Free college recruiting seminar
BROOKSVILLE A seminar to prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead — complete with all its bumps — will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Central High School auditorium.
“Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation.
Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals.
This program is designed by Rick Wire, president of Dynamite Sports, a Pennsylvania-based corporation. Wire is the father of nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire. This seminar will provide families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships and the realities of the college recruiting process.
Wire created the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process. The plan provides direction to high school athletes and parents, and staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors to help all parties make knowledgeable choices and decisions in college athletics and recruiting.
Interested participants are asked to come early, if possible, to receive a number of handouts and watch a pre-program video.
For more information, go to www.dynamitesports.com.
Powell Middle School meetings and physicals
SPRING HILL Powell Middle School’s Fall Sports Informational Meetings and Physical Night will take place May 22.
The meetings will be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m., volleyball in room 806, golf in room 209, and football/cheerleading in the gym
Physicals will be conducted by Dr. Dominck Tinari of Tinari Chiropractic Center, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The cost is $20, with $10 from each physical contributed back to the athletic program. A parent or guardian must be present. Cash only.
For more information, call athletic director Charlene Francisco at (352) 797-7095 ext. 312.
Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk
BROOKSVILLE The sixth annual Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk will be held on May 25. The proceeds benefit The Arc Nature Coast.
Last year over 140 participants toughed out the challenge of this course, dubbed “the toughest 5K race in Florida.”
The race begins on the grounds of The Arc Nature Coast administrative offices located at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville.
The first mile takes the participants through a horse barn and a trail through the woods. From there, it goes out onto Neff Lake Road heading south to a turnaround just short of Powell Road.
The section of Neff Lake Road brings runners over two steep climbs out and the same two steep climbs back. Walkers go to the first climb and turn around halfway down the back side.
It’s a challenging course which keeps people coming back year after year. Some runners have stated that they “love to hate this course.”
Awards are given to runners for first, second and third place in various age categories, from 10 and under to over 70. Refreshments are served after the race.
There will be some door prizes, plenty of food and time to socialize with runners. It’s a morning of fun and exercise for the whole family.
To register, go to: active.com or the thearc-naturecoast.org and click on the link to the Spring Lake 5K Run. The cost is $25. High school runners receive a $5 discount.
The Arc Nature Coast is a 501C3 non-profit agency which provides services to adults with developmental delays. These services include job skills training, job placement and coaching, life skills, in-home supports, arts and crafts, community field trips, as well as transportation to and from the facility and enclave sights, just to name a few.
For more information, call (352) 544-2322 extension 112, or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.
NRA classes offered
BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several special NRA classes this summer.
The NRA Basic Pistol course is scheduled for June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The NRA Basic Pistol course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. Students will receive classroom and range time, and learn to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
Lessons include the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position and two-handed standing positions; and cleaning the pistol.
All students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook. Cost of the course is $100.
Three NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) courses are set for June 19, July 24 and 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 two-day NRA Pistol Instructor course goes on June 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling; ammunition knowledge; the fundamentals of pistol shooting; and how to improve the performance of beginning pistol shooters. Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.
Prerequisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Pistol class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within the previous two years. Cost of the course is $300.
A NRA Basic Rifle-Student class runs July 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., and July 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The NRA Basic Rifle course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles.
Lessons include: the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; and cleaning the rifle.
A NRA Rifle-Instructor class is set for July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., and July 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of rifle shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning rifle 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 Rifle-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $300.
The NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class is scheduled for Aug. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Aug 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The NRA Basic Rifle course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot shotguns.
Lessons include: the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; range rules; shooting at straightaway and angled targets; and cleaning the shotgun.
All students receive the NRA’s Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook. 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.
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 www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Weeki Wachee football camp
WEEKI WACHEE Weeki Wachee High will host a football camp June 10-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The camp is open to children age 5 through those entering the seventh grade. The cost is $65 per camper. Make reservations by May 27.
Instructors will be Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee and his football staff. The camp will also feature current football players from Weeki Wachee High.
Participants will learn basic technique and fundamentals about the game of football. Each camper will receive a T-shirt for participating. The camp will consist of offensive and defensive drills, one-on-one instruction, speed training, plus games and a contest.
Weeki Wachee coaches will be at the school’s stadium by 8 a.m. for drop-offs. Campers are to bring their own lunch or can purchase a value lunch for $5 that will consist of a hamburger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink.
For more information or to confirm your child’s spot at the camp, contact Coach Lee at (352) 200-0440 or email@example.com.
HCA holding basketball camp
BROOKSVILLE The annual Hernando Christian Academy ‘Light it Up’ Basketball Camp will run June 17-21, from 8 a.m. until noon in the HCA gym.
Cost of the camp is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the school front office or at www.hernandochristian.org under Athletics.
For more information, contact athletic director Mike Drummond at (352) 796-0616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horace Copeland annual football camp
SPRING HILL The Horace “Hi-C” Copeland Football Camp returns this year, Saturday at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.
This popular event, held by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Horace Copeland for ages 5-16, is free but registration is limited to the first 300 campers.
Check-in starts at 8 a.m. The non-contact camp runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pre-register now by calling Hernando County Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4031. For more information, visit Horace “Hi-C” Copeland’s Facebook page.
Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic
BROOKSVILLE The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held on June 8-9 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. both days.
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 250 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.
Marksmanship Clinic fees are $50 one day/$80 two days for men, $20 one day/$40 two days for women, $10 one day/$20 two days for youth age 18 and under, or one free youth per paying adult, male or female.
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 all.
To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or email@example.com.
Nature Coast basketball skills camps
BROOKSVILLE Nature Coast Technical High School will be holding boys and girls basketball skills camps this summer, for players age 5 to those entering seventh grade.
The camps will take place June 17-20 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Nature Coast gym. Players and coaches will be at the NCT gym at 8 a.m. for camper drop off.
The cost is $75 per camper. The camp instructor will be David Pisarcik, a former college basketball standout at Armstrong Atlantic State University and current head boys basketball coach at Nature Coast. The camps will also include Nature Coast varsity boys basketball players to give individual instruction to campers.
The camp will consist of individual and group instruction on basic fundamentals of basketball, which include: basic and advanced ball-handling skills; fundamentals on shooting and passing; individual defense; team defense; daily contests and prizes; team competitions (3v3, 5v5); infamous pickle shot; 3-point, free throw and hot shot competitions; and trophies and awards.
For more information or to confirm your spot, call Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
Firearms safety classes
BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The class dates include Saturday and June 5, July 3, July 20, Aug. 7, Aug. 17, and Sept. 4. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held June 15 and 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 www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Spring Hill Lanes Kids Camp
SPRING HILL Spring Hill Lanes’ Kids Camp will be held for eight weeks this summer, allowing children ages 5-16 of all skill levels to have fun and learn how to bowl.
The camp will take place Wednesdays, June 15-July 31, and Saturdays, June 8-July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $10 per week. Included is a choice of bowling ball, bag and shoes, free on-lane instruction, free T-shirt, open bowling for $1.50 per game, and an instructional video on Wednesdays.
For more information or to sign up, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.
Springstead basketball camp
SPRING HILL Springstead High’s inaugural All Skills Basketball Camp, sponsored by Impact Sports, takes place this summer, open to boys and girls going into second through seventh grade.
The camp will be offered at Springstead’s gym, in two separate sessions, June 24-27 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off is available starting at 8 p.m. for an additional fee.
Campers must bring their own lunch, though pizza, Powerade and water will be available for purchase.
Cost is $80 per camper, $65 for children of Hernando County school district employees, and $20 off for each additional child.
Sign-ups will take place May 25 at the Springstead gym, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early registration is available at www.impactissports.com, or through the registration brochure.
For more information, contact Springstead boys basketball head coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010 ext. 251, (352) 238-7536 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.