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First Hernando Youth Soccer registration

SPRING HILL - First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will hold registration for its 2013-14 season on Saturday, as well as Aug. 24, at Powell Middle School, from 9 a.m. to noon.

New this season is mini soccer for 3-year-old players. FHYSC is also offering girls only high school-aged teams.

Cost is $100 for mini (U4), $120 for micro (U5/U6), $135 for U8 and at $150 for U10-16.

For more information, visit

HCRD seeking flag football teams

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Recreation Department is looking for teams to play in the upcoming Men's 4 on 4 Adult Flag League.

Games will be played at Delta Woods Park, starting Aug. 16 every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The league is open to ages 18 and up. The cost is $275 per team. Deadline to enter a team is Friday.

To register, call the HCRD at (352) 754-4031 or visit

For more information, contact Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356 or

HSUA Fall Umpire Clinic

SPRING HILL - Hernando Sumter Umpires Association announced its first 2013 Fall Umpire Clinic, on Aug. 17 at Anderson Snow Sports Complex, starting at 10 a.m.

Participants can learn how to become a HSUA umpire and with this extensive training can really see if they have what it takes.

HSUA covers baseball and softball games in Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties year-round. HSUA umpires earn $20 per hour working part-time weeknights and weekends.

Because HSUA is the most sought-after umpires association, it has high standards. Individuals interested in umpiring with HSUA must score a 75 percent on an online test before working any games, and pass a field evaluation.

The cost for this clinic is $25, and includes training, testing, evaluations, certification and handouts.

For more information, visit the Umpire Clinics webpage at, email or call (352) 593-6998.

Free self-defense class

BROOKSVILLE - A free self-defense class for children ages 6 and up will be held Aug. 17, at J.C. Karate, 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza.

Elementary-sized children will have class beginning at 11 a.m. Middle school and high school students will have class beginning at noon.

Students will learn how to diffuse a situation, how to not be a target, and if necessary how to defend oneself both standing and on the ground. This will be an in-depth class with lots of hands-on practice.

For more information, call (352) 467-0506 or visit

Brooksville Gun and Knife Show

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its annual summer Gun and Knife Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will feature all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories for sale.

Adult admission tickets are $6, with children 16 and under admitted free with adult.

Vendor rental tables are available.

For more information, call Randie at (352) 799-3605, or visit or the club's Facebook page.

Youth tennis tournament

PALM HARBOR - Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor will host the one-day ROGY Summer Championships tournament for children age 16 and younger on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

"ROGY, which stands for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow tennis balls used in the 10 and Under Tennis format of play, is a brand new series of events for youth tennis players to hone their skills in a fun, no-pressure format," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Carla Williams. "These three-hour events feature fun match play for kids age 8 to 16, without the pressure of rankings."

With the ROGY format, kids use right-sized racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes, and experience round-robin match play with no pressure of winning or losing, or results applied to rankings.

ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to play against opponents with a similar skill level. By removing the rankings and focusing on gaining experience rather than winning, the events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate.

It is also ideal for parents who don't want the high stress and long days associated with competitive tournaments, or the obligation of playing a regular league.

The entry deadline for the event is Friday, and the entry fee is $23.

To enter online go to

For more information on ROGY, to find out if your child is ready to ROGY, or to find an event, go to the Florida ROGY website at

Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games registration opens

KISSIMMEE - Registration is now open for the 2013 Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games. In its 18th year, this annual event is the ultimate competition for athletes age 50 and over. The games are hosted by Experience Kissimmee.

Events will take place Oct. 14-19. Twenty-three physical and recreational activities will be held throughout Osceola County. Athletes may participate in as many events as they would like.

Physical events include: archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking 5K run, pickle ball, table tennis and tennis. Some of the recreational activities include: euchre, Mah Jongg, cribbage, bridge, Texas hold 'em poker and corn hole.

The Senior Games are a sanctioned event for the Florida Senior Games Series, acting as a qualifying site for the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championship. The top five finishers in most events will advance to the state competition in December.

Another highlight of the Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games is the annual "Celebration of Athletes" banquet which recognizes all participants, sponsors, staff and volunteers who help make the event happen. The banquet also includes a ballroom dancing exhibition and interactive teaching session. It will take place Oct. 19 at Osceola Heritage Park.

To register for the competition or banquet, visit

Clearwater to host USTA coaching workshop

CLEARWATER - A USTA Team Coaching Workshop will be held on Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater.

The Team Coaching Workshop is a 3 1/2-hour interactive, on-court training program designed for teachers and coaches working with players on teams.

The workshop covers warm-up activities, skill development, team and group management, practice organization, drills, and the top games every coach should know.

Registration for the workshop is available online at:

For more information, contact Carla Williams at

Golf lessons available

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Recreation Department is offering golf lessons for beginner and intermediate players.

Class schedule is as follows: Thursdays - Intermediate with Woods from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Woods Only 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays - Beginners from 10 to 11 a.m. and Intermediate 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beginner classes are for the person or child who has never played, maybe played but needs a review, or possibly has just never had formal lessons.

Short Game is for those who need help with shots 50 yards out from the putting green.

Woods Only is a continuation in the program and for correction of additional swing problems.

Intermediate with Woods is for players in need of swing improvement.

All ages welcome. The cost is $7 per session, per person. The instructor is Chuck Bridgewater.

To register or for more information, contact Barbara (352) 596-5344, or the HCRD at (352) 754-4031 or

NRA classes offered

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several special NRA classes the next two months.

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) course is set for Aug. 21, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills and be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified. Candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course; building a budget; and preparing to teach.

Students will receive the NRA trainer's guidebook. Cost of the course is $100.

A NRA Shotgun Instructor course will go on Aug. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of shotgun shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning shotgun shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $200.

A two-day NRA Basic Muzzeloading Rifle-Student class is set for Sept. 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a muzzleloading rifle.

Students receive classroom and range time, learning to shoot muzzleloading rifles.

Lessons include: NRA's rules for safe gun handling, rifle parts, loading, shooting, cleaning, shooting from a standing position and shooting from a crossed stick position.

Cost of the course is $100. All students receive the NRA's Basics of Muzzleloading Rifle Shooting handbook.

A two-day NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course takes place Sept. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and provides information on the law-abiding individual's right to self-defense.

Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, and how to choose a handgun for self-defense.

The course participants must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old) and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course.

Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol course certificate, NRA FIRST Steps course certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the pre-course assessment.

Cost of the course is $150. All students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook.

Preregistration is required for all classes.

To preregister, or more information on the courses, call Hernando Sportsman's Club at (352) 597-9931 or visit

Red Mule Labor Day 5K

BROOKSVILLE - The 32nd annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day McKethan Lake 5K takes place Aug. 24 at McKethan Lake, starting at 8 a.m.

Awards will be given to overall male and female, masters male and female, grandmaster male and female, three deep in each age division and five deep in ages 14-19. Corporate sponsorship opportunities for race T-shirts are also available.

Race-day registration starts at 6:30 a.m. The 5K entry fee is $20 or $25 on race day. Multi-colored T-Shirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered runners. Registration is available online at

For more information, contact Ken Dent at (352) 382-4870, (352) 476-4736 or

The Ridge Ladies' Golf Invitational seeking sponsors

RIDGE MANOR - The Ridge Ladies' Invitational Golf Tournament, held at The Ridge Golf Club (formerly Ridge Manor Oaks and Whispering Oaks) on Feb. 24, is seeking sponsors.

Hole sponsors, paying $50 per hole, will have their company name posted at one (or more) of the 18 holes, or a banner can be provided to hang in the clubhouse. All sponsors will be listed in the program for the event.

For more information, contact Betty O'Brien at The Ridge, (352) 608-4800 or

Tampa-St. Pete area to host USTA Play Days

Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida's Region 3 will be rolling out a number of USTA Florida Tennis Play Days for kids of all ages this summer.

Online registration is now open for 12 Play Days that will be held in St. Petersburg and Tampa, with the first 25 kids registered for each event receiving a free tennis bag tag. The Play Days will feature prizes, music, games and more.

Events are open to all children (age divisions are limited at some events), with a $5 fee for USTA members, and $10 for non-USTA members.

Hillsborough County events include: Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, 8-under division only, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is limited, so register early at

Pasco and Pinellas events include: Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 8-12s divisions only, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is limited, so register early at

USTA Play Days provide kids of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The events are open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, and special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.

For kids age 10 and under the events will feature the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. For more advanced players the event will feature full-court play.

For more information, visit the USTA Florida Region 3 Facebook page at

HCRD holding camps this summer

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County Recreation Department will host a variety of sports camps throughout the summer months.

Tony "Red" Morrison Baseball Camp: Tony Morrison was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft. Participants will learn hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, baserunning, bunting and throwing.

The camp, for ages 7-12, is geared to campers who have prior playing experience in youth baseball. It will be held at Anderson Snow Sports Complex, Aug. 12-16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $100 per week, with limited spaces available.

Campers need to bring gloves, cleats, bat and helmets, along with lunch, water bottle and sunscreen.

Registration must be done through the HCRD office, not available at Looper Sports Connection.

For more information on all camps, call the HCRD at (352) 754-4031.

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates include Wednesday, plus Aug. 17, and Sept. 4. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held Sept. 21.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to pre-register.

For information on the club, visit

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL - Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or

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