Registration for the Nelson Youth Soccer spring outdoor season is now open with the house league deadline being March 1.

Registration for the Nelson Youth Soccer spring outdoor season is now open with the house league deadline being March 1.

COLUMN: Sports for spring

Registration for the Nelson Youth Soccer spring outdoor season is now open with the house league deadline being March 1.

This time of year usually elicits tales of icy and snowy activities. With these early spring-like days, however, we are already jumping on our bikes and hiking the snow bare trails usually saved for April. Rumour has it locals were actually playing outdoor tennis last week too (an absolute first in Nelson’s recorded history).

As much as I am enjoying the moderate temperatures and sunny days my nervous side is wondering if the current East Coast weather will make its way over to BC for one last hoorah. The almanac says not, so we enjoy this winter reprieve even though some of us would still rather be skiing.

Upcoming spring events are on the schedule.

Registration for the Nelson Youth Soccer spring outdoor season is now open with the house league deadline being March 1. Registration is available online at nys.ca with all fee info available. You can also call in at the soccer facility 308 Cedar St. Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Email: admin@nys.ca. Phone: 250-551-6974

Registration for the 2015 season for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboating is on Saturday, March 14 in the Nelson and District Community Complex multi-purpose room from 10 a.m. to noon. Recreation and competitive participation is offered. For more info contact kootenayrhythmdragons.ca.

Glacier Gymnastics registration for their spring session will be on Monday, March 9, 7 a.m., online. Various programs for everyone ages 20 months to adult. Check out the new trampoline programs for kids ages eight and up. Visit the website at glaciergymnastics.com for program information or contact info@glaciergymnastics.com or 250-352-2227.

With registration dates upon us, a reminder that KidSport grants are available locally for families experiencing financial constraints that prevent a child’s participation in a sport. Grants of up to $275 per year per child are available for sport registration fees. Some equipment may also be available upon request. Applications and guidelines can be found at nelsonsports.ca — look for the KidSport logo and click. Applications should be submitted before the season begins.

Kim Palfenier is the executive director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council.