Calendar of community sports

Sidelines – August 23

Posted 8/23/18

Taos Youth Soccer

The Taos Youth Soccer (TYSL) League is currently taking registration for the fall 2018 and 2019 spring season. Regular registration is available for girls and boys between …

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Calendar of community sports

Sidelines – August 23


Taos Youth Soccer

The Taos Youth Soccer (TYSL) League is currently taking registration for the fall 2018 and 2019 spring season. Regular registration is available for girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 13, and will close Monday (Aug. 27.) Late registrations will not be accepted. TYSL is also looking for volunteer coaches for all age groups.

Due to a nationwide change, TYSL has new online registration software. Players new to TYSL must create a new player record and a new account (If you are going to coach, you will also need to set up a coach account.) Please click "create account", and click "skip" to continue on through the account creation process. Parents are encouraged to double check TYSL's refund policy before completing registration.

Opening Day is Saturday, Sept. 8 and the fall league is slated to run for eight consecutive Saturdays. The league is embarking on its 20th consecutive year of promoting youth soccer in the Taos area. For more information or to get registered, visit or call Lee Backer at (575) 770-3043.

High school biking

The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its fourth season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain bikes. This team is open to anyone who rides bikes, enjoys being outside and is in high school in Northern New Mexico.

Practices take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as group rides Sundays. The team competes in the Colorado league with five regular-season races during the fall season. Athletes are encouraged to join this inclusive team that promotes camaraderie and fun while developing bike handling skills, healthy competitiveness, fitness and, most important, a healthy, active lifestyle.

Also, the annual FITaos Bike Swap and Youth Nature Photo Exhibit is on tap for Sept. 16 at the Field Institute of Taos Base Camp in El Prado (9D. Ben Romero Road - former Waldorf property). The event will showcase nature photos taken by children 5 and up during our summer mountain camps. Over 200 framed nature photos captured through the eyes of our youth will be on display and for sale - to raise funds for scholarships. For more information, go to and email

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday until Sept. 1. Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons take place every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet on the patio behind Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge. Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

Fall softball league

The fall softball league has been cancelled due to construction scheduled at Filemon Sanchez softball fields. For more information about this year's cancellation or for future softball opportunities, contact Dean Silva at (575) 613-6131.

Trail racing

Extreme trail running is returning to Taos Ski Valley. The third year of Bull of the Woods Trail Race is scheduled to take place Sept. 15 and will include the inaugural “ Kachina Peak Marathon.” Racers will experience a primarily single-track course through high alpine forests, meadows, peaks, ridge lines and overlooks of big views of the highest peaks in New Mexico. This year's event will include a 10-mile, half marathon and full marathon climb.

All net proceeds will be donated to Enchanted Circle Trails Association, which works to maintain trails in the national forests of Northern New Mexico, public lands and within the town of Taos. Races are slated to begin at 7 a.m. for the marathon and 10 a.m. for the 10-milers and half-marathoners and will incorporated trails at both the northside trails system at the Taos Ski Valley and Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort. More information can be found at or Facebook @bullofthewoodsrun.


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