Youth Activities & Leagues


Youth Activities and Leagues

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


U.S.A. Girls 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 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 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.

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.


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.

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 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 

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, wiffle 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

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.