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Page 12-B-Thursday, JuneG3, 1982-The Michigan Daily
A GUIDE TO AREA ATHLETICS
Summer snorts fun for everyone

By RON POLLACK
Daily Staff Writer
It's summer time and you're won-
dering what to do with your free time.
After all, you can only spend so much
time working on your suntan before you
either get bored or burned to a crisp. So
what is there to do besides put on more
suntan lotion?
The answer is reallyquite simple if
you're at all interested in sports.
Whether you're looking to participate in
athletics or just watch, there's plenty to
do in Ann Arbor and surrounding
areas.
One option is that of the Michigan
recreational sports program. The in-
tramural sports offered this summer
including entry deadlines: slow pitch
softball (July 6), co-rec soccer (July
7), an all-campus singles and doubles
tournament (July 9), a volleyball tour-
nament for men and one for women
(July 13), a co-rec doubles tennis tour-
nament (July 30) and co-rec volleyball
(August 3).
THE LIST of club sports offered this
summer is even more extensive. These
include aikido, American karate,
bicycling, boxing, cricket, frisbee,
kayaking, Okinawan karate, rowing,
shorin ryu, shotakan, square dancing,
volleyball (co-Rec, men, women),
water polo, windsurfing and tai kwon
do.
If you'd rather cool off, rather than
get all hot and sweaty from these club
and IM sports, the recreational sports
program still may serve your needs
since both the North Campus
Recreational Building and Central
Campus Recreational Building have
swimming pools. These buildings also
have basketball, racquetball, pad-
dleball, handball, volleyball, squash,
jogging and weight lifting facilities.
IF TENNIS is your game, then
Palmer Field is the place for you, as
there are 16 tennis courts there along
with a basketball court, a volleyball
area and a % mile track. Palmer Field
is located adjacent to the CCRB.
There are a number of fields in the
central and north campus areas which
provide space for softball, lacrosse,
soccer, football, rugby, jogging, etc.
Some of these fields are South Ferry
Field, the Tartan Turf, Elbel Field,
Palmer Field, Mitchell Field, Baits
Field and Hubbard Field. For the
locations of these fields or additonal in-
formation on club sports, IM sports and
any other recreational sports infor-
mation, call 763-4560.
But the recreational sports program
does not have a monopoly on athletic
facilities and events in Ann Arbor. To
realize this, one need only look at what
is offered by the Ann Ar.bor YMCA.
Even if you aren't a member, you can
use these facilities by paying $4 for a
daily pass.
SOME OF THE activities offered by
the 'Y include basketball, swimming,
racquetball, paddleball, volleyball,
wolleyball (volleyball on racquetball
courts using the walls), aerobics and
dance, judo, karate, aikido, Tai, chi
chu'an, golf, sailing, and windsurfing.
In addition, a backpacking class and
two such trips are offered. The first trip
is to Pigeon River, August 6-8. The en-
try deadline for this is July 13. The
second trip is to Bruce Trail in Ontario,
Canada, August 19-22. The entry
deadline for this trip is July 20.
Another outing offered by the YMCA
ae "spelunking" trips. The adult trip

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will be July 16-18 to Bloomington, Ind.
The family trip will also go to
Bloomington. This trip will be held
from July 23 to 25. The entry deadline
for both trips is July 7. On June 30, a
planning and orientation meeting will
be held at 6;30-8:00 for the family trip
and8:00-9:30 for the adult trip.
WHILE THE YMCA and
recreational sports program offer a
wide variety of activities, for some
sports enthusiasts there is one and only
one sport to play over the sunmmer and
that is softball. For such a person, the
place to go is Softball City,
A league will be starting at Softball
City on July 12, and entries are expec-
ted to be taken up'to that very date. Sof-
tball City is located at Eight Mile and
Woodward on the state fairgrounds in
Detroit and there are 12 lighted fields
allowing play to go on for much of the
day and night.
Each team plays 14 games before the
playoffs, and the entry fee is $240 per
team.
IF YOU'D rather watch softball than
play, you might still consider venturing

out to Softball City. And you don't even
have to watch amateurs play if you
don't want to, since Detroit has its own
professional team. This team, called
Detroit Softball City, plays its games on
the fairgrounds and can be seen in ac-
tion against Kentucky (June 26, 27),
South Jersey (July 2, 3), Milwaukee
(July 4,), Cincinnati (July 24, 25),
Cleveland (August 12) and Lima
(August 14, 15). Admission is $2. For
additional information on these pro
games or on forming your own team,
call 368-1850.
But for the baseball purist, watching
a softball game may not suffice. For
such an individual, the only answer is to
trek out to Tiger Stadium to watch the
Tigers.
THE TIGERShave been anything but
boring this year, as bench clearing
brawls, beanball wars and thrilling
game-winning home runs have all oc-
curred this season.
Even if you aren't from Michigan,
Tiger Stadium may have something of
interest for you as Seattle, Cleveland, -
Milwaukee, Boston, Baltimore, Min-
nesota, Chicago, Texas, Toronto, New
York, Kansas City and California will
all be in town some time during the
summer months. To find out when your
hometown team (for all of you non-
Detroiters) is in town, call962-4000.
And what about the sports fan, who
just can't wait for Bo Schembechler
and his team to start the 1982 football
campaign? Well if a football=fix is what
you are in need of, then drive on out to
Oakland University starting July 21.
Starting on this date and location, the
Detroit Lions start training camp.
Practices begin at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30
p.m. and they're open to the public, free
of charge.
FURTHERMORE, the Lions can be
viewed under game conditions this
summer when they encounter the
Cleveland Browns (August 14, 7:00
p.m.) and the Oakland Raiders (August
21, 7:00 p.m.) in exhibition games at the
Pontiac Silverdome. Tickets are still

available for both games. For ticket in-
formation call 335-4151.
But even taking the popularity of the
Tigers and Lions in the hearts of
Detroiters, the biggest sporting event of
the summer for them may occur in
nearby Windsor. On July 15, Detroit's
Thomas Hearns will be boxing for the
middleweight title against current
champion, Marvin Hagler. The fight
will be held in Windsor Arena.
In boxing, baseball or football, a
sports fan will be seeing events that
have received tremendous attention
and exposure over the years. But if you
want to attend sporting events that
aren't seen on a regular basis, the op-
portunity is there this summer.
ON JUNE 12 and 13 the U.S. Navy
Flight Demonstration Squadron, the
Blue Angels, will make an appearance
at the Detroit Willow Run Air Show.
Other air show performers will include
the nation's top civilian aerobatic team,
the Eagles, the U.S. Army Golden
Knights parachute team, World
Aerobatic Champion Leo Louden-
slager. Also present will be dozens of
World War II and static display aircraf-
ts.
On both days, the feature show will
begin at 1:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $6
for adults and $4 for children. For more
information, call 961-0122.
The other sport that can be attended
this summer, which normally doesn't
get a great deal of exposure, is table
tennis. On June 30th through July four-
'th, the 52nd annual U.S. Table Tennis
Championship will be held at Cobo hall
in Detroit.
THE EUROPEAN, South American
and Saudi American men's singles
champions will be competing with Nor-
th America's top players in this, the
most important tournament in the
United States.
The U.S. Junior team will return
from a two month training trip to China
to compete in this tournament. For fur-
ther information, call 756-7202 or 754-
5969.

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