The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Athletics Team strives to offer the communities' youth a positive athletic experience with emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play; in order to help them grow both as individuals and athletes. We offer a wide variety of athletic programs to provide young people with a safe and enjoyable athletic experience, stressing skill development and teamwork.
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HOUSE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Baseball House League, for ages Kindergarten through 8th Grade, is a community-based baseball program for the beginner through the most experienced player. House League is where it all starts and is the foundation for the player who wishes to someday compete at the highest level. This is a great program to enjoy the game while playing in your community with friends. All House League divisions will be centered on learning and developing the fundamentals of the game as well as success, safety, and, above all, FUN!
BASEBALL PARTNERSHIP WITH LAKE FOREST BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
The Lake Forest Recreation Department (LFRD) and Lake Forest Baseball Association (LFBA) partner to develop our young baseball players both on and off the field through an all-encompassing youth baseball system. This baseball system will include both House League Baseball and Travel Baseball options. House Leagues for athletes ages 4 through 14 are implemented and managed by LFRD.
Travel Baseball for athletes ages 8 through 12 will be implemented and managed by LFBA. LFBA provides athletes, ages 8-12, the opportunity to represent themselves and our community through the game of baseball while emphasizing fundamentals, hard work, teamwork, loyalty, discipline and fun. Our ultimate goal is to put our players in competitive situations that not only develop their character but also their skills as baseball players so they may continue their athletic careers into high school and beyond.
LFBA's season typically runs May through July with additional opportunities for Fall Ball and indoor winter workouts.
Parent volunteer coaches and assistant coaches are needed for each team. If you are interested in helping out, please attend the mandatory volunteer coaches meeting prior to the season. All coaches will be contacted in March with all of the details.
Email Jason Olson for more information.
The Lake Forest Recreation Department/Lake Bluff Park District Basketball House League will offer your avid Basketball player a great opportunity for developing their skill set in a fun and safe environment. As the divisions progress, so does the level of competition. While the level of competition progresses, the philosophies do not change throughout the program.
The LFRD and LBPD offer two coaching clinics for parents that would like to coach. Parents will learn the rules of the game, how to conduct a practice, skill development drills, how to reinforce good sportsmanship, will receive sample plays, and get the basics in how to insure the players have fun.
The LFRD and LBPD offer a basketball officials clinic to anyone interested in becoming an official for the in-house basketball league. Participants will learn the rules of the game, proper hand signals, how to reinforce good sportsmanship, and get the basics on how to insure the players and coaches have fun.
Email Jason Olson for more information.
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FLAG FOOTBALL HOUSE LEAGUE
Catch the excitement of Flag Football! Basic skills such as catching, kicking, throwing, blocking, pulling flags, playing defense, and receiving hand-offs will be taught and practiced. Boys and girls will practice all of the skills necessary to play the game of football without serious risk of injury.
For more information, please contact Ken Pierini, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3943. Registration opens in July.
7 on 7 Football
Using the foundation of 7 vs. 7 USA Football, Friday Night Lights will feature games under the lights at Deerpath Park.
- 7 vs. 7 USA Football rules and regulations will provide the base structure for the program, with local modifications.
- Athletes will be coached by professional coaches who will teach techniques, plays, terminology and cultural philosophies handed down from the LFHS Football program, in a non-tackling environment.
- Games will be played 1 hand touch, no contact.
- For enhanced safety, athletes will be mandated to purchase head gear in order to participate, cost is roughly $35.
- More detailed information will be distributed in a parent manual prior to the start of the program.
- Team rosters will be kept small to promote one on one coaching for better skill building and maximum game action.
For more information, please contact Jason Olson, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3946.
Jr. Scouts girls Softball
Our Junior Scouts Girls Softball program has it all! From entry-level skill building to clinic-based programming, our house leagues (and travel options) prepare young athletes for the next level at Lake Forest High School. Coaching staff stresses skill development, teamwork, leadership, and a good work ethic. This all-encompassing fast-pitch softball system is for athletes in grades 1-11.
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Participants will learn the positions and rules of the game, while they work on their skills through drills. Skills that will be developed are cradling, groundballs, passing, and shooting. Equipment needed: Helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, stick, cup, mouth guard. Hockey equipment may be used.
For more information, please contact Ken Pierini, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3943.