No drastic changes to local sports club registrations

Sport can quench your thirst—indulge your senses—satisfy your competitive fire—and it seems that’s exactly what the youth of Fort Frances want.
Registrations for a number of sports associations in town took place in the last couple of weeks and all are happy with their numbers.
YBC Bowling
Yesterday was the official start for YBC bowling, which is held out of Plaza Lanes, and registration went well says Sharon Laroque, who is the main organizer.
“Registration was very good and very successful,” Laroque noted.
Around 75 people, which is about the same number as last year, ranging from the young to the old signed their name to the league, but “it’s never, ever too late to register,” says Laroque.
One of the appealing parts of the sport (and it is a sport) is how flexible the game is when it comes to playing either competitively or recreationally.
“You can wander around and visit everybody and once its your turn you go back to your lane,” said Laroque, who can be reached at Plaza Lanes at 274-6980.
Border Skating Club
Here’s the dilemma facing the Border Skating Club—the kids aren’t sticking around long enough.
“We move a lot of skaters to hockey, and it’s a little bit of a shame, because if they skated for three years, they would be very, very good skaters,” said coach Penny McComb.
But no worries, as the skating club is (and has) still been able to put up good numbers and this year was no exception. Around 60 youths signed up during their two-day registration, which was held last week, and that’s about where the club has been hovering around for the past little while.
“I would say our turnout was excellent. We have several returning skaters and a good number of new skaters,” said McComb.
But like mentioned before a problem the coaches are facing is the skaters are moving to hockey before their skills have been fully developed, and one of the main reasons they do that is because they don’t want to fall too far back from the other hockey players, said McComb.
“They move over before their technical skills aren’t fully developed,” she noted. “It’s disappointing, but I’m not terribly surprised.”
A few years ago, Hockey Canada made a request to the Canadian Figure Skating Association to what is now known as the “power skating program,” which teaches kids how to skate properly and more effectively, and though the coaches in minor hockey do touch on the skating aspect, the “power skating” classes are usually filled because of how important the skating component is to the game.
“We teach people how to skate. It’s what we do. I tell the kids in our power skating classes, who are mostly boys, that ‘You might know your hockey, but I can teach you how to skate,’” says McComb.
Classes for the club start the last week of September, but it isn’t too late for anyone that is interested in joining and can call McComb at 274-3836.
Badminton
If she could take more kids, Manami Alexander would.
But she can’t.
The Fort Frances Badminton Club maxes out at 25 players, because the gym at Robert Moore School, which is where they practice out of two days a week, can’t handle any more players.
“Because we have a lot of returning players, we don’t have a lot of spots available,” says Alexander.
The club has been going since 1996 and has seen members from the young to the old.
“You can play this sport for a long time,” says Alexander. And considering all a player needs is a racquet and a pair of shoes, “it’s a pretty cheap sport too.”
Swimming—Aquanauts
Last Thursday Roman Ramirez wasn’t sure how many had registered for the Aquanauts swim club.
By yesterday afternoon, he knew.
The numbers are in for the local swim club and the verdict is the numbers are down.
There are currently 33 swimmers joined on with the club (last year they had 55), but Ramirez hopes to get around 20 more swimmers registered by the end of the month, as all of September is set aside for registration.
But Ramirez is disappointed with the club having to cancel their usual morning practices after a change in the schedule sees an adult swim slated for the mornings, and since you have to be 18 years of age or older to be in the adult swim, the club has no choice to practice only at nights now.
“I would prefer the mornings, but we can’t do that anymore,” said Ramirez. “I don’t know why they did this.”
The club also had to raise their fees about 15 percent to compensate for the hike in pool fees, which was passed by council in the spring and took effect in July, but “people were expecting that,” said club president, John Dutton.
Anyone that is still undecided about joining the team there will be free lessons with skills assessment all of next week. You can call either Ramirez at 274-8747 or 274-6672 or Dutton at 274-9603.

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