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By Times Wires
Published March 1, 2008
The men's team needs players for its 18-older season. Call Kevin Minto at 742-6192 for information.
South Brandon AAU
The team will hold a Wiffle Ball tournament March 9. Three-player teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament. Age groups are 12-under and 13-older. For information, call Tony Saladino at 813 695-2235 or Donnie Scolaro at (813) 363-4557.
The 13-under competitive team needs a coach to provide eight hours of instruction per week. A minimum of college pitching experience is required. For information, call Mark at 743-4960.
Florida West Coast Collegiate Baseball League
The league needs teams for the summer season, which begins June 1. For information, call Don at 347-1108 or 341-2287.
There will be tryouts for girls ages 11-15 and boys ages 10-14 at various locations in Clearwater. For dates and times, call Shelley Kidder at 441-4310 or 423-3555 or send e-mail to email@example.com
Largo Youth League
The city is holding registration for players ages 9-16. The season runs from March 29 through May 31 at the Highland Rec Center. For information, call 460-1904 or go to www.largoyouthbasketball.com.
City of Tarpon Springs
The city will host a basketball clinic for children ages 7-13 and their parents from 6 to 9 p.m. March 1 at Tarpon Springs High School. For information, call 943-4900 ext. 134.
Football officials needed
The Sunshine Football Officials Association needs men and women interested in becoming high school and youth league referees in Pinellas County. Training classes begin in April. For information, call Gail Blanton at 656-9954 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The organization is looking for head cheerleading coaches and assistant instructors for the 2008 Pinellas Youth Football Conference. Please call Katrina at (727) 244-6929
The Tampa Bay Junior Lightning youth ice hockey organization will be holding tryouts for spring travel teams Sunday through Friday. All tryouts are at Clearwater Ice Arena (formerly Sunblades), located in the Icot Center off Ulmerton Road (near Nissan Autoway). Visit www.jrlightning.org for more information.
Clearwater Youth Lacrosse
Registration for the spring season is under way. The league is open to those in grades 1-12. For information, go to www.clearwaterlacrosse.com.
City of St. Petersburg
The Recreation Department needs adult teams in men's basketball, men's flag football and coed kickball. For information on any of the leagues, call Russ Stanley at 892-5166.
Tampa Bay Chaos Wrestling Club has ongoing practices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at St. Alfred's Church Memorial Hall in Palm Harbor. It is for wrestlers ages 7-14. For information, call 773-9683 or go to www.chaoswrestling.com.
City of Tarpon Springs
The city is offering tennis lessons for youths Mondays and Wednesdays at the Riverside Courts. Cost is $40 per month. For information, call 942-5628. Blazin Ravenz Track Club
The competitive club is looking for athletes ages 7-18 for the 2008 outdoor season. The league needs volunteer coaches as well. For information, call Jamar Parker at 403-6923.
City of Largo
The city is holding registration for its adult coed kickball team. The season runs Tuesday through April 8. For information, call Brian at 518-3022.
Black Bears Youth Hockey
The team needs players born in 1995 and after for a travel team. For information, go to www.blackbearyouthhockey.com or call Chris Frontiero at 804-0451.
Registration is set for Palm Harbor Youth Football cheerleading for those ages 5-15 from 9 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. For information, call Denise Williams at (727) 726-5677 or send e-mail to email@example.com
Sunday, 8 a.m. -Pow Wow Run 5K and kids run, Seminole. Call 391-8345.
Friday, 7 p.m. - Run for Shelter 5K, Ybor City. Call (813) 874-7223.
March 14, 7 p.m. - Shamrock Run 5K/kids fun run, Largo. Call 587-6740, ext. 5016.
March 16, 7:45 a.m. - Bay to Bay Classic 7.5 and 5K, St. Petersburg. Call 367-7223.
March 22, 8 a.m. - Hare Racing Experience 5K/mile, USF campus, Tampa. Call (813) 870-3414.
March 29, 7 a.m. - Jessie's Run 5K/5M, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Call (813) 727-0786.
March 30, 8 a.m. - Max Bayne 10M/5K. Fort De Soto Park, North Beach/Shelter 6, St. Petersburg. Call WFYRC at 644-7702.
May 17, 8 a.m. - Annual Hog Hustle 5K in Dunedin. The entry fee is $18 before the race and $23 on race day; includes an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast after the race. For information, call Chris Hoban at 812-4537.
The 14-under fastpitch softball team needs players. Call coach Joe Bell at (813) 787-9401.
Clearwater Lady Bombers
The 14-under team needs players. Those interested should call Matt Brown at 639-2068.
Clearwater Lady Bombers
The 12-under team needs players. Call Ben DAzzo at 480-8011 for details.
Azalea Little League
The league is holding signups for the spring season. Registration dates and times can be found at www.azaleabaseball.com or by calling 347-3325.
The Greater Pinellas County Officials Association needs slow-pitch umpires. Experience is not necessary. For information, call Tom McCarley at (727) 235-4896.
The competitive, year-round swim team is looking for swimmers of all ages and abilities, including masters swimmers. Practices are at the Long Center. For information, call 791-9542.
Countryside CC Aquatics
Registration is set for Countryside Country Club Aquatics summer swim team, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at the Countryside Country Club Fitness and Aquatics Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd. For information, go to cccaquatics.org or call Ian at 796-1333.
Announcements should be mailed to Times Sports, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121.