THE NEW YEAR CAN BE a time for making resolutions for self-improvements or starting fresh with things you enjoy.
As I've written in this column in past years, I'm generally not one for resolutions, but the host of fit and fun programs being offered by area recreation councils might inspire me to charge into 1999 with a flurry of activity.
Get out the bats, gloves and balls -- baseball is just around the corner. Registration for Sykesville Baseball will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 16, 23 and 30 in Center Court at Carrolltown Center. Those registering late are not guaranteed a team placement.
The league offers T-ball for age 5, intramural teams for ages 6 through 18, and travel and tournament teams. Babe Ruth League is available for ages 16 through 18 and Metro League for ages 11 through 16.
Umpire Training School registration will be held concurrently for ages 12 and older. Training sessions are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7 and 14.
For more information on baseball or umpiring, call the baseball hot line at 410-795-8047.
The Freedom Optimist Girls Softball program will accept registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 16, 23 and 30 in Carrolltown's Center Court.
Teams will be provided for ages 5 to 7 in the clinic, and divisional ages of 10, 12 and 17. Separate tournament teams will be organized to participate in youth softball tournaments throughout the season.
Information: Softball hot line 410-549-9243.
Registration for the Sykesville Slammers Fast Pitch softball will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30 in front of the Community Room at Carrolltown Center.
The Slammers offer fast-pitch teams for girls in divisions 12, 14 and high school.
The Slammers will hold the annual Fast Pitch Instructional Clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, starting Jan. 10 through March 14.
The clinic is open to all girls ages 8 to 18 who want to learn fielding, hitting techniques and batting stances.
A one-time registration fee of $20 is payable at sign-up. Professional pitching instruction will be offered for nine weeks with Buddy Weiderman at a cost of $50.
Pitchers are asked to bring their catchers.
Sykesville Slammers team registration will be discounted $5 for all clinic participants.
Information: Bill Withrow, 410-795-4943 or Larry Robinson, 410-795-8407.
Late registration forms for the Freedom Optimist Lacrosse program are available at the Eldersburg branch library.
Equipment will be distributed to all registered players from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 16 at SuperSports in Eldersburg Business Park on Route 32.
Instructional clinic for girls ages 6 to 14 will be held from 3: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 17, 24 and 31. Cost is $15 for four weeks.
Instructional clinics are also available for boys Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28: ages 5 to 8, 3: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m.; ages 9 to 10, 3: 30 p.m. to 4: 45 p.m.; and ages 11 to 14 from 5 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m.
Information for boys: Chris or Mary Lees Gunther, 410-795-7557; girls, Tim or K. C. Hastings, 410-549-3039.
Freedom Fire Stars Majorette Corps, under the direction of Judi Marlatt, is accepting new members ages 5 and older.
One-hour group classes are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Eldersburg Elementary School. Fees are $45 a year plus uniform maintenance, equipment and $12 per month instruction fee.
The Fire Stars are sponsoring four-week twirling camps at a cost of $55 per session, baton included. No experience is necessary.
Session I runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 25; Session II from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 26; and Session III from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays through Feb. 27.
All camps are held at Eldersburg Elementary School.
Information and registration: Judi Marlatt, 410-788-7312.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 1/05/99