Category Archives: Claremont

Ice Skating as a Summer Sport in Claremont

Cool off on the Ice this Summer

In some parts of the country, ice skating is a seasonal sport. Skaters wipe off their blades and put away their gear when spring melts the snow.  But here is So Cal, figure skating and hockey are both year-round.

In my hometown of Claremont, CA, we have two nearby ice rinks. Both are in Ontario. But don’t get them confused. Each has its own feel.  One is more than four decades old, while the other is only a few years old.

When the weather gets hot, call some friends and check out one of these rinks.

Both rinks offer:

public skating

hockey lessons

figure skating lessons

broomball

birthday parties

skate rentals

The older and smaller rink is:

Ontario Ice Skating Center
1225 West Holt Boulevard
Ontario,  CA  91762-3639
(909) 986-0703

The newer and larger rink is:

Center Ice Arena
201 S. Plum Ave.
Ontario
(909) 986-4231

My daughter skates at Center Ice Arena. She likes it because it is bigger than the rink on Holt. But our neighbor’s daughter started at the Ontario Ice before Center Ice opened, and she loves it.  Try them both.

If you want to see a local figure skating competition for free, check out the ISI Open at Center Ice July 18 and 19, 2009.  My daughter competed in this the last 3 years (see pic of her at event above).  We are coming as spectators this year. For two days local figure skaters from all levels compete. A great way to see the thrill of figure skating up close. More details are at the Center Ice site.

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Volleyball Summer Camps in and around Claremont


Volleyball Summer Camps in Inland Valley, CA

Volleyball Camps this Summer in the Inland Valley.

Many USYVL parents have been talking about volleyball this summer. USYVL does not have a summer league in our area. I am trying to  put up links to Inland Valley volleyball camps that I know about. Most of the info below I cut and paste from various websites and then put the link for more info. If you know more about these or other volleyball programs, please let me know and I will post the information.

Club West Volleyball has summer volleyball camps. My daughter did a volleyball camp there the last 2 summers. I know several kids in our league did this camp. It is mornings and you get good instruction. Indoors. $150 a week. You will need knee pads. Please note that Club West is moving from La Verne to Rancho Cucamonga. The Web Site has the La Verne address on it but the flyer you download has the new address.

Junior high camps are for 8th grade or younger. They also have camps for older kids.

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #1 7/5/10 – 7/9/10 9:00am – 12:00pm $150.00/Week

JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #2 7/12/10 – 7/16/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #3 7/19/10 – 7/23/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #4 7/26/10 – 7/30/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #5 8/2/10 – 8/6/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #6 8/9/10 – 8/13/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #7 8/16/10 – 8/20/10 9:00am – 12:00pm
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP #8 8/23/10 – 8/27/10 9:00am – 12:00pm

Claremont McKenna hosts a Nike Camp that is both for overnight campers and day campers. It is more intensive I think, and more expensive.

Cal Poly Pomona lists volleyball  summer camp on its website (see below for dates). Do not know much about it.

Volleyball (Three separate camps for boys and girls)
Dates: July 6-9 (Youth camp); July 26-29 (High School camp); August 2-5 (High School camp)
Ages: 8-11 (July 6-9); 12-18 (July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5 — no 2010 HS graduates)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Youth); 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (HS camps)
Cost: $125 (Youth); $225 (HS camps)

Location: May Gym (Youth); Kellogg Gym and May Gym (HS camps)

For more information on Cal Poly Pomona camps and clinics, please call the athletic department office at (909) 869-2810.

Cal State San Bernardino’s summer volleyball program is as follows:

TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., July 26-28, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., July 29, 2010
LOCATION: Cal State San Bernardino
Coyote Den & Coussoulis Arena
CAMPER ELIGIBILITY: Camp is open to all girls entering grades
7-12 and to graduating seniors.
COSTS: $225 per camper due by July 16, 2010.
After July 16, 2010 cost is $250.

SportsWorldVolleyball in Ontario lists summer camp on its website.

June 21-25, 2010 peeWee Day Camps SportsWorld Coaches & Athletes Boys & Girls 2nd through 5th grade interested in learning the basics of volleyball in a fun-filled atmosphere. Campers can register for a single day or the full-week.
coming soon Beach Camps SportsWorld Coaches & AVP Players Prepare at SportsWorld, perform at the beach. We offer the only indoor beach volleyball camps in the US – and guarantee no sun burns ! You’ll learn the special rules and skills needed to play beach volleyball along with music, video and surprises !
July 12-16, 2010 NIKE Volleyball Camp SportsWorld Coaches & AVP Players Week long camp for girls interested in indoor or beach volleyball. Developing fundamental skills for the beginner and strategy, positioning and team-play for the more advanced camper. NIKE games, gear and prizes!
July 27-July 28, 2010 VB Clinics Gold Medal Olympian, Pat Powers Two day clinic for intermediate-to-advanced skill levels interested in learning higher-level aspects of volleyball. Ending with “Survivor” an exciting game scenario created by Pat Powers that pulls it all together – parents welcome each day.
August 2-5, 2010 The Next Level Gold Medal Olympian, Ryan Millar Week long camp led by current Gold Medal Olympian as he prepares for the Olympics in London 2012.


Glendora Youth Volleyball has a program in the fall, but I do not think they have one for the summer. Several of our players have played in Glendora as well. I do not think they have a website, but they have an email gyvforfun@aol.com.

Arsenal Volleyball has a volleyball league but I am not sure if they have a volleyball summer camp. Web site not that clear.  Let me know if you know any more about them. They play in Upland.

If you know of any other Inland Valley summer volleyball camps, please let me know.

If you go to the beach this summer, consider Laguna Beach (Main Beach) as it has sand volleyball courts. Fun to play or just to watch. Or just call some friends and play on the Claremont city court. If you have other suggestions, please share below in comments.

Don’t forget that USYVL is now taking registration for fall. You get a discount for registering online early and for volunteering as a head coach.

Creativezazz Volleyball T-shirts

Finding cute volleyball related t-shirts can be hard, so I came up with a few of my own volleyball t-shirt designs and made them available at Printfection.  I can also supply the designs to other vendors if requested. I can do custom designs if you have an idea.

The Claremont Club has had sand volleyball classes in the past. We have not done these so let us know if you have any more info.

Volleyball T-shirts and More

Volleyball Team Names


Claremont Little League Rays 2009

Play Ball!

Pics are up in the gallery of Claremont Little League Rays. You can view a slideshow of a couple games from the season. I got some great action shots. Just click on the photo below to go to the gallery.

I love the players in their Major League uniforms!

Thank you to all our dedicated coaches and the family members that helped out this season.  Congratulations to the players for their effort and sportsmanship.

I welcome your comments on the photos.

See how I made the Rays bookmarks I gave out at the end-of-year party.

Volleyball T-shirts and More

Volleyball Above All!



Creativezazz launched a new line of t-shirt designs for volleyball enthusiasts, available through Printfection. I love this t-shirt printing company because they do quality work and have a money-back guarantee. Printfection offers many different colors.

They also offer volume discounts.  If you are interested in team shirts and need something special, just let me know.

Some of my designs are also available at Cafepress. You might check both sites to see if one has a better promotion going. Cafepress also offers my designs on other products such as water bottles and mugs. Volleyball water bottles and mugs make great gifts.

I can also work with other t-shirt vendors if you have one you like.

It’s hard to find fun t-shirts with a volleyball motif, so I will be filling the void. Here are just a few examples.

My heart t-shirt design features a volleyball swooshing down from a spike against a heart.

My spiker chicks t-shirt shows a high velocity volleyball crashing down from a spike. Show your style & your love for volleyball.

My Bump It Up shirt shows the ball flying up. Other designs available.

T-shirts are available in both girls and women’s sizes. More to come.  Let me know what you think. I’d love your suggestions for more shirts.

Need help finding a cool name for your volleyball team? Check out my list of team names.

Looking for volleyball gifts? Check out these links.

View my Cafepress volleyball shops.

Related post: best gift ideas for a volleyball coach


Claremont Links

Links pertaining to Claremont, CA

City of Claremont

The Village Claremont

Claremont Chamber

Claremont Calendar

Claremont School District

Claremont Wednesdays

Claremont Forum

Claremont Courier

printable coupons for the Inland Empire

If you play volleyball and want cool t-shirts, check out my new volleyball t-shirt designs.

Volleyball Team Names

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Best Volleyball Team Names

Looking for an interesting volleyball team name suggestions? Try thinking of volleyball terms and then coming up with catchy slogans.

Let me know if you use any of these volleyball team names, or if you have other creative, clever, or funny volleyball team names you think should be added. Feel free to link to this page.

Follow volleyballzazz on Twitter for the latest Amazon deals on volleyball stuff.

By the way, creativezazz is designing volleyball t-shirts based on some of these names. Check them out.


Blockbusters

Bumping Maniacs

Spiked Punch

Serves You Right

Net Domination

Dig This!

Smashers

Block Party

Great Deals on Volleyball Jewelry at Amazon

Monster Spikes

Net Results

Over the Top

Spin Doctors

Go Take a Spike

Smashers

Spikers

Soaring at the Net

Now Serving

Slammers

Hit It!

Crush

Serves It Up

Jolly Volley

Cafepress often has coupon codes. Check to see before ordering a t-shirt from Cafepress,

Fireballs

White Lightening

Net Masters

Bump it Up

Volleyball Above All

Smash Flash

Set to Win

Jet Set

Like to Spike

You Bet We Are Set

Attack Pack

Aces



Volley Vipers

Blocker Rockers

Atomic Block

Jump & Bump

Net Threat

All Set at the Net

Spin to Win

Digger Vigor

Hit and Miss

Dazzle

In Motion

Red Hot Spikers

Cool Blue

Fast and Furious

Dig Big

Volleywood

Spiker Chicks

Some Spike it Hot

On Your Knees

Airborne

Passing Fancy

Razzle Dazzle

Sugar and Spike

You Can’t Touch This!

Sizzle

Can You Dig It?

Dynomite

Tidal Wave

Spikaholics

Showtime

Lightning Spike

Smack it Back

On Fire

High Velocity

Speedy Spikers

Unstoppable

Untouchable

Score More

Make a Pass and Score

We Will Block You

Spike-edelic (psychedelic)

Red Hot SILLY Peppers

Sugar & Spike

You Got Serve

Saber Tooth Spikers

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Serve-ivors

To Kill a Rocking’ Serve

Itsy Bitsy Spikers

Mission Unblockable

Hit Squad

Tidal Wave

Serves of Steel

Some Serve

Serving Samuri

That’s the Way–uh huh, uh huh–I Spike It

Itsy Bitsy Spikers

Mission Unblockable

Teamwork

Net Ninjas

Sizzle

Honey Badgers

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Follow me on twitter for new names, great deals on volleyball stuff, and news about volleyball in Claremont CA.

Check out my t-shirt designs at Printfection and at Cafepress and at Zazzle. These shops often have coupon codes, so check for codes by googling the name of the shop and the word “coupon code” before ordering.

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Shatterball 3-D Volleyball Static Cling Window Decal

Profile of David Foster Wallace in New Yorker

A profile of the late author and Claremont resident David Foster Wallace, who taught at Pomona College, is now up on the New Yorker site. The article describes the struggles he went through that ultimately caused him to commit suicide.

An illustration by Philip Burke accompanies the article.

News is out that Wallace’s publisher, Little, Brown, plans to publish an unfinished novel titled The Pale King in early 2010. The New Yorker is running an excerpt. The book is set in an Internal Revenue Service office in Illinois in the 1980s.

Related post: Philip Burke exhibit in Ananheim

Creative Snowmen

You don’t need snow to make a snowman. When asked to make a snowman out of something unusual, Mrs. Merrill’s third-grade class had some creative solutions. View the album of creative snowmen 2009-10 here.

See the 2008-09 album here.

Enjoy the slide show. To view a larger image, click on the smaller icon. Parents, you should be able to just click and drag off a copy of the photo. Fun project.

2009-2010 snowmen
Click to view 2009-2010 snowmen

My reviews of great book series for kids

My review of the Ranger’s Apprentice series
My review of the Percy Jackson series
My review of the Artemis Fowl series
Battle of the Boys Books: Percy Jackson vs. Ranger’s Apprentice

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