Play Ball: Wednesday, Aug. 7

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Charger logo embedded in commons floor at Orion High School

Orion Middle School Football Skills Mini-Camp

Times, dates and place: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 22, Orion Middle School practice field. This is a free camp for seventh and eighth graders.

What to bring: Shorts, cleats or tennis shoes, and water or sports drink.

Contact person: Austin Hepner, (309) 798-4735.

Orion Youth Volleyball

Ages: Fourth through sixth grade girls.

Schedule: Practices start in August. Games will be on Saturday afternoons in September and October.

Registration: Deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. Forms are available on the Orion school district website,, under the Schools tab on the right (look for Student Camps & Leagues).

Contact person: Natatlie Farwell, (309) 737-3132.

Orion Youth Tackle Football

Age divisions: Orion football players now in fourth and fifth grade, who will be in fifth and sixth grade this fall. Players must turn 10 or older sometime during fifth grade, and cannot turn 13 before Sept. 15 during sixth grade.

Registration: Since the registration date has passed, the league will charge a late fee.

Schedule: Orion is affiliated with the Youth Sports Foundation. Beginning Monday, Aug. 12, the season includes an introduction to tackle football and a jamboree kick-off. The six-game schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 8.

Contact person: Kyle Kreinbring, (309) 781-3765, or the Youth Sports Foundation, (563) 288-2541.

Orion High School Volleyball

Dates, times and places: Tryouts and practices begin Wednesday, Aug. 14. Varsity — 3:25 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 16, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Orion High School. Freshmen and sophomores — 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 15, practice gym.

What to complete: All athletes must have a completed physical form, a signed permission slip, a signed drug-testing form and an insurance waiver before they can try out or practice. All forms are available in the OHS office.

Contact person: Varsity coach Jack Wheeler, (309) 762-3073.

Orion Soccer Club

Registration: Wednesday, July 31, was the last day to register for the 2013-14 season. Players who register now will play a late fee. Forms may be picked up at Orion schools and mailed with the registration fee and a copy of a birth certificate (for first-time players only) to Orion Soccer Club, P.O. Box 754, Orion IL 61273.

Late registration will be held during school registration in August. The late fee will be assessed.

Ages: Boys and girls will be assigned to teams according to age — Under 6 (born before Aug. 1, 2007), Under-8, Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14.

Dates: Practices will begin in August. Six games will be played on Saturdays in September and October. Another six games will be played on Saturdays in April and May.

Contact person: Carrie McCunn, (309) 526-3839 or 912-3872.

League & team organizers

The Orion Gazette regularly publishes registration, tryout, camp and tournament information. To have your league or team included in "Play Ball!" you may leave a registration form in the Orion Gazette box at any of the three Orion schools. (Ask the office staff where to leave the form.)

You may also leave information at the Gazette office next to the post office in Orion, or you may e-mail it to

Our deadline is noon Tuesdays.