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

The scheduled class dates are July 2, July 19, Aug. 6 and Aug. 16. A special women-only firearms safety course is scheduled for June 21.

All classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club on 16121 Commercial Way in Weeki Wachee.

This is an introductory "First Steps" orientation class for new shooters. The course will cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home, introductions to pistol safety, parts and operation, ammunition and the fundamentals of pistol shooting, pistol shooting from the seated and standing positions, and pistol cleaning and storage.

The rundown will include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training will be provided to students, including the use of a .22-caliber firearm, ammunition, earplugs and eye protection.

The fee is $60, and successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired. Preregistration is required for all classes.

The club is also sponsoring its next Machine Gun Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4.

Shooters must bring their own machine gun to the range for lots of noise and fun. Several cars, trucks and assorted targets will be destroyed for an admission entry fee of $20 per machine gun shooter. No tracers or incendiary ammunition. Entrants must be 18 years old to shoot. Spectator admission is $2, with kids under age 15 free with an adult.

Even spectators, especially children, should bring eye and ear protection.

Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse.

The club is also holding its annual winter Gun & Knife Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds at 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. The show will feature all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories for sale.

Adult admission is $6, with children ages 16 and under admitted free with an adult. Parking is free. Vendor tables are available for $60 each. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For information on the show, call Randie Rickert at (352) 799-3605.

Registrations for the classes and competitions can be made by calling (352) 597-9931. For information on the club, visit or visit Hernando Sportsman's Club on Facebook.

YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP: It Is All About the Youth Inc. is hosting its sixth annual Summer Football Training Camp Monday through July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The camp is at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville and costs $30 per camper.

For information or to register, call Eric Riggins at (352) 340-6132 or (352) 340-6141.

HCA SOCCER CAMP: Hernando Christian Academy's Soccer Academy is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through June 27, and 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25.

Open to players ages 6-17, campers will learn ball control skills including passing, finishing, dribbling, receiving, heading and defense. Players will improve balance and coordination as well as physical endurance.

The cost of the camp is $75 per session, $115 for both sessions. Entrants need to bring a ball, cleats, shin guards and water.

The HCA Little Tykes Soccer Academy will also run from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday though June 27, and 9 to 10 a.m. July 21-25.

For ages 3-5, players will have fun learning basic ball control skills, including passing, dribbling, and receiving. Sessions are designed to introduce smaller youths to the game of soccer by incorporating fun activities.

The cost is $15 per session, $25 for both sessions. Entrants need to bring a ball (size 3), shin guards and water.

For information, call HCA coach Jeremy Crawford at (813) 333-3008 or e-mail

JUNIOR CIRCUIT TENNIS: The Junior Circuit Tennis series is returning for another season of nonsanctioned tournaments this summer and fall.

Youth players from Hernando, Citrus and other area counties are invited to enter and compete. The hosting pros may interact with the players by offering suggestions, both on and off the court. Juniors learn how to prepare for tournament play and gain on court experience before school competition begins.

The divisions include boys and girls high school singles, and boys and girls middle/grade school singles. A minimum of four players is required to hold an event. If a draw cannot be made, players may be moved or divisions may be combined.

The format will be decided based on the size of each draw. Generally, we would like each junior to play with regular scoring and two out of three sets in the regular draw as well as in the consolation draw. However, it will be the tournament director's experience to decide what is best. Participants are guaranteed to play at least two matches.

Entrants are awarded a $15 Best Buy gift certificate for first place, $10 Best Buy gift certificate for second place or players can request a trophy.

The entry fee is $20 with balls provided. The entry deadline for each tournament is 9 p.m. the Thursday prior to the event.

The first of five tournaments, the JCT Heat Wave Tournament, will take place Aug. 9 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.

For information, visit Junior Circuit Tennis on Facebook or call Judy Jeannette at (352) 232-0321.

MARTIAL ARTS FOR ST. JUDE: Hosted by Just for Kicks Karate in Spring Hill, Martial Arts for St. Jude will kick off at noon June 28 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers.

The fundraising event, which has donated more than $1,000 for the hospital since 2012, will showcase martial arts skills while promoting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

Tickets to the competition, which is open to the public, are available by calling sensei Fred Payne at (352) 345-0454 or e-mailing

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Sports news and events for Hernando County 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:41pm]
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