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Savannah United Soccer Academy & Select Tryouts 2018

April 20th, 2018

Savannah United Soccer Try-Outs Academy Select Elite

Is your child ready to take their soccer skills to the next level?

Register them to try-out with Savannah’s premier youth soccer club, SSA Savannah United.

Register today on and be a part of the elite.

Academy Try-Outs (for players with birth years 2011-2006): May 29, 30, 31
Select Try-Outs (for players with birth years 2005-2000): June 5, 6, 7

Academy & Select Tryouts 2018

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Academy?
‘Academy’ is the name given to our competitive soccer program for players in the U8-U12 age group range. For this next soccer year (Fall 18 / Spring 19) that will be for players with birth years between 2011-2007. To be eligible for this program, players must tryout.

What is Select?
‘Select’ is the name given to our competitive soccer program for players in the U13-U19 age group range. For this next soccer year (Fall 18 / Spring 19) that will be for players with birth years between 2006-2000. To be eligible for this program, players must tryout.

When are the Tryouts? 
U8 – U13 Girls (for players with birth years 2011-2006): May 29, 30, 31  5-6:30PM
U8 – U13 Boys (for players with birth years 2011-2006) May 29, 30, 31   7-8:30PM
U14 – U19 Girls (for players with birth years 2005-2000) June 5, 6, 7   5-6:30PM
U14 – U19 Boys (for players with birth years 2005-2000) June 5, 6, 7  7-8:30PM
● Players should arrive approx 30 minutes prior to the start time to check in

Savannah United soccer try-outs Academy Select 2018

Where are the Tryouts?
Tryouts will be held at Savannah United’s main facility, the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex. The address is: 7221 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah GA 31406

Is there a fee to Tryout?
Yes. The tryout fee is $40 per player. Each participant receives a tryout shirt and a number.

How do we sign up for Tryouts? 
The easiest and fastest way to register for tryouts is by doing so online. Visit and either login or create an account. Under your child’s profile it will say ‘Programs Available’. If your child is between 2011-2007 click on 2018/2019 Academy. If your child is between 2006-2000 click on 2018/2019 Athena (girls) or 2018/2019 Classic (boys). From there, you simply complete and submit the entries. An email confirmation will be sent once completed to verify your registration.

Where do we check in on the first night of Tryouts? 
A row of registration tents will be set up on Field 1 at the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex. Please check in with the staff person assigned to your age group. They will make sure you are fully registered and direct you to the correct field.

How many nights must my child attend to be eligible for the Academy Program? 
Your child is expected to attend all 3 nights of tryouts. If for whatever reason this will not be possible, please understand you will not be giving your child the opportunity to be evaluated as much as the players who attend all 3 nights.

Can my child tryout in an older age group? 
No. Your child must tryout in their birth year. The only exception to this rule is if a player ‘played up’ with an older team the previous soccer year. They would have the option of trying out for their birth year and the older year. This impacts only a few players within the hundreds of participants across the entire program.

Who evaluates the players? 
Savannah United’s professional, licensed coaching staff will be assigned to 2-3 different age groups across the 3 nights of tryouts so they have multiple evaluations / notes on each player. In addition to staff coaches, Savannah United  will often bring in high level guest coaches to help with the process such as local collegiate soccer coaches.

How do the coaches grade the players? 
The same way golfers are graded playing golf and the same way swimmers are graded swimming – soccer players must be graded playing soccer! Savannah United keeps the tryout process as simple as possible without any gimmicks so the coaches can spend their time watching and evaluating the players in front of them. Savannah United will start by giving the players a little time to settle in and warm up. That will be quickly followed by getting them into small sided games i.e. 3v3 / 4v4 then into larger games such as 7v7 / 9v9 / 11v11. The coaches grade the players on a number of different aspects such as: technical ability; comfort level on the ball; decision making with & without the ball i.e. movement / supporting runs; body shape; vision; flair; athletic ability; mentality; effort.

How are teams formed?
In the Academy age groups, U8-U12, Savannah United prefers to look at each age group as a large ‘pool’ of players on a path of long term player development. The goal is to create highly competitive 11v11 teams at the U13 age group and above. Within each age group U8-U11, Savannah United typically looks to form approximately 3 boys teams & 2 girls teams. Most age groups will be tiered based on ability. ‘Premier’ is the top level. ‘Blue’ is the second level and ‘Black’ is the third level. If and when Savannah United adds a fourth tier, they will be classed as ‘White’ level. In the Select age groups, Savannah United usually looks to form 2 boys teams and 1 girls teams. ‘Premier’ is the top level. ‘Blue’ is the second level.

When do we get the results? 
Results are posted within 5-7 days of the last night of tryouts.

If my child is offered a place in the program, how do we accept? 
You will be sent an email through our Blue Sombrero registration system with an acceptance link. Simply ‘accept’ the position and you will then be prompted to secure your spot by making your first payment.

Is there a deadline to accept our position and make payment? 
U8 – U13 (2011 – 2006) Deadline: June 22; Late fee applied: June 23
U14 – U19 (2005 – 2000) Deadline June 29; Late fee applied: June 30

Is there any travel involved? 
For the Academy teams that travel, the schedule works out to be approx 60% home dates and 40% away dates. 1 day trips are typically locations up to 2 hours away. 2 day events can be between 1.5-4 hours away. For the Select teams that travel, the schedule works out to be 50% home dates and 50% away dates. The locations are dependent upon which teams are in your division, which can be based anywhere in the state. That said, most teams hail from the Metro Atlanta and greater Atlanta area.
U8 Academy: NO travel
U9 – U12 Academy: (Premier & Blue level) YES travel; (Black level) NO travel
U13 – U19 Select: YES travel

How do I best prepare my child for Tryouts?
To best prepare your child for tryouts, simply ensure they are well nourished, hydrated and rested, going to bed the night before at a reasonable hour. This gives players the best chance to perform.

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Bug Fest 2018 @ Savannah Children’s Museum, May 26

April 19th, 2018

Bug Fest 2017 Savannah

Save the date for Savannah Children’s Museum annual Bug Fest 2018.

Savannah Children’s Museum will host its annual Bug Fest event Sat. May 26, 10AM-4PM.

Included in daily admission and FREE for members, Bug Fest is one Coastal Heritage Society’s biggest events of the year, involving demonstrations and activities all dealing with our creepy crawly friends. Find info on how to become a member here. 

Savannah Children’s Museum
655 Louisville Rd
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 651-4292



The 2nd annual STEAM Fest is an interactive family-friendly event designed to showcase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education activities as well as to kick off the summer season of steam site tours by rail @ Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah.

The event will be Sat. May 5, 10AM-4PM @ Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401.


New Hours

Savannah Children’s Museum will change to our summer hours on Monday, May 28th! Throughout the summer months, SCM will be open Monday – Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM.


CHS Summer Camps

Don’t forget, Coastal Heritage Society Summer Camps are now open for registration!
Spots go quickly, so register now to ensure your child has THE best week of summer camp they could ask for! Visit to learn more.


SCM Special Open Days & Closures

May 13: All Coastal Heritage Society sites FREE for mothers and grandmothers in honor of Mother’s Day
May 21-22: Special Open Days at SCM
May 28: Summer Hours begin at SCM (Monday-Saturday, 9AM-2PM)

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Savannah schools: St. Andrew’s Alumni Receives Pulitzer Prize

April 19th, 2018

St. Andrew's School Savannah schools

St. Andrew’s School  alumni Philip Rucker ’02 received a Pulitzer Prize as part of The Washington Post’s series of articles investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Rucker was one of eleven journalists recognized for the Russian articles. Rucker has worked at The Post since 2005 and has covered an array of beats, including suburban news and Maryland state politics, as well as philanthropy and non-profits.

Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its team chronicling Donald Trump’s presidency. He is also a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.”

Rucker previously served as National Political Correspondent, traveling the country to anchor The Post’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. He has also served as White House Correspondent, chronicling President Obama’s second term, and as Congressional Correspondent, covering the Republican Party’s rise to power and the emergence of the tea party.

Rucker graduated as Valedictorian from St. Andrew’s School in 2002 and from Yale University in 2006 with a degree in History. While attending Yale, he worked as a reporter and editor of the school’s daily newspaper.

About St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s is an independent International Baccalaureate World School in Savannah inspiring young people age 3 through grade 12. Learn more here or call 912.897.4941

St. Andrew’s is a college preparatory school for Pre-K3 through Grade 12 located on Wilmington Island, Savannah.

St. Andrew’s School
601 Penn Waller Road
Savannah, Ga 31410

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, , email  On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a advertiser.

Savannah schools: Savannah Honor Academy kindergarten & elementary slots for 2018-19

April 19th, 2018

Savannah Honor Academy – where every student is an honor student –  has one spot in their K-2 and one spot in their 3-5 class open for the 2018-19 school year.

The private midtown Savannah school is an independent K-5th grade school. Savannah Honor Academy offers the following features:

  • Small class-size (12 students in each class)
  • Mixed-age classes (K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th)
  • Private ($750/month or $9,000/year with scholarship opportunities)
  • Emphasis on inquiry, exploration, & critical thinking
  • Meaningful assessment
  • Scholarships available
  • An emphasis on inquiry, exploration & critical thinking skills

This school is at 5111 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31405 (2nd floor of JEA Community Center)

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.

Savannah Honor Academy, 5111 Abercorn St.Savannah, 31405 (2nd floor of JEA Community Center) email, 773-573-7328, On Twitter here.   On Facebook here. Savannah Honor Academy is a advertiser

Savannah Tumbling & Gymnastics Classes/Lessons @ Summit Gymnastics

April 18th, 2018

Summit Gymnastics Savannah Summer 2018 classes

Time to register for Summer 2018 Recreational classes (Gymnastics & Tumbling) @ Summit Gymnastics in Savannah. 

Classes run June 2-Aug. 2 2018. There are limited spots available for each class, so don’t wait too long to reserve a spot for your child.

You can also enroll for a FREE TRIAL class by clicking on the Parent Portal tab at

You can register your child by contacting the front desk at 912-921-1034 or email or online here.

Summit Gymnastics, 74 W Montgomery Crossroads, Savannah, 31406, (912) 921-1034, On Facebook here.Summit Gymnastics is a advertiser

Try-outs for Crowned Elite Athletics 2018-19 All-Star Program, Savannah

April 17th, 2018

Crowned Elite Athletics Savannah 2018 2018 – 2019 ALL STAR EVALUATIONS @ Crowned Elite Athletics in Savannah 

If your child interested in trying out for Crowned Elite Athletics All-Stars. Here are the details for new athletes.

Crowned Elite Athletics annual evaluation sessions are set up to provide athletes with the ability to showcase skills they have developed, as well as their potential to learn new skills. They are given numerous opportunities to show their individual abilities as well as their ability to work in groups.

Immediately following each session, staff will determine the skill level that is best suitable for each athlete. After all evaluations are complete, teams will be assembled so each team will have the a successful competitive season.

AGES 12 – 18

AGES 8 – 11

AGES 3 – 7

Athlete ages as of August 31, 2018
Must be 3 years old by August 31, 2018 to compete.
Must be 18 years old on August 31, 2018 to compete. Any 18 year old who will be 19 prior to Sept. 1, 2018 is not eligible to compete.

Cost: $40

Register online here.

Crowned Elite Athletics, (912) 308-5719,, 202 Bourne Blvd, Suite 160 Savannah, GA 31408, Crowned Elite Athletics is a advertiser

Prenatal Yoga Class Starts May 7 at Memorial Health, Savannah

April 17th, 2018

prenatal yoga memorial savannah pregnancy yoga

The next prenatal yoga @ Memorial Health’s FitnessOne in Savannah begins May 7 2018.

The six-week course meets Mondays*, from 5:45-6:45PM at FitnessOne in the Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center. Cost: $75.

A yoga instructor specially certified in prenatal yoga leads the class, which is designed to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and keep you fit for childbirth. Prenatal yoga improves strength and flexibility, aids in digestion and mood, and exercises the spine. The practice of yoga enhances the mind-body connection, leading to a sense of wellness and more restful sleep.

No previous yoga experience is required.

Call FitnessOne at 912-350-4030 to register or go to:

Gift certificates are available.

* No class on Memorial Day, May 28.

Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center
Third Floor
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404


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Savannah dentists: Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry creates sensory quiet room for patients with special needs & ages 1-3.

April 16th, 2018

Savannah dentists Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Krista special needs autism

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry in Savannah is doing even more to help put your child at ease when visiting the dentist.

The practice is building a sensory quiet room for those with special needs and for younger ones, age 1-3.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry accepts most insurance including the following insurance: Amerigroup, CareSource, PeachState and Well Care (these are all Georgia Medicaid) The other main ones accepted @ Dogwood are United Concordia/Tricare (military), Ameritas, MetLife and Cigna.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry in Savannah is accepting new patients and you can request an appointment online by visiting their Web site here.  


If you’re the parent or guardian of a child with disabilities, you’ll appreciate the support, skill and compassion found with Dr. Krista and our office.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry can help put your child on the path of good oral health with a preventative dental care plan customized to fit your child’s needs.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry
4849 Paulsen St., Suite 101
Savannah, GA 31405
912-298-KIDS (5437)

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Submit a photo of a special mom & you may see it on Memorial Health social media or in a commercial

April 16th, 2018

Memorial Mother's Day photo submission Savannah contest

Celebrate Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day, Memorial Health in Savannah wants to help you honor the woman in your life who has always been there for you.

Simply go to and upload a photo of her.

Memorial may feature that special moment on social media or in a TV commercial. Let Memorial Health help you thank Mom for all she’s done.

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Savannah College Planning: SAT prep courses @ Class 101

April 16th, 2018

SAT preparation in Savannah Class 101 college prep

Taking the SAT soon? Call/text Class 101 Finance and Planning in Savannah today at (912) 303-7600

Class 101’s personalized SAT prep course helps you to find common trends in your mistakes and will help you address particular areas through test analysis, test-taking strategies, exercises, worksheets, and web support.

Class 101 has over 20 years of experience serving more than 3,200 students and increasing SAT scores an average of 180 points.

Class 101 Savannah college prep SATAbout Class 101

Class 101 in Savannah is a 20-year old national college planning service that helps middle and high school students get into better colleges and qualify for higher amounts of scholarships and financial aid.

Class 101
College Planners: Janese & Philip Cooper
7702 Waters Ave. Savannah, GA 31406

Services include:
•Grades and Academics
•ACT/SAT Test Prep
•Student Resume
•College List Development
•Applications and Deadlines
•Merit Scholarships and Special Scholarships
•Outside Scholarships
•Budget for College
•FAFSA and Profile Forms
•Family Financial Planning
•Senior Send Off

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Win a Cold Stone Creamery gift card from Do-Re-We early childhood music classes, Savannah

April 15th, 2018

Do Re We music classes toddlers Savannah babies

Register now for Do-Re-We Spring 2018 early childhood music education classes in Savannah to be eligible for a $10 gift card for Cold Stone Creamery.

Do Re We is a music and movement program for babies (ages 0 months – 3 years) and their caregivers.

Plan a special date with your favorite little person: After singing and playing together at Do Re We, head over to Cold Stone for a sweet treat! Cold Stone is a short walk from Buckingham South and a short drive from White Bluff Presbyterian.

Register before midnight on Sun. April 22 to be included in the drawing for one of six $10 gift cards. Drawing will be held live on Do-Re-We’s Facebook page here Mon. April 23 at 9PM.

Do Re We,, 912.398.7800 Do Re We is a advertiser 

(Savannah Summer Camps 2018) Flexible schedule & early bird discount @ Scribble Art Studio

April 14th, 2018

Savannah summer camps Scribble Art Studio

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah offers a 2018 summer camp mix & match deal where parents can buy a week of summer camp and break it up throughout the summer.

We love it! Perfect for those who are looking for a few days of camp here and there. The mix & match option allows you to spread a week of camp throughout the summer.

This applies to all Scribble camps in Savannah.

25% Early Bird Discount: A week of camp is $139 if you register by May 1 2018 (regular price is $185)

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah offers art summer camps 2017 for little & big kids.

Art camp for ages 4-7 is Mon-Fri. 10AM-1PM. Weekly sessions run May 21-Aug. 17 2018.

Learn more here. 

To learn more about Scribble’s summer camps, click here or call 912-713-7376 or email

Scribble Art Studio is @ 212 E 37th St, Savannah, 31401

For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or email  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser

FREE admission for moms on Mother’s Day 2018

April 14th, 2018

Free admission for moms mother's Day Savannah Jacksonville zoo 2018

Free for moms on Mother’s Day in Savannah 

On Sunday, May 13 2018, admission to all Coastal Heritage Society sites in Savannah are FREE for mothers and grandmothers in honor of Mother’s Day! That includes:
*Savannah Children’s Museum. See schedule of daily here. 
*Georgia State Railroad Museum
*Old Fort Jackson
*Pinpoint Heritage Museum


Free for moms on Mother’s Day Weekend in Jacksonville 

Celebrate MOM with free admission to Jacksonville Zoo on Mother’s Day Weekend 2018.
Mom gets in free with the purchase of any adult or child’s ticket with the coupon.

Click here for more info.

Jacksonville Zoo & Garden, 370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, Fla 32218, (904) 757-4463

(Savannah Speech Therapists) The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire on Wilmington Island in Savannah

April 13th, 2018

Speech Therapists Savannah Coastal Empire

Feeding Issues

Is your child a picky eater? Are mealtimes stressful?

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire in Savannah can help! Their therapists can evaluate your child’s oral motor abilities and determine if there are any sensitivities.

To make an appointment, please contact their office: 912-235-2166

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire on Wilmington Island is now accepting new referrals.

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Things to do with toddlers in Savannah: Kindermusik Savannah Musical Playdates for ages 0-7

April 13th, 2018

kindermusik toddlers savannah music

Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano presents its April 2018 play dates: THIS week and NEXT!

You’ll be pickin’ and singing the music of old time American bluegrass: “Music of the Mountains”!

Play dates are open to children ages 0-7 and their caregivers.

Each child will receive the play date, an instrument to take home, 10 Kindermusik songs and a $10 coupon!

Cost: $15 and siblings pay only $5. Enroll today – spaces are limited.

Playdates are April 21, 25, 28 at 10AM.

Register online @ or call 912-988-KEYS.

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Summer 2018: Water Parks near Savannah

April 13th, 2018

Water Parks Near Savannah

Ready for lazy river, spray pads & waterslides?

Water park season is here.

The Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – 2018 season runs from April 21 to August 26.

Surf Lagoon 2018 Summer Season, Pooler

Open 11AM-6PM
Daily: May 19-Aug. 6. Open Memorial Day.
Weekends Only: April 21-May 21, Aug. 11-26
For hours, click here.  

Hours & opening weekend subject to change. Please call (912) 988-1801 or check their web site here. 

Surf Lagoon Water Park
Located near 1-95 and Pooler Parkway
Exit 104 off I-95.
130 Towne Center Dr, Pooler, 31322

Learn more here.


More Water Parks Near Savannah

Splash In The Boro opens for the 2018 summer season May 19 & 20
45 miles from Savannah in Statesboro, Ga.
Water Slides – 2 body slides and 1 inner tube slide wind around each other and finish with a plunge into a common wave pool. The park has a double flowrider , a 5-lane mat racer, a spray pad and slides for toddlers, 3 tube slides, a lazy river.

2018 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 19 & 20, Aug. 11-Sept. 3. Open Labor Day Sept. 3, last day of operation.
Open daily starting May 26. For hours click here.


Summer Waves opening weekend May 5-6; opens daily for 2018 summer season Wed. May 16.
75 Miles from Savannah on Jekyll Island.

2018 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 5-6; May 12-13; Aug. 11-Sept. 9.
Daily: Wed. May 16-Aug. 8. Open Memorial Day & Labor Day.
For hours, click here.
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family. Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area.

Opening dates & hours are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm Summer Waves is open.  912.635.2074


Charleston, SC Water Parks

Splash Zone Waterpark
at James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
79 Miles from Savannah in Charleston, SC
2018 Summer Season Schedule to be announced soon
200-foot tube slide – 200-foot open slide – Caribbean play structure with slides, wheels, and sprays – 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel featuring sprays and a waterfall – Leisure pool – open seasonally

Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark
87 miles from Savannah in North Charleston, SC
2018 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 5-28. Open on Memorial Day May 28. Aug. 18-Labor Day
•Daily: Staring June 2.
Fun for all ages, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located within North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and offers seasonal, island-style water play packed into over 15-acres.
Rip Tide Run mat racer takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition over gut wrenching bumps, accelerating riders towards the finish line. (minimum height of 42”)

Splash Island Waterpark
91 miles away in Mount Pleasant, SC
2018 Summer Season
•Weekends Only starting May 5. Open Memorial Day May 28. August 18 – Labor Day.
•Daily starting June 2.
200-foot water slide – 16-foot otter slide – Sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls – The Cyclone, a 10-minute swirling water ride – Recreational pool