How good an athlete are you? Come and find out at the Parisi Speed School's Cat Club Challenge. Participants will go through a series of five performance tests that evaluate sprinting, jumping, change of direction, strength and endurance. Athletes should take advantage of this opportunity to see where they rank in terms of speed and strength. Each participant is scored and awarded a Cat Club Pin and Certificate base on performance. The Cat Club Challenge is open to boys and girls age 7 to 18. All ability levels are welcome.

Testing Times: ages 7 to 12 at noon, ages 12 to 18 at 1 p.m.

The Cat Club Challenge is free. Call the Cedardale front desk to reserve your spot.

The Parisi Speed School, a national franchise with more than 40 sites in 22 states, has trained over 100,000 athletes ranging from recreational youth athletes to Olympic Gold/Silver medalists and professionals in the NFL, MLB, NBA and WNBA. These unique, cutting-edge training methods are now available at the Parisi Speed School located at Cedardale Health and Fitness in Haverhill.


The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation is pleased to name Andover High School with more than 1,000 students as one of the nine schools that have won cash grants through the first annual high school spirit program.

The first-, second- and third-place schools are awarded $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively, for having the highest number of students participate in the 2009 Bay State Summer Games.

"Since our inception in 1982, high school athletic directors from across Massachusetts have played a huge role in supporting the Bay State Games by encouraging their athletes and coaches to get involved," said Kevin Cummings, Executive Director of the Bay State Games. "The High School Spirit Program is a great way to show our appreciation for this support and also a way to provide financial resources to athletic programs across the commonwealth during these difficult economic times."

Winning schools plan to use the funds for such things as medical supplies, equipment and to finish the construction of sports facilities.

For more information regarding the High School Spirit Program, the winners or other programs run by the MASF, please visit our Web site or call the Bay State Games' office at 781-932-6555.


Residents can soon up for the YMCA's Youth Basketball League is for boys and girls in grades one through 12 and is the national YMCA's program for age-group basketball on co-ed teams. The league's principle goals are, fair play, values education, fun, development of basic basketball skills and knowledge of the game. The league is a family-oriented program.

Youth Basketball League Registration Dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 to 5 p.m.

The Andover/North Andover YMCA is also accepting registration for the eighth-grade travel team.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register.

On registration day, children will be given the date of their evaluation to that teams can be organized.

This is also a time where the YMCA likes to sign up and meet our volunteer coaches, referees or timekeepers. For more information, contact Amy Quinlan at 978-685-3541. The Andover/North Andover Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 165 Haverhill St., Andover.


The Bradford Ski Team announces open registration for the 2009-10 season. BST is a youth alpine race team and competes in the Eastern Mass Buddy Werner League. It is open to children of all ages through high school age who can ski. No racing experience necessary.

Practices are held week nights at Ski Bradford. Season starts at the sight of first snow fall in mid to late December, and racing runs January through March on Sunday mornings.

Registration is open online from today, Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

For more information and to register go to

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