Beach Cities Sports
John Featherstone’s 16th Annual Volleyball Clinic begins Tuesday at 16th Street in Manhattan Beach. The instructional youth beach program helps boys and girls grades 3 through 8 become fundamentally sound on the beach in passing, setting, hitting, serving and defensive techniques in Advanced (Club Players), Intermediate and Beginner levels. New “Doubles Clinic” offered for local high school players. Cost is $350 for 12 two-hour classes. Classes are Tues./Wed./Thurs. from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. For more information call coach John Featherstone 310-372-8555 or 310-701-0097.
The Amateur Athletic Union hosts the 17th AAU Junior Nationals Beach Volleyball tournament Saturday and Sunday July 10-11 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The event begins at 9 a.m. each day and is open to boys 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and girls 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U divisions. Fee is $70 ($60 for boys 10U and girls 10U, 18U). Contact Gino Grajeda, email@example.com or visit www.aaubeach.org for more information.
Volleyball Ventures hosts men’s and women’s doubles along with a Pre-SurfFest 6’s tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The event includes four levels of play (beginner to advanced) and is played in a round-robin format. Players can sign up individually, rotating players from their pool for each match. Entry fee is $25 per player (must be 17 or older). To register, visit www.vbventures.com or contact Patrick Mejia, 310-929-7169, Patrick@VBVentures.com for more information.
Board paddling practice is being offered on Thursday evenings throughout July at 6:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Divided into groups by ability levels, the sessions help novices get comfortable in the surf, intermediates gain technical input and provide experienced padddlers with someone to workout with. For more information, contact Mike Murphy, 310-991-1837, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Surf Festival is quickly approaching and contestants who did not compete in the 2009 Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim must pass a 500-meter “check out” swim at the Hermosa Beach Pier on July 10, 17 or 18 between 9-11 a.m. to qualify. For more information call 310-372-7189.
The annual Hennessey’s Paddleboard Festival Takes place Saturday, July 10 at Avenue I in Redondo Beach. The event includes the Junior Guard race, the Rainbow Sandals Cup series and the U.S. Paddleboard Championships. The 9-mile race goes to the Palos Verdes buoy and back. More information is available by contacting Tim Ritter at 316-5652 or email@example.com.
Registration is available for South Bay Surf Summer Baseball Camps which runs from July through Aug. 20 at the El Camino College baseball field. Each camp is open to players 7-14 and is held Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fee: $150. Directors are ECC assistant coaches Shane Schumaker and Tony Asaro with a staff of current and former college players and coaches. For more information or to sign up online, visit www.southbaysurfbaseball.com.
AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Street in Manhattan Beach, is hosting Open Ropes on Saturdays from noon-3 p.m. for kids and adults ages 8 and up. Participants will bond while solving problems and overcoming obstacles. Groups of seven start every hour and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the course. Advance registration is recommended. Cost is $20.
Late registration is still available for the 17th Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Run/Walk at Village Runner, 1881-A Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. Cost is $30, kids’ dash $25. Medals awarded to top three in each age division. Cash prizes to top three male/female finishers. Visit www.villagerunnerracing.com or call 310-546-1888 for more information.
Redondo Union High School boys basketball coach Tom Maier will be holding the 38th Annual Peninsula Basketball Camp at Palos Verdes High School. Open to boys and girls ages 6-14, camps run from July 26-30, Aug. 2-6 (boys only) and Aug. 9-13. Sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. and cost $225/camper. For more information, contact Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Dave Miller, former NBA/NCAA basketball coach hosts his MVP Summer Basketball Camps July 12-16 and Aug. 2-6. Open to boys and girls ages 5-14, each camp runs from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. daily in the state of art NBA training facility at the Spectrum Athletic Club South Bay. The camp focuses on fundamentals including offensive and defensive drills, sportsmanship and positive values that produce life skills on and off the court. Extended care is available until 7 p.m. Past guest speakers include Derek Fisher (Lakers), Elton Brand (76ers), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Tyson Chandler (Hornets), Baron Davis (Clippers), Jannero Pargo (Lakers), Chris Kaman (Clippers) and Brian Scalabrini (Celtics). Registration is available online at www.mvpcamp.com or by calling 310-643-7978. ER