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Former minor leaguer Abner Barrios hosting baseball camp at Land O'Lakes Recreation Center

There will be a baseball camp hosted by Abner Barrios at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex from April 7-9 and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is for kids 9-13 and costs $45. Barrios played for St. John's University in college and two years for the Kansas City Royals single A organization. He has also coached at Fundamental Baseball Camp for 11 years and is now a physical education instructor at John Long Middle School.

"We'll be working on basics and conditioning," Barrios said. "I've been helping out at the high school and in Pasco we don't have middle school baseball programs. When the kids go to high school they don't have the skills they need to produce at the high school level so we're looking to improve that."

The camp aims at improving bat speed, increasing power, developing good mechanics and more. Students are advised to bring their own helmet, bat, glove and drink. Registration is limited to ensure quality instruction.

For more info, call (813) 929-1220 or contact Abner Barrios at (813) 469-8423.

BASKETBALL: The New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will hold a free Junior Olympic Basketball Skills Competition on April 25 at 1 p.m. for kids ages 8-13 at the New Port Richey Recreation Center. Participants can register on the day of the event. Champions of the local event will move on to regional competition.

For more info, call (727) 841-4560.

RECREATION: Sports and Field in Wesley Chapel will hold an Easter egg quest April 11 for kids from 11-1 p.m. The event will have kid-friendly activities and cost is $5 per child. Parents and grandparents can attend for free.

For more info, call (813) 948-5500 or visit

TENNIS: Spring break tennis camps are available at Quail Ridge Country Club from April 8-10.

The camp is instructed by USPTA certified instructor Brent Wellman and will include professional stroke development, fitness exercises, skill specific footwork, matchplay and strategy. The cost is $75 and the camp will run from 1-4 p.m.

For more info or registration, visit or call (727) 919-2011.

KARATE: Tiny Tots karate will be available at the Grove Park Community Center in New Port Richey. The class starts April 7 and costs $30 per month or $8 per class. Classes will be Tuesdays from 5-5:30 p.m.

For more info, call (727) 834-3285.

SOCCER: Pee Wee soccer for ages 3-6 and 7-10 is available at the East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills. Registration ends April 24 and the season will run from April 18 to May 23 with games on Saturdays. The cost is $50 for program members and $75 for nonmembers.

For more info, contact Shawn Brown at or call (813) 780-9622.

SWIMMING: The year-round swim program at the James P. Gills YMCA in Trinity is accepting swimmers ages 7-17 for competitive and conditioning swimming. The team practices Monday through Friday.

For more info, contact Joe Lampkin at (727) 375-9622.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The East Pasco Family YMCA will hold registration for its youth flag football program until April 24. There will be a skills clinic Saturday and games will begin April 18. Age groups are 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Games will be Saturdays until May 23. The cost is $60 for YMCA members and $85 for nonmembers. Additional children get a $10 discount.

For more info, contact Shawn Brown at or call (813) 780-9622.

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Former minor leaguer Abner Barrios hosting baseball camp at Land O'Lakes Recreation Center 04/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:02pm]
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