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Softball tryouts on the offering

RICHFIELD — The Richfield Renegades 16U travel softball team concluded its season over the past two weekends with a third-place finish at the Alpena Thunderstruck tournament and another third-place finish at the Richfield Renegades tournament. This was the first season for the Renegades and they finished thge season at 19-16.

The team will be holding tryouts for the 2012 summer season next week at the Richfield Baseball/Softball complex on M15 between Coldwater and Richfield roads today, August 18 from 6-8 p.m. If interested, contact Coach Roehl to pre-register and for more information at Players not able to make tryouts can set up a private tryout by contacting coach. — L.P. Free, online concussion course now available

ONLINE — The Michigan Neurosport Concussion Program is now offering free, online courses for youth and high school coaches with upto date information about recognizing concussions and the best practices for responding.

The 20-minute courses are available at The courses include a number of resource materials and a quiz that leads to a certificate of completion.

“Here at U-M and Michigan Neurosport, we believe education is crucial when it comes to sports-related concussions and especially when it involves young athletes,” says Amy Teddy, Injury Prevention Program Manager for Mott Children’s Hospital and Director of Education and Injury Prevention of the Concussion Program at U-M.

“But it takes a team to keep concussions on the sidelines. Coaches, parents, teammates and the players themselves need to be aware of the risk and symptoms,” says Teddy.

The new online training is designed to help coaches follow the four Rs, Recognize the injury, Report it (to coaches, parents, physicians), Remove the athlete from play, And plan for Recovery. — L.P. Outdoors enthusiasts to get special deal at MIS

BROOKLYN — Show your 2011 Michigan hunting, fishing or ORV license, or snowmobile trail permit at Michigan International Speedway and get 50 percent off Friday and Saturday tickets on Aug. 19- 20, and $10 off Turn 1 tickets on Sunday, Aug. 21. Just go to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) booth, show your license or permit, and get a voucher for the MIS box office. — L.P. Saddle up to support Flint River

FLINT — The Friends of the Flint River Trail announce that the regular Sunday rides continue every Sunday through October. The group ride starts at 2 p.m. sharp from the Flint Farmers’ Market. Rides are typically about 13-15 miles in length, leisurely in pace, and travel to Blue Bell Beach or Stepping Stone Falls and back.

Also on tap are the mid-Michigan Trail rides on the second Saturday of each month. Details: L.P.

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