Youth Sports Programs & Instructional Clinics
Parks & Recreation offers a wide array of sports for children ages eight and up. All programs are free, but participants must be registered members of a recreation center. Check with your local recreation center or BeFitNYC for more details.
Parks organizes affordable athletic programs for all abilities.
Parks provides a variety of free, water–based programs for all ages and levels, ranging from swim lessons to recreational swimming to training for swim team competition.
Unless otherwise noted, please contact your borough recreation office for more information.
Manhattan Recreation Softball League (April 18-June 13)
Manhattan Recreation is looking for children between the ages of 8 – 14 to play in their co-ed softball league, which runs from April 18 to June 13. The tryouts and games will be played at Chelsea Park, located on West 27th Street between 9th and 10th Ave, between the times of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Practice location will also be at Chelsea Park either before or after the scheduled game time.
Equipment is not needed, however a personal glove is recommended.
Participation in the softball league is free, though a free Recreation Center membership is required.
Learn to Play Clinics will be on April 18 and April 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Every child will be placed on a team. Starting on May 9, the children will be placed on teams and the first week of games will begin.
If you are interested in registering your child for this program, please email Anthony Traverso, Manhattan Sports Coordinator, at Anthony.Traverso@parks.nyc.gov
Manhattan Recreation is also looking for volunteer coaches. If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, please contact Anthony Traverso at the above email as soon as possible.
Other boroughs may be organizing softball programs this spring. For more information, please email your borough’s sports coordinator using the Contact Information section above.
Millennium Basketball League
The Millennium Basketball League is part of the Junior Knicks League and is open to boys and girls aged 8-17. Registration is currently closed, but the league's season runs from January to April.
Star Track (September – November)
This free eight-week afterschool track cycling program in New York City runs out of the beautiful, newly renovated Kissena Velodrome in Queens. It aspires to improve the lives of some of New York City’s underserved children, ages 8–14, by teaching them teamwork through the principles of bicycle racing.
Star Track hopes to enhance children’s physical and psychosocial development through their relationships with adult coaches. In addition, the program hopes to give the children a sense of pride and accomplishment through regular athletic activity.
Manhattan Instructional Flag Football League (September 27 – November 8)
The Manhattan Recreation Instructional Flag Football League, for girls and boys ages 8-11, combines offensive and defensive drills and strategies with live game play. Practices will take place on Saturdays between September 27 and November 8, from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The league takes 60 children. All equipment is provided, but make sure your child wears athletic attire, including sneakers or cleats.
Registration has started and will run until September 26 on a first come, first served basis. To register, please visit the Manhattan Flag Football Registration page.
For more information or help with registration, please contact Anthony Traverso, Manhattan Borough Sports Coordinator, at (212) 408-0243 or Anthony.Traverso@parks.nyc.gov.Wheelchair Flag Football (September–November)
The Flag Football League has an adaptive division for athletes with disabilities. Wheelchair Flag Football will take place in Queens and will accommodate both children and adults. For more information, please visit the Flag Football section of the Parks’ Accessibility Programs page.
CityParks Junior Golf Center
Located next to the Dyker Beach public golf course in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the CityParks Junior Golf Center is a state–of–the–art facility that offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 6–17. Highlights include a 6–hole golf course, practice putting and chipping greens, covered driving range and clubhouse with classroom space.
Presented by the René Lacoste Foundation, CityParks Golf makes it fun and easy for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 to learn to play golf. The program is offers five progressively challenging levels of instruction, from PeeWees to the Junior Golf Academy for our most advanced players, and teaches the importance of confidence, patience, cooperation, and respect to all participants. These free lessons, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids of all skill levels throughout New York City. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.
Winter Street Hockey 2014-15 (December – February)
Parks is offering free youth street hockey clinics for boys and girls aged 5-17. The clinics will provide instruction on how to play street hockey and tips on the importance of exercising and eating a balanced diet. The weekly scheduled clinics, which run from December through February, will educate and inspire hundreds of kids throughout the New York City region and engage them in a healthy, active lifestyle this winter. All equipment is provided and no prior experience is necessary to participate. NYC Parks partners with The New York Rangers and Coca-Cola, Get the Ball Rolling to provide this instructional program.
Presented by Chase, provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages 6 to 16 each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program promotes physical fitness while building self confidence, and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment. CityParks Tennis lessons for kids are offered at all skill levels. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events.
Hershey’s Track & Field Games
The Hershey Company has been sponsoring this exciting and memorable track & field program for more than 30 years. Children ages 9 to 14 have the opportunity to compete in the following events: 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4x100 meter relay, standing long jump, and softball throw. Participants compete against other children from their local area and have the opportunity to advance to state and regional competitions and ultimately qualify for the North American Finals in Hershey, PA. Finalists enjoy a fun–filled weekend that includes a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory and a day at Hershey Park.
CityParks Track & Field
Learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw at this free program open to boys and girls ages 5-16. Each summer in July and August, lessons are offered at citywide parks twice a week. All participating kids have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of each season at an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall’s Island.