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Dixie All-Star District 4 softball tournament starts Friday in Brooksville

Dixie Softball All-Star competition gets under way Friday with the District 4 tournament at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

Spring Hill Dixie and Hernando Youth League Dixie will participate in the event, which includes four divisions: Darlings (7- and 8-years-old), Angels (9-10), Ponytails (11-12) and Belles (13-15).

The opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. The Spring Hill Angels face HYL at 6:30 p.m. on Field 1. The Spring Hill Darlings will play West Pasco at 8 p.m. on Field 1. The Spring Hill Ponytails play Wesley Chapel in the main stadium at 6:30 p.m. Also at the main stadium, the Spring Hill Belles face HYL at 8 p.m.

HYL Ponytails and Belles will both face West Pasco at 9:30 p.m. in the final games of the evening.

Winners in each division will move on to the region tournament and if successful then the state tournament. Spring Hill is the defending state champion in both the Angels and Belles divisions. The Angels won the Dixie World Series for the first time last year.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its fifth- annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 21 and 28.

The sessions are open to men and women ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to clinics@hernandosumterumpire.com.

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is playing host to an Adult Basketball League at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.

The league is open to participants 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.

For information, call (352) 540-3835.

FIRST TEE GOLF: The First Tee of Brooksville Summer Golf Camp began this week and will run through Aug. 19. The camp will be weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

Open to youth ages 7 to 17, the camp will teach fundamentals, including putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. Equipment will be supplied, along with snacks and drinks.

For information, call (352) 540-3835 or e-mail mgroff@cityofbrooksville.us.

COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Recreation Department will host the Horace Copeland Football Camp on July 22-23 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

Copeland is a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and won two national championships in college. The curriculum for the clinic will be aimed at developing fundamental football skills to enhance individual and team skills at all positions.

The cost is $110 per person, with youth ages 7 to 14 welcome. The times for the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All campers will be provided an official Horace "Hi-C" Copeland camp shirt, a personalized participation certification, lunch daily, and an autograph session with Copeland and other former pro players at the conclusion of camp.

Register online by visiting horacecopeland.com or at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec/, where registration and waiver forms may be printed.

Call Harry Johnson or Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to recreation@hernandocounty.us.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program will have registration for the coming season over the next several weeks.

Officials will be at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill for sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and June 25.

The Cougars' season starts July 11, with a 10-game football schedule. The cheerleaders participate in competitions around the Tampa Bay area.

The football registration fee is $195 per child, with flag football $125. The fee includes rental of pads and a personalized jersey to keep. The cheerleading fee is $225 with a full uniform to keep. There is a $10 discount for every sibling also registered.

Call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or visit West Hernando Cougars Football and Cheerleading on Facebook.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The private lessons are for players ages 7 to 16. The clinics will be led by April Pelham, a certified Florida fast-pitch instructor with more than 20 years of experience.

The cost is $20 for a 30-minute hitting or catching lesson. It is $15 for a 30-minute fielding or throwing lesson. Pitching lessons are also available at rates of $20 for 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes or $40 for one hour.

Call Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to pennyo@hernandocounty.us.

TAE KWON DO LESSONS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering tae kwon do lessons at two locations this summer.

On Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill, the class will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On Fridays, the course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Park in Brooksville.

Both classes will be taught by master Sam Kinard; no preregistration is necessary. The curriculum focuses on learning the fundamentals of the sport, along with discipline, respect and self-control.

The class is open to ages 6 and up. The first lesson is free, with the first month costing $30. Additional months are $45.

Call Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to pennyo@hernandocounty.us.

BRITISH SOCCER CAMP: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club has teamed up with Challenger Sports to host a weeklong British soccer camp from July 18 to 22 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

Each child will work with a member of the team of more than 1,000 British coaches being flown to the United States exclusively to work with summer programs. Challenger Sports will hold more than 3,000 camps this summer and coach more than 120,000 children between the ages of 3 and 19.

Space is limited, and parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. To attend for a half day from 9 a.m. to noon, the cost is $117 for the week for ages 5 to 18. For a full day, the fee is $165 for ages 10 to 18. Goalkeepers ages 10 to 18 may attend from 5 to 8 p.m. for a cost of $117.

Each camper will receive a T-shirt, soccer ball, poster and a personalized skills evaluation.

For information, call Robert Andreu at (813) 283-4523 or send e-mail to robertandreu@bellsouth.net. To register, visit challengersports.com.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Dixie All-Star District 4 softball tournament starts Friday in Brooksville 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:39pm]

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