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Garmisch Outdoor Recreation will conduct ski and snowboard championships for Department of Defense ID card holders Feb. 28 at the Hausberg ski area in Garmisch, Germany.

According to race director Drew Benson, the event, designed to take the place of the defunct U.S. Forces Europe ski and snowboard championships, will be a giant slalom event only.

Entry fee is $10 per skier or $25 per family. Races, run on the same course for skiers and snowboarders at the Kreutzwank’l ski run, will be contested in three age categories for youths — 6-9 years, 10-12 and 13-17 — and three for adults — 18-29, 30-39 and 40 and older. Helmets are mandatory for all racers.

The event will conclude with a mini-bobsled race for youths and adults of both sexes. Garmisch ODR will provide sleds without charge, according to Benson.

For information about advance registration, call Garmisch ODR at DSN 440-2556 or (+49) 08821-750-2556. Walk-up registration is possible at the Pete Burke Community Center at Artillery Kaserne in Garmisch from 4-9 p.m. Feb. 27, or from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on race day at the race site finish shack.

Prep officials clinic setThe Kaiserslautern Officials Association will hold clinics Saturday for those wanting to officiate soccer, softball and baseball during the high schools’ spring sports seasons.

Those wishing to umpire softball and baseball should contact Tomas Villegas in Germany at 06575-8495, 06575-8168 or 0170-205-9462. Villegas will be conducting an umpiring clinic at 10 a.m. at the Landstuhl Learning Center; his e-mail is tomasvillegasjr@yahoo.com or borinquen2460@aol.com.

Potential soccer officials should report to the same site at the same time for their seven-hour clinic, which is mandatory for officials. Soccer clinicians Gerd Backhaus and Mike Donohue also urge DODDS-Europe soccer coaches and team captains to attend and learn about the latest rules changes.

For details, contact Backhaus by phone at DSN 484-7133, or by e-mail at gerd.backhaus@eur.army.mil; contact Donohue at DSN 370-6763 or by e-mail at mike.donohue2@eur.army.mil).

Spring sports begin March 21.

Hoops showcase plannedBasketball players ages 16-24 interested in being observed by college coaches in the United States and Canada are invited to participate in the European College Tournament in Bonn, Germany, April 24-26, according to Iska Waterloh of Slammers Basketball.

Entry fee is 150 euros for the tournament, which event organizers said attracts college scouts from the NCAA, NAIA and junior colleges. Information on applying is available in English on the Slammers Basketball Web site, www.basketballscholarship.de .


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