Beach Cities Sports: Flag football, running, swimming, volleyball and more
Beach Volleyball: Many local standouts will be competing in the Girls Junior National Beach Championships featuring 10U, 12U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U divisions will take place Tuesday through Saturday, July 14 in Hermosa Beach. Aaubeach.org.
Swimming: The inaugural Redondo Beach Open Water Swim will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 at Miramar Park, 201 Paseo De La Playa. 1-mile ($40) and 1/2-mile ($30) swims (add $10 after June 30). The event is a qualifying swim for the International Surf Festival Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swim. Finishers receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top 5 overall and top 3 in each age group. Active.com/redondo-beach-ca/water-sports.
Flag Football: The Prank Monkey Coed Beach Flag Football League begins Thursday, July 12 on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Open to adults over the age of 18. Games are played every Thursday (with the exception of July 26) from 6 – 8 p.m. with two twenty-minute halves, alternating male and female quarterbacks. Registration is offered as a team only. Individuals must contact the League Director to be placed on a team. Cost is $265 per team. apm.activecommunities.com.
Cycling: The 57th Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix takes place Sunday, July 22 at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach. New this year will be two 25-minute races with Category 5 and Women’s Category 4-5 events. There will be a $20,500 maximum cash purse.with six state championships on the line. The popular Kids Race begins at noon, followed by Women’s Pro 1-3 and Men’s Pro 1-2 competition. Mbgp.com.
Tennis: 51st Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament presented by Audi Pacific will be held July 26-29 at Live Oak Park and Mira Costa High School from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Open to players 16 and over, the single elimination tournament features Men’s and Women’s Open, Singles and Doubles Divisions to Amateur Divisions. Prizes and trophies awarded to all division winners. All entries include lunch, T-shirt and swag bag. Citymb.info.
Running: The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix has also added a 1-mile running race this year with a prize purse of $4,000. South Bay runner Stewart Harwell partnered with the MB Grand Prix Committee, Village Runner’s Mike Ward and Chevron to add two races of 300 runners each – a women’s race at 12:30 p.m. followed by the men 15 minutes later. Participants receive commemorative run tees, chip timing and there will be medals for the top three finishers in each age division. Race entry is $30 before July 10 (add $10 after). Villagerunner.com.
Basketball: Dave Miller, Emmy Award winning NBA analyst, will be hosting his 21st annual MVPCamp.com summer basketball camps at Aviation Sports Complex in Redondo Beach. Session II runs from July 16-20 (girls only) and Session III July 30-Aug. 3 (coed). Camps are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to boys and girls ages 5 to 14. Brochures available by calling (424) 200-0697 or print an application form from the website mvpcamp.com.
Volleyball: VIBE Volleyball Lab, 110 Eucalyptus Dr. in El Segundo, is offering three summer programs for players who want to improve their skills. The July Class Pass runs from July 9-26 featuring all skills, 6-on-6, jump training, beach sessions and coaches from the National Team and AVP Tour. Unlimited weekly pass is $350 (drop in $40/class). The Sports Performance program includes private ($70) and semi-private ($45) classes for strength and conditioning while the Beach program includes private (60 minutes, $100), doubles (90 minutes, $70/athlete) and group (90 minutes, $180) instruction. (424) 277-0907.
The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is holding registration for the 2018 fall program in Hermosa Beach. The instructional volleyball league will provide boys and girls ages 7-15 the opportunity to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. The eight-week developmental league provides instruction while practices and games operate in a coed format and offer participants the opportunity to develop self-esteem and confidence. The league runs Sept. 10 through Oct. 29 at South Park. Practices for the league will be held on Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and games on Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m Registration is available online at usyvl.org and includes a volleyball, t-shirt, and end of season participation award.
Sports Camps: Founded in 1972, Peninsula Sports Camps is offering camps for boys and girls ages 5-14. Run by Tom Maier, one of the South Bay’s most prominent basketball coaches with over 700 wins and 4 CIF titles, the camp includes fundamentals, games (everyone plays), guest speakers, camp T-shirt, awards and contests. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m .- 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. featuring basketball (July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30 – Aug. 3), baseball (July 23-27), and soccer (July 16 – 20, July 30 – Aug. 3). Fees: $270 full day, $150 ½ day. Camps are held at Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Rd., Palos Verdes Estates. For more information, call Maier at (310) 213-5433 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Baseball: Beach City Baseball & Softball Academy will offer four weeks of camps during July and August. Open to boys and girls ages 5-12, the baseball and softball camps will focus on drills that will improve fundamentals of: hitting, outfield, infield, base running, sliding, and more. The El Segundo Camp (430 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo) will be held July 16 – 20 and Aug. 13 – 17. The West Torrance Camp (5417 Halison St., Torrance) runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 30 – Aug. 3. Tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations.
by Randy Angel