The Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, the boy's high school club lacrosse national championship, begins today at Wesley Chapel District Park. The tournament will feature 35 teams including three from Florida: the host Tampa Tribe, Tampa Bay Fire and the Palm Beach Storm. The Tribe and Fire will also have teams in the Boys Rising Stars tournament.
Eleven states will be represented in both fields, along with five clubs from Canada. Teams will compete in Toyota Pool Play today, and will then be seeded for the championship brackets based on pool play results. The national championship game will be Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend will also feature the Toyota skills competition. For a complete list of the teams and brackets, log onto www.laxtoc.com.
Basketball: Registration for the James P. Gills YMCA noncompetitive youth basketball program is open until Jan. 12. The program focuses on character development, teamwork, sportsmanship, participation and basic skills development. Teams will have one practice a week and games are on Saturdays. The program is for kids ages 3-12 and costs $65 for facility members and $85 for program members. The league will run from Jan. 31 to March 28. Parents are required to attend an orientation on either Jan. 21 or 22 where they will receive uniforms and schedules, and meet coaches.
For more information, call (727) 375-9622.
More basketball: The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association has opened registration for its 2009 basketball season. Registration is open for boys ages 5-15 and girls ages 5-16 as of April 30, 2009. In addition to the traditional recreational divisions offered in the past, the WCAA is offering more competitive play for a boys U12 division. This new intramural division will be available to advanced players invited after open tryouts and will feature modified high school rules, with substitution rules tailored toward a more competitive environment. Those interested in trying out should indicate so in the appropriate category in the registration process.
For more information, go to www.wcaafla.org and click on basketball.
Soccer: Registration for spring soccer has started at i9 Sports. There are no tryouts — everyone plays. The league is open for boys and girls ages 4-14 with fields located throughout Pasco County. Registration is available online at www.i9sports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.
Volleyball: The Holiday Recreation Complex, located at 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd., is starting a youth volleyball league for boys and girls ages 10-15. The cost is $25, proof of age is required and space is limited. Deadline to register is Jan. 14.
For more information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.
Fitness: The James P. Gills YMCA is hosting a Speed Camp taught by Johnny Waters. The camp works on skills such as vertical jump, speed, agility, and quickness using the latest training techniques and drills. Participants need both running shoes and field cleats. The class is for ages 10 and up and is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. The program cost facility members $330 for 30 sessions and program members $350 for 30 sessions.
For more information, contact Johnny Waters at (727) 534-1700.
Baseball: The Trinity Cobras AAU 13U baseball team is looking for players. The team is based out of North Pinellas/South Pasco. Interested players should contact Chuck Gilmore (727) 512-1134 or Steve Unger (727) 534-6163.
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