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• Parents of kindergartners through second-graders have an opportunity to get their kids out in the fresh air. All area girls and boys can play baseball in the Blue Grass league, which goes back about 35 years. Rocky King, league commissioner, said the league doesn’t keep score and no child ever strikes out. The teams practice and play games at Blue Grass Elementary during the school week. Teams are mixed by gender and grade level. King estimated the league typically has about 80 kids, with 10 per team. King said kids from Blue Grass and A. L. Lotts elementaries make up most of the league, but children from other schools, and homeschoolers, are welcome to sign up though the end of February. Parents can pick up a registration form at either school office, or they can contact King at 865-690-3551 or 865-546-0500. Cost is $60, which covers cap and jersey, an end-of-season celebration and a trophy. Practice begins in mid-March, with the season running from Monday, April 10, through Thursday, May 25.

• Concord Hills Recreation Association announces the hiring of Lauren Hancock as new head coach of the Concord Hills Swim Team. Hancock, a 2004 graduate of Duke University where she was a four-time NCAA “B” qualifier and senior national qualifier in the 200-meter butterfly, is training with Pilot Aquatic Swim Club with a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 2008. She moved to Knoxville recently to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee. Named South Carolina’s Swimmer of the Year in 1999, Hancock’s coaching experience includes one year as recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Duke and head coach of the Fields Swim Team, Norcross, Ga, the largest swim team in Gwinnett County.

• Knox Area Junior Golf Association will conduct an accelerated after-school teaching program for children ages 6 to 14 from mid-March to late May at Concord Park Golf Course, 10909 Northshore Drive. This player development program allows your child to have golf instruction on a consistent schedule, allowing the best day for your convenience — each Tuesday, March 14 to May 23, or each Wednesday, March 15 to May 24. Tuesday times are 4 to 4:45 p.m. for ages 6-9, and 5 to 5:45 p.m. for ages 10-14; Wednesday time for ages 6 to 9 is 4 to 4:45 p.m. Cost for the 10-week course is $160 through Feb. 27 ($200 after). To sign up, call Concord Park at 865-966-9103.

• A spring break golf camp at Concord Park will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 20-22, at Concord Park Golf Course, 10909 Northshore Drive. Short game and long game concepts will be covered through breakout sessions. Cost is $100 per camper ($115 after March 9). To sign up, call Concord Park at 865-966-9103.

• CBFO girls softball sign-ups for ages 5 to 18 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the next two Saturdays — Feb. 25 and March 4 — at the Northshore Field, 11609 Northshore Drive. Sign-up cost depends on league age group: 5-7 league, $75; 8-10, 11-12 and 13-18 leagues, $95. For more information, call 865-966-0907 or 865-805-2813.


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