Youth Programs



Important Documents for Youth Program Participants:



2019 LITTLE LEAGUE SCHEDULES

Below are current PDF schedules (as of 5/15/19) for the 2019 Little League Season.

BOYS' TEAMS

Boys High School
Pony
Majors
Minors
Boys' Coach Pitch
Boys' U-6

GIRLS' TEAMS

Pigtail
Minitail
Girls' Coach Pitch
Girls' U-6

 

CURRENT YOUTH PROGRAMS

The Recreation Department hosts a variety of Youth Programs throughout the year, including Little League Baseball, Jr. Cavs Youth Basketball, Soccer Leagues, Flag Football, and numerous camps & events for your child to be active, learn and have fun. See below for our currently offered programming - to sign up, visit our online registration page or call (216) 524-3262 for additional information.

TINY TOTS VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Boys & Girls going into 1st & 2nd Grade
1 week camp - Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st
10:00am - 11:00am
Residents Only: $25
Civic Center Gym
Join your friends and have fun while learning the game of volleyball!


SUMMER FLAG FOOTBALL

Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th
Tuesdays & Thursdays June 11th through July 11th (no activities July 4th)
8:30am - 9:30am
Residents Only: $25
Independence High School Football Field
Get moving in the summer time and jump start the upcoming football season! Perfect for those just starting football and experienced players as well. Fundamental instruction provided by Independence Middle School & High School Coaches along with Unity Sports. We will cover speed & agility, footwork, blocking, tackling technique, catching, throwing, running, kicking, punting, along with daily game competition! For additional information, contact Jim Wotowiec at (216) 524-3262.


KICK START BOYS & GIRLS T-BALL

Boys & Girls Ages 3 & 4
Saturdays, June 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th
10:00am - 11:00am
Residents Only: $30
Civic Center Gym & T-Ball Field
This is a fun 4-week program with non-competitive games where parents participate with their child. Foam bats and balls are used for safety purposes. Children must be 3 by the start of the program. Birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Parents are required to help!


TENNIS LESSONS

6 classes, Tuesdays, June 18th through July 30th (no class on July 2nd)
Residents Only
Outdoor Lighted Tennis Courts

  • Ages 5-7 / 10am - 10:30am / Fee: $50
  • Ages 8-11 / 10:30am - 11:30am / Fee: $75
  • Ages 12-17 / 11:30am - 12:30pm / Fee: $75
Students will learn tennis play while developing a foundation in stroke fundamentals, court coverage and the rules of the game.


RUNNERS & WALKERS CLUB

Free & Open to all Ages 10 & Up
7 week program, Monday - Friday June 10th through July 26th
8:00am - 9:15am
Fieldhouse
Organized walking and running program for summer camp participants, residents, high school sports programs. Includes warm up, movement, either walking or running, core work, and cool down.


INDIANS YOUTH BASEBALL BIG LEAGUE EXPERIENCE CAMP

Ages 6 to 12
Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd
9:00am - 3:00pm
Registration Fee: $295
Independence Baseball Fields - Elmwood Park
All participants must register at www.indians.com/youthbaseball
Learn to play 'The Indians Way' in a safe, fun environment! Led by former Major Leaguer and Mentor native Matt Kata, Indians Youth Baseball camps are the ultimate developmental experience for youth baseball and softball players in Northeast Ohio. Four days of on-field instruction covering the same basic fundamentals that Indians players work on every day - hitting, throwing, fielding, and base-running. On the 5th day, campers will take a bus to spend the day at Progressive Field where they will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, play catch on the field (weather permitting), have lunch, and finish the day with a player meet and greet with a current Indians player. Campers receive an Indians t-shirt and hat, camp workbook, and a voucher for two tickets to an Indians game!


I PLAY SPORTS CAMP

Ages 6 - 9 entering 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Mondays & Fridays June 17th through July 26th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Fee: $165
Civic Center Gym
Enhance your summer experience with two additional days of structured, engaging play to supplement the Summer Playground program. Get Active & Have Fun! Learn new sports and play with friends - positive, fun coaches and weekly awards & prizes! Offered by the Community Services Department in conjunction with Unity Sports.


LITTLE STARS GYMNASTICS

Gymnastics for children ages 18 mos. - 5 years held in the Civic Center Gym on Wednesdays beginning February 27th. For more information / to register, click here.



2019/2020 CO-ED SOCCER

$65 New Player
$40 Returning Players with Uniform
$25 Late Fee Charge
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2019
US Youth Soccer has implemented the calendar year age to be in line with 208 countries that register youth players by their year of birth. All players must register, new teams will be formed, and this will be the only registration for the 2019/2020 Season!


  • Age Division / Eligibility
  • U-7 / 2013-2014
  • U-9 / 2011-2012
  • U-11 / 2009-2010
  • U-13 / 2007-2008
  • U-15 / 2005-2006

The Recreation Department is now taking registration for the 2019 Fall & 2020 Spring Soccer program. Independence belongs to the Suburban Recreational Soccer League and all teams will be traveling to various communities. Our games will be played in Berea, Brookpark, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights, Valley View, Seven Hills, Macedonia, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights. All new players must present birth certificate at time of registration as proof of age. Coaches are needed.



TEEN WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION

Ages 13-15 Residents Only: Free
Call (216) 524 - 3262 or stop in the weight room to schedule certification registration
Civic Center Weight Room
All teens 13 - 15 must be certified in the proper use of the weight room equipment before they will be permitted in the weight room. They must also have a current Civic Center membership. Registration times are posted at the weight room desk and interested youth must sign up in advance for these sessions.

LITTLE LEAGUE 2019

Fee: $30 (6 & Under) / $45 (7 & Over).  All non-resident St. Michael Students will pay an additional $10.00 fee.  A late fee of $25.00 will be charged for any registration after April 12, 2019.

Our Little League program is one of the best in Cuyahoga County; children from ages 5 to 18 can play recreational baseball, softball and fast pitch.  We have six diamonds, 4 that are lighted.  Sign-up begins in January and ends mid-April, practices begin shortly after and games begin the end of May until mid-July.  Coaching is done on a volunteer basis by parents and young adults.  This program is open to residents and students of St. Michael's School.



FLAG FOOTBALL FOR THE FALL

Grades 3rd through 6th: Residents $35 / St. Michael's Students $45 / Games held during the week
Grades Kindergarten through 3rd: Residents $25 / St. Michael's Students $35 / Games played Saturday mornings and afternoons
Registration Deadline: August 18th

Coaches are needed for both programs! If interested or need more information, please call the Recreation Department at (216) 524-3262.


OHIO LAW 143
Effective on April 26, 2013, Ohio Law 143.  This is the law known as the "Return to Play" Law dealing with youth concussions and when a youth player is allowed to return to play.  All Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Umpires, and Referees must complete the FREE course to continue coaching, umpiring or refereeing  in any and all sports. (Link is located at the top of this page.) It takes about 25 minutes to complete, once you have passed the course you will be able to print a certificate.  Please take the time to look into to this and take the course, this is an effort to improve prevention, recognition and response to sports-related concussions.  It is our responsibility as parents, coaches, referees and umpires to help recognize and make the call to pull an athlete off the field, ice, or court if you think that a player might have a concussion.