From Robbie Spencer, director of the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department:
Youth Football and Cheerleading
Youth Football and Cheerleading sign-ups start this Saturday April 1. Registrations will continue to June 23.
Late registrations will be June 24-July 3. Ages 5-6 Flag, 7-8 Tackle, 9-10 Tackle and 6th-7th grade.
There are three ways to sign-up: In-person with your registration sheet; online at our Parks and Rec website or by phone with a credit card (Still need to submit registration sheet).
There is a limit on number of players per team for 7-8 and 9-10. It will be a first-come first- serve basis so everyone make sure to sign-up soon. For all information either contact us at 867-2717 or check out our website. http://leagues.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=776918
Mr. Spencer said cheer squads start at age 7.
Youth baseball is back for the summer. This entry level program will work on teaching kids the fundamentals, teamwork and understanding of the game. Don’t worry if you haven’t ever played, because this is where you’ll learn.
We will feature a 4-5 year-old tee-ball league and a 6-8 year-old coach pitch league. Each league will be co-ed and will use a safety baseball.
We are also teaming up with the Memphis Redbirds to have a game day experience. This will include a ticket to the game, a hot dog and soft drink voucher, Redbirds hat and team parade on the field pre-game. Some lucky participants will participate in the field of dreams and high-five tunnel during the pregame ceremony. Parents will be able to purchase discounted tickets that include the hot dog and soft drink voucher and the Redbirds hat. Due to limited field space, we do have a participant cap for each league. We can adjust the number of participants for the two leagues based on signups. Participants will be accepted on a first come basis until the league is full.
You may sign up to be on a wait list until May 1. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your kids. Sign up today!
Regular registration: April 3 – April 23 and late registration: April 24 – May 1. We cannot accept any registrations after May 1. For more information please contact us at 867-2717.
2017 YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING TIMELINE
Mar. 18 – June 2 – Mondays- Thursday – Voluntary Skills Training for all positions and age groups.
April 1 – Youth Flag and Tackle Football and Cheerleading registration begins.
Tackle: $280 ($350 check deposit – Will not cash – will return at end of season)
7-8, 9-10 and 6th-7th grade middle school divisions.
Flag 5-6 Year-Olds: $80 (no deposit).
Cheerleading: $175 – 7-8, 9-10 and 6th-8th grade.
**We only have a limited number of spots available in our 7-8 and 9-10 tackle football divisions, once filled, all others will be placed on the waiting list**
Week of June 19 – General conditioning starts for 6th-7th grade middle football.
Week of July 3 – 6th-7th grade middle football official practices start. Helmet/shirts/shorts.
July 5 – Equipment fitting and handouts 6 p.m. at Lakeland City Hall.
Week of July 10 – General conditioning starts for ages 7-10 tackle football.
July 17 – 5-6 year old flag football practices start.
Week of July 24 – Tackle football official practices start. Helmet/shirts/shorts.
Week of July 31 – Tackle football. Helmet/shoulder pads/shorts.
Week of Aug. 7 – Tackle football full pads practices start.
Aug. 21 – Flag football games start.
Sept. 7 -Tackle games start. Location will be on schedule.