The Pasco Police Athletic League is gearing up for sign-ups for the fall football and cheerleading seasons. The league is also considering the addition of new teams to its current stable of eight. At present, programs exist in Dade City, Hudson, River Ridge, Land O'Lakes, Trinity, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.
"I think we're ready for expansion due to the fact that our numbers are substantially higher than in years past," PPAL executive director Keith Morris said.
"We've got thriving numbers in Dade City and have made a number of positive changes from the past, as far as having online registrations.
"We've joined USA Football and the Heads Up Program, too, so I think we're moving in the right direction," he said. "We'd like to bring two teams in this season if we can, so we can keep it an even number of teams."
To find out where the closest PPAL team is, visit www. pascopal .org for a zoning map. Teams looking to join PPAL can do so for $1,200 per organization to cover insurance costs for the first season. For more information on becoming the next PPAL team, call Morris at (727) 243-0523 or email Viper5670@hotmail.com.
TENNIS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex is hosting summer tennis clinics taught by former Cambridge Christian standout Becca Henry.
The clinics run Monday through Thursday, starting Monday to June 27 and each week from July 8-Aug. 1. Kids 5-17 are eligible for the camps. Participants are divided by age into hourlong sessions running from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Each participant must sign up before each week for $36 per week. For more information, call Henry at (813) 956-1516 or the recreation center at (813) 929-1220.
MORE TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex is hosting youth tennis lessons for kids 7-12 beginning in July on Thursday evenings.
During an evaluation session at the first lesson, players will be divided between beginners and intermediates. The focus of the lessons is to work on basic tennis fundamentals. Beginners will have a lesson from 6 to 7 p.m. and intermediate players will have their lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (727) 942-7439.
BASKETBALL: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson will host the Hudson Hoops Basketball League beginning July 20 with games from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
A 10-game regular season is followed by a single elimination postseason tournament. The league is open to boys and girls and breaks players down into age groups of 7-9 and 10-12.
Player evaluations will take place June 29. The cost is $45 per player. For more information, call (727) 861-3033.
SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its next machine gun shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, in honor of Independence Day.
Bring your own machine gun to the range for lots of noise and fun. Several cars, trucks, and assorted targets will be destroyed. Admission is $20 per shooter. No tracers or incendiary ammo.
Participants must be 18 to shoot. The spectator admission fee is $2, with kids younger than 15 free with an adult. Bring eye and ear protection, even if you are a spectator, and especially for small children. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse. For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.