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Optimist Youth Basketball signups Nov. 15, 18

Signups for Optimist Youth Basketball’s divisions for boys in grades 9-10 and 11-12 and girls in grades 6-8 will be held in the foyer of the Napa Valley College gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

Signups can also be taken at Athletic Feat or at The cost is $90, which includes a refundable $20 uniform deposit. Scholarships are available upon request.

For more information about the 11th/12th Grade program, which begins Dec. 2, call Parker Hall at 252-0739. For the 9th/10th Grade program, which begins in January, call Rich Beck at 226-2220. For the 6-8 girls division, call Matt O’Byrne at 226-2060.

Prolific Prep basketball camps start Nov. 20-22

Napa’s Prolific Prep Academy will hold its Thanksgiving Basketball Camp for players of all ages Nov. 20-22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, at Napa Christian School, 2201 Pine St.

The camp director is Prolific Prep skills trainer and assistant coach Ryan Sypkens, a former UC Davis standout who played professionally in Colombia, Japan and the NBA Development League.

The cost is $160 if registered by Nov. 11, after which it will be $185.

Visit to register. For more information, email or (707) 849-1212. There is also walk-in registration for $60 per day, but parents must call or email beforehand.

Prolific Prep will also offer holiday camps Dec 26-29 and Jan 2-5, and spring break camps March 26-29 and April 2-5.

Napa Stormers Rugby Club signups Nov. 29

Young men in grades 8-12 are invited to sign up for the Napa Stormers Rugby Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 – at a location to be announced – and learn how to play one of the nation’s fastest growing sports.

The registration fee is $190 until Dec. 31, and $225 between Dec. 31 and Jan. 15. Parents must attend registration with players. No experience is necessary, only some cleats, a mouthguard and a good attitude.

Varsity players and parents will discuss this year’s tour to attend the USA Seven’s World Rugby Tournament in March. The club was established in 2012 and is part of the Northern California Youth Rugby Association. It aims to introduce the game to as many Napa Valley youth as possible.

Visit for more information.

Day of Dance & Cheer slated Dec. 3

The Napa High School Spiritleaders will host their annual “Day of Dance & Cheer” event on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Hollie Schmidt, head coach and director of both the Napa High Spiritleaders and dance department, created the event last year as an opportunity for Napa Valley dancers and cheerleaders to come together in a non-competitive and supportive environment and share their love of dance and cheer.

“Bringing unity within our community through a shared passion is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” Schmidt said.

All dance teams from schools, studios and youth organizations and their coaches are welcome to participate for free. Teams can bring their favorite routines and Coach Schmidt can announce teams’ upcoming shows, events and fundraisers.

Admission of $10 for adults and $5 for students will charged at the door for the fundraiser. Some of the proceeds will be donated to victims of the recent North Bay fires.

“This is a great opportunity for families who can’t travel and sit for long hours at out-of-town competitions to watch their family members dance and cheer routines right here at home in a short time frame,” Schmidt said.

There will be a snack bar with lunch items, as well as a variety of gift baskets that will be raffled off.

Teams will check in at 10:30 a.m., doors will open for spectators at 11 a.m., and the first performance will be at about 11:15 a.m.

Teams planning on attending are the St. John’s Lutheran Dance Team; Napa Valley College; the Justin-Siena dance department and cheer Team; the Vintage High School dance department and Crusherettes; the Napa Saints and Napa Jets youth teams; the American Canyon High cheer team; and the Napa High dance department and Spiritleaders.

For more information, email Schmidt at

NSA Winter Baseball Camp Dec. 18-22

Napa Sports Association will hold its Winter Baseball Camp Dec. 18 to 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, in its facility at 2371 Pine St, Napa.

Directing the camp will be NSA Head Baseball Trainer Sean Cunningham, a Vintage High graduate who was All-Bay Valley Conference First Team at Napa Valley College; longtime NVC pitching coach Warren Brusstar, a Napa High graduate who won the 1980 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies; and NSA Head Spots Performance Trainer Chasey Zulueta, a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

The trainers are Kevin Clark, Dylan Brusstar and Carson Carattini.

The camp aims to provide a circuit training atmosphere where athletes will get well-rounded training of all the facets of baseball – hitting fundamentals, pitching and throwing mechanics, infielding and catcher techniques, mental approach, baserunning, and strength and conditioning.

Cost is $175. Email to sign up.

Solano’s four-week baseball camp starts Jan. 7

Solano Community College baseball camp will host its four-week baseball camp starting Jan. 7. Falcons head coach Scott Stover will direct the program in conjunction with the U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to seven players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Justin-Siena needs head coach for swimming

Justin-Siena, a Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition, invites applications for the position of varsity swimming head coach.

The successful candidate will articulate a vision for a successful swim program that aligns with the core principles of a Lasallian school. The coach is expected to lead the program in all phases, including practice planning, conditioning, strategy and tactics, directing the staff, assistant coaches, scheduling and budget oversight, and embrace the responsibility of being a positive role model/mentor for students and as a representative the school.

This is a coaching-only position with a stipend as compensation. There are stipends for assistants available as well. The 2018 season officially runs from February through May. A team organizational meeting and preseason conditioning will be in January.

Preferred qualifications are three or more years of successful coaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, an understanding of CIF bylaws and guidelines, a demonstrated ability to lead others, and effective communication and organizational skills.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three references, and a statement of coaching philosophy to Debbie Skillings at Paperless applications are appreciated.

For more information, visit or contact athletic director George Nessman at

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position is open until filled. The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. Justin-Siena is an AA/EO/Title IX Employer.

Justin-Siena seeks baseball coaches

Justin-Siena Baseball invites applicants for paid stipend and volunteer coach positions. Positions are open for JV head coach as well as varsity assistant for the right candidate.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader of student-athletes with a strong baseball background and a working knowledge of strength and conditioning, which is already under way. They must have the ability to fulfill, honor and uphold the school’s mission, assist and support in academic work as needed, pass a background check, and have ability to be certified in first aid. The commitment is for 4-6 days a week, with the season beginning Feb. 5 and running through early June. Stipend pay is commensurate with experience and commitment.

Contact head coach Jeremy Tayson at or call 331-8752 for more information.

Skyline Swimmers training Sundays at NVC

The Napa Valley Swim Team has a new program for adult swimmers and triathletes, Skyline Swimmers, that meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays at the Napa Valley College pool.

It is for adult swimmers of all ability levels, whether they want to improve overall fitness, swim just for fun, develop better technique, or train for triathlons or swimming competitions.

The Skyline Swimmers are coached by experienced swim coach and professional triathlete Emily Cocks.

Each workout costs a drop-in fee of $15 (discounts available for multiple sessions) with no monthly fees, ongoing charges, or other commitment.

All attending swimmers must be registered with US Masters swimming or USA Triathlon. Members of masters’ teams and other training groups are very welcome to drop in.

For more information, contact Cocks at For information on any of the NVST youth programs, call 257-7946, email or visit

Napa Valley Swim Team accepting new members

The Napa Valley Swim Team is currently accepting new members, ages 6-18, for its year-round competitive swimming program.

Memberships are available for all levels of the program and less experienced swimmers are welcome. NVST offer several new choices with once and twice per week options with its Novice ($60 and $75 per month) and Junior Varsity ($80 and $100 per month) programs.

Prospective swimmers should be able to swim at least 25 yards of backstroke and freestyle with side breathing.

The Napa Valley Swim Team is a nonprofit USA Swimming program.

For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation, call 257-7946 or email

NVST is on Facebook and its website is

Casual Tennis Napa at two locations

Connect with other tennis players – casual, non-competitive, rally, volley, scoreless, just for the fun of it.

Casual Tennis Napa meets Tuesday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting, at two different locations. For current meeting time and location, check postings on Casual Tennis Napa’s Facebook page or send a message directly to