Youth Sports

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Youth Sports

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Mission Statement

In pursuit of excellence in youth sports, we are committed to creating a positive environment for our youth’s participation in and enjoyment of recreational sports.

Program Philosophy

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department Youth Sports Program philosophy is to instill a positive attitude, sportsmanship, basic fundamentals, confidence, and high moral standards.  Youth Sports Programs develop the physical, psychological, and social aspects for youth.  Our programs emphasize participation, fun, sportsmanship, and promotes a non-competitive, recreational approach to sports.  Participants, parents, and coaches are expected to support this value system.
 
The City of Colorado Springs Youth Sports programs are designed to offer participants a variety of recreational sports leagues and activities in a safe, fun and well-supervised environment. We focus on the whole child through positive coaching, teamwork, sportsmanship, skill development, self-development, self-esteem, and socialization skills. Sports provides recreational activities to enhance and build positive recreational experiences and healthy lifelong habits. Youth Sports offers opportunities to play in leagues throughout the year. Because programs are so large, we register participants one to two months in advance.
 
  • Spring Soccer: Pre K-9 grade
  • Spring Tackle Football: 3-8 grade (2nd graders can sign a waiver)
  • Summer T-ball, Baseball, Softball: Pre K-12 grade
  • Fall  Tackle Football: 3-8 grade (2nd graders can sign a waiver)
  • Fall Soccer: Pre K-9 grade

Basic Rentals Guidelines

Free Sports Registration

Each season, a limited number of youth sport registrations are FREE for families across Colorado Springs through our Sports Office. These spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no income or other eligibility requirements for players in the selected age groups to receive a free spot. The program is open to everyone. However, if your family does not need a free registration, we invite you to select the paid option and/or donate to the Helping Hands Fund. The goal of this program is to remove the financial barrier to participation so all kids can benefit from playing youth sports.

In the Fall of 2022, the $78 fee to play soccer will be waived for the first 460 kids to register at parks citywide from PreK-4th grade (registration begins May 9). We expect to make available an increasing number of free spots as funding and availability of volunteer coaches grows. Future free registration opportunities will be publicized prior to registration opening for each sports season. Soccer is offered in the spring and fall, and t-ball, baseball and softball are offered in the summer. The most free spots will be available in the youngest age divisions, PreK-2nd grade, and at practice locations in the southeast and central regions.

Free registrations will be available through at least 2026 thanks to generous grants and donations from the Daniels Fund, Dakota Foundation, Boeing, the Chapman Foundations, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Comcast, Gazette Charities Foundation and the Schuck Foundation. This initiative was started as an activation of the city’s brand, Olympic City USA. To date, $339,500 has been raised.

Inclement Weather/Closures/Cancelations

For up-to-date information on weather and cancelations, call 385-5981 and select 5. You can also follow the Sports office through Facebook and Twitter for the latest cancelation details.

Sports Internship

The purpose of the internship program is to provide the student with an opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience that is closely related to the student’s educational knowledge base. Youth and Adult Sports believes in a team philosophy and although the intern will be supervised by a designated full-time Sports staff member, the student will have the opportunity to work with multiple full-time Sports staff to understand various leadership styles and programs. In exchange, the City will receive valuable work contributions from creative, highly motivated recreation pre-professionals.

Contact Information

Sports Office
1315 East Pikes Peak Avenue
(in Memorial Park)
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: (719) 385-5981
Fax: (719) 385-6013
Questions? Email us