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Pasco camp to focus on fundamentals to improve players' baseball IQ

Pasco High School baseball coach Ricky Giles has devised a summer camp for kids ages 6-14 that will focus on all fundamentals of the game including strategy, individual skills and team concepts. Campers will be divided by age and ability level for group and individual instruction.

"We try to do a lot of basics because most of the kids are playing in Little League," Giles said. "We do a lot of things that Little League coaches don't have time to do. After work on a lot of basics, we try to put it into a team perspective for them and improve their baseball IQ."

The camp will be divided into three separate three-day sessions in June. The cost is $50 for one session, $90 for two and $120 for all three. The price includes camp T-shirt and daily snacks. The camp will be held at Pasco High School's baseball field. For information, contact Ricky Giles at (813) 312-6277 or Joe Neale at (813) 843-6235.

FISHING: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is holding its inaugural Fishin' Classic on May 22 at the Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove in south St. Petersburg. The catch and release tournament will target trout and redfish. The proceeds will go to the hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center. Registration and breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m.; tournament follows from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lunch buffet and awards will follow. The deadline to RSVP to the hospital is Wednesday. For information, call (813) 783-6144.

BASKETBALL: The 2011 "No Nonsense" Ridgewood High School Basketball Camp will be from June 13-16 at the school. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-15. The age 8-11 session will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the age 12-15 session will run from noon to 3 p.m. The camp will consist of basketball fundamental stations, contests and games. The cost is $55 and campers will receive a T-shirt. For information, contact Mike Bua at (727) 774-3900 or e-mail

GOLF: The Gulf High Athletic Department is holding its 15th annual Golf Scramble at 1 p.m. June 5 at Fox Hollow Golf Club. The cost is $85 per player, which includes golf, cart, team and door prizes, and dinner after golf at Windows on the Green. Hole sponsors are also available for $100. All proceeds will benefit the athletic department. Entry forms are available at For information, contact Paul Girardi at (727) 372-8111 or Travis Dewalt at (727) 774-3300.

KAYAK: The Salt Springs Alliance will hold a Sunset Kayak DIP or "Designated Interpretive Paddle" on Sunday at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey. The event will cost $5 and will consist of a 4-mile journey from the park to Durney Key to enjoy the sunset and scenery. Kayaks can be reserved at Makai Kayak by calling (727) 534-1336; reservation must be made in advance.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or battery lantern and safety gear for the return trip after sunset. Reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling (727) 816-1890. For information, visit

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Pasco camp to focus on fundamentals to improve players' baseball IQ 05/12/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:31pm]
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