March 4, 2014 

recreation calendar

Recreation Calendar lists upcoming events first followed by ongoing events in rotation, in alphabetical order, as space permits. Send items to Recreation Calendar, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206; e-mail to or fax to 745-7097.


March 8: Tryouts for the 2014 Future Stars Game, a middle school all-star football game to be held June 20 at IMG Academy, will be held March 8 at IMG Academy. The camp is open to all current sixth- through eighth-graders. Sixth-graders will check in at 8:30 a.m., and the camp will be from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seventh-graders will check in at 10:30 a.m., and the camp will run from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eighth-graders will report at 1:30 p.m., and the camp will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Future Stars camp coordinators and scouts will choose a 45-man roster for a sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade team to represent Team Florida and Team Georgia for the Future Stars Game. Each participant in the camp will receive a T-shirt and have combine results posted on the Future Stars website. All players should report to camp in athletic wear and cleats only. Kickers and quarterbacks are asked to bring their own football. Register at

March 13: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrants for the fifth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital. The clinic is intended for young adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. March at McKechnie Field. The registration fee is $40. Pirates major league and minor league players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases and fielding. Each of the women will receive a free T-shirt and a ticket to the March 20 spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles. Gecko's Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The Kona Bar built by NDC Construction will be open for family members and guests during the clinic and for participants during dinner. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Manatee Memorial Foundation. Registration for Baseball Basics for Women must be completed by Feb. 26 in order to be guaranteed a T-shirt. The Baseball Basics for Women registration form can be accessed online at For more information or to register, call Anne Putnam at 941-747-3031, ext. 4350,

March 23-23: The Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be held March 22-23 at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Rd., Myakka City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m., both days. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, a standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling and Revolutionary War history. Please bring your own ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammunition, but you can use a centerfire rifle if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day. The fees are $40, $60 for both days, for adults, $15 for one day, $20 both days for youth younger than 18 and free for active-duty military, law enforcement officies with identification and elected officials. Additional club range fees of $15 per day applies for all. To register online, go to For more info, contact Bruce Smith at 904-424-3855 or email

April 6-7: Team registrations are being accepted for the 2014 Lax Max Florida Lacrosse Tournament being held at Lakewood Ranch during the weekend of April 6-7. Lax Max is designed for recreation travel and town team programs within the state of Florida. The event offers a choice of either a one-day, three-game jamboree or a two-day tournament. Lax Max Florida features male and female round-robin competitions, with A, B and C recreation travel competition levels for the dual age groupings of U-10 through U-18. This is a non club level event. Registration information is available at the Lax Max Florida web page located under the lacrosse section at For additional information, e-mail

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