A workshop designed to teach southern Minnesota youth hockey coaches how to effectively work with goalies will be offered Oct. 16 at All Seasons Arena in Mankato. A workshop like this is long overdue and much needed, explained Steve Carroll, USA Hockey's Minnkota District Goalie Coach-in-Chief, who is organizing the three-hour workshop.

"Our goal is to educate the coaches so they become more knowledgeable about the position, and ultimately more comfortable teaching the most important players on their team," Carroll said.

The workshop features a classroom presentation by Minnesota's top goalie coaches, followed by an on-ice demonstration session where participants will be shown and get a chance to try various goalie-specific movements.

"Most hockey coaches have no idea how difficult it is to skate like a goalie, but they certainly will after completing the on-ice session," said Carroll, a former All-America goalie for Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The workshop is sponsored by USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey. The cost of each session is $60 per coach and includes a question-and-answer segment and handouts. Pre-registration is required; space is limited to 60 coaches per session.


For more information, contact Steve Carroll at (612) 869-2719 or by e-mail at


Registration for Rochester Youth Soccer Association's 2005 Spring/Summer Traveling program will continue through October 2. To access online registration, visit our web site at

Registration for Spring 2005 Rec league soccer will begin November 8. This registration will also be done online, and the mass registration will be held at Rochester Community and Technical College, SH 204, on Saturday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 16, rom 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Watch the web site for more information. Information about Winter Indoor, Select Academy and Center for Technical Development will be coming soon.

Registrations for 2005 are being accepted by Socrates Futbol Club. If you are ready to focus on improving individual skills on a 13-week schedule, sign up with SFC. Registrations are being accepting in the following categories until Sept. 30: U9 boys, U9 girls, U10 boys, U10 girls, U11 boys, U11 girls, u12 boys, and u12 girls.

After September 30 the following registrations will be accepted: u13 girls, u13 boys, u14 girls, u14 boys, u15 girls, u15 boys, u16 girls, u16 boys, u17 girls and Uu17 boys. U18 girls and U18 boys will only field teams on a special basis. SFC may combine some ages.

Teams that want to sign up as whole should make special arrangements by emailing Parent recruitment is necessary in these situations. Teams from around the Rochester area may be able to play games on fields in those communities. The SFC web site can be found at



Med-City Aquatics swim club registration for swimmers already on the team is this coming Thursday and Friday (Sept. 23-24). Swimmers interested in joining or trying out for the team may contact Lynn Caflisch or head coach Billy Howard at 529-9359 or

Med-City Aquatics is a USA Swimming-affiliated club for youths and adults in recreational and competitive swimming.

Family Fun Night at YMCA: Flick N' Float at the YMCA of Austin on Oct. 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm with your family. Our first Friday night of each month is our Family Time whether you're a member family of the YMCA or not you're welcome to our Family Fun Night the first Friday of each month. This month we're having Finding Nemo on our big screen TV in the pool area while you float with your family. Bring your own air mattress or floating toy –; we'll have our blower ready to help inflate your toys. The Kids Gym will be open and the Jungle Gym will be available. There'll also be hot dogs, chips, drinks and treats for the family to enjoy while at the YMCA from 6 pm to 8 pm. Family Fun Night is free for member families of the YMCA or for any family in the community for just $8 for the entire family. Please remember our Family Nights are for the family, and children must be accompanied to play areas with an adult. For more information call the YMCA at 433-1804.

-- Swim Team Parents informational meeting. The Parent Informational Meeting for Swim Team is Sept. 27 at 6 pm at the YMCA of Austin. Coaches for the 2004-2005 swim season will be there. Season meet schedule, practice schedule, swim suit orders and more will be covered. If you have questions about swim team, this is where you need to bring them. The Aqua Pack swim season practice will begin Oct. 4 at 3:20 pm. The Aqua Pack Team is looking forward to another exciting season. The Southwest Sectional Meet will be hosted by the Austin Team this year at the Ellis Middle School.

If you watched the Olympics, enjoy swimming, this could be the sport for you. Now is the time to check it out. Have all your questions answered Sept. 27 at 6 pm at the YMCA of Austin, 704 1st Drive NW, or call Cindy for more information at 433-1804.


Upward Basketball, a Christian-centered sports ministry for boys and girls in the first through seventh grades, is accepting registration for the 2005 season.


Weekly practices and games begin in January. The eight-game season begins January 8 and continues every Saturday morning through the end of February. Leagues will be partitioned into first- and second-graders, third- and fourth-graders, and fifth- through seventh-graders. There are separate leagues for boys and girls.

Preregistration deadline is October 2. Final registration deadline is October 9. Registration cost is $50 by October 2, $60 by October 9. Upward Basketball shorts are optional at an additional $13.

Player evaluations will be conducted 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9, at Rockenbach Gymnasium on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus. First- and second-graders will be evaluated from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third- and fourth-graders will be evaluated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fifth- through seventh-graders will be evaluated for the entire 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. session.

For more information, call Sarah Endel at 252-1860 or visit on the Internet.

Registration forms may be picked up at Christian Book &; Gift Shop in Rochester.


The Austin All Star Baseball team will be holding a benefit breakfast on Sunday at the Austin Eagles Club.

The breakfast will be held from 8:45 a.m. until noon. The public is invited and proceeds will go to the Austin youth baseball program.

A meal of eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, toast, and milk will be available for $4.25.

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