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Zephyr Park Play Day makes tennis fun for whole family

ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyr Park will host a Zephyrhills Play Day from 1-3 p.m. today for children 14 and under. Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a fun setting. The event emphasizes family participation, effort and sportsmanship.

For smaller children, the event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with smaller racquets that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport.

"We're so excited that youth tennis is on the upswing in East Pasco County, particularly in Zephyrhills," said USTA Florida tennis program coordinator Carla Williams. "This Play Day is the perfect start to introducing the 10 and Under Tennis format to the community. With the low-pressure environment, all kids are encouraged to compete with the goal of keeping them involved in the sport for a lifetime."

The event is free for USTA members, $5 for non-USTA members, and includes refreshments and prizes. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, as well as special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.

For information, contact Karl Hinkle at tennis50player@yahoo.com or (813) 782-5214.

RUNNING: The sixth annual 5K Reindeer Run will take place on Dec. 1 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is professionally chip timed. Register at active.com or visit the Lake Jovita Fitness Center. For information, call Suzanne Hollins at (352) 588-2233 ext. 316.

VOLLEYBALL: The No Name Volleyball Club will have tryouts for players ages 14-17 from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Bishop McLaughlin High School. Visit nonamevbc.com or call coach Douglas Chinchar at (813) 949-9936.

I9: i9 Sports has open registration for its winter and spring leagues throughout Pasco County. The league offers flag football, basketball, soccer and baseball for kids 3-16 with a focus on fun, safety and good sportsmanship with no fundraisers or tryouts; everyone plays. Visit i9sports.com or call league director Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507 for details.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

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