament will be played using rules and equipment from the late 1800s. Individual registration is currently being accepted, and teams will be formed following the free rules clinic. Participants receive a uniform top and cap to replicate those worn by the New Castle Blues and Miner’s team that played other teams from all over the region in the Town’s early days.

The registration fee for the tournament is $35, and includes a uniform top, pants, stockings, ball cap, rules clinic, practices, along with lunch, snacks and beverages during the event.

Information: 970-984-3352, or


Hershey Track Meet returns to Rifle on June 1

The annual Hershey Track and Field meet will make its return to Rifle at 10 a.m. on June 1 at Bears Stadium in Rifle.

The national program includes events such as the softball throw, standing long jump, relays, sprint and distance running events. Participants can be from ages 9 to 14. Children from age 3 to 8 will be incited to participate, but will not be eligible for state competition.

Winners can advance to state and national competitions. Registration is free of charge.

Information: (970)665-6570.

Youth soccer league forming

The Western Slope Soccer League is forming a multiple-aged youth league for the fall of 2013.

Registration is taking place for all ages and ends June 28 at Rifle Recreation. Games will be played on weekends and will take place throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Cost is $70 for under-10 players, $75 for under-12 players, $80 for under-14 players and $90 for under-18 players.

Information/registration:, or 970-665-6570.


Annual Walk/Run For Their Lives 5K scheduled for June 1

The sixth annual Walk/Run For Their Lives 5k will take place on Saturday, June 1 at the Stoney Ridge Ball Field in Silt.

The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is a benefit for the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation. The foundation rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned animals. There will also be an open house and yard sale following the race on the foundation property, which is free to all runners and $10 for others.

Preregistration is $20, and race-day registration is $25.

Information: Sandy, 970-987-3593.


Coal Ridge High to host youth volleyball camp

Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team will host a youth volleyball camp from June 3 to 6 for boys and girls in grades 2 through 9.

The first session will run from 10 a.m. to noon for players in grades 2 through 6, and the second will be from 1 to 4 p.m. for players in grades 7 through 9.

Cost is $40 for preregistration for the first session and $60 for the second. A $10 fee will be added for registrations after May 24.

Information: Scott Black, 970-309-0359, or


Youth, adult golf programs

The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Lakota Canyon Ranch, is offering golf programs for both youth and adults beginning in early June.

Adult golf clinics are offered on from 6:30 to 8 p.m. monthly on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, with Session 2 running from June 4 to June 28. The cost is $99 per person for four classes, or $2 for one class. Students should bring their own clubs, but rentals are available on a limited basis.

Junior golf clinics for ages 6-17 are offered from 2 to 4:30 p.m. June 11-13, and 2 to 4 p.m. July 22-25. Group instruction will include grip, stance, posture, correct swing technique and proper golf etiquette. Students need at least three clubs (putter, pitching wedge, and a 7 iron). Cost is $99 per session and includes a hat and barbecue on the last day.

A Junior golf league for ages 6-17 is offered on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 17 to July 29. The registration fee is $119, and all participants receive a T-shirt and barbecue on the last day. Pre-registration is required.

Information/registration:, or 970-984-3352.

Disc golf clinic

The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a disc golf clinic and mini-tourneys at the Fire Mountain course located at Coal Ridge Park. The disc golf clinic will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 for $10 per person. Mini-tourneys will be conducted on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7. The fee is $25 for all three tournaments, or $10 each. Pre-registration is required for these activities.

Information:, or 970-984-3352.

Play it Forward soccer tournament scheduled for June 7 to 9

The fifth-annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament will take place June 7 to 9 and Gates Soccer Park on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus in south Glenwood Springs.

Proceeds from the tournament support three scholarships given to high school seniors in the name of Emily Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student who was killed in an ATV accident in 2008.

Play begins at 8 a.m. June 8 and continues through June 9 for the U8 through U18 age groups. Adult and co-ed division are also available, and a competitive and recreational division will be included. All-Star exhibition games featuring all-league award winners in the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope Leagues will be held on June 7. The boys game will be played at 5 p.m. June 7, with the girls game following at 7 p.m.

Cost per team is $150 or $25 per player. The fee includes a three-game guarantee, a tournament goody bag and a tournament T-shirt.


New Castle Recreation offering adult programs

The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a variety of summer sports programs for adults starting in early June.

A mixed-quads volleyball league, which will offer recreational and competitive divisions, will be held Tuesdays at Grand River Park in New Castle.

Other programs include a 3-on-3 soccer league held Monday nights at Alder Park, a 3-on-3 basketball league held Thursday nights at Hot Shot Park, and a pickleball league every Wednesday.

Information/registration:, or 970-984-3352.

Sports mini camps for children aged 8 to 12 will be offered this summer by the New Castle Recreation Department.

The mini camps will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon each Tuesday through Thursday at various parks around town starting June 4. Weekly themes include baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, football and others. Cost is $40 per week.

Information/registration: 970-984-3352, or

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