Free referee clinic to take place Saturday

Free referee clinic to take place Saturday and sports briefs from around the North Island

Gazette staff

PORT HARDY—North Island Youth Soccer is offering a free referee clinic this Saturday for interested participants ages 12 and over, to help referee games in the coming spring season.

The clinic will take place at Sunset Elementary School in Port McNeill, and includes a free lunch. A session for mini-level referees (games for players 10-under) runs from 9 a.m.-noon for prospective refs age 12 and older. After lunch, a second session from 1-4 p.m. will cover divisional level play (U12 through U18), and is open to participants age 14 and older.

Pre-register or get more info by contacting Scott at morhar18@hotmail.com.

Minor ball sign-up

Registration is under way for the 2012 Port Hardy Minor Baseball season, for youth players age three and older.

Instruction and play will be available in four divisions: pre-tee for ages 3-5, tee ball for ages 6-9, “coach pitch” for ages 10-12 and slow pitch for ages 13-over.

Practices are held at the town field on Park Drive.

Sign-up is being held at Jim’s Hardy Sports in the Thunderbird Mall. The fee is $45 and includes an individual and team photo. Coaches are also needed.

For info or to volunteer, contact Nita at 250-949-8382.

 

Slo-pitch begins

Port Hardy Slo-Pitch is beginning to accept registration for the coming season, and has announced the annual Umpires Icebreaker spring tournament will be held May 4-6 at Beaver Harbour Park in Storey’s Beach.

League director David Deans said league play is tentatively scheduled to begin April 30, with the season’s traditional kick-off tourney held the end of the first week of league games.

Individuals interested in finding a team or teams wanting to sign up can contact Deans at 250-949-7221.

 

Summer pucks

A pair of summer hockey clinic will return to Port McNeill’s Chilton Regional Arena in July, and registration for both is now being accepted online.

Clayton Stoner, the former Port McNeill Minor Hockey player now skating for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, returns for the second Clayton Stoner Hockey Camp July 3-9. The camp is presented by Victoria-based Progressive Hockey and features goaltender-specific sessions for the North Island’s netminders.

Info and registration is available at www.progressivehockey.com.

Lou Lemire returns for the fourth straight year with his Summer Hockey Skills Camp July 9-13, with a traditional youth day camp, an adult skills camp, and an additional specialized shooting/scoring clinic for eligible players registered in the day camp.

Registration fee is $395 until June 1, when it goes up to $425, and includes a camp jersey. The adult skills camp is $150; $170 after May 1, and the specialized shooting/scoring clinic is $40.

Registration and info is available at loulemirehockeycamp.com.

Port McNeill Minor Hockey is again providing $50 rebates on registration to either camp for players who register with the association by June 1.