Venice football playoff tickets for sale

Reserved seat tickets for the regional semifinals playoff game on Nov. 16 will be available for purchase at the Venice High School Football ticket booth on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Tickets are $9 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission.

Tickets may be purchased on Thursday between the hours of 3-5 p.m. at the football ticket booth.

Second annual Alumni Basketball Game

The second annual Green vs. White Alumni Basketball Game will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the TeePee at Venice High School.

The game is free of charge to the public, and all are welcome.

This alumni event is a chance to welcome back Venice basketball players from the past and thank them for the time and effort they gave as players to the Venice basketball program.

If you are a Venice High School basketball alum and would like to play, contact Nate Curtner at 941-201-9265 or

Over 60 basketball 

For anyone over the age of 60 who is interested in staying in shape and having fun, check out the senior basketball league at Woodmere Gym. 

Starting the first Monday of December and continuing each Monday throughout the month, the league will have open gyms for anyone who wants a preview of the action. 

The league begins after the first of the year on the first Wednesday of January and continues through March. 

32nd Annual Holiday Baseball Clinic 

Hosted by Nick Longhi, the Holiday Baseball Clinic will take place on Dec. 15 at Chuck Reiter Stadium and is open to players 7-12 years old, with some 6-year-olds accepted. The camp is free thanks to local sponsors, and only 90 spots are available.

Campers will learn the fundamentals of baseball from experienced professional and college baseball players and coaches. They will work on hitting, defense, and pitching as well as play games and perform drills designed to increase confidence, skill level and team spirit.

Live games at the end of the day will bring together the skills taught throughout camp. Prizes by age groups will be given and all campers will receive a goodie bag including a T-shirt and more. Campers should bring their own lunch, but snacks and drinks will be given to players during the breaks. All sponsorship money after expenses will be donated to Venice Little League for its use in promoting baseball in our community. 

Call (941)266-2918 to or email to inquire about more details or to sign up for the clinic. 

Junior tennis program

On Saturdays, the Mertz Tennis Academy is calling all kids who play tennis to come out and compete for fun.

All levels of junior players, including high school players, show up with rackets in hand for a fun time competing with other juniors their level. Afterwards, the kids enjoy pizza, drinks and each other’s company.

Kids play with and against kids their level whom they don’t know to make it a fun way to meet other juniors from different counties with the same interest.

The Mertz tennis program is not a weekly commitment. To register, call 941-412-0781.

YMCA youth flag football

Your child can learn the fundamentals of flag football in an environment that will help develop relationships, improve self-esteem and build character.

The YMCA’s volunteer staff will focus on teaching flag football fundamentals and ensure that all players play.

Age divisions: 5-7 (co-ed), 8-10 (co-ed), 11-13 (co-ed).

YMCA girls basketball academy

This fourth-year program will include drills to improve dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding and defense.

The academy will also feature 3-on-3 half court and 5-on-5 full court games, foul-shooting contests and other fun activities to improve your child’s skill level.

An academy reversible jersey will be provided.

The camp will be led by current Venice High School girls varsity basketball coach Joel Holloway, along with former and current players. Register early, as space is limited to 80 players.

YMCA youth basketball league

Your child can learn the fundamentals of basketball in an environment that will help develop relationships, improve self-esteem and build character.

The YMCA’s volunteer staff will focus on teaching basketball fundamentals and ensure that all players play.

Age divisions: 5-7 (co-ed), 8-9 (co-ed), 10-11 (boys), 12-15 (boys).

Anyone interested in participating in any of the listed YMCA leagues can register for them by visiting the front desk of the Venice YMCA, or by going to until Dec. 9.


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