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.

Baseball

HOUSE LEAGUE BASEBALL
GRADES K-8

2021 schedule

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! Visit our partner website for more information: LFBA

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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. For more information, please visit www.ScoutsBaseball.net or email LFBAScouts@gmail.com.


VOLUNTEER COACHES

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.

basketball

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.

Registration opens Fall 2021.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

COACHING

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.

OFFICIALS

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.

Football

FLAG FOOTBALL HOUSE LEAGUE
GRADES K-8

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.

2021 Schedule: Grades 1-2

2021 Schedule: Grades 3-4


JUNIOR SCOUTS TACKLE FOOTBALL
GRADES 5-8

Teams will be play in The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL). This league stresses player safety and coach, parent, and player education. To ensure player safety, TCYFL adheres to strict weight classifications, player ages, and then grades. Playing in TCYFL will provide game opportunities against communities that currently reside in the same conference as LFHS.

Program goals include:

  • Create a competitive learning football atmosphere for the player, while remaining fun, safe, and educational
  • Maintaining physical fitness and exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Instill the values of leadership, commitment, discipline and dedication
  • Teach and reinforce the qualities of sportsmanship and team play
  • Create an atmosphere of respect for team, coaches, opponents and officials

Lake Forest Junior Scouts Football is designed to provide the opportunity for Lake Forest/Lake Bluff boys and girls in grades 5-8 to learn the fundamentals of Football and participate in an organized, competitive program with participants of similar age and size. The Junior Scouts Football Program is open to any players that reside in the Lake Forest High School District.

For more information, please contact Jason Olson, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3946.

Please visit www.tcyfl.net for more information on their league structure, components, and philosophies.

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Friday Night Lights 7 on 7 Football

Grades 5-8

All of our 2021 teams will be playing in The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL). This league stresses player safety and Coaches/Parent/Player education. To ensure player safety, TCYFL adheres to strict weight classifications, player ages and then grades. Playing in TCYFL will provide game opportunities against communities that currently reside in the same Conference as LFHS. Please visit www.tcyfl.net for more information on their league structure, components and philosophies.

For more information, please contact Jason Olson, Program Supervisor at (847) 810-3946.

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Softball

GIRLS SOFTBALL
7-10Y

grades 1-2 schedule

grades 3-4 schedule

grades 5-6 schedule

Goals of this program will range from introductory skill development to advanced game strategy, depending on age group and skill level. This is a great program for girls interested in trying the sport for the first time OR for the avid, competitive softball player as skill development will be advanced at the older age groups. While this is a clinic-based program, stressing skill development through drill work and group game play, scrimmages will be played to give players game-like experience. Intensity of scrimmages will be dependent on age group and skill level.

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LACROSSE

Intro to Lacrosse

Grades 1-6

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.

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Saturday Cycling

Our Saturday cycling programs have started and we still have some spaces available! Don't miss this opportunity to pedal with us and stay active this fall. Since the program has started, please register at the Recreation Center office Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8:30 am to 2 pm. Cycling program runs until Nov. 6th.

Cycling Faster and Further

  • 13-18 Years Old
  • 9 am - 11 am
  • This group is for more experienced riders, those wanting to push their knowledge and their current level of physical endurance. Cyclists will learn more about cycling as an activity to train your body. We will push ourselves in the technical and endurance facets of cycling while traveling at a 12mph average speed.

Pedal Your Bike with Us

  • 11-16 Years Old
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • You will have your bicycle/bicycling questions answered, while we explore how fun it is to "pedal travel." Bring your bike and your helmet and money for lunch. We'll pedal to various locations (local destinations of interest, and we'll make one stop for food). We'll ride at an 8mph average speed and challenge the group to a heightened level of endurance. It is FUN to travel by bicycle.
For more information, please call our office at (847) 234-6700.