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Belleville
City of Belleville
101 S. Illinois St.
Belleville, IL 62220
Ph: 618-233-6810

Youth Activities & Leagues
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Youth Activities and Leagues


Listed below are detailed descriptions of programs offered throughout the year.

PLEASE VISIT OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES PAGE TO SEE WHAT IS BEING OFFERED AT THIS TIME.


NFL Flag Football League
Ages 5 to 14 Years Old
Flag Football is a growing alternate to full contact football that teaches basic skills and concepts of the game. This program is designed to introduce young athletes to the game while providing a safe environment. We strive for equal playing time. No experience needed. Season runs 7 weeks starting in September. Practices and games are on the same day. All equipment  provided and teams are coached by parent volunteers.

Youth Bowling
Ages 6 to 18 Years Old
Instruction given by Dale Strom, USBC Bronze level coach. Shoes and ball provided during instruction. Come learn techniques and skills to get you strikes and spares!

Basketball Skills Camp
Grades 2nd - 6th
Players will build basketball IQ, understand and develop proper footwork, increase hand and foot speed, instill ball handling skills, learn proper shooting mechanics, and establish skills to further advance playing ability.

Drawing Class
Ages 7+
Come challenge your talent at beginner cartoon drawing! The instructor will demonstrate how to make your favorite characters while adding their knowledge to help perfect your love of drawing.

Dodgeball Night
Ages 8 to 13 Years Old
All parents deserve a night to themselves after a busy week! Let us help the kids burn off some energy and bring them to the Nichols Community Center for some dodgeball madness! Pizza and a drink will be provided. Pre-registration required.

Daddy & Daughter Dance

This is a special night for daddy’s to spend with their little princess. Enjoy a pasta dinner while listening and dancing to the sounds of music from a DJ. Each couple receives a free commemorative photo taken by a photographer to make this an evening to cherish forever. This event is held annually during the month of February with registration beginning in January.

Lindenwood University Belleville BASEBALL Camp
Grades 2 through 8
The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce our new partnership with Lindenwood University. We have come together to develop an instructional Baseball Camp that covers fundamental baseball skills. Instruction will be given by the Lindenwood University coaching staff and/or athletes.

Lindenwood University Belleville VOLLEYBALL Camp
Grades 3 through 8
The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce our new partnership with Lindenwood University. We have come together to develop an instructional Volleyball Camp that covers fundamental volleyball skills. Instruction will be given by the Lindenwood University coaching staff and/or athletes.

Junior Tennis Lessons
June though July - Ages 7 to 11 Years
Students will be introduced to and progress through the game of tennis. They will learn tennis through fun games and drills that will improve their hand-eye coordination, racquet handling skills and basic tennis strokes. Players will learn to keep score and play matches by the end of the program on modified courts according to age and ability. Coach to player ratio will be 8 to 1 or lower. T-Shirt included.

Camp Quackers
Grades Kindergarten through 6
Camp Quackers, is an entertaining ten-week summer day camp program, that takes full advantage of the lush, green terrain of Bellevue Park. The historic Stone Lodge is the headquarters for the camp. The wide variety of activities scheduled for the day-campers includes physical, educational and social events, arts and craft projects plus weekly field trips. Parents and guardians can rest easy because child safety is our primary concern. We accept CHASI approved participants. Must have a pre-approval letter at time of registration.

Free Fishing Derby - Catch and Release
Ages 4 through 12 Years
The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department offer this free event at the lake in Bellevue Park. This Derby is open to youngsters' 4 to 12 years of age with participants placed in groups according to age. Prizes and refreshments will be available to all.

Karate
Ages 4 & Up
Train for the five selves: self-discipline, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, and self-defense. Our skilled instructor from the Okinawan Karate Academy will develop your child's agility, strength, poise and coordination.

Metro East Tennis Academy

Grades 4 through 12
This program is for the serious tournament player grades 4 through 12. This is not for beginners. All players are expected to be U.S.T.A. members and actively competing in tournaments. The Academy will consist of 2 days per week of drills, stroke practice, competitive games, doubles, speed and quickness training. The other two days will be devoted to singles play. Each player will be grouped according to their ability and play in competitive singles and doubles matches. Led by Director Dan Skaer, Belleville East High School tennis coach.

Nerf Nights

Ages 5 through 13 Years
Come to the Nichols Community Center and enjoy our hit program, Nerf Nights! For more information on rules, supplies and to register please call 618-277-9785. This has become one of our most popular games in the area. Don't wait to register, limited spots available! Pizza, drink and eye protection provided.

Basketball
Grades 5 & 6
This program provides the fifth and sixth grade youth the opportunity to learn to play basketball in a structured setting. Sportsmanship is strongly emphasized. League play starts in October. Teams are formed through the Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteer coaches are sought out for this sport each year.

Girl's 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball
Grades 5 & 6
This program provides the fifth and sixth grade girls the opportunity to learn to play volleyball in a structured setting. This is a team sport which emphasizes the social, mental and physical well-being of each child. League play starts in September and ends in October. Teams are formed through the Parks and Recreation Department. Games will be played at Central Jr. High and Roosevelt Schools. Volunteer coaches are sought out for this sport each year.

Boy's & Girls 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball
Grades 5 & 6
New this year! Get an early start on learning the basic skills and fundamentals of volleyball. Players placed on teams, grouped as closely as possible by schools. This is a six week session. Participants will attend a clinic then will have practices. Games will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays at Franklin School. T-shirt included.

Youth Baseball
Ages 5 to 18 Years
The Youth Baseball Program, for boys and girls ages 5 to 18, is designed to introduce your child to an organized sport at a comfortable level. Volunteer coaches are sought out for this sport each year.

Belleville Police T-Ball League
Grades Kindergarten through 2
Ball is played by hitting a baseball from a stationary tee (no pitching). Coaches are permitted on the field during the game to teach catching and fielding fundamentals.

Belleville Police Robat League

Grades 3 & 4
Robat Baseball introduces players to a pitching machine, which ensures accurate pitching, enabling players to develop hitting skills without dodging erratic pitches. Fielding skills are developed further in this league.

Optimist League
Grades 5 & 6
Optimist League players begin playing "regular rules" games. Progressing through the Jaycee League (seventh and eighth grade) and High School League (ninth through twelfth grades) provides a further skill building opportunity and the means for your child to enjoy baseball for years to come.

A.S.A. Girl's Fast-Pitch Softball

Ages 9 through 18 Years
The Belleville Parks and Recreation Department have made an investment in the future of fast pitch softball in the metro-east area with its growing 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 and under age groups fast pitch program. This program is helping to develop the interest skills and desire of a new generation of softball players. These ladies will learn physical and social skills necessary to excel individually and ultimately ensure the continual growth of the report. The Girls A.S.A. emphasizes fun and provides a great exchange of fellowship, sportsmanship, and the important feeling of belonging. Spring games are played in May, June, and July at Laderman and Southside Park. Fall games are played in September, October, and November at Laderman Park.