Youth Activities & Leagues


Youth Activities and Leagues

Listed below are detailed descriptions of programs offered throughout the year. Pre-registration is required for most programs and events.


U.S.A. Girls Fast-Pitch Softball

Ages 8 - 18 years old

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 U.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.


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 REC

Kindergarten - 6th grades

Camp REC, is an entertaining ten-week summer day-camp program held at the Nichols Community Center (NCC). The wide variety of activities scheduled for the day-campers includes physical, educational, arts and craft projects, plus weekly field trips. We emphasize the importance of camper safety and take a team approach. Our staff is specifically selected for their maturity, love for children, good moral character, experience, education, and expertise. Our counselors provide recreational activities designed for the abilities of each age group. 

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 years old and up

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.

Easter Bunny is Coming to Town!                                                         

Come out, meet the Easter Bunny, take a photo with him, and bring home a goodie basket! Easter photos are taken at Bicentennial Park, 4811 Belleville Crossing. Pre-registration is required.  

Free Fishing Derby - Catch and Release

Ages 4 - 15 years old

The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department offer this free event at the lake in Bellevue Park. This Derby is open to youngsters' 4 to 15 years of age with participants placed in groups according to age. Prizes and refreshments will be available to all.

Co-Rec and 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.  Teams are formed through the Parks and Recreation Department. Games are played at local District #118 schools. Volunteer coaches are needed for this sport each year.

Junior Tennis Lessons

June - July / Ages 7 - 11 years old

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.


Ages 4 years old and 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.

Nerf Nights

Ages 5 - 13 years old

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 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 about 7 weeks. Practices and games are on the same day. All equipment  provided and teams are coached by parent volunteers.

Sports Night

Ages 6 - 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 basketball, whiffle ball, floor hockey, volleyball, and dodgeball!  Pizza and a drink will be provided. Pre-registration required.

Youth Co-Rec 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball

5th & 6th grades

Get an early start on learning the basic skills and fundamentals of volleyball. Players placed on teams, grouped as closely as possible by schools. Participants will attend a clinic then will begin practices with their coaches. Games will be played on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at a local District #118 grade school. T-shirt included.

Youth Baseball:

Ages 5 - 18 years old

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 (5-7 years old)

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 (7-9 years old)

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 (9-11 years old)

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 (11-14 years old)
9th - 12th grades - High School 

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