Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, running, surfing, volleyball and more

Ian Lonergan and Kaden Loversky, 6th grade students at MBMS and members of the LA Galaxy U13 Academy team, pose with the MLS Championship trophy recently

Baseball: The Mira Costa PONY Baseball League (MCPBL) is accepting player registration for the Spring 2012 season. Players ages 4-14 are eligible. Registration cost is $150 for players from ages 4 to 12. The cost for players who are 13 and 14 is $275. Registration is available online at MCPBL is a Manhattan Beach league based at Mira Costa High School which also serves players from El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Redondo Beach and Westchester.

Early-bird registration is ongoing for Redondo Beach Little League. Open to residents of the City of Redondo Beach between the ages of 4 and 14, the league consists of six divisions and will begin play on March 3, 2012. Online registration is available at Register before Dec. 15 to save $25. RBLL will close registration on Dec. 31.

Fundraisers: Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) will be holding a fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5-9 p.m. at the Veggie Grill at Rolling Hills Plaza, 2533 Pacific Coast Hwy in Torrance. Mention the fundraiser and 50% of food and beverage purchases will be donated to B4BC outreach programs, educating the younger generation about breast cancer prevention through early detection. Raffle includes chance to win B4BC prize packs, CCS/B4BC skate decks and B4BC/WoWee One portable speakers.

Volleyball: Registration is now open for The United States Youth Volleyball League spring season. Open to boys and girls ages 7-15, the instructional league teaches the fundamentals of volleyball such as serving, passing, setting, and spiking. Every player who registers will receive a uniform T-shirt, his/her own volleyball, and a participation medal. The league in Hermosa Beach meets at South Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. The season runs from April 11 through June 6. Fees are $145 through March 1 (add $40 late fee through April 1). Multiple childe discounts available. Registration is available online at For more information about volunteer opportunities, additional locations, registration forms, or other questions, contact 1-888-988-7985.

Running: Starting and finishing under the Christmas lights on the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, Dec. 25, this year’s edition of the Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K Run will offer participants a choice of two races to compete in. The first competition begins at 3 p.m. with the night race beginning at 5:30 p.m. Kids races follow each event. The entire course will be lit by luminarias and glow necklaces and T-shirts will be given to all participants while supplies last. Early registration fees are $30 for adults, $25 for kids races. Add $5 after Dec. 9. For more information, visit

Surfing: The South Bay Boardriders Club has announced the schedule for its 2011-12 South Bay Surf Series. Open to non-club members, the contests are slated for: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 26th St., Manhattan Beach (sponsored by E.T. Surf); Saturday, Feb. 18 at El Porto (sponsored by Dive N’ Surf); Saturday, Mar. 17 at 26th Street, Manhattan Beach (sponsored by Pier Surf); Saturday, April 21 at El Porto (sponsored by Surf Concepts) and Saturday May 19 at the Manhattan Pier (sponsored by Spyder Surf).

Fitness: AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach invites family members ages 5 and up to improve balance, strength and power on its 35-foot outdoor rock walls which are open every day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost is $8. Also available is a Ropes Course where groups of seven (ages 8 and up) start each half hour every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is $20 and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $8-$20 depending on activities. For more information, call 310-546-7708.

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