Diggin’ It

Serious volleyball players are made, not born

SUN 10/26

Dreaming of a courtside seat at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but worried you should have jump-started your daughter’s athletic career when she was still in diapers? If she has athleticism and the right attitude, there could still be hope. The elite Golden Bear Volleyball Club holds tryouts this weekend at UC Berkeley for girls twelve to eighteen, with a special invitation for fifth- and sixth-grade girls with little or no volleyball experience.With thirteen teams involving approximately 150 girls, the club offers top-caliber coaching, excellent volleyball training, and the philosophy that hard work can be fun. Striving for excellence requires quite a commitment, with fees starting at $1,900 (plus travel expenses) for the January-July season, and twice-weekly practices and Saturday games or tournaments for even the youngest age groups. Ed Cohen, the club’s director, says financial concerns shouldn’t keep anyone away: “Anyone who is good enough to make a team, we’ll make it happen.”

The Golden Bears’ 18s team finished third last year at the Junior Olympics in Atlanta and all of its graduated seniors are playing college volleyball this year. If a free ride to college isn’t motivation enough, recent studies show female teen athletes are less likely to get pregnant or use drugs — and are more likely to have positive body images — than their nonathlete peers. See GoldenBearVolleyball.com for more info and tryout schedule. Prospective players must have a parent present. $35 includes tryout fee, T-shirt, and insurance. — Annika Dukes

SUN 10/26


Otter be there

At this time of year, even the wild American River is down to a trickle compared to its spring torrent level — so it’s a good time for beginning kayakers interested in things beyond getting out of the river alive to gaze at wildlife, explore the surrounding area, etc. This Sunday, ACE-CLUB (Silicon Valley’s adventure and social club) is sponsoring an all-day trip down the lower American River. If you’re lucky, you might even see river otter, deer, great blue herons, and other animals. Cost is $49 for ACE members, $54 for guests, and includes all equipment, basic instruction, guides, and entry fees. Depart from Sacramento at 11 a.m. Visit Ace-Club.com and click on Open Events. — Kelly Vance

SAT 10/25

Ride ‘n’ Seek

To quote Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd: “I’ve got a bike. You can ride it if you like. … You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world/I’ll give you anything, ev’rything if you want things.” If you’re the kind of girl who has her own bike, and wants to get her own things, then find some like-minded cyclists (recumbent, tandem, whatever) and check in at high noon today for the Alameda Island Bicycle Treasure Hunt IV. The hunt takes about four and a half hours and covers roughly twenty miles of flat island terrain. If you don’t have a crew, teams of four to eight riders will be put together at registration. Check in at the north by northwest corner of Lincoln Park on High Street. Visit ArtsandMedia.net/bayhunt for complete details. — Stefanie Kalem

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