The USASA Maine Mountain Series will kick off its 14th season of regional competition for snowboarders and skiers of all ages at Sugarloaf on Saturday and Sunday. During the day Saturday, there will be a Slopestyle event for snowboarders and skiers. Saturday evening is the Sugarloaf Skirmish for snowboarders and skiers, the only USASA Winter X Games Rail Jam Qualifier in Maine. Sunday will bring Snowboard Giant Slalom and Slalom races. These USASA Maine regional championship events will ultimately determine the best snowboard and ski athletes in multiple age divisions, and will qualify athletes for the USASA Snowboard and Ski National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo., in April. All snowboard and ski athletes are welcome, USASA membership is required. FMI, usasa.org.
The 18th annual Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, the longest running, continuous 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament in the state, is seeking teams to participate in this year’s event, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 29. The tournament is a benefit for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. FMI, 773-5671, ext. 273, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Portland’s Charlie Furbush, a member of the Seattle Mariners, will host a pitching class Jan. 21 at Frozen Ropes Training Center in Portland. Players ages 8-12 go from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Players ages 13-18 go from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. FMI, 878-2600 or frozenropes.com/portland.
Progressive instruction/games for beginning or less experienced players taught by Long Island Hall of Famer Coach J will be held Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Portland Sports Complex. There are also winter programs open for boys and girls in middle school and high school. Middle school girls go Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Middle school boys Tuesdays at 6 p.m. High school boys and girls go Sundays. FMI, 939-0190, email@example.com or mainepremierlax.com.
Seacoast United Maine is entering a team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) beginning this summer. Both teams are called the Seacoast United Mariners. The teams are designed for current local, home grown college players as well as recently graduated college players from Maine. NPSL tryouts will be held at the Topsham Dome Sundays, Jan. 8 and 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. WPSL tryouts are Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. FMI on NPSL, 712-3778 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FMI on WPSL, 232-6376, email@example.com, or seacoastunitedmaine.org.