Our Town Sports (Dec. 18, 2014)

Ad Astra swimming: Ad Astra Area Aquatics invites your family to experience Lawrence’s only athlete-centered, coach-directed, parent-supported swim team. Tryouts are open, just contact coach Patrick at 785-331-6940 or coach Katie at 785-766-7423 or visit the website at adastraareaaquatics.org. Come find out why AAAA is known in our area for its reliable staff and fun-friendly-fast culture!

Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.

Aquahawks openings: The Aquahawks are always accepting new members. The Aquahawks are a year-round USA Swimming-sponsored competitive swim team. The Aquahawks offer a swim lesson program and competitive swim team for all ages. The Aquahawks are coached by professional coaches with weekly practices geared toward a variety of skill levels. For information contact Andrew Schmidt at andrew.aquahawks@gmail.com

Table tennis club: The Lawrence Table Tennis club meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive (just east of Ninth and Iowa). Beginners welcome. Call Jonathan Paretsky 832-8993 or Neil Brown 843-0527.

Cycling team: Join Team GP VeloTek (www.gpvelotek.com) to improve your road cycling. Open to youth and adults from beginners to advanced cyclists. Contact coach Jim Whittaker at 913.269.VELO or  velotek@aol.com

Next level lessons: Next Level Baseball Academy offers year-round private and semi-private baseball lessons ages 8-18. Locations in Lawrence, Big Springs and New Century. For information, email Duncanmatt32@yahoo.com or visit NextLevelBaseballAcademy.com

FUNdamental softball: Learn the proper mechanics and techniques to play softball. Emphasis placed on fundamental instruction teaching the aspects of pitching, catching, fielding, base-running and hitting. Coach and team consulting available, too. For information, contact LuAnn Metsker at 785-331-9438 or dmgshowpig@aol.com

Group run: At 6 p.m. every Thursday, Garry Gribble’s RunningSports holds a group run from its store. It’s called “Mass Street Milers,” and all paces and ability levels are welcome. For information, call the store at (785)-856-0434.

Basketball trainer: Reign Basketball Academy LLC. offers personal and group basketball training sessions for boys and girls ages 6-18. For information, visit www.facebook.com/reignbasketballacademy or contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056; or email:reignhoops@me.com

Basketball basics: One-to-one instruction by Frank Kelly, for boys and girls of all ages. Fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling, defense and rebounding. Ten years coaching experiences. References. Cost: $25 per hour. For information, call 393-3162 or email lingofrank@gmail.com

Baseball lessons: Hourly lessons. Grades K-12. All skill levels. Fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and other baseball-related skills. Have references. Call coach Dan at 785-760-6161 (BASEBALL KNOW-HOW).

Hammer lessons: Gary Hammer offers private and small group basketball lessons. Hammer is the P.E. teacher and a coach at Veritas Christian School. Affordable prices and excellent instruction! Contact Gary at gjhammer@sunflower.com or call 785-841-1800.

Junior Lion basketball: The Lawrence High Lady Lion Basketball Junior Lion Club is looking for all girls basketball players K through 8th grade who are interested in being a huge part of Lawrence High Lady Lion Basketball. By becoming a Junior Lion you get access to all the Lady Lion Home basketball games, an autographed team poster, T-shirt and more. For more information and the registration form, please visit http://ladylionbasketball.weebly.com/ and for more info contact coach Dickson at LHSLADYLIONBASKETBALL@gmail.com ?

Baseball camp: Next Level Baseball will be hosting Holiday Skills camps on Tuesday, Dec. 23 (Big Springs) and Tuesday, Dec. 30 (Team Performance) from 9 a.m.-noon for 10U-16U. Cost is $45. Email Matt Duncan at duncanmatt32@yahoo.com for questions and registration.

Indoor facility: Team Performance, an indoor facility for baseball, softball sports vision and speed-and-agility training, is starting to fill sports for winter and spring-training baseball/softball teams. The 12,000-plus-square-foot facility features four pitching lanes, six hitting cages, fielding space, room for personal training, pitching machines and more, for teams and individuals. It is located at 1811 West 31st. Discounts available for rentals of five- and 10-plus weeks. Facility is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. For more information, email info@goteamperformance.com or sales@goteamperformance.com or call 856.1575.

Eudora event: December Dash 5k Run/Walk/Crawl is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 20 in Eudora. Sponsored by Eudora Parks and Recreation. Early registration is $10 per participant, $15 after Dec. 14. Please call 542-3434 or visit the Eudora Community Center for more information.

Officials: Eudora Parks and Recreation is hiring officials for the 2015 youth basketball leagues. Competitive pay and will only work Saturday mornings. Please call Jimmy at 542-3434 or visit the Eudora Community Center for more information.

Basketball clinic: PS Invitational Basketball Tournament & 4SquareAthletics will conduct a two-day 4SquareFOCUSbasketball clinic on Jan. 3-4 at South Middle School. Local former college and current high school players will be coaches. Saturday, Jan. 3: 5- 8-year-old: 9:30-11 a.m.; 9-12-year-old: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4: 5 -8-year-old: noon-1:30 p.m.; 9- 12-year-old: 2-3:30 p.m. For registration info: 4SquareFOCUS@gmail.com and 4SquareAthletics.com

Indoor bicycle workouts: Ten-week program developed for cyclists from experts to beginners. Drills are based on your personal heart-rate zones, and perceived exertion, so they appear to be just right for your ability. A workout typically lasts one hour and consists of a series of progressively more intense cycling drills designed to improve your pedaling effiency, leg strength and endurance. Each drill mimics a real bike ride (sprints, hills, pace lines, etc.) and is set to music that matches the effort of the ride. The result is a lot of fun that sneaks in a hard workout. Meet 3X per week (Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday) from Dec. 28 to March 5. More information: email John McClure jmcclure@sunflower.com, or call 766-8235.

Second session of LPRD recreation basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for those (K-8) interested in participating in the 2015 winter session of Youth Lawrence Parks & Recreation. To register stop by any of the recreation centers or register online at: www.lprd.org. Registration deadline is Jan. 5.

Baseball camp: The Jayhawk Baseball Camp has many different camp options for area youth in the coming months. There is a Holiday Skills Camp from Dec. 27-29, a variety of four-week hitting, pitching, and catching academies in January-April, and a two-day Spring Training Camp in March. Please contact the KU Baseball Office for more information at 785-864-7907, or go to the camp website at http://www.kuathletics.com

Coaches clinic: PS Invitational Basketball Tournament & 4SquareAthletics will conduct the 4SquareFOCUSbasketball coaching clinic for youth coaches. Featuring four championship level youth basketball coaches and former KU player/coach Jerry Waugh. Jan. 3 at South Middle School. For registration info: 4SquareFOCUS@gmail.com and 4SquareAthletics.com. Registration fee: $5.