Sports Briefs: Athletes cautioned to avoid the '600'
Athletes cautioned to avoid the '600'
Student-athletes taking part in high school sports are reminded that California Interscholastic Federation bylaw 600 says, "a student on a high school team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an 'outside' team, in the same sport, during the student's high school season of sport."
Recreational leagues are considered "outside" participation and need to be avoided until the high school season is over.
CDFW holding volunteer program in Redding
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Redding area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.
The next training academy will be held in Redding beginning in February. Graduates will become valuable, unpaid volunteers for CDFW.
NRVP applicants go through a selection process which includes an initial screening and background check. Selected participants will attend a three-day training academy along with an additional eight-hour training day each month, during a seven-month probationary period. Volunteers are required to commit to a monthly service commitment of 16 hours and will implement their new skills under the direction of a trained mentor.
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public both in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must work well in a team environment to perform tasks that free up time for paid CDFW staff.
CDFW Natural Resource Volunteers do not have law enforcement authority but are trained to be educational ambassadors for CDFW. Volunteers donate their time in a variety of areas including responding to human/wildlife incident calls, representing CDFW at community outreach events, disseminating public information and patrolling CDFW lands, ecological reserves and fishing areas.
The application deadline is Jan. 21, 2014, although applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Lt. Steven Stiehr or Warden Brian Moore at (916) 358-1948 prior to submitting an application.
Registration open for Nature Bowl
Registration is now open for the 29th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition held in the spring. Coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with local organizations and agencies, the Nature Bowl increases the science and conservation literacy of third through sixth grade students in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills.
The Nature Bowl is open to students from any school, group or organized youth club. Participants employ teamwork, creativity and critical thinking while participating in group learning activities centered on local and regional natural environments. The first round will be held at 10 locations from mid-March through early May. Teams will consist of three to seven students each and several teams will advance to the finals to be held at California State University, Sacramento on May 17.
For more information about the Nature Bowl, please call (916) 358-2353 or visit the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl/.