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Area youngsters, get ready to break out the shorts and cleats. To those looking for a chance to ready themselves for the upcoming fall sports season, a plethora of instructional camps are scheduled to open over the next couple of weeks.Football players of all ages can choose from a pair of noncontact camps. In Peach Valley, the first Titan football camp will be held at the Coal Ridge High School football field, Monday through Thursday evenings.Instruction for fourth- through sixth-grade students will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by the seventh- through eighth-grade camp from 6:30-8 p.m.

On the same days, further west, the annual Bear football camp takes place at Rifle High School’s stadium. Instruction for first- through sixth-grade students is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Seventh- through 12th-grade players hit the field from 6:30-8 p.m. nightly. Contact Jim Hoffman at 319-0503 on the Titans camp. Further information on the Rifle camp can be obtained by calling Jonathan Rice at 309-1830. For those who have already planned out-of-town activities next week, the Glenwood High football staff, in conjunction with Three Rivers Youth Football, will hold camp Aug. 15-17 for third- through eighth-graders at Stubler Memorial Field. Call 945-9109 for information and registration.There are also openings to play on the Glenwood and Carbondale teams for fifth- through eighth-graders this fall. Team practices begin Aug. 28, and games are slated to begin in mid-September. Contact Craig Denney at 945-9109 for more details.Girls softball camps in Rifle and New Castle are set for Aug. 7-10.

Rifle High School head coach Cindy Skinner conducts the annual Grand Slam Camp at Deerfield Park from 5-8 p.m. nightly for ninth- through 12th-grade players. An instructional camp for younger players, ages 8 and older, takes place at Riverside School in New Castle from 8:30-11 a.m. Registration forms for either camp can be picked up at those towns’ respective recreation departments. For those who prefer soccer, there are several options. Two camps geared for kids are scheduled at Glenwood Park and Triangle Park at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale starting Monday.The Glenwood Springs Soccer Club, in association with United Soccer Coaches, hosts sessions for ages 6-14 Monday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 11. The Glenwood Park camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with an hour off for lunch.



Campers are required to bring lunches, sun block, water, shin guards and a soccer ball with them to all scheduled sessions. Information can be obtained by calling the soccer club at 945-6091 or online at http://www.glenwoodsoccer.org.The camp at Triangle Park features instructors from the Challenger British Soccer Camps. A highlight of this camp is separate programs of one-hour sessions for 3- and 4-year-olds, 90 minutes to two hours for 4- to 9-year-olds along with half- and full-day options for 10- to 14-year-olds.Sessions focus on individual foot-skill development, unopposed and opposed practices and game-related matches. Call Dave Ritchie at 963-8963 or http://www.challengersports for more information.Additionally, Rifle High School is holding a free boys soccer camp for potential RHS players from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 8-11.


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