Youth Sports Programs & Instructional Clinics
NYC Parks offers plenty 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 for more details.
Summer Sports Experience
The Summer Sports Experience is a drop-in, instructional program that teaches kids sports like baseball, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, track, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. With funding from the Mayor's Community Parks Initiative, kids can participate at sites across the city.
How to Sign Up
The registration process varies by program. You can follow the link to the registration page when the program is in season, or contact your borough’s sports coordinator to find out more information about sports programs for your child.
Bronx: Christopher Suarez and Victor Campbell
Brooklyn: Alyson Chiaramonte
Manhattan: Roberto Barreto
Queens: Shawn James
Staten Island: Richard Costello
Accessible sports: Christopher Noel and Rodolfo Guevara
Annual Sports Programs
Baseball and Softball
Co-ed softball programs take place in the spring for children between the ages of 8 – 14. Instructional clinics and competitive leagues are held across the city. Registration is on a first come, first served basis in early spring.
Millennium Basketball League, Winter-Spring
The Millennium Basketball League is brought to you by NYC Parks and the New York Knicks. The league, part of the Junior Knicks League presented by Sprite and Chase, is open to boys and girls aged 8-17. Registration is on a first come, first served basis beginning in December. The league's season runs from January to April.
Learn to Ride, Spring - Fall
NYC Parks and Bike New York provide instructional cycling classes for kids. These classes teach a safe, easy, effective way to learn to ride. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike. Most people learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they will leave with an easy, hands-free, crash-free, and low-stress way to learn to ride. Registration opens in April when dates are posted.
This free afterschool track cycling program 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. It runs out of the beautiful Kissena Velodrome in Queens. Sessions are nine weeks and run most of the year, except winter. Kids are encouraged to progress throughout the program to achieve mastery of the sport, so attending for more than one session is suggested. Registration is on a rolling basis, but there is a wait list.
Flag Football, Fall
Flag football leagues take place across the city in the fall. The leagues welcome girls and boys ages 8-14 to take part in instructional drills, strategies and live game play. All equipment is provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis beginning in September. The leagues run until November.
Wheelchair Flag Football, Fall
Some of the fall flag football leagues have adaptive divisions for people with disabilities. These include opportunities for children and adults. Registration is on a first come, first served basis in September, and the leagues run until November.
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 7–17. Highlights include a six–hole golf course, practice putting and chipping greens, covered driving range and clubhouse with classroom space.
CityParks Golf makes it fun and easy for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 to learn to play golf. This free program offers five progressively challenging levels of instruction and teaches the importance of confidence, patience, cooperation, and respect to all participants. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.
Soccer, Spring - Summer
NYC Parks runs instructional soccer clinics and games at locations around New York City. The soccer programs, which break into divisions for kids from ages 5-17, run for 6 to 8 weeks. No experience is necessary. Registration is on a first come, first served basis beginning in April and runs through July.
Street Hockey, Winter and Summer
NYC Parks and the New York Rangers provide free youth street hockey clinics, presented by Coca-Cola, Get the Ball Rolling. The clinics are for boys and girls ages 5-17, and provide instruction on the basics of street hockey, as well as tips on the importance of exercising and eating a balanced diet. All equipment is provided and no prior experience is necessary to participate. Sessions run from December to February in the winter and July to August in the summer. Registration is on a rolling basis beginning prior to the start of each session.
CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages 6 to 16 each year in dozens of 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.
Track & Field Paralympics Training
As a Paralympic Sport Club, NYC Parks is looking for kids ages 8 and up with an interest in track and field. Dedicated kids will participate in NYC Parks' training program at Recreation Centers around NYC, and will be coached with the goal of competing in the Paralympic Games. Registration takes place on a rolling basis by contacting a Recreation Center with one of the programs. Get more information by emailing Christopher.Noel@parks.nyc.gov.
CityParks Track & Field, Summer
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 participating parks twice a week. The season ends with an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.
One-day recreational events for kids are held through the year. Events include special sports clinics, competitive games and races, and kids' activities at events for all ages.