Youth Athletics

Ages 3-14 years

Our youth and teen athletics programs provide structured experiences for boys and girls to develop fundamental skills and basic game knowledge. We promote teamwork, a positive attitude, and a healthy lifestyle.

Classes include:

  • Roller Skating/Blading
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Fitness
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Ryukyu-Kempo Karate
  • Soccer
  • Sports Camps
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Volunteer Coaches Needed!

Volunteer coaches are needed for our youth sports leagues. Our youth leagues continue to be a great experience for the children in the community. Volunteer coaches are a big reason these leagues have been so successful. Please support your son or daughter, get involved and sign up to be coach! Volunteers receive a $25 Park District credit to be used towards future programs or activities. Coaches clinics available!

Please Note: Due to the size and nature of sports leagues, requests to accommodate individual schedules and preferences cannot be honored. Please be sure that your child will be available for practices and games according to the schedule given by coaches.

 

Youth Sports Blind-Draft Policy

In order to provide every child with fair and equal treatment, a blind draft process will form the teams. Due to the large number of registrants in our youth sports programs and the attempt to keep teams equal, we cannot accommodate special requests for specific coaches or teammates. Only the head coach and one assistant coach will be allowed to request that their children be placed on the same team.

 
Concussion Information

2020 Fall Youth Athletic Programs

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Challenge Tennis Academy Tennis Lessons

The tennis pros of Challenge Fitness are certified and teach tennis year-round to all levels and ages. Feel free to contact Challenge Fitness at 815-838-3621 with any questions.

Junior Beginner/Advanced Junior Beginner
Ages 5-12 years
The program utilizes smaller courts, lighter balls, and shorter nets for younger players to learn tennis easier and quicker just as other sports use different equipment and supplies given the ages of the participants. The program was created by the USTA and all staff are highly trained in the new format. Players at this level can hit a forehand and backhand consistently and are starting to play points. Participants should provide their own racquet.

 

Ryukyu-Kempo Karate
Ages 5-11 years
Let Sensei John Ventura of the Bob Golden School of Self Defense teach you the art of Ryuku-Kempo Karate using real life situations. Karate will not only help you defend yourself but will teach you self-respect, self-discipline, mental focusing and physical development. Instructed by John Ventura, 7th Degree Black Belt.

 

Off-Season Girls Softball Clinic
Ages 5-14 years
The off-season girls’ softball clinic is a place for kids to learn basic rules, drills and skills of softball in a fun and social environment. This clinic-style program is designed to be instructional and developmentally appropriate by teaching throwing, hitting, pitching and fielding techniques. This program is geared for children that may be new to softball or seasoned players looking to improve their skills. Instructed by Bill Mikuska.

 

 

Volleyball

Co-Ed Instructional Volleyball
Grades 1st-5th
Caroline Smith will focus on teaching the fundamental skills of volleyball while emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. Instruction will be given at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Players will be divided by grade and or ability. All participants will learn new skills, practice old skills and play volleyball games during every class session.

 

Volleyball Boot Camp
Grades 6th-8th
Are you ready to get in shape for the next Jr. High Volleyball Season? The Channahon Park District is offering the perfect boot camp that will help you make the team. Caroline Smith will instruct this three week long Volleyball Boot Camp. It will focus on the conditioning and skills needed to excel as a volleyball player.

 

Instructional Volleyball League
Grades 3rd-5th
All games will begin November 16 and end December 28. Practices will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is recommended to be at the first practices October 27 and October 29 for team placement. This will be a recreational league and will still focus on learning the game of volleyball. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

 

Volleyball Private Instruction
Grades 3rd-8th
If you are looking to fine tune your volleyball skills this is the class for you. The classes will have a maximum of 3 participants per class allowing for more instruction for your child. Sessions will be divided in 30 minutes each week, participants can sign up for both of the classes if spots are open. Contact Kaitlyn at kstuder@channahonpark.org to schedule your private lesson with Caroline Smith!

 

 

Kids First Youth Sports Programs

Kids First Basketball Program Fundamentals
Ages 5-13 years
Let’s Hoop it up! This Basketball Program focuses on fundamentals! Basketball Games & Preparation; Parents have called Kids First Sports Safety Mandatory before playing the most injury prone youth sport. Players will be fulfilled with new basketball skills and safety techniques to make them game ready. Kids Love It!

Program offers: Skills Contest & Championship Basketball game. PLUS techniques on Shooting, Dribbling, Passing, floor spacing, basketball safety awareness and sportsmanship.

 

Kids First Speed Training Program
Ages 6-14 years
Run, Run, Run! Speed, Quickness, Agility program thru Track & Field Events. Excellent Coaches will focus on teaching indoor sprints, hurdles, jumps, running, and throws in a safe and fundamental way. The program consists of Body Balance Techniques; speed, quickness and agility drills, producing a quicker, safer more powerful performer. A series of team relay races makes indoor Track & Field fun and entertaining. Program concludes with an event Championship Series. Kids Love It!

 

Kids First Holiday Flag Football Camp
Ages 6-13 years
Flag Football camp teaches kids: Football safety fundamentals- aligning players’ body giving them the best chance to avoid injury. Holiday Touchdown! Kids First Instructor raises the skill and excitement level for the campers by using 75% of the camp playing Flag Football Games and 25% preparing the players fundamentals of the sport. A championship Flag Football Game will be played on the last day- Parents bring your cameras. Kids Love It!

Football Camp Teaches: skill positions training, techniques on speed & quickness, body balance, first step directional movements, football safety awareness and sportsmanship.

 

Kids First Holiday Track & Field Camp
Ages 5-14 years
Run with a SMILE! Speed, Quickness, Agility, & Fitness thru Track & Field Events. Excellent Coaches will focus on teaching sprints, hurdles, jumps, quickness, and throws in a safe and fundamental way. The program consists of Body Balance Techniques; speed, quickness and agility drills, producing a quicker, safer more powerful performer. A wide variety of timed events will take place during each day, concluding with an event Championship Series on the final day.

 

Kids First Holiday Dodge Ball Camps
Ages 7-13 years
Holiday Dodge it! Dodge Ball Games every session ending with a competitive Championship Game on the last day. This Fun moving sport will provide team competition and individual challenge matches on the court. Kids will have a blast running, throwing, dodging and ducking their way to victory; while getting their bodies in shape. Kids Love It!

 

Holiday “Multi-Sport” CampNEW!
Ages 6-12 years
Kids First Certified Coaches plan a combination of sports and games ranging from competitive to non-competitive and leisure. Sport selections include: (Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Dodge Ball, Flag Football, Track & Field Events, Ultimate Frisbee, Kick Ball, Balloon Ball & more). This Multi-Sport camp creates new learning experiences for all participants. Sports activities with affordable price make this a wonderful Holiday “Multi-Sport” Camp choice for the kids in your family. Kids Love It!

 

 

Basketball

Scott Slocum’s Youth Basketball Skills Camp
Grades 3rd-6th
Dribble, pass, shoot and score. Boys and girls get ready for the Channahon Park District Basketball League. Improve skills and techniques as well as offensive and defensive game play! Get 10% off the camp if you are registered for the youth basketball league. Instructed by Scott Slocum.

 

Little Dribblers Basketball
Ages K-1st Grade
This program for boys and girls in kindergarten through the 1st grade is designed to be instructional with an emphasis placed on learning the fundamental skills of basketball in a fun and entertaining environment. There will be instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt. Sign up early!

 

1st & 2nd Grade Instructional Basketball League
This league is designed to develop the essential fundamental skills of basketball while also giving them game like experience! Participants will have a 45 minute instruction session each week from Scott Slocum, followed by a game! Volunteer coaches are needed! Sign up early as space is limited! Each child is only permitted to be registered for 1 session.

 

Youth Basketball Leagues
Ages 3rd-8th Grades (2020-2021 School Year)
The Youth Basketball League is for boys and girls entering 3rd-8th grades. The league is designed for participants to utilize fundamental skills of basketball in game situations. Each team will be directed by a volunteer head coach who will provide instruction on basketball fundamentals in a positive and fun environment. Teams will have one practice during the week, starting the week of January 11 and one game every Saturday starting January 23. Grades 5-8 will participate in an end of the year, 1 day, tournament! All games will be held at the Heritage Crossing Field House. Sign up early! Space is limited!

 

Private Basketball Lessons
Are you looking to perfect your skills or take your game to the next level? Are you working towards becoming a starter on your current team? These one on one or group lessons (max 2), with a high school varsity coach and former college basketball player, can help you work towards and accomplish your goals! Email Kaitlyn at kstuder@channahonpark.org to set up your lesson today or check additional dates of availability!

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