Youth Activities & Leagues
Youth Activities & Leagues
U.S.A. Girls Fast-Pitch Softball
Ages 8 - 18
The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department has made an investment in the future of fast pitch softball in the metro-east area with its 8,10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 and under age groups fast pitch program. This program is helping to develop the interest skills and desires of a new generation of softball players. These ladies will learn the physical and social skills necessary to excel individually, and ultimately ensure the continual growth of the sport. U.S.A. Girls Fast-Pitch Softball 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 Parks. Fall games are played in September, October, and November at Laderman Park.
5th & 6th grades
This program is hosted by Belleville Public School District #118 and provides 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 & 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.
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 and educational activities, art 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. Orr counselors provide recreational activities designed for the abilities of each age group.
Daddy & Daughter Dance
Girls up through 6th grade
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 evening one to cherish forever. This event is held annually during the month of February with registration beginning in January.
Age 7 and up
Come challenge your talent at beginner level cartoon drawing. The instructor will demonstrate how to draw your favorite characters while adding their knowledge to help perfect your love of drawing.
Ages 1-7 (March or April)
Held in Bellevue Park, this event is open to the public and co-sponsored by Belleville Parks & Recreation and Turkey Hill Grange. There are snacks and refreshments for the children and great photo opportunities with a special guest; The Easter Bunny! Mark your calendars and join us for a great morning of fun. Pre-registration is mandatory and begins in February. This is a 'rain or shine' event.
Free Fishing Derby - Catch and Release
Ages 4 - 15
Parks & Recreation offers this free event at the lake in Bellevue Park. The derby is open to to 4 - 15 year old youth. Participants are placed in groups according to age. Prizes and refreshments are available to all.
Co-Rec and Girl's 5th and 6th Grade Volleyball
5th & 6th grades
This program provides 5th and 6th 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 & Recreation Department. Games are played at Belleville Public School District #118 schools. Volunteer coaches are needed for this sport each year.
Junior Tennis Lessons
Ages 7 - 11 (June - July)
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. Player to coach ratio will be 8 to 1 or lower. T-Shirt included.
Ages 5 -13
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, a drink, and eye protection provided.
NFL Flag Football League
Ages 6 - 11
Flag Football is a growing alternative to full contact football. It 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.
Ages 6 - 13
All parents deserve a night to themselves after a busy week! Let us help your kids burn off some energy by bringing 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 and 6th grades
Get an early start on learning the basic skills and fundamentals of volleyball. Players are placed on teams and grouped as closely as possible by schools. Participants will attend a clinic then begin practices with their coach. Games will be played on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at a local District #118 grade schools. T-shirt included.
Ages 5 - 18
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.
Kindergarten - 2nd grades, Ages 5 - 7T-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.
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.
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 Jr - 7th & 8th grades, Ages 11 - 14
High School - 9th - 12th gradesBoth Jaycee Jr. and Jaycee High School are travel leagues.