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Sidelines 12.22.17

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Youth sports events

Area families are able to sign their children up for several sports and events coming soon.


The Plant City Dolphins are set to host a free football camp for local children age 5-12.

The 2017 Christmas Football Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Dolphins’ field at Mike Sansone Park, 1702 N. Park Road. Several Dolphins alumni who are now playing football at the high school and collegiate levels will lead campers through a series of skills, drills and other activities to make them greater on the gridiron.

Campers are encouraged to wear cleats if they have them.


Plant City Little League is also accepting registrations for its upcoming spring baseball, softball, T-ball and machine pitch seasons.

League registration will be open through Jan. 18, 2018. In-person registrations will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 6 and 13, 2018, in the PCLL board room at Mike Sansone Park, 1702 N. Park Road. Online registration can be done any time at

Registration costs vary by league but go between $85 and $165 per child. Sibling discounts of $20 are available. Visit the PCLL website for more information.


Registration for the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department/Optimist Club Youth Soccer Program will begin Jan. 2, 2018.

The program, entering its 42nd season, is open to youths age 4 through 18 (age determined as of June 1, 2018) between 11 boys, girls and co-ed age groups. Games are played at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2602 E. Cherry St., from late March through late May. Games for kids aged 4 through 11 are normally played on Saturdays and older kids play Tuesday nights.

The $35 registration fee covers uniform and insurance costs and the form can be downloaded from Families can register in person at the Recreation and Parks Department administration office or by mail, which must be sent to the office at 1904 S. Park Road, Plant City, FL 33563. The registration period will end at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018. For more information, call 813-659-4255.


Tomlin Middle School will host the 45th Plant City Optimist Club Tri-Star Basketball Competition at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2018.

The shooting, passing and dribbling skills competition is free and open to all youths age 8 through 13, even if they do not compete in the city’s rec basketball program. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age and gender group and the youth rec league team with the most players attending in uniform will get a pizza party.

More information is available at or by calling 813-659-4255.

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