Upcoming May events at the National Sports Center

With the onset of spring, outdoor programs are going full blast, including youth golf programs and adult golf leagues at the Victory Links golf course, introductory cycling classes at the NSC Velodrome, and Minnesota Stars FC pro soccer games.

For more information on any National Sports Center program or event visit www.nscsports.org.

Ice sports

Walleye Chop Adult Hockey Tournament, May 11-13, Schwan Super Rink.

The Stanley Cup of adult hockey, this adult hockey tournament is a fun-filled, relaxing weekend with plenty of intense hockey. Bring the whole family for a great tournament experience. Be a part of adult hockey’s largest get together. Divisions: Men’s A, B, C, D, Novice, 40+, 50+. Women’s A, B and C.

For more information visit www.nscsports.org/page/show/483863-walleye-chop-adult-hockey-tournament.

Minnesota Independent AAA Hockey Classic, May 17-20, Schwan Super Rink.

This tournament will be played a several ice arenas around the Twin Cities, with the Schwan Super Rink being one venue. Divisions offered include boys’ 1993-2004 invitational divisions, boys’ 1994-2004 open divisions, and a 2004 boys’ division. Girls’ divisions offered include 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 19U divisions. For more information visit www.eastonaaa.com/page/show/52320-minnesota-independent-aaa-hockey-classic-boys-and-girls.

Soccer

Minnesota Stars FC vs. Carolina Railhawks, May 12, 7:30 p.m., NSC Stadium.

The Stars then go on the road for the final two weeks of May, with a game on May 19 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a match on May 25 at Tampa Bay, Fla. Minnesota Stars website: http://mnstarsfc.com.

NSC Cup, May 26-28, NSC Fields.

The Midwest’s premier Memorial Day tournament, the 20th annual NSC Cup will offer both youth (U9-U19) and adult divisions. Over 170 teams are expected to play.

For more information visit www.nscsports.org/page/show/489281-nsc-cup.

Cycling

Try the Track Day, May 19, 1-3 p.m., NSC Velodrome.

Open time for the general public to experience riding the velodrome.

Cost is $15 which includes the use of a rental track bike. Riders’ own shoes and pedals can be installed on rental bikes. Those with their own bikes will need approval of director before using them on the velodrome. For more information contact Bob Williams at bwilliams@nscsports.org.

Thursday Night Lights, May 24 and 31 and weekly through Sept. 13, 7 p.m., NSC Velodrome. The National Sports Center Velodrome opened its doors to local racing in 1990. Every week during the summer since that first season, Minnesota racers have gone wheel to wheel in thrilling track racing action. The Thursday Night Lights field has produced multiple national champions in its 22-year history. Thursday Night Lights crowds enjoy a wide variety of races, four unique groups of racers and several unique interactive games under the lights. Fans can pick their favorite racer in special nightly races for chances to win prizes from our sponsors. Our house DJ spins tunes that pump up the racers and the fans. And fans can join us for dinner. The Track Shack concession stand features hot and cold food and beverages during every Thursday Night Lights event.

Introductory Track Cycling Classes, began May 1, but new sessions begin each month, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., NSC Velodrome.

The Introduction to Track Cycling Class is designed for those riders 17 years old and over with little or no bike racing experience and experienced road riders new to the track. The program offers structured, progressive, hands-on experience in the skills and strategies required for track riding. Primary focus is on learning the basic skills and proper techniques to ensure safe and efficient riding on the track. Participants are instructed in position, drafting, acceleration, pedaling technique, steering vs. turning, as well as proper track etiquette necessary for group riding and racing on the velodrome. Students are also exposed to the different types of races held at the velodrome.

The fee is $80 including bike rental if needed. A season training pass is available for $60 for those who successfully complete the class (normally $100).

A fixed gear track bicycle and ANSI-approved bike helmet is required. Both are available on loan from the NSC for those without their own. Cycling shoes, pedals, shorts and helmet are required. Participants should bring their own cycling shoes and pedal system to install on the NSC’s rental track bikes.

For information on any of the programs at the NSC Velodrome visit http://velodrome.nscsports.org/.

Golf

The NSC’s Victory Links Golf Course, Tournament Greens putting course and the driving range are all fully open for the season, and the course is in excellent condition. That means the NSC’s golf programs and events are getting started in April, including youth golf programs, adult golf leagues, and high school golf meets.

The Victory Links staff is proud of our commitment to youth golf. We offer programs for youth of all ages: Starting New at Golf (SNAG) for ages 4-5, Apple Tree Kids for ages 6-7 and First Tee golf classes for ages 8-18. New programs are beginning all summer long.

For more information on golf programs at Victory Links visit www.nscsports.org/facilities/nygc/about.stm.

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