The Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions is a high school club boys lacrosse tournament that takes place every January at Wesley Chapel District Park. The tournament is considered the club national championship for lacrosse and includes teams from as far as Arizona and Canada. More than 50 teams from three divisions (elite, rising stars, and U-15) will make their way to Wesley Chapel for the event which will take place Friday through Sunday.
"This is the best of the best throughout the continent," Wesley Chapel lacrosse director Frank Britton said. "As far as high school lacrosse goes, this is the cream of the crop. The Canadian teams play differently so it's going to be diverse and somewhat educational for people who have only seen American lacrosse. For the casual fan, we have made the event more interactive with a rock climbing wall and fun things for people to do with a fan zone."
In the "fan zone", attendees can buy the latest lacrosse merchandise as well as participate in interactive games. There will also be a coaching discussion and camps for participating players led by division one college coaches. For more information about the tournament, visit www.ndplacrosse.com.
BASEBALL: The Hernando Havoc 11-U travel baseball team is looking for players for its upcoming spring season. This is a team of experienced players who compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations baseball and AAU sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11-years old on or before May 1, 2010. Experience is a plus. For more information and tryout dates, contact Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve Delgatto at (352)442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813)508-8244.
SOFTBALL: The Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., will hold registrations for its upcoming softball season on from 9-11a.m. on Jan. 16. The cost is $375 per team with each team also having to pay a $25 NSA fee. Checks must be made out properly to guarantee a spot and space is limited. The season includes a two game preseason, a 10-game regular season and a single elimination playoff tournament. There will be a co-ed division that will play on Mondays and a men's division that will play on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week. For more information, call Land O'Lakes Community Center at (813) 929-1229.
MORE SOFTBALL: The Holiday Recreation Complex will hold its registration for the 2010 softball season at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13. The cost is $375 per team with a $25 annual NSA fee. Fees must be paid by Feb. 1. The season includes a two game preseason and a ten game regular season with a single elimination post season tournament. Divisions will include, men's recreational, women's, church and co-ed. For more information call, (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.
KARATE: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson offers karate classes for ages six and up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 45-minute classes are split into age groups and experience levels with kids age 6-12 having classes between 5:30-7:45 p.m. Adults 13 and up will go from 7:45-9 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 are broken up by experience levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Classes are taught by sensei Don Taylor. The cost is $35 per month and $25 for additional family members. For more information, call (727) 861-3033.
AEROBICS: Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex offers aerobics classes taught by certified instructor Julie Brucker on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. The class is a 60-minute total body workout open to people of all fitness levels. The cost is $6 per class. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel or mat to each class. For more information, contact Julie Brucker at (813) 996-7186 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECREATION: Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City will host Florida Flyers "Winter Fly", a remote control airplane flying contest. The event will take place on Jan. 16, 17, and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free to the public. For more information about the event, call the park at (352) 567-0264.