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Different Kid’s Sport Accessories Parents Must Have

Different Kid's Sport Accessories Parents Must HaveChildren’s sports have gained in popularity and are now played at national and international levels. Kids and teens, as we know, are full of high energy and enthusiasm. Parents, too, are very supportive when their kids decide to play sports.

I would like to give parents a list of some of the items they must surely have if their kids’ are practicing sports.

Helmet
We all know the importance of safety and among all kinds of safety equipment, there is something crucial one cannot afford to not have and that is helmet. Because, head injuries could be dangerous; some could be fatal as well. So, it is a very necessary for parents to have a helmet which suits the kind of the sports their kids are into. Many state and local laws require the use of helmets in children’s sports.

Sport shoes
Sport without the proper sport shoes is incomplete. They give sportsmen the grip and control while doing vigorous activities in the field. Such shoes also comfort the feet of player after it gets tired. Above that, it also protects the complete sole and upper part of the feet.

Water bottle
Long hours of continuous sports activities can be tiring. They might lead to a lot of sweating, especially in Florida. Without water the body may dehydrate. So, it becomes important for parents to add water bottle as an essential for their kids’ bag when they are out to play.

Stop watch
Many of the sports games are completely dependent on time-keeping, so a stop watch is essential. It can also track individual practice time which will help you and your kid to exercise periodically in order to increase stamina.

Jersey
A t-shirt made from special material of wool, cotton and other synthetic fiber can be used by kids on a field for two reasons. One, the comfort level is high which would provide more liberty to perform and stretch the most. Two, material of this kind absorbs sweat and keeps the coolness flowing in.

Other necessary items
Other important things like socks, inners, gloves, goggles, sports bag (for keeping essentials like food, drink, towel and other gear) and more are also on the list.

Some, health and body related things to keep kids fit and fine are Kids’ Sunscreen (to keep their skin protected from sun), and energy drinks (to help increase glucose reserve in body), may be added by parents to help keep their children safe.

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Group and Private Swimming Lessons Available in Fernandina

Group and Private Swimming Lessons Available in Fernandina
Have you or someone you know been looking for group or private swimming lessons in Fernandina Beach?

Private lesson are available for children and adults (two years old and up)!

30-Minute Single Session
$20 City resident
$25 Non-City resident

30-Minute Packages
(4) Pac
$60 City resident
$75 Non-City resident

(8) Pac
$100 City resident
$125 Non-City resident

Availability is limited, especially during the summer months, due to limited pool time and instructor availability. Requests will be honored as time and instructor availability allows. PLEASE allow 3 weeks for a response to schedule lessons.

“Lean to Swim” Program Summer Group Swim Lessons
Summer group swim lessons will be held at the City of Fernandina Beach Aquatics Facilities began at the end of May. Registration for Summer 2014 lessons has begun at the Atlantic Recreation Center. Morning sessions will be held at the Atlantic Recreation Center Pool, and evening sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Pool throughout the summer.

No rain cancellations; indoor water safety activities will be substituted.

No refunds issued. Accommodations may be made in future session with valid medical excuse if space permits.

Registration is limited to one session until the current session is completed.

Fees:
Levels 1 and 2 (one-week courses): $40 City resident, $50 Non-City
Levels 3 and 4 (two-week courses): $55 City resident, $68 Non-City

For the full schedule of lessons for Summer 2014, please click on the following link:
Summer 2014 Group Swim Lessons Schedule

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Row 2 Daytona 2014

Row 2 Daytona 2014Calling all gym buffs, rowers, athletes, weightlifters, CrossFit family members! In past years, we have rowed to Houston, rowed to New Orleans, and rowed to St. Joseph, MO. This year, the National Youth Weightlifting Championships will be held in Daytona Beach, FL, on June 12-14!

We have just enough time to squeeze this competition in and help our kids. Would you consider helping us financially support Youth Weightlifting by entering our “virtual” rowing challenge?

This year, Youth Weightlifters will be competing in Daytona… so we have incorporated this destination into our virtual challenge title. This small and extremely straight forward competition started over three years ago with a few local CrossFit gyms and has now grown to include all kinds of rowing participants. We have mom and pops from Missouri, gyms from all over the nation, CrossFit affiliates from Florida and around the country, our CrossFit buddies from Switzerland, and even a request from Guam this year!

Truly, all you need is a C2 Rower, and the ability to send a picture of your final rowing time to our Event Director.

It is that easy! Thank God for your help!

Due to your support over the past 3 years, this charitable rowing competition has grown leaps and bounds! LIFT Florida is the 501(c) 3, you will be “giving” to and enabling you to compete in the challenge. This year we will be offering two separate competitions and many additional ways to give to our young athletes… even if you don’t want to row or compete.

On the competition end of things, we will be hosting:
Our usual 1,000m and 2,000 meter row for time (with appropriate age divisions)
The NEW – WOD event (which will have Rx, Scaled, Teen, and Masters Divisions)

This year, the competition will be shortened to 3 weeks, sandwiched right between the CrossFit Open and the CrossFit Southeast Regionals. Although many of you who have rowed in the past may not live in the Southeast USA, we felt like the timing of our event might be good to help with training for any Regional event.

So that we are crystal clear… the Rowing Division and the WOD Division are two entirely separate divisions, within this years event. If a person would like to enter both divisions, they certainly can. However, they will need to sign up for each division and pay for each entry. As such, the Rowing Division will receive their own awards… and the WOD Division will receive their own awards.

That said, the TEAM trophy of the Golden Oar will be scored very uniquely! This year, with the NEW and additional format, we will finalize scoring as follows:
Division: Rowing Challenge-
3 Weeks of Rowing. (Week 1-1000m, Week 2-2000m, Week 3-1000m)
Scores must be submitted by Saturday night at midnight.
They will be tallied and ranked on Sunday by noon.
The scores will be sent back to all box owners for publication in their box on Monday
Rowing will be cumulative.
Each week your score will count and be added to the next week

Finishers will be given a point for each placing:
1st = 1 point
2nd = 2 points
3rd = 3 points
etc…on through the entire list of rowing entries

Rower with the lowest points at the end of 3 weeks will win their age group

Division: WOD Challenge – Rx (as Prescribed challenge) or Scaled
WODs will be announced on Facebook: Row 2 Daytona
Week 1: WOD will be a 5 min AMRAP
beginining with a 500m Row for time then complete as many clean and jerks with remaining time.
Rx 165/115
Scaled/Masters 135/95
Teen 95/65.
The 500m row time will be used as a tie breaker.
Week 2 WOD will be a 2000k row for time
Week 3 WOD will be announced April 26th.

After Week 3, scores will be totaled and GREAT prizes from our sponsors will be awarded. Once again, Fashletics and X Training have ponied up as Title Sponsors! Additionally, TEAMs will be rowing for the most “coveted” prize. The Team with the best overall time takes home the Golden Oar Trophy and bragging rights for the year!

Round 1: April 14-19
Round 2: April 21-26
Round 3: April 28-May 3

Compete in Male, Female and Team Categories… Age Groups 19 & Under, Open 20 (20-29), Open 30 (30-39), Master’s (40-54), or the new 55+ OHT (Over the Hill) Division.

Boxes will have a chance to earn FREE GEAR as well!

Boxes and/or gyms with the most participation (i.e., the more athletes that participate), the higher the value of the prizes your box can win!

Each box will receive any one of the following:
10 event registrations = 5 jump ropes for the affiliate (gym) or organization
20 event registrations = 1 set of wood, plastic, or metal rings
30 event registrations = 2 Sandbags
Overall most registrations = a Prowler Push Sled!!!

CrossFit East Box/gym with the best overall averaged time, including all rounds will receive the COVETED “Golden Oar” to display in their gym for the next year.

Current 2013 Golden Oar Champion is CrossFit Acheron. Annually, the the tradition of the Golden Oar is that it will be passed from gym to gym in a ceremonial fashion!

The Affiliate or Gym outside the Florida or CF East Family will receive a SWEET plaque to be displayed with each years Box Winners name engraved within the plaque. Again, plaque will be passed annually to a different box each year.

100% of all monies raised will go toward sending local youth athletes to the USA Weightlifting Youth National Championship in Daytona, FL, June 12-14, 2014.

LIFT Florida, a 501(c)3 nonprofit oorganization, provides assistance with equipment purchase, weightlifting club membership, uniforms, weightlifting shoes and supplies, as well as team travel expenses. For more information, check out our website at www.LIFTFlorida.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/liftflorida

LIFT Florida – Florida’s favorite 501(c) 3 for Weightlifters

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2014 Pop Warner Flag Football Season

2014 Pop Warner Flag Football SeasonIt is time to register your kids, ages 5 to 14, for the Fernandina Beach Pop Warner Association 2014 Flag Football Season. Registration is $65.00.

You can register on site at the field house on Saturday February 8th and Saturday February 22nd, from noon to 2:00 PM.

Online registration is open from January 2 utnil February 23rd at www.leaguelineup.com/fbpwa.

Coaches are needed and applications are also available online!

Play Evaluation Day is February 22, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Players should meet at the field house and be ready to run some plays. The draft is February 26th at 6:00 pm. This is for coaches only, players do not attend.

Practice begins on March 3, 2014.

For more information, please contact Laura Boles at (904) 662-8079.

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Quick Reminder Women of Power 5 K

Quick Reminder Women of Power 5 KHere is a quick reminder if you want to participate in the 2nd Annual Women of Power 5K: “Run into Your Purpose!”

The run will be held at Main Beach on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. The proceeds from this 5K Run/Walk benefits Cedar Haven, a transitional house for women facing homelessness in Fernandina Beach. Cedar Haven gets NO MONEY from the government; it is 100% privately funded!

Cedar Haven is a project of Women of Power, 501c3, whose founder LaVerne Floyd-Mitchell was recently recognized by the Florida Times Union as one of “10 Who Make a Difference.”

Registration is open at: www.active.com/running/fernandina-beach-fl/women-of-power-5k-2012.

To learn more about LaVerne Floyd-Mitchell you can see the Florida Times Union article HERE.

Even if you don’t want to come out and walk or run for this great cause, you could show your support for the local sponsors helping with this event:

    North Florida Appraisals, Inc.
    The Bridge Family Worship Center
    FiFi’s Fine Resale Retail Therapy
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Second Annual Women of Power 5K

Second Annual Women of Power 5KIt is time to register now for the Second Annual Women of Power 5K being held November 10th! All proceeds from this event will benefit Cedar Haven, a project of Women of Power.

This event is for runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. Strollers are allowed, as well as well-behaved leashed dogs.

Cedar Haven is a local transitional home for women facing homelessness in Fernandina Beach. Cedar Haven was founded in March 2011 by LaVerne Mitchell and Valerie Baker as a project of Women of Power. Laverne Mitchell, was selected by the Florida Times-Union as one of “Ten Who Care” for her work on Cedar Haven.

This transitional house provides housing, clothing, life and job skills training, employment assistance, professional counseling services, and many other programs that work together to holistically assist homeless women in their transition to a maintainable, stable lifestyle.

Registration is only $20.00 and is available online at www.active.com/running/fernandina-beach-fl/women-of-power-5k-2012 and will be open through November 3rd. Day-of-event registration will be available for $25.00.

Registration is also available at The Bridge Family Worship Center on HWY 17 in Yulee, www.thebridgeflorida.com AND at Current Running on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach.

CLUB 14 FITNESS will lead a warm-up starting at 8:15am.

Check-in and day-of-race registration will be held at Main Beach starting at 7:30am. Please support our local sponsors: North Florida Appraisals, Inc. The Bridge Family Worship Center, FiFi’s Fine Resale and Retail Therapy.

Cedar Haven gets NO MONEY from the government, it is 100% privately funded.

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Amelia Islanders Successful in Int’l Pétanque Tournament

Petanque America Amelia Island 2011 Group Photo

The Players at the 2011 Petanque America Tournament on Amelia Island

It was already the third edition of the Pétanque America Open Tournament last weekend on Fernandina Beach’s riverfront and once again the event was graced with glorious weather. And this year’s remarkably strong performance of 3 local teams made the tournament extra sweet. I would have to check back in the archives to find out if we had any local teams in the 2009 tournament, but if so, there could not have been many, since the game of Pétanque was entirely unknown in these regions, unless there was a French heritage involved. Well that has changed a lot in a little over 2 years and 3 tournaments.

Since 2009, the tournament has grown from 88 teams to 136 teams this year and the appetite for this magnificent game on our island has led to the formation of the Amelia Island Boules Club which sent no less than 14 teams to this year’s competition. Three of these teams made it into the prize money; a very pleasant surprise and measuring stick of the progress for the game here on island. All those Wednesday nights and Saturday Mornings practicing at the waterfront, on Café Karibo’s courts or behind the Rec Center in the heat of the summer, are paying off.

Locals Nicolas & Caroline Lacand, Bryan Mason & Jason Deringer and John & Colleen Hodge came out on top in the consolation rounds and if we’re talking 136 teams from all over the country and the globe, that is truly remarkable and promising for the future of the game of Pétanque here on Amelia Island.

On the professional level the tournament was pretty much a done deal for multiple French world champion Marco Foyot who had teamed up for the occasion with country man Bernard Martin who resides in Bradenton Florida. Foyot, who has been a force in the sport since the early 1980s already showed during his clinics prior to the tournament on Friday, that he would be the one to beat. In the end however he showed to be too strong for the rest of the field, even though 3rd time competitor Jean Pierre Subrenat and his young partner Damien Hureau managed to give the winners a serious run for their money in the finals, that pulled the game way past another gorgeous sunset to a finish in artificial light.

Foyot has made it a personal tradition before every final he competes in, to auction of his personal balls (boules) for one of his charities. He had a pretty good catch here on Amelia Island as his balls fetched $750 in the winning bid.

The final results for the concours were:

1. Bernard Martin (Bradenton FL) / Marco Foyot (France)
2. Jean-Pierre Subrenat (New York NY) / Damien Hureau (France)
3. Ben Gauthier (Canada) / Mario Gagné (Canada)
4. Peter Mathis (Sonoma CA) / Geoffrey  Canada)

Why Amelia Island Tournament is so Successful and Attracts Players from around the World

l to r: TJ Seaton, Philippe Boets, Bernard Martin and Marco Foyot

With the way the tournament here on Amelia Island is laid out, every team has a minimum of 7 games to play (5 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday morning) before semi finals and finals in winners and consolation groups take place on Sunday afternoon. This avoids eliminations in the first round, and the result is that everyone’s happy and stays in beautiful Fernandina Beach for the duration of the tournament and beyond. Hotels and Inns are booked, restaurants are full and shops are busy as the Historic District enjoys a Riviera style atmosphere. It does also require however the magical transformation of a normal boat trailer parking lot into no less than 68 competition courts in the days leading up to the tournament, which is done in a most superb public/private cooperation effort as the City’s Public Works Department and tournament volunteers get the special surfaces ready.

The Award Ceremony at Sandy Bottoms was packed until midnight on Sunday night and if Sandy Bottoms had opened its outside deck bar, the party would probably still be going on, because the weather was just magnificent.

Update on 2011 Pétanque Tournament on Amelia Island

Staff and Volunteers for 2011 Pétanque America Open

Staff and Volunteers for 2011 Pétanque America Open

There is a Boule Buzz growing on Amelia Island. The preparations for the 3rd Pétanque America Open Tournament are starting to move into high gear with excitement written on many local faces. The old French game came to Amelia Island about two and a half years ago and a handful of local enthusiasts put the first tournament together on a shoestring and with much enthusiasm. Even already that first year 90 teams from around the globe and North America motored and flew in and Amelia Island fell in love with the game and the French Riviera atmosphere it created at the historic waterfront. This year there are 136 teams (272 players) registered, while dozens more had to be cancelled because maximum court capacity had been reached long before the 2011 summer was over.

Last night 2 dozen Tournament volunteers gathered at Pétanque America’s Warehouse to discuss the logistics and allot work schedules and tasks for the preparation, three days of tournament and the breakdown afterwards. An amazing energy poured from the group, which resulted in the amazing fact that the entire program discussion took maybe an hour, during which court construction, port-o-lets, raising of tents, manning of booths and bars, food court, entertainment, stages, registrations, award ceremonies, cleaning and more were projected, dissected, inspected and allotted to volunteers, all the while enjoying pizza, snack foods and a glass of life’s wonderful adult beverage options. Being closely involved with several other events on the island and the meeting schedules they take, I was pleasantly surprised not to even have to miss my Monday night TV show line up.

With coordination of all the activities in the now experienced hands of Pétanque America owner Philippe Boets and his trusted right hand TJ Seaton, the official part of the meeting was  over in less than 45 minutes, rounded of by a quick but delightful trivia for some Pétanque gadgets prizes, a parting beer or wine and whispered arrangements between several local teams that are playing in the tournament to hit the practice courts in anticipation.

The game of Pétanque (Jeu de Boules) as it is played today, showed its origins sometime around the turn of the 20th century (1898-1907) in the Southeast of France from where over the years it traveled pretty much all over the world, often on the wings of French Liquor Distiller Ricard from the Mediterranean port City of Marseille. Pétanque today is played by millions in more than 65 countries, most notably in Western Europe, Southeast Asia and North and Central America. Since the mid 1980s the game of Petanque has been growing in the US into a respectable number of clubs around the country . No surprise therefore that this year’s preliminary tournament statistics include players from 23 US states, besides Canada, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Israel; also 67% of the players are male and 33% female; the exact age range is not known yet, but maybe about the same as last year when the youngest tournament player was 14 and the oldest 83.

Pétanque, the Greatest Game You've Never Heard Of

Pétanque, the Greatest Game You've Never Heard Of on Amelia Island

Pétanque, the Greatest Game You’ve Never Heard Of

“If you’re looking for a fun distraction during a family barbeque, stick with Italian Bocce; if you want to be challenged with a subtle, complex, multi-layered, inexpensive, egalitarian, environmentally friendly and truly universal sport – then you’ve got to give Pétanque a hard look”, says Byron Putnam.

Like all great sports it can be played casually, but it’s true essence is only revealed (and fully appreciated) during intense competition. A couple of weeks ago Putman came out with the first comprehensive English language Pétanque book; Petanque, the Greatest Game You’ve Never Heard Of. Petanque America will have this brandnew soft cover book available for sale at the tournament and after thumbing through it last night, I am sure it’s going to lift Pétanque in America out of its relative obscurity, played from relax lifestyle locations like Amelia Island to Bryant Park nestled in between Manhattan high rises, to mainstream America. The game is just that much fun!

Here is an outline of the finalized tournament program so far.

Friday, November 11
– 90 Minute Morning and Afternoon Clinics for Beginners and Intermediate Players. Cost $15 and $30. Half of the collected monies go to the Boys and Girls Club.
– Official Player Registration starts at 4:30 pm. Local Businesses that would like to offer something special to the players, to be included in the registration package need to contact TJ Seaton at stmaartengirl45@yahoo.com

Saturday , November 12
Start 8:15 – with Welcome by Mayor Susan Steger
– the National Anthem
– Group Picture
The  Morning includes 3 games per couple and the afternoon includes 2 games.
The first game day closes with Happy Hour and Live Music

Sunday, November 13
Start 8:30
– Finals anticipated around 5pm
– Happy Hour and Live Music after the finals are over

9:00 Award Ceremony – Location to be announced

Triathlon Adds to Congestion on Amelia Island

Triathlon Adds to Congestion on Amelia IslandWith the SunSplash Music Festival and the NSFA’s Fishing Rodeo being held the same weekend, the Jacksonville Sprint Series Mini Triathlon held on August 6th will add to the congestion on Amelia Island this weekend.

This race is limited to 600 athletes and begins at 7:30 in the morning at Main Beach in Fernandina. Included is a 1/4 mile swim in the Atlantic Ocean, a 16 (on their website) or 17 (on their logo) mile bike ride along the coast and a three mile run through communities surrounding North Fletcher Avenue.

The Awards Ceremony is at 9:45 AM so there is plenty of time to catch all of the events on Amelia Island this weekend! For more information visit www.drcsports.com/RACES/jax3.shtml.

Athletes at Main Beach Triathlon July 16th

Athletes at Main Beach Triathlon July 16thJacksonville Sprint Series (Mini Triathlon) #2 will be held at 7:00 AM on July 16th at Main Beach on Amelia Island.

    Registration Opens at 5:30 a.m.
    First Wave Start at 7:30 a.m.
    Awards Ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

This race is limited to 600 Athletes, so be sure to register early to reseve your slot.

SWIM 1/4 In the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean (beach start) with a fresh water shower into transition #1. Swim caps are provided in your race packet and are REQUIRED during the swim.
BIKE 16 Flat, fast, Out & Back course along the coastline of scenic Amelia Island on N.E. Florida’s beautiful Atlantic coast.
RUN 3 Out & back with water stations at mile marks. The run course is thru the North Fletcher island community.

AWARDS: Awards to the Top Overall First Place Finishers (Male, Female), Top M/F Masters[40+]
5 deep in each 5 year Age Group:

    Clydesdale (Men 200+lbs)
    Athena (Women 150+ lbs)
    Physically Challenged
    Military
    Fat Tire
    Novice
    Top 5 Relay Teams

Come on out for a morning of great Competition, refreshments, music, and more!

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Jacksonville Suns 2011

Jacksonville Suns 2011Spring is in full swing in Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Suns will be in swing with their home season opener on April 7, 2011.

Baseball in Jacksonville is an affordable way to take the family out for some exciting entertainment. Tickets start at only $5.50 for kids and at Friday night’s home games the Suns light up a giant fireworks show after the game.

Mark you calendars now for the game on May 13th. This Friday night game features not just the fireworks show, but also the Fernandina Pirates Club! Be on the lookout, these Swashbucklers are set to invade the field with their entertaining antics, pirate ship and cannon fire! The game starts at 7:05.

For more information visit jaxsuns.com.

Jacksonville Suns 2011

Jacksonville Suns 2011

Chili’s Give Back Night

Chili's Give Back Night Lift Florida, an organization under Authentic Impact which is a 501(c)3 is a program designed to improve the fitness of our youth in the Sunshine State by supporting, encouraging and promoting the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

Whether it’s helping needy schools, improving young people’s confidence and self-image, or aiming toward the Olympic Games, LIFT Florida builds stronger futures for kids aged 12-19 by helping them receive athletic training, equipment and a facility to perform physical training with excellence.

With the recent announcement of Duval County canceling all school athletic programs due to lack of funding, there will be an increasing demand for programs such as LIFT Florida to provide an alternative to high school sports.

Locally, Sandbox Athletics offers two convenient locations to learn more about their program: On Amelia Island in the movie theatre shopping center, 1114 South 14th Street; and in Yulee in the Winn Dixie shopping center, 96106 Lofton Square Court.

Partnering with Chili’s in Yulee for Chili’s Give Back Night you are invited to join members and students of Lift Florida while they work a “shift” from 4:00 to 10:00 PM.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16th from 4-10:00 PM as well as April 13th, May 18th and June 15th, all from 4:00 to 10:00 PM.

WHERE: Yulee Chili’s in front of Target and Home Depot

WHO: We would love everyone to come! Our athlete’s will be scheduled to work a “shift” from 4-10pm. If you would like to help, but are not currently a parent, supporter, or athlete with LIFT Florida, we welcome your participation! Please sign up at www.liftflorida.org.

If you are not able to make it to the event but would like to make a donation, please go to liftflorida.bbnow.org

WHY: LIFT Florida has partnered with Chili’s in Yulee to offer it’s guests a Give Back to the community night. We hope you will join us for a food and beverage on this night. We have developed the idea as a Partnership between the two organizations. Chili’s is hoping that we will bring more guests to their tables while we are hoping to gain some much needed funds for our TEAM. Each guest that mentions to their server that they would like to help LIFT Florida – 10% of their check will be donated to the LIFT Florida Mission.

LIFT Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing our youth the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and faith in their own abilities for sport and life. We enhance youth awareness of health and fitness and strive to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.

For more info please email: coach@sandboxathletics.com

Support the Youth Fitness Ride

Youth Fitness Ride

Youth Fitness Ride

The 3rd Annual Youth Fitness Ride is October 9th in Fernandina Beach, Florida beginning at 7:30 in the morning at Club 14 Fitness, so motorists be careful of the many cyclists who will be sharing the road.

All ages are welcome to ride and proceeds from this year’s ride will benefit local youth through LIFT Florida, which operates under Authentic Impact, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and sponsored by Second Amendment Gun Range.

The Florida High School Athletic Association, like many school activites, is losing funding and our kids are working out in small spaces and using old equipment which is potentially dangerous. LIFT Florida permits professional athletic trainers to work with local children on form, technique and basic weight lifting development moves.

Harvey Newton, an olympic coach who lives here in NE Florida is teaching coaches to coach and great things are happening including the potential for Florida to turn out some world class athletes! This program helps students become well rounded individuals as they are held accountable for their GPA, serve as volunteers in the community and are expected to work out in the gym at least 3 times per week. Some of these young athletes will receive scholarships that will help pay for their entry fees, gear and travel expenses to participate in exciting, weight lifting competitions.

For more information, call or visit Sandbox Athletics, located inside Club 14 Fitness to work with Fernandina High School athletes and now open at the Winn Dixie shopping plaza for the convenience of student athletes in Yulee.

Until then, come out and support the Youth Fitness Ride and pick your route of 25, 35, 45 or even 65 miles to ride on Saturday! You can still register for the ride at www.Active.com.

See you there!

Visiting the Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center Visit

Olympic Training Center Visit

Article by: Doug Lane, BS, CSCS
CrossFit Coach, USAW Coach

Upon arrival my arrival at The Olympic Training Center, or the “OTC,” I found a guarded gate and a 6ft white iron fence encasing the entire property. After I received my security badge to get me into each of the facilities on campus, the guard told me where the dorm was and where the cafeteria was located…but that wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I was so excited to go exploring… I left all my gear in the car and took off.

What I found was amazing. Each dorm or 5000 sq ft “hall” had its own sport. From the outside of each hall, I could see each individual sport: volleyball, basketball, swimming, all of them; and of course… I finally found what I was looking for: weightlifting.

Now, many of you know, weightlifting is a primary sport in almost every country except the USA. All the “other” sports had a common facility in which to complete their resistance training. The “other sports” resistance training room obviously contained more equipment than any ‘normal’ gym. Its inventory was similar to an ‘ordinary’ gym with squat racks, dumbbells, cable machines, leg extension and leg curl machines.

However, in the weightlifting gym, the entire hall was dedicated to Explosive Lifting and athletic development. Only weightlifting athletes could train in this hall. What a completely awesome facility. Equipment was everywhere. I hadn’t had this feeling since I was eight year old. Do you remember running into the family room on Christmas morning when you were a kid? Lights, presents, cookies, milk and it was all for you? OK… now we are on the same page…

The Weightlifting Training Hall had it all. There were sixteen platforms in total. Most of them were equipped with video-taping and immediate athlete feedback on a 32″ flat panel tv.

I had to leave the lifting gym and go for a walk before my head started to spin. I mean… this was the pinnacle of performance, right? Sometimes only the top 5% of athletes in our nation would see this stuff.

As I started to walk around campus, I was even more impressed. Each hall is adorned with a bronze statue on each corner, all about 4 ft tall. Lucky for me, Coach Newton was with me and was able to explain who each athlete was and which medal they had won in the Olympic Games.

All of the past Olympic Champions who were cast had claimed Colorado Springs as home during their tenure as a “resident athlete.” Some for only a year, and some for as long as 6-8 years. There may have been 2 statues or 32 statues, but it wasn’t important to me. What was important was the incredible feeling of success and ambition that was in the air.

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Fernandina Beach Adult Softball League Fall 2010

Fernandina Beach Adult Softball Fall Season

Looking for new and creative ways to support local small businesses? If yes, then this article is for you! Our very own Fernandina Beach Adult Softball league begins Monday September 20, and features fourteen of our very own local businesses and their finest employees, friends and family. Come out and show your Island spirit! Games are 100% free to attend, making this yet another frugal activity to help us all maximize our island experience and appreciate our community. (Go here to see eight more great ways to experience Amelia Island on a budget). League practices and games are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Ybor Alverez ballpark, located on the south end of Bailey Road after the Island Parkway intersection. There will be moderately priced concessions offered as well as entertainment you just can’t pay for!

Here’s a little information about the league and its rules:

It’s an adult (18+), co-ed, slow pitch softball league, sponsored by the City of Fernandina Beach Parks & Recreation Department; ASA rules are enforced. By September 3rd, each team had to pay an entrance fee of  $400, so obviously many people are taking this sport’s season rather seriously! According to Leaguelineup.com, there are fourteen teams competing this year. All teams must play a minimum of four women on the field/ line-up throughout each game. (But listen up, captains! Let’s be real; having more than four women on the field could benefit your team greatly depending on the females’ talent and experience relative to the males’). Competitive teams are described as those which may hit 3 homeruns per game until there is a 1-up rule. The 1-up rule gives the opposing team a point the fourth time a homerun is hit and every time there after. There will only be two Competitive teams this season. A Recreational team refers to the majority of this season’s teams, those which may hit one homerun until the 1-up rule is enforced.

I spoke with Jason, a representative of the league, about the discrepancies between the two types of teams and the fairness of the games. He explained, “Competitive teams are more for those who are more experienced, and have been playing for a long time. They’ve been to tournaments and so forth. Recreational teams are for those who come to me and say this is their first year, or they haven’t played in over ten years. There are different league rules for each type of team because they are at different levels.” I asked him about the game schedule and how the two advanced teams would be able to compete respectfully against virtually an entire league of amateurs. His response: “There will be a lot of inter-league games because of that. When a Competitive team plays against a Recreational team, that’s considered an inter-league game. They will each play by their own set of rules, the homerun rules.”  So, as it seems, there shouldn’t be too many embarrassing butt-kickings this season. Though if there were, wouldn’t you want to be there to see it for yourself? I’m just sayin’… It’d be worth checking out!

This season’s teams include:
COMPETITIVE TEAMS
AIM SOUTH LOGISTICS
KABUKI

RECREATIONAL TEAMS
MOON RIVER PIZZA
RIVER VALLEY RATS
MARTEX SERVICES
ELITE SOFTBALL
MORROW INSURANCE
HALFTIME SPORTS BAR
STEP-BY-STEP
CRAWFORD JEWELERS
JOE’S BISTRO
CAFE KARIBREW
BAPTIST NASSAU
SWAT

For more information and to view the complete Fall 2010 season game schedule, visit leaguelineup.com.

Author’s note:  Listen up, Recreational teams! My husband and I are playing for team Martex (landscaping and lawn services). We’re lean. We’re mean. And we’ve got some talented women on our team! Better bring your A-game, ’cause team Martex knows no mercy!