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Linda Scheidler of Otisville, helped Amanda Zecchini, 14, of Davison test out a kayak. For the story see page 15.

Linda Scheidler of Otisville, helped Amanda Zecchini, 14, of Davison test out a kayak. For the story see page 15.

Genesee Grizzlies to host tryouts

GRAND BLANC — Tryouts for the Genesee Grizzlies Falcons 2011/2012 competitive basketball program will take place September 20-22. All players are encouraged to attend both tryout sessions for their grade group. Cost is $15 fee for tryouts and includes a T-shirt. Fifth-seventh grade boys can tryout Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. at Hill Road Hoops. Check-in is 15 minutes prior to each session. No basketballs allowed, all equipment will be provided, but attendees should bring plenty of their own water.

Teams will be formed for age groups that have a committed minimum number of players. Multiple teams may also be formed in age groups if there is sufficient interest and provided the Grizzlies can secure the needed gym time and coach/trainer availability.

We ask that you make these tryouts a priority over other activities. If you absolutely can’t attend the scheduled sessions or have other questions contact Ray Barber, Grizzlies coach, barber.raymond. and put Basketball “Tryouts” in the Subject line. — L.P. It’s free and it could save a life

ONLINE — The Michigan Neurosport Concussion Program is now offering free, online courses for youth and high school coaches with up-to-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. Advocating against childhood obesity

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Junior Kritters Soccer is offering on-field opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-10 in Genesee County at no cost for the fall and spring seasons. The schedule consists of six training days on Tuesdays or Thursdays evenings, six games that are played on Saturday mornings and format is either 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 to allow quicker development, more touches and improved fitness. By league rule everyone participates, all practices take place at the Genesee Fieldhouse at US 23 and Grand Blanc Rd. and all players get an official JK T-shirt and soccer ball at no cost. Registration is first-come, first serve, programs begin on Sept. 13. and sponsors include Applebees, B98 FM and Financial Plus Federal Credit Union. Details:, or 810-714-5575. — M.S. Plenty of time left to enjoy the ride

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. A different kind of hole-in-one

RICHFIELD TWP.— Looking for a different kind of recreational outlet? Goldenrod Disc Golf Course has a full-size, 18-basket course at 6405 Irish Road in Davison’s Richfield Township. The facility is open year around, 8 a.m.-sunset and the disc golf is free. Players must bring their own discs. A printable scorecard and course map is available at Details: 810.736.7100. — L.P.

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