Beach Cities Sports: Aquatics, running, soccer, volleyball and more
Soccer: The LA Galaxy will be hosting a World Cup viewing party at the Hermosa Beach Pier on Thursday, June 26 at 9 a.m. when the United States takes on Germany. A similar watch party on Monday, June 16 drew a large group of spectators who watched USA defeat Ghana.
Registration is open for boys and girls ages 5-14 to attend the 37th Annual Peninsula Soccer Camp at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. Camp includes guest speakers, experienced coaching staff and each camper receives a soccer ball. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Running: GI Joe presents the annual Summer Pier to Pier Run on Saturday, July 12 at 7 a.m. Approximately four miles, the course runs in the sand from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier and back. Entry fee is $45 per runner and includes a t-shirt, goodie bag and raffle prizes. Top twp male and female finishers receive Village Runner gift certificates. Runners breaking the record of 18:32 (male) or 22:42 (female) win $100. For more information, call 310-980-9339 or visit mbbootcampcom.
Aquatics: Registration is now open for the 2014 Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim. The swim will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3. Any contestant who did not complete the 2013 Pier to Pier swim must pass a 500-meter “check out” swim held at the Hermosa Beach Pier on July 12, 19 and 20 from 9-11 a.m. Registration for the swim is $45 until July 10 (add $5 from July 11-20 and )may be done online at surffestival.org or through the Active.com link. Additional race information is available on the website or by following on twitter @pier2pier_swim.
Cycling: The 53rd Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will be held Sunday, July 6 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of the West Coast’s oldest and most prestigious cycling street races features a thousand top cyclists in eight divisions racing the oval on Valley and Ardmore between 15th Street and Pacific. The popular community races feature divisions for kids ages 2-14. For more information, visit mbgp.com.
Volleyball: The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) will be holding tournaments at the Manhattan Beach Pier Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Men’s AA and B divisions will compete along with Women’s A and AA divisions. Cost is $45 per team. For more information, visit contact tournament director JP Saikley, 310-220-9558 or visit cbva.com.
The 4-on-4 Co-ed Beach Volleyball League begins Tuesday, July 1. Games will be north of the Hermosa Beach Pier from 6:15-8 p.m. Post league refreshments at Sharkeez with Bud Light, Red Bull, Barefoot, Deep Eddy, Grey Goose, and “Fadorade” specials. Maximum of 40 teams. Individuals must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a team for registration. Registration must be made at the Community Center at 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For more information or to register online, visit smackfestevents.com.
Billed as the largest co-ed 4’s beach volleyball tournament in the nation, Smackfest celebrates its 21st year Saturday, July 12 on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Competition runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature many costume-themed teams. Proceeds benefit So Cal Foundation for Children (SCFC). The Dave Williams Memorial Pro Division will offer cash and prizes worth $2,000. Proceeds and raffle from the Pro Division will be donated to USA Volleyball’s fund in Williams’ name. The event features music, fashion, food and drinks. To register, visit smackfestevents.com.
Registration is open for the 2014 Mira Costa Girls Volleyball Camp for 8-12 year olds. Coached by the Mustang’s varsity team, the camp runs July 21-24 from 1-4 p.m. at Mira Costa High School. Cost is $250. For more information and to register, email email@example.com. All incoming Mira Costa freshman and transfer students are invited to attend the girls volleyball tryouts on Monday and Tuesday, July 7-8 in the afternoon/evening. A select number of freshman/incoming students will be invited to continue their tryout on July 9- 10. Rosters will be announced the evening of July 10. Exact time and location for tryouts will be posted on mustangvball.com as the date approaches.
Basketball: Registration is ongoing for the Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball (HBYB) Summer League. Open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grades, the league consists of two one-hour games per week beginning on Monday, July 7 and running through Thursday, July 31. All registration will be done on-line at hbyb.net. Cost is $140 per player. A limited number of partial or full scholarships are available for families in need. For more information, call 310-372-BALL or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for the 42nd Annual Peninsula Basketball Camp to be held at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-8. The first and last sessions are for boys and girls ages 5-14; the second session is for boys only. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Girls ages 8-14 can learn the fundamentals of basketball while improving their skill level at the ProSkills Basketball Clinic held every Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Spectrum Athletic Club, 2250 Park Place in El Segundo. The head coach is former Mira Costa and UC Fullerton standout Megan Richardson who led the Mustangs to CIF and State finals and was a four-time All-Big West player and the third highest scorer in UC Fullerton history. Clinics will be used as tryouts for Proskills travel teams. Cost is $25 per session ($80 for four sessions). To register, visit proskillshoops.com. For questions, contact director Justin McCurdy, email@example.com.
Baseball: Registration is open for boys and girls ages 5-14 to attend the 37th Annual Peninsula Baseball Camp at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 28-Aug. 1. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. Camp includes a guest alumni speaker from the Los Angeles Dodgers. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.