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The Chehalem Park and Recreation District-associated program is for players in third through eighth grade

Future stars of the gridiron, or kids who just love football, can begin signing up for Newberg Youth Football today.

The program, run by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District in association with Newberg High School, invites kids in grades three through eight to join.

"The Newberg Youth Football mission is to develop players into outstanding student athletes while emphasizing strong fundamentals, good sportsmanship and team camaraderie," a release from the CPRD said.

The team is part of the Tualatin Valley Youth Football League. Registration for the teams closes on June 30 and fees are $299 per player with discounts available for those who are eligible.

All players are required to attend gear distribution at the CPRD offices on July 23 for seventh- and eighth-grade players, July 24 for fifth- and sixth-grade players and July 25 for third- and fourth-grade players.

Distribution – which includes a helmet, shoulder pads, pants and jerseys – begins at 5:30 p.m. on those days at the offices at 125 S. Elliott Road.

Practices run from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Aug. 5.

Players in grades three through six practice at the Antonia Crater Elementary fields, while seventh- and eighth-grade players practice at Newberg High School. Games are every Saturday from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26, with playoffs taking place in November.

A physical release form through the TVFL is required to be signed by the child's physician prior to receiving gear.

Online registration and other paperwork is all available at www.newbergyouthfootball.com.

For those with younger kids interested in a non-tackle option, flag football sign-ups are available for incoming kindergartners through second graders, with games played on Saturday mornings at NHS.

Registration for flag football costs $89 per player and the deadline is Aug. 23.

Coaches are needed for both the tackle and flag programs, and those interested in coaching can visit the youth football program's website.

Sports briefs

Trail run and more at Camp Tilikum

A 5K race, a 1-mile walk and a kids fun run will all be part of this year's trail run at Camp Tilikum in Newberg, which is at 10 a.m. on the 4th of July.

The run will serve as a fundraiser for summer camp scholarships. Post-race activities at the camp will include barbeque, swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery and hiking, among others.

For more information or to register, visit www.camptilikum.org/trail-run.

GFU girls hoops camp slated for late July

The George Fox University women's basketball program, one of the top programs in NCAA Division III, invites local girls to its annual summer camp July 22-25.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wheeler Sports Center.

Girls aged 6-16 can come to the camp and work on fundamentals while receiving "high quality instruction" from the Bruin coaching staff, including new head coach Michael Coppolino.

Camp includes skill development and various, fun contests, along with prizes and a week to make friends and enjoy the game.

Lunch will be provided every day in the university's cafeteria.

Camp costs $240 with campers required to check in between 8 and 9 a.m. on July 22.

Shorts, a t-shirt, sneakers, and a positive attitude are all required for attendance as well.


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