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Sports Capsule: Calistoga Little League’s online sign-ups under way

Calistoga Little League

The Calistoga Jaguars run the bases at Calistoga Little League's Opening Day ceremony in 2019 at Tedeschi Field.

Calistoga Little League is taking online signups for players ages 4-14 wishing to play tee-ball, baseball and softball in 2022.

Online registration is open through Feb. 20, but Calistoga Little League organizer Brian Fennen said it's best to sign up as soon as possible.

"We have only three months to register, hold tryouts, put together teams, and create game schedules," he said. "We will be combining with St. Helena and other local Little Leagues for exciting competition in 2022."

Adults are needed to volunteer as managers, coaches, umpires or team parents, as well.

Visit to register or for more information.

Optimist Youth Basketball sign-ups

Final in-person sign-ups for Optimist Youth Basketball high school divisions will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Napa Valley College gym. Masks will be required.

The season is scheduled to start Dec. 4. The league is back for its 42nd season after being canceled in 2020-21 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Those who can’t make Saturday’s sign-up at NVC can visit or call Parker Hall at 252-0739 to sign up online. The cost is $100 per player for an eight-game season. Scholarships are given upon request, but everyone must pay at least $20. If the season is not held, refunds will be provided.

Everyone who signs up is placed on a team, gets a uniform with the sponsor’s name, and is guaranteed playing time, regardless of skill or ability to pay. If there are not enough girls to form their own league, they will be placed on a boys team if they so choose. Teams practice one night a week and play on Saturdays at the Napa Valley College gym or Silverado Middle School gym.

The league started in 1979 with 40 players on four co-ed 7th and 8th grade teams. The program has expanded to grades 6-12 and thousands of young athletes have participated over the years. Volunteers who have coached in OYB include Steve Potter, Brad Wagenknecht, Dylan Leach, Joe Donohoe, Kevin Thom and Steve Hasty.

State mandates require that everyone, including players, coaches, officials, and fans, wear a mask, even if vaccinated.

707 Premier taking signups for hoop league, camp

The 707 Premier Junior Basketball League, a new AAU program held on Sundays, will have two sessions for boys and girls in kindergarten through third grade at Napa High School.

Session 1 will be Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Session 2 will be Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Participants in kindergarten and first grade will meet from 9 to 11 a.m., second-graders from 10 a.m. to noon, and third-graders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $150 for one session or $275 for both.

The 707 Premier Winter Basketball Camp for boys and girls in grades 3-8 and will be from Dec. 27-30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Cost is $199 per participant in the camp, which will be led by Tony Prescott and the 707 Premier coaching staff. He said it will focus on skill development, team building and competition, with an emphasis on fundamentals. Skills being taught will include shooting, ball handling, footwork and defensive techniques, and include games and skills competitions.

Visit or email David Granucci at to register or for more information about the league or camp.

Napa High having tree fundraiser

Napa High School is taking orders for freshly cut Douglas, Noble and Nordmann fir trees and a variety of wreaths and garlands as a fundraiser for its athletic program.

They can be ordered through Nov. 15 by visiting and can be picked up Dec. 4 at Napa High’s Santa Village, which will feature Santa, holiday goodies and carols. Delivery options are available. Trees can also be purchased for military families.

Napa High needs coaches for track, lacrosse, badminton

Napa High School needs head coaches for the spring sports of badminton, track and field, and boys lacrosse.

It is a chance to work with Athletic Director Darci Ward, who as head coach of the Napa High girls basketball program from 2003-18 guided the Grizzlies to nine league championships and several playoff appearances.

Email Ward at or visit for more information about the openings.

Casual Tennis Napa plays Tuesdays, Saturdays

Tennis players can connect with peers for the fun of it when Casual Tennis Napa meets Tuesday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting. Send an email to for the current meeting time and location.

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