Saturday March 9, 2013

STRATTON -- The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have left town, but in its place, is the first Vermont Open, which will take place March 14-17.

For nearly 30 years, the U.S. Open called Stratton Mountain its home. But last year, event organizers packed up and moved the show westward, to Vail, Colorado, where the Open wrapped up last week.

"The U.S. Open may have left, but the heart and soul of snowboarding lives on," said Pete Christy, entertainment organizer.

The three-day snowboarding competition will take place on the mountain’s main face, where riders will compete in a rail jam on Friday, a halfpipe competition on Saturday, and a banked slalom race, called The Washed Up Cup, on Sunday. Prizes will be awarded to the best riders.

DJs, bluegrass and punk/ska bands will perform all weekend. Christy said the music will flow from the main base, to Grizzly’s Bar, to the Green Door Pub, for some late-night entertainment.

From the kick-off party to the DJ’s final beats on St. Patty’s Day, slopeside music will be great accompaniment to the on-mountain throwdown. Competitors have access to all parties and events. For spectators, most music events are free.

Christy, the food and beverage manager at Green Door Pub, a restaurant near the mountain, said the event started to take shape when the mountain community pulled together to see through to its creation.

The Washed Up Cup is an actual trophy which resides at the Green Door, and Christy said winners have their name placed on the Cup that feature a dog-tag inscribed with their name.

Curt Gurry and Amy Herman will defend the Cup, which has sort of become the main event, according to Christy. And the halfpipe and quarterpipe contests are built as a "throwback" to old school snowboarding.

The committee in charge of the Open raised $10,000 for the event, and Stratton Resort matched that amount to create the prize pool.

Regular skiing and riding will be permitted during the Open. Registration is still open. Interested competitors can register at vermontopen.com, and general information can be found at stratton.com.

The first Vermont Open is sponsored by Stratton Mountain Resort, Foley Caterpillar, Vermont Country Store, Thebault Design, Tim Ward & Greg Gawlick, Sarah Garay, Wataah, Vew-Do Boards, Science Apparel, Gringo Jacks, Shut Skateboards, Ipath, Driven Studio.

Rec & Parks Sports Sign-ups

BRATTLEBORO -- Sign-ups and registration for upcoming Brattleboro Rec & Parks youth activities will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, at the Gibson Aiken Center, in the Conference Room from 1:30 to 6 p.m.

The Girls Instructional Softball program’s objective is to teach girls in grades 1-3 the fundamentals of girls’ softball, (throwing, hitting, catching and fielding), in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. The girls will need to bring a softball glove. Volunteers are needed in order to run this program. Time and date of the program will depend on volunteer coach availability.

The Girls Youth Softball Program for girls in grades 4-6 is designed to teach the players the fundamentals of softball along with providing them with an enjoyable experience. There will be one practice a week and some games in surrounding towns and may have more than one game a week.

T-Ball for boys and girls who will be six years old by May 1, but have not turned 8 before May 1 - Baseball for a young beginner, youths will learn the fundamentals of baseball in an appropriate way, stressing safety, skills and fun. This league runs for approximately two months. Youngsters will be placed on a team, and will have one practice and one game per week. Each child will need a glove. Additional information will be available at the registration.

Youth Lacrosse for boys and girls, grades 4 through grade 8 - Practice times are still to be determined. The fee includes a membership to US Lacrosse. Games and tournaments will be played within the region.

If there are special needs required for any of the above listed programs, or more information is needed, please call the Recreation & Parks Department at 254-5808.

Little League Sign-ups and Tryouts

BRATTLEBORO -- Any boy or girl ages 9-12 who intends to try out for a Little League team, must sign-up Tuesday, March 12, 19, or 26, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Home on Linden Street, in Brattleboro.

If the child lives in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Vernon, Marlboro, Halifax, Newfane, or Putney, the child is eligible to play in the league. Returning players should also sign-up at this time as well. A fee of $50 will be collected and raffle tickets distributed at this time. Players new to the league, should please bring a birth certificate or passport with them to the sign up.

Tryouts for Little League will be held at the BUHS gymnasium on Saturday, March 30. Players need baseball gloves and sneakers. From 9 to 9:45 a.m. 11 and 12 year olds will try out in the gym, and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. 9 and 10 year old players will have their try out. The draft takes place Tuesday, April 2.

Nothin’ But Net Tournament

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club’s 17th annual "Nothin’ But Net" Tournament will be held this year on Saturday, March 16 at Brattleboro Union High School.

The event is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the entire community. The net proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund.

Teams compete in a double elimination format in divisions for adult men and women, middle school and high school boys and girls. New this year is an adult 40 plus division. Entry fees are $50 per adult team and $40 per student team. There will also be a 3-point contest for men and women and a free throw contest. Both are open to the public as well. Registration deadline is Friday, March 15.

Major sponsors include Entergy Vermont Yankee, Pepsi, GS Precision, and Classic Hits 92.7 WKVT. For more information or to request a registration form, contact Toni Sewing at 254-0047. Players can also download a registration form at brattleboro
sunriserotary.org.