Three Wesley Chapel Flames players made youth soccer's Olympic Development Program's Region C pool. It's the first time that Flames players have made the ODP, a program dedicated to identifying players for the men's and women's youth national teams. Connor Spencer, Bronson Strampel and Tyler FitzSimons are the three players who will have the opportunity to face off against the best players in their age group from around the state. Spencer and Strampel play for the U-12 Flames, while Fitzsimons plays for the U-13 team.
FLAG FOOTBALL: Registration for i9 Sports' fall flag football and cheerleading is now available. The league is offering new age divisions and has expanded to a 6-on-6 format. Boys and girls ages 4-14 are welcome to register. There are no tryouts and the league has fields in Land O'Lakes, New Port Richey and Hudson. The season will run from early January through the middle of March.
For more information, visit www.i9sports.com or call (813) 532-1507.
BASKETBALL: The i9 Sports league has opened registration for its fall basketball league. The league runs throughout the Central Pasco area and provides skill development for boys and girls ages 4-14. Anyone can play as i9 basketball has been created to help players become part of a well-organized, national program emphasizing basketball education, participation, and sportsmanship.
The games emphasize the basics of basketball such as passing, catching, dribbling, formations, shooting and different types of formations.
For more information, call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.
KARATE: The Pasco Odessa County Park at 1627 Chesapeake Drive is offering Trimm Nu Shin Karate for Preschoolers. The cost is $15 for the first family member. The classes are for kids ages 2-5 and take place every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
TAE KWoN DO: The Pasco Odessa County Park is also offering tae kwon do and self-defense classes on Mondays at 6 p.m. The program is for ages 6 and older and has a $5 per class fee. There is no registration fee or contract.
For more info on both classes, call (813) 926-1141.
GYMNASTICS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts gymnastics classes Tuesday nights from 5:45 and 8 p.m. The classes are broken down by age group and are available for kids ages 3-12. The cost is $32 per four-week session and each class lasts 45 minutes.
To register, call Jennifer or Joe Albert at (813) 980-1711. For more information, call the recreation complex at (813) 929-1220.
DANCING: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex also hosts a dance class for ages 13 and older.
The class is Zumba, a fusion of Latin and international dance themes that creates a fitness system of its own. It's taught by Helen Gonzalez who is a certified Zumba instructor and takes place on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.
The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call (813) 929-1220 or (813) 838-4624.
CHEERLEADING: New Tampa cheer will compete in the Cheer Jam 2008 that will take place on Oct. 26 at the USF Sun Dome.
The competition is Tampa Bay Pop Warner's cheerleading championships.
The winner advances to the regional competition in Orlando. The winner of that competition will move onto the national title competition at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
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