August/September 2012 Sports and Fitness

Sports Menu

Written by scott

Photography by Cindy Taylor

Anyone who’s been out to Jonesville Park on a fall evening has no doubt witnessed the flood of minivans pouring out of its parking lot. In one confined area, you’ve got Gatorball, Gainesville Soccer Alliance and the Jonesville Tennis Center all conducting business. As much as Gainesville is a college sports town on the weekends, youth sports dominate the remainder of the week — at this park and many other venues around the town. Whether your child is into lacrosse, tennis or gymnastics, there are plenty of options. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Cooper 6_RETOUCHEDCooper, Age 5

Soccer is a great way to introduce young kids to group sports. Terrific passing, impressive ball movement, and strategic goal making: well, you probably won’t see any of that during a preschool soccer game. But what you will see during this “magnet ball” match are a lot of smiles as kids learn to be part of a team, play fair, and enjoy the benefits of exercising in a fun environment.

 

 

 

 

 

If your child is interested in soccer, here are some teams that he or she can join:

Soccer Club Teams

Gainesville Soccer Alliance

(352)332-1125

www.gainesvillesoccer.org

 

Gainesville Youth Soccer Inc.

(352) 505-5151

Gainesvilleyouthsoccer.net

 

Leg – A-Z

(352)377-6088

www.legazsoccer.com

 

Nico 1_RETOUCHEDNico, Age 9

 

Lacrosse is up-and-coming in our area. Exposing elementary-age kids to what is referred to as “America’s first sport” gives them the opportunity to refine their skills so that they can play in middle and high school teams. This combination of basketball, soccer and hockey helps kids to improve their coordination, agility, and speed. The great thing is that anyone can play lacrosse: big or small, boys or girls.

 

 

 

 

If your child is interested in lacrosse, here are some teams that he or she can join:

Lacrosse Club Teams

Gainesville Red Hawks

(301) 802-7336

www.Gainesvilleyouthlax.com

 

Florida Generals

(301) 802-7336

www.floridagenerals.com

 

Gainesville Lacrosse Association

(352) 378-5476

www.glaxfl.com

 

Elizabeth 1_RETOUCHED

Elizabeth, Age 11

 

Whether it’s track & field or cross country, running is popular in Gainesville among young and young-at-heart alike. Maybe it’s because of our community’s outstanding trails, the abundance of top-notch tracks at our disposal, or just a result of our health-conscious culture. Whatever the reason, running is a great form of exercise that’s free, available year-round, and a good form of exercise for kids of any age.

 

 

 

 

If your child is interested in track here are some teams that he or she can join:

Track Club Teams

Florida Track Club

(352)375-3064

http://www.floridatrackclub.org/

 

Gainesville Striders

www.gainesvillestriders.org

 

Baseball & Softball Club Teams

Babe Ruth League and Santa Fe Babe Ruth Girls Fastpitch Softball

(352)454-3532

www.santafesoftball.org

www.gainesville.baberuthonline.com

www.gainesvillefastpitch.com

 

Elite Pro Ball

(352)474-1818

www.eliteproballacademy.com

 

Gatorball Baseball Academy

(352) 379-2999

www.gatorballtraining.com

 

Gator Girls Fast Pitch

(352) 327-8145

www.gainesvillessofball.org

 

YMCA

(352) 374-9622

www.ncfymca.org

 

Cheerleading Club Teams

Florida Team Cheer

(352) 222-9977

www.ftcgators.com

 

Team Spirit Cheer and Dance

(352) 331-8773

www.suncountrysports.com

 

Tumblemania

(386) 454-1779

www.tumblemania.com

Football Club Teams

Boys and Girls Club

(352)373-6639

www.myboysandgirlsclub.com/sports_programs

 

Pop Warner Football

www.cityofgainesville.org

 

American Youth Football

(352)682-6071

www.leaguelineup.com/gvillegladiators

 

PopWarner

www.santafepopwarner.org

Gymnastics Club Teams

Balance 180

(352)340-1180

www.balance180.org

 

Sun Country Sports Center

(352)331- 8773 or (352) 378-8711

www.suncountrysports.com/ gymnastics

Tumblemania

(386) 454-1779

www.tumblemania.com

 

YMCA

(352) 374-9622

www.ncfymca.org

 

Swim Clubs

Gator Swim Club

www.gatorswimclub.com

 

Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville

www.makosaquatics.com

 

Synchro Gainesville

(352) 682-0515

www.gaviatas.org

Tennis Club Teams

Mike Oransksy Gainesville Tennis Academy

(352) 376-8250

www.gainesvilletennisacademy.com

 

300 Club

(352) 377-6927

www.300clubswimmingandtennis.org

 

DB Raquet Club

(352) 377-9580

www.dbtennis.com

 

Jonesville Tennis Center

(352) 331-9558

www.jonesvilletennis.com

 

USTA Jr. Team Tennis – Gainesville League

(352)870-6134

www.jrteamtennis.usta.com

 

 

Volleyball Club Teams

 

Girl’s Place

(352)373-4475

www.girlsplace.net

 

Gainesville Athletic Club

(352)258-3137

www.gainesvilleathleticclub.com

 

Gainesville Juniors

(352)514-3423

www.gainesvillejuniors.net

 

Vision Volleyball of Gainesville

(352)262-4586

www.visionvolleyballgainesville.com

 

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