Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 12, 2014: Gymnasts featuring cartwheel fundraiser |

Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 12, 2014: Gymnasts featuring cartwheel fundraiser

Rising Star Youth Training Center is hosting a Cartwheel-a-Thon in order to raise money for new gym equipment.

Each day during classes this week, gymnasts will have five minutes to perform as many cartwheels as they can. Each gymnast is seeking sponsors, and those interested can either pledge an amount per cartwheel or a larger overall sum, which they can bring to the facility at 538 Pershing St.

Members of the Rising Star program will travel to their final regular competition of the season this Saturday in Broomfield, with a number of gymnasts also planning to attend the state meet in December.

For more information, call 970-629-2692.

Hockey program still seeking players

Registration is still open for those wishing to be part of Craig Youth Hockey Association. Eligibility for a league is based on the player’s year of birth and includes the Squirts (2004, 2005), Peewees (2002, 2003), Bantams (2000, 2001) and Midgets (1996 to 1999).

The Mites program is also available for children born from 2006 to 2008 wanting to learn the sport, with two seasons taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 10 to Dec. 18 and Jan. 5 to Feb. 5.

Those registering for Mites must register with USA Hockey first.

For more information on schedules and fees, contact Charity Neal at 970-756-2826 or or visit

Craig Parks and Rec offering lifeguard classes

Registration is now open for Craig Parks and Recreation’s lifeguard certification course. The cost is $125, and the class is open to participants over the age of 15. Geared toward students, sessions will take place during Winter Break.

Adults are also welcome.

The deadline to register is Dec. 9, which is also when the precourse swim test will take place, at 7 p.m. at the Moffat County High School pool.

For more information, call 970-826-2017.

Water aerobics classes available

Water aerobics exercise classes began in October and will run through Dec. 18 at the Moffat County High School pool.

Classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, promoting cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body toning and water fun. Classes cost $40 overall or $4 per individual session.

Participants must be at least 15 years old.

For more information, call 970-826-2017.

Parks and rec offers basketball for younger ages

Registration is now open for boys and girls in kindergarten through second-grade to play Craig Parks and Recreation basketball.

The cost is $40, and the season will take place from February to April. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 7, and those who register late will be placed on a waiting list with no guarantee of placement.

For more information, call 970-826-2029.

Seasonal boat care recommended

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Coloradoans to winterize boats prior to storage so dividends of fun keep paying when the boat is back on the water.

“Boaters are rightfully anxious to get back on the water in the spring,” said CPW Boating Safety Manager Kris Wahlers, in a press release. “It can be really disappointing when they find out their boat isn’t working because of a mechanical issue. A stalled boat is not only inconvenient and usually costly, it could be a big safety problem too.”

CPW’s Boating Safety Program suggests several ways to winterize boats:

• First, it is important to get water out before a hard freeze (temperatures at or below 28 degrees Fahrenheit or -2 degrees Celsius). If water is inside a sealed container, it won’t necessarily evaporate and needs to be drained. If not drained, the water turns to ice at these temperatures causing expansion and possible damage to the container. If that container is the engine, manifolds, water pumps, ballast tanks, or bilge, there will be a lot of repairs to be done before any future boating.

• Another winterizing task is to put the appropriate amount of marine fuel stabilizer in the tank and top it off. This helps keep the water out and fuel healthy as the boat sets for a few months without the engine running. Adding an additive to the fuel and fogging the cylinders also helps to keep the engine in good condition as well.

• Store the boat safe. Keep the boat covered, wrapped or indoors to prevent accumulation of water or snow. If snow collects on the cover, knock it off before it gets too heavy as it could break the windshield.

• Finally, change the oil and gear lube prior to winter boat storage. Getting out the old lubricants also help to get out any water that may have collected there. Restoring oil and lube to proper levels ensure the water stays out. When draining fluids, be sure to look for metal shavings or signs of water, so they can be addressed prior to storage. If there just doesn’t seem to be time to winterize your boat, the tasks seem daunting, or a serious issue arises, call your local factory authorized center for professional advice or assistance. Completing smaller services like these now can help to avoid serious problems next spring.

For more information, visit

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