Sport Shooting Festivals coming
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Festivals return to the range in the fall and registration is now open for the three regional festivals, featuring 19 events, to be held at seven venues.
Not only is there a variety of events being held in September and October, they’re geographically spread out around the state.
The South Florida Shooting Festival fires the opening shot, the weekend of Sept. 13-14, with eight events at three venues in Hollywood, Indian River County and Okeechobee.
The North Florida Shooting Festival will be held the following weekend, Sept. 20-21, with five events being held at the Gateway Rifle and Pistol Club in Jacksonville.
The Gulf Coast Shooting Festival takes place Oct. 25-26, with six events to be held between Hernando Sportsman’s Club, as well as Sarasota Military Academy, and Skyway Trap and Skeet Club with United States Clay Target Academy in St. Petersburg.
Events of the Gulf Coast Shooting Festival will have lesser restrictions and rules than normal Olympic-style shooting events to encourage more participation and introduce athletes to an Olympic-style event.
Preregistration fees range between $15 and $30, depending on the event and increase for on-site registration. Registration is now available for all three festivals at www.flasports.com.
West Hernando Little League sign-ups
SPRING HILL – West Hernando Little League will hold registrations for players age 4 to 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 29 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 30 at the Hernando Little League Complex, 2313 Founder Road, Spring Hill. Tryouts (skills evaluation) will be held Sept. 4, 5 and 6.
To register online or download the registration form packet, visit www.westhernandolittleleague.com.
For information, call (352) 232-4671.
Grass volleyball series coming
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games begins a new Grass Volleyball Series, in partnership with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, with a series of seven events for volleyball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
Two local events each in August, September and October lead up to a State Championships in November.
Divisions are available for Recreational Adult Coed 6’s, Competitive Adult Coed 4’s and Junior 6’s (girls/boys age 16 and up only). The Junior 6 division will not be available at all locations.
Dates and locations include: Saturday at Jacksonville University, 9 a.m.; Aug. 23, Flavet Field at the University of Florida, 9 a.m.; Sept. 6, Eddie C. Moore Park in Clearwater; Sept. 20, Estero Recreation Center in Fort Myers; Oct. 11, 17th Street Park in Sarasota; Oct. 25, Holiday Inn Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale; and State Championships, Nov. 8, Hickory Point Recreation Park in Tavares.
Registration fee for the Competitive Adult Coed 4’s division teams is $100, Recreational Adult Coed 6’s is $150 and Junior 6’s (girls age 16-18) is $100.
Team VIP fees are also available for an additional cost. The VIP fees include lunch, water during the event, and access to the VIP area. Each of the six stops will benefit a local charity.
All teams participating in one of the six Florida stops are eligible to compete in the State Championships.
Registration and competition information is currently available at http://www.floridavolleyball.org/sunshine-state-games-grass-vb-series.html.
Disney Marathon searches for finest team
ORLANDO – The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place Jan. 7-11.
The marathon race committee will select Florida residents to compete in the race as part of the Florida’s Finest Team. Florida’s Finest Team members receive: Walt Disney World Marathon entry (application must be submitted by Oct. 1); Florida’s Finest goody bag; VIP bus transportation to start; seeded number; front starting position; one-room hotel accommodations for two nights; one one-day Park Hopper for Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom; $125 gift card; invitation to the VIP reception; access to the hospitality suite; and access to the finish line VIP tent.
One guest of the Florida’s Finest Team member will receive: $125 gift card; one one-day Park Hopper for Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom; invitation to the VIP reception; access to the hospitality suite; access to the finish line VIP tent; and entry into the marathon, half marathon or Family Fun Run 5K (fee is not waived) during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Guest race application must be submitted by Oct. 1.
The race committee is currently in the process of selecting this year’s Florida’s Finest Team. Final selection will be made by Sept. 15.
To be considered, athletes must be Florida residents and submit the following by Sept. 1: running resume, which includes applicant’s home address, work, cell and home phone numbers, and email address; date of birth and age on Jan. 11; running career highlights; marathons completed 2008-14 (include race name, date and time); lifetime personal records at various distances (include race name, date and time); personal records from 2008-14 if different from lifetime personal records at various distances (include race name, date and time of each record); if applicable, master personal records (include race name, date and time of each record); and if applicable, grandmaster/senior grandmasters personal records (include race name, date and time).
This opportunity is open to all Florida residents. Send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Florida’s Finest, Lorraine Evans, 8640 Tansy Dr., Orlando, FL 32819.
HYL fall baseball registration
BROOKSVILLE – Hernando Youth League fall baseball season registration will take place Saturday, as well as Aug. 23, 30 and Sept. 6 at Ernie Wever Youth Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration must be done in person. Photocopy of your child’s birth certificate is required at registration along with registration fee of $45.
Season starts Sept. 8. The schedule will consist of two events per week and no Saturdays
For more information, visit www.hylbaseball.com.
Baseball players needed
BROOKSVILLE – Hernando Youth League’s Brooksville Bombers competitive baseball team is looking for a couple of athletic players to round out its 12U fall season team.
The team is in need of utility players, pitchers and catchers. Practices are held at Ernie Wever Youth Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Players cannot turn 13 years old prior to May 1.
To schedule a tryout, contact head coach Steve Taylor at (352) 279-6414. For more information, visit www.leaguelineup.com/brooksvillebombers.
Brooksville Dixie Softball signups
BROOKSVILLE – Signups for Brooksville Dixie Softball fall ball will be held on Aug. 23 and 30 at Tom Varn Park, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Signup fees will be $25 for T-Ball and $45 for all other age groups.
For more information, contact Jake Garman at (352) 584-7541.
Marlins holding tryouts
SPRING HILL – The Marlins Baseball 13U team is holding open tryouts. The travel ball squad is looking for a few dedicated, seasoned and committed players for the upcoming fall season.
All participating players must not turn 14 years of age before May 1, 2015.
For more information or to schedule a tryout, contact Coach Ted Leo (352) 585-2574 or Dawn Leo (352) 263-0131.
Firearms safety classes
BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The class dates are Saturday, as well as Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Oct. 18, Nov. 5, Nov. 15, and Dec. 3. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held on Sept. 20 and Dec. 20.
All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way.
This is an introductory “First Steps” orientation class for new shooters. The courses cover 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 .22-caliber 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 preregister.
For information on the club, visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Ride to Defeat ALS
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The ALS Association Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that UnitedHealthcare is once again sponsoring its annual Ride to Defeat ALS, a one-day cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The event takes place Nov. 8 at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel, located at 401 2nd St. in Indian Rocks Beach. The event kicks off at 8 a.m.
UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a portion of the ride titled “The UnitedHealthcare Metric Century,” a 62-mile route that parallels the Gulf of Mexico and passes through historic Fort De Soto Park on Mullet Key.
Nearly 500 cyclists are expected to participate. Funds raised during this event will support research, programs and services for people living with ALS in Florida. This fundraising community event also serves to generate hope and action around the fight to conquer Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The day’s ride concludes with a lunch and family celebration at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel. Along with cyclists, many volunteers are also needed before, during and after the event.
To register for the ride or sign up to help, visit www.RidetoDefeatALS.org.
Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic
BROOKSVILLE – The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held Aug. 30-31, Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 29-30 at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19).
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m.
Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association and dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit organization operated by volunteer instructors.
Their heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.
Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.
Please bring ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Food and beverages are also available for purchase for lunch in the clubhouse.
A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred. About 500 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.
Marksmanship Clinic fees are $60 for adults, $20 for youth under age 18. Active military, Guard and Reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $14 per day apply for adults and children age 12 and older.
To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or email@example.com.
Bully awareness, self-defense
WEEKI WACHEE – Mang Ho Martial Arts, the Black Dragon Fighting Society and Tone U Fitness Center have teamed up to offer a free bully awareness program every Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
This program is designed for kids who are being or have been bullied, as well as their parents and those who suspect bullying is occurring.
Parents will learn the signs that indicate their child is a victim of bullying. Children will learn to not be afraid to tell a friend, parent, teacher or person of authority that they are being bullied.
The class will offer effective ways to communicate with each other at school or in the workplace to stop bullying.
This program is modeled after the award-winning book “Spirit of the Tiger,” written by Soke Jay Blanton about his own struggles and triumphs with bullying.
The program will be held at Tone U Fitness Center located at 6254 Commercial Way. Space is limited.
Also, self-defense classes are held throughout the week as follows: senior self-defense, Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.; adult karate (ages 13 and up), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.; self-defense, Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.; and women’s self-defense, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, contact Master Robert Blanton at (352) 345-1292 or Tone U Fitness at (352) 596-9996.
Girls Night Out trap shoot group
BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is pleased to announce a new “Girls Night Out” trap shooting group.
The ladies trap shooting group will meet the first Thursday night of the month at the trap range, from 6 to 8 p.m.
For those who have never tried out trap shooting or don’t have their own shotgun, the club will be providing 20-gauge shotguns for the ladies group to use.
For those using a club shotgun, be sure to bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammo, ear plugs and eye protection. You may use your own shotgun, too.
The trap range fee is $5 for members/$8 for non-members for two games of trap.
The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) in Brooksville.
For more information, contact the club at (352) 597-9931, visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or the club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.
J.C. Karate offering classes
RIDGE MANOR – J.C. Karate is currently offering classes starting for only $30 a month.
Come out and train under Soke Master Jason P. Chase Sr., a two-time Triple Crown state champion and 2011 National Instructor of the Year, with no hidden fees or surprise costs, in a family-friendly environment where character development and life skills along with martial arts training will taught.
J.C. Karate is located in Ridge Manor at 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza, or in Brooksville at 22293 Cortez Blvd., at the Brooksville Dance Academy.
For more information, contact (352) 467-0506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.louisedowney.usptapro.com.