Local rec leagues gearing up

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— The seasonal transition is under way for many of Steamboat Springs' organized leagues for adult sports.

The city's Parks, Open Space and Recreation Department's fall leagues are coming to a close. Weekend championships wrapped up the fall adult hockey league, and the flag football league concludes is season tonight with the championship game at 6:15 p.m. at the Ski Town Fields.

Local athletes have upcoming hockey play and open-gym volleyball and basketball sessions to tide them over before most of the city's winter leagues begin. Call Parks and Recreation at 879-4300 with questions.

Hockey players have the shortest break between rec league seasons. The winter A League begins Sunday, the B League begins Wednesday, and the C League begins Nov. 11. Schedules and rosters will be available Tuesday at Howelsen Ice Arena. Adult hockey coordinator Rob Hodnett said that unlike some other leagues in which athletes participate for a few months and take the rest of the year off, he estimates that about 90 percent of hockey league players return from one season to the next.

All three leagues are full. Players who want to be put on a wait list can call Hodnett at 879-4300. Ongoing drop-in hockey games are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays for beginners, Wednesdays for all levels and Fridays for A/B-level players. The cost is $10 per session.

Fall volleyball finishes with playoffs Dec. 6 and 13. Coed winter league starts in mid-January, and the organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Parks and Recreation offices, 245 Howelsen Parkway. The cost is $300 a team. Open-gym sessions will run through April from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday nights at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The cost is $4 at the door.

The organizational meeting for the coed indoor soccer and basketball leagues is Dec. 4 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1255 Lincoln Ave.

"These are two extremely popular leagues," said Kit Rice, Parks and Recreation sports coordinator.

Rice noted the meeting's importance not only for team captains to register their teams and find out about new rules and scheduling, but also for individual "free agents" who want to join a team.

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