Napa Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups continue Wednesday

Sign-ups for the Napa Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League baseball programs for the spring season will be at Replay Sports, 598 Lincoln Ave., Napa, from 5 to 7 p.m.  the Wednesdays of Jan. 9, Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Saturdays of Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.

Tryouts for Cal Ripken 11- and 12-year-olds and Babe Ruth 13- to 15-year-olds will be Saturday, Feb. 23, at Silverado Middle School. This also will be the final sign-up time.

The Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth League has programs for players ages 6 to 19, and bills itself as the league where baseball is being taught the way it is played.

Cal Ripken Rookie and Minor divisions play on 60-foot bases, and the Major Division plays on 70-foot bases. In the Majors Division, pitchers are taught to work from the stretch. Players utilize leadoffs and stealing bases. The focus is on preparing players for tournament- and travel-style baseball on longer base paths and in real baseball situations. The Babe Ruth Division is for ages 13-15 and 16-19. Teams play on a professional-size, 90-foot baseball diamonds.

The league is sponsoring training for managers, coaches, board members and parents from the Positive Coaching Alliance for the second year.

See for more details.

A player’s league age is as of April 30, 2013. Each registrant must provide a copy of a utility bill. Each new registrant will need to provide a birth certificate or other valid identification that shows the player’s birth date at the time of registration.

Registration fees for sign-ups are $145 for Rookies (ages 6-8), $175 for Minors (ages 9-10), $175 for Majors (ages 11-12), $225 for Babe Ruth ages 13-15, and $260 for Babe Ruth ages 16-19 (includes $25 refundable uniform deposit).

Each registration fee includes a refundable $10 deposit for attendance at a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop for parents to be sponsored by the league.

For more information, download a season information sheet from the Document Center at, or e-mail

High School Golf Academy starts Jan. 12

Napa Golf Course will offer a three-week program Jan. 12-13, Jan. 19-20 and Jan. 26-27 for high school golfers who wish to improve their games, and develop a competitive edge for the upcoming high school season.

The Napa Golf Course High School Golf Academy will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

The cost is $150 and includes six days of instruction from a PGA professional, on-course instruction, complimentary range balls, a Range Grinder Card ($125 value), five 18-hole rounds of golf anytime, video analysis, and strength training/conditioning.

Call 255-4333 to sign up or for more information.

John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway Jan. 12

John Cardinale, a long-time employee at Sonoma Raceway who was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in March 2011, will lead the second annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the raceway.

The fund-raiser offers the public a chance to help raise funds for No Stomach for Cancer ( and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.

No Stomach for Cancer is non-profit group that works to increase awareness and education about stomach cancer, provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment and prevention of stomach cancer.

The public can participate in the event for a suggested minimum donation of $40, which includes the walk/run around the 2.52-mile road course, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the march. A shorter, less hilly course will also be available. The raceway’s Wine Country Winner’s Circle will be available for those who want to take pictures before or after the march. Children and pets are welcome.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the march starts at 10 a.m. No advance donation/registration is required; just show up the day of the event. Only cash and checks will be accepted; checks should be made payable to No Stomach for Cancer, Inc.

For more information, contact Diana Brennan at or 933-3918.

Napa Little League’s final sign-ups Jan. 12

Napa Little League is holding its final sign-up opportunity for players with league ages of 6 to 11 for the spring season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Garfield Park. League age is the age on April 30, 2013.

All new players league age 12 may sign up but will be placed on a waiting list in order of sign-up.

Visit for sign-up packets, residential requirements, fees and other important information. Please download sign-up packet and make copies of documents before hand to ensure faster service. Personal checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Napa Valley Express softball tryouts Jan. 12-13

The Napa Valley Express softball organization will hold 2013 tryouts for its 8-and-under, 10U, 12U and 14U teams on Jan. 12 and 13 at the Napa Junior Girls Softball League complex, 1255 Freeway Drive, Napa.

The 8U tryout is from 9-11 a.m. each day, the 10U tryout is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the 12U/14U tryout is from 2 to 4 p.m.

Players are asked to arrive 30 minutes early for sign-in and warm-ups. Pitchers and catchers may be asked to stay after the general tryout for an evaluation.

Visit to pre-register. Email for more details.

Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association registration Jan. 15-16

Registration for the Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association, a spring and summer softball league that plays at Kiwanis Park, is Jan. 15 and 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Napa High School cafeteria.

The league is available to players ages 13 (by April 1, 2013) to 19 (through July 2013).

For more information, call Michelle Reed at 888-2323.

Napa Junior Girls Softball League sign-ups Jan. 15-16

Sign-ups for the Napa Junior Girls Softball League spring season are on Jan. 15 and 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Napa High School cafeteria.

New to NJGSL this year is the introduction of a new program for youths ages 6-and-under.

Online registration is available at the league’s website,

The Napa Junior Girls Softball League instructs girls from ages 5 to 12. In accordance with ASA guidelines, a player’s age is based on their age as of Dec. 31, 2012. New registrants to the league will need to provide a birth certificate.

The league is available to those 6 and under (born 2006 or 2007), 8 and under (born in 2004 or 2005), 10 and under (born in 2002 or 2003), and 12 and under (born in 2000 or 2001).

The season consists of 12 regular season games, a spring tournament and playoffs. Practices will start in mid-February, with Opening Day on March 16.

Registration fees for the 2013 spring season will not increase this year and remain $150; sibling registration is $140. Financial assistance options are available.

For information about coaching or volunteering, contact the NJGSL at, email, or call the league hotline at 259-9022.

Napa Valley Jets Cheer Team’s Pasta Dinner fundraiser Jan. 19

Tickets are available for the Napa Valley Jets Cheer Team Pasta Dinner and silent auction, scheduled Jan 19 at the Napa Valley Moose Lodge, 3275 Browns Valley Road.

There will be live entertainment by “Double Shot” at the event, which will raise money to send the team to Anaheim for the USA Nationals. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30. Tickets are $20 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at Andies Café, 1042 Freeway Drive, Napa.

For more information or tickets, contact Susie Kastella at or 812-4524.

Vintage High 35th annual Crab & Tri-Tip Dinner Jan. 19

Tickets are now available for the 35th annual Crab & Tri-Tip Dinner, featuring live entertainment by Wonder Bread 5. This event is presented by the Vintage High School Athletic Boosters and is a fund-raiser for Vintage High athletics.

It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 (5 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. dinner) at the Napa Valley Expo’s Chardonnay Hall. Tickets are $65 per person (must be 21 to attend).

Tickets are available at The Bank of Napa, Rabobank (Trancas Street) and Umpqua Bank (Soscol Avenue).

For more information or tickets, contact Debbie Schlienger at 480-7221 or

Napa Community T-Ball sign-ups Jan. 19, Jan. 23-24

Napa Community T-Ball, a beginning baseball program for boys and girls whose birthdays fall between July 1, 2004 and May 1, 2008, are in January.

Sign-ups take place at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St., on Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon; Jan. 23, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m.; and Jan. 24, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m.

The $50 registration fee ($25 for each additional sibling) includes a T-shirt, hat, pictures and trophies. There is an additional $25 late registration fee. New players are asked to bring a copy of their birth certificate along with emergency and doctor’s phone numbers.

The season runs from April 13 to June 1.

For more information, call 259-0344.


Napa Valley Crushers 13U baseball team seeks players

The Napa Valley Crushers are holding a clinic/workout/tryout for the upcoming spring baseball season. The Napa Valley Crushers are an independent 13U travel team composed mainly of players from the Napa area. The team will be playing in eight to 10 weekend tournaments from March to mid June (32-plus games), requiring some overnight travel, plus another 16 to 24 games during the fall season. Spring season games are played against age-appropriate competition on 54-foot and 80-foot baseball fields.

The $60 fee will cover at least 15 hours of clinic/practice leading up to Babe Ruth League tryouts. The fee will be waived for any player who is invited, then decides to stay with the team for the spring season. The Napa Valley Crushers will also be evaluating players for the fall season as the need will arise to add a few players at that time.

No player can be 14 years old before April 30, 2013.

For more information, visit or call Dennis Cooney at 225-1151.


Napa Stormers Rugby Club holding sign-ups, practices

The Napa Stormers Rugby Club invites everyone in the Napa Valley to join its high school junior varsity or varsity teams.

Practices are at the Napa High School turf field. They are held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays. The club hopes to also have evening practices soon, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The club’s first tournament is Jan. 20 and it will play eight weekend games until March; the schedule will be released in January.

The registration fee is $190 and includes USA Rugby registration and number, game jersey, practice jersey, rugby shorts and rugby socks. Players will need to supply their own cleats. There will be sign-up documentation at the practices.

For more information about practice sites and playing for or sponsoring the Napa Stormers Rugby Club, contact Barend Venter at or 266-4354.

Visit or for general information.

Napa High Athletic Boosters selling limited-production wines in fundraiser

The “Bleacher Bums,” the Napa High School Athletic Boosters who are raising money for improvements at the varsity baseball field, delivered several premium and limited-production wines to wine auction house’s storage and shipping facility in preparation for launching their wine auction fund-raiser.

The Boosters’ exclusive auction of coveted premium wines have been offered for a limited time, since Dec. 16 and until all the wine is sold out.

Wine collectors and club supporters may bid on and purchase these special wines by logging onto and following this link:

Additionally, from the website’s homepage, you can select, “Advanced Search” and enter the search phrase “Napa High School” (select “across all fields”).

For more information, or to donate a special wine for the auction, contact chairman Mike Blom at

City of Napa’s Winter Youth Basketball League registration under way

The city of Napa Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for its 2013 Winter Basketball League.

Practices will begin the week of Jan. 14 and games will begin Saturday, Jan. 26. Each boys and girls division will be made up of three age brackets: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.

The location is Redwood Middle School, Harvest Middle School, Napa and Vintage High Schools.

Registration is from Dec. 18 to Jan. 6, or as space allows, with the cost ranging from $86 to $92.

Volunteer coaches are always needed and should sign up early for the greatest selection of practice times. Contact Mike Franchi at 257-9210.

Visit to register online. Walk-in, mail-in, and fax-in registration are also welcome.

NVGA seeks golfers for tournaments starting in January

The Napa Valley Golf Association, an associate club formerly known as the Napa City Employees Golf Association, is looking for golfers who are interested in playing a year-long schedule of tournaments throughout Northern California in a lightly competitive but fun atmosphere, starting in January.

Tournament locations in 2012 included Silverado Resort, Yocha De-He at Cache Creek, Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Aetna Springs in Pope Valley, and courses in the Lake Tahoe and Monterey areas.

Men, women and juniors are welcome, and fees include NCGA membership. Costs for 2013 are $55 for anyone who has an active NCGA membership already or $65 for those who will be newly establishing their handicap.

For more information, send questions to Cory Roche at or call 337-0688 and leave a message.

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