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.

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


Ages 8 - 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 8, 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.

Basketball


5th & 6th grades


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.

Basketball Skills Camp


2nd - 6th grades


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.


Camp Quackers


Kindergarten - 6th grades


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. 


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.

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 - 13 years 


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.


Free Fishing Derby - Catch and Release


Ages 4 - 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.


Girl's 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball


5th & 6th grades


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.


Junior Tennis Lessons


June - July / Ages 7 - 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.


Karate


Ages 4+


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.

Lindenwood University Belleville BASEBALL Camp

2nd - 8th grades


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


3rd - 8th grades


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.


Nerf Nights


Ages 5 - 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.


NFL Flag Football League


Ages 6 - 11 years


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 Co-Rec 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball


5th & 6th grades


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 - 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.


T-Ball League

Kindergarten - 2nd grades

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.


Robat League

3rd & 4th grades

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

5th & 6th grades

Optimist League players begin playing "regular rules" games. Provides a further skill building opportunity and the means for your child to enjoy baseball for years to come.


​Jaycee Leagues


7th & 8th grades - Jaycee Junior
9th - 12th grades - High School

Jaycee Jr. and Jaycee High School are both travel leagues.