Playtime: Time to register for spring sports; Girls on Run needs coaches

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Jennifer Marx

There are SO many options for youth sports in and around Edmonds, and many are based right at the Frances Anderson Center. While our kids have done Kids Love Soccer, Sno-King Youth Club Soccer, UK Elite Soccer, Pacific Little T-Ball, and I’m sure something else I’m forgetting, they both seem to have landed on hockey. In fact, right now I am finishing up this column from Lynnwood Ice Center using a Trader Joe’s turkey jerky bag as a mouse pad. While the schedules and snack obligations can be a lot, we have really found a community of friends, teammates, and coaches. Beyond strategy and stick handling, these coaches and friends are a huge influences on my sons, from the music they listen to in the locker room to the nicknames they have for each other.

Even though it was 32 degrees when I woke up this morning and you likely built extra time into your routine to scrape your windshield, it is time to sign up for all of the local spring sports.

If you’ve been driving around town and past schools, you’ve likely seen the signs about Pacific Little League. Our experience with PLL has been really great and we really enjoyed our time at Lynndale Park watching games with our kids and then later, with their friends. We have had great parent volunteer coaches and helpful PLL staff. In looking through their website, I noticed that they offer softball, T-ball, and baseball for girls and boys from kindergarten into high school. Registration is open now and there is a $20 discount for registration before Feb. 1 for everyone except T-ball. For more information to register your child for Pacific Little League, you can contact them at PacificLittleLeague.com.

Sno-King Youth Club, based in the Frances Anderson Center, offers so many local options for youth sports. Registration is open now for flag football and T-ball. Flag football is a 5-on-5 non-contact football league (non-contact is like music to this mother’s ears) designed for boys AND girls in grades 1-8. Registration is open until March 11 with practice beginning the week of March 21.

T-ball and “Little Sluggers” are designed for kids Pre-K and kindergarten. Little Sluggers meet on Saturdays only while T-Ball meets once a week in addition to a game on Saturday. Practice begins the week of March 21, as well.

Registration for spring soccer and spring basketball opens Feb. 2 Spring soccer is for kids U4-U14. I called SKYC to decode this and the actual ages that are covered are boys and girls ages 3 through 14. The specifics vary with age groups and information can be found on www.SKYC.net, click on “Sports” and “Spring Soccer.”

Spring basketball also offers teams for both boys and girls grades 3-8. Practices start April 11 and teams will have one game and one practice per week.

For more information on all Sno-King Youth Club activities you can call 425-775-2633 or by visiting www.SKYC.net

Girls On The Run is expanding in and around Edmonds. Girls in grades 3-5 or 3-6, depending on the location, can join this program designed to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Registration is open for the next session, which runs from Feb. 29 through May 17. The group is expanding with the program running at Brighton School in MLT, Edmonds Heights, Frances Anderson Center, Hazelwood Elementary in Lynnwood, Monroe Sky Valley Family YMCA, Seaview Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Lynnwood’s Spruce Elementary, Sunnycrest Elementary, and Terrace Park School. Because a good portion of the GOTR board are my friends, it popped up in my newsfeed that they are in need of coaches to helm the twice-a-week group, which meets weekdays after school. My friends who are coaches seem to really love it and the pictures they share make me miss that time with my friends! If you are interested in coaching, you can contact GOTR at www.girlsontherunsnoco.org. Registration is open until two weeks into the program or until each group fills up. Tp register for the next session of Girls On The Run, click HERE.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at jen_marx . If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at play@myedmondsnews.com.

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