Sat, Jul 21 2012 11:48 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The California States Games is modeled after the Olympic experience and, in this Olympic year, competition this weekend might seem just a bit more meaningful.
South County venues include the Olympic Training Center for archery, BMX and soccer, as well as the Salt Creek and Montevalle recreation centers also for soccer.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled Friday at Qualcomm Stadium, starting at 6:30 p.m. Events will feature torch runners and lighting of the cauldron as well as a parade of athletes led by Olympians.
The California State Games is open to athletes of all ages and ability levels, and is a member of both the National Congress of State Games and the United States Olympic Committee.
Approximately 400,000 athletes compete in 44 states that hold annual State Games competitions.
This year’s California State Games will feature 23 sports.
Both the archery and BMX competitions will take place on Saturday while the soccer competition will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.
The archery competition begins at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to last until 3 p.m. Divisions include Olympic bow and compound bow events. Ages range from youth through adult.
The BMX competition, which is open to all ABA members, is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. following practice sessions that run from 9 to 11 a.m.
Divisions range from 5-under to 51-older.
The soccer tournament features age divisions from 8U to 19U for boys teams and 8U to 15U for girls teams.
Making a splash
The Chula Vista Aquatic Club will send four teams into action for this weekend’s water polo tournament. The CVAC 14U boys and 16U girls teams will both compete at the Coronado High School pool while the club’s 14U girls and 18U boys teams will compete at Kroc Salvation Army Center.
CVAC program coach Armando Ramos said the club’s 14U boys team could be favored to win its division. “Last year, they took second and a lot of the players are returning,” he said.
The 18U boys team captured a fifth-place finish (out of 13 teams) in tournament competition last weekend in Irvine. CVAC defeated Carlsbad, 13-12, in overtime to win its final game.
The CVAC program is comprised of middle school- and high school-age players. The older players are drawn from Bonita Vista, Montgomery, Chula Vista, Hilltop and Olympian high schools.
The club holds practices Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Parkway pool and features an open enrollment policy. To join, visit the Web site at www.swimcvac.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The popular wrestling tournament will take place Saturday at Rancho Bernardo High School and will showcase high school as well as kids folkstyle teams. Competition begins at 9 a.m.
Other sports include badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, judo, junior lifeguards, karate, softball, skateboarding, surfing, swimming, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, track and field and weightlifting.
Tickets for Friday’s opening ceremonies are $10 (open seating); parking is $5.
Discounted tickets are also available for Saturday’s Padres game at Petco Park. As part of recognizing the State Games, the Padres will unveil the largest post-game fireworks display in stadium history.
For individual sport schedules, visit the Web site at www.calstategames.org.
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