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Hockey: Bay State Games tryouts scheduled

The West Region team competing in the The Bay State Games Boys Scholastic Hockey Showcase has scheduled tryouts beginning Sunday, June 1 at Smead Arena in Springfield.

Tournament competition is from July 10-13 at the Foxboro Sports Center.

All registration and sign-ups are is being done online at Interested high school players should go to the website to confirm eligibility as well as dates, times and rink locations of all tryouts and practices.

If you have questions, call coach Bob Newton at (443) 691-1881.

High Schools: Assistant coach post for cross country

Pittsfield High School is looking to hire an assistant cross-country coach for the fall 2014 season. This is a paid position.

The assisstant coach is responsible for aiding the head coaches with organizing the boys and girls cross-country programs. Essential duties include: supervising the student-athletes during practices and competitions, instructing the student-athletes in rules, regulations, and techniques of the sport, supporting tasks associated with administrative duties and assisting with meet management and strategy.

The application deadline is June 13. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to: Pittsfield Public Schools, Human Resource Dept., 269 First Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. 

Softball: Blaze 16U teams seeking players

The Berkshire Blaze girls 16U tournament softball team is currently looking for players and an advanced pitcher for this summer's team.

The Berkshire Blaze play in tournaments throughout New England from mid June through early August. Interested players should contact Mike Ameen at

Softball: Major Division sign-up deadline June 1

Registration for the Pittsfield Girls Softball Major Division will be accepted until June 1. Girls born between 1995-2000 are eligible.

For more information or to register:

Swimming: YMCA Polar Bears registration set

The Pittsfield Family YMCA is currently holding open registration for its summer Polar Bears swim team program. The program is open to youngster sages 6-18, and it runs until July 23.

There are three age and ability-based divisions: Cubs (ages 6-9), meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-6:15 p.m.; Juniors (ages 9-13), meet Mondays-Fridays 6-8 p.m.; Seniors (ages 14-18), meet Mondays-Fridays 6-8 p.m.

Registration is $150 for Cubs, along with $300 for juniors and seniors. Team participation requires a YMCA membership. A youth membership for children through age 12 is $36, while a teen membership is $15 per month by automatic payments. Sibling discounts are available.

For more information, call the YMCA's aquatics at (413) 499-7650, ext. 27, or email coach Tim Grace at tim.


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