Activities aplenty this winter season

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— People interested in ridding themselves of those extra holiday pounds, or those wanting to prevent the seemingly inevitable seasonal weight gain, should take notice of the recreational options available this winter.

Both volleyball and basketball open gyms have begun, Parks and Rec Sports Coordinator Christina Freeman said.

Volleyball open gyms are held every Monday at the Steamboat Springs Middle School gym from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Basketball open gyms are held every Wednesday excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day at the high school gym from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost to play in either session is $3 per person, and both are open to people ages 16 or older.

Freeman said basketball open gym is designated for game play and if enough people show up, a full-court game will be played. Two nets can be set up for volleyball, and players can decide how they want open gym to operate.

The start of open gyms brings the beginning of the winter league season as well. An organizational meeting will be held Dec. 10 at the community center for those interested in being on or forming either an adult basketball or indoor soccer team.

Those interested in having a basketball team are asked to send a representative to the community center at 5:30 p.m. The indoor soccer meeting is scheduled to follow at 6:30 p.m., Freeman said.

Anyone that doesn't have a team is asked to show up and attempt to recruit themselves onto a team, Freeman said.

She added that this year if enough individuals weren't on teams, they would be put together to form one.

Basketball is separated into two divisions, A and B, with A being the higher level. There are no soccer divisions. In addition, Freeman said, a volleyball league meeting would be held Jan. 10 at the community center to kick off that league season.

Freeman said she is anticipating the basketball league to be popular once again, with about 20 teams expected to play between the two divisions.

One holiday activity that encourages families to get involved is the 25th annual Holiday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Howelsen Hill. Freeman said Santa and juggling elves would be on hand. Refreshments will be served and those in attendance at the free party will also be able to go tubing.

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