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Zephyr Park Play Day makes tennis fun for whole family

Registration times are approaching for lacrosse programs for children of all ages through the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association. You can register early today and tomorrow for the Derek Pieper Memorial Tournament.

DAVID RICE | Special to the Times

Registration times are approaching for lacrosse programs for children of all ages through the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association. You can register early today and tomorrow for the Derek Pieper Memorial Tournament.

ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyr Park will host a Zephyrhills Play Day from 1-3 p.m. today for children 14 and under. Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a fun setting. The event emphasizes family participation, effort and sportsmanship.

For smaller children, the event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with smaller racquets that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport.

"We're so excited that youth tennis is on the upswing in East Pasco County, particularly in Zephyrhills," said USTA Florida tennis program coordinator Carla Williams. "This Play Day is the perfect start to introducing the 10 and Under Tennis format to the community. With the low-pressure environment, all kids are encouraged to compete with the goal of keeping them involved in the sport for a lifetime."

The event is free for USTA members, $5 for non-USTA members, and includes refreshments and prizes. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, as well as special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.

For information, contact Karl Hinkle at or (813) 782-5214.

RUNNING: The sixth annual 5K Reindeer Run will take place on Dec. 1 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is professionally chip timed. Register at or visit the Lake Jovita Fitness Center. For information, call Suzanne Hollins at (352) 588-2233 ext. 316.

VOLLEYBALL: The No Name Volleyball Club will have tryouts for players ages 14-17 from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Bishop McLaughlin High School. Visit or call coach Douglas Chinchar at (813) 949-9936.

I9: i9 Sports has open registration for its winter and spring leagues throughout Pasco County. The league offers flag football, basketball, soccer and baseball for kids 3-16 with a focus on fun, safety and good sportsmanship with no fundraisers or tryouts; everyone plays. Visit or call league director Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507 for details.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at

>> Fast facts

Lacrosse registration begins today

Wesley Chapel Athletic Association will begin registration this month for the boys and girls Warriors recreational lacrosse programs and the high school lacrosse club programs. Both seasons run from January to May. Early registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Sunday during the Derek Pieper Memorial Tournament at Wesley Chapel District Park. Open registration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at Wesley Chapel District Park stadium field. Weekend registration and "LAXING FOR FUN" will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8. All high school players and parents are encouraged to attend an important information meeting at 1 p.m. Dec. 8. The cost for boys U-9 and youth girls (K-5) is $125 per season; U-11, U-13, U-15 boys and middle school girls is $185; and Wiregrass Ranch High School boys and Wesley Chapel High School boys and girls is $235 per season. Email for information or call (813) 994-6633.

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