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Parents:  If you place the outcome of any game over your child's enjoyment of that game, please proceed with extreme caution!  After a game ask your child: Did you have fun? or Did you try your best?  Rather than:  Did you win? There is a difference!

 

**NEW**REFUND POLICY

Your satisfaction is important to us.  Due to program costs, including instructors, supplies, and to help maintain our minimum numbers, we ask for your cooperation when requesting a refund or credit.  Our policy is to provide a full refund or credit, your choice, to anyone who cancels by the deadline.  Anything after the deadline, will not receive a refund/credit unless your child becomes injured or you move. Once the season starts it is at the discretion of the Youth Sports Director who will receive a refund.

 

 

THE GOAL OF OUR YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS...
...is to provide quality programming with responsible leaders so youth have the opportunity to grow and learn.  We are not a training ground for future stars or college athletes; rather, we are a program in which opportunity for participation is provided to all who enter, regardless of skill or ability level.  We wish to provide youth with a FUN learning experience and the opportunity to develop lifetime leisure skills.

YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM POLICIES
All teams will be formed by the Hays Recreation Commission utilizing a computer software program designed to balance teams by ages or grades and skill level.

A $5.00 per child late registration fee will be charged for all late registration.  Late registration will be accepted until youth teams are full.  After teams are full all late registration will be put onto a waiting list.  Waiting list applicants will not be guaranteed placement.  Late registration sign-up may not request to be placed on a specific team.

Youth will be contacted by their coach as to when/where practices will be held, as well as game schedules.

Refund policy: Our policy is to provide a full refund or credit, your choice, to anyone who cancels by the deadline.  Anything after the deadline, will not receive a refund/credit unless your child becomes injured or you move. Once the season starts it is at the discretion of the Youth Sports Director who will receive a refund.

Requests for three coaches to coach a team together will not be allowed unless one of the coaches does not have a child participating in the program.

No requests for youth to be placed on the same team will be allowed unless both youth live outside of the Hays city limits and live within a reasonable distance from each other.

Out of district participants will be charged a $5.00 out of district fee per individual.

For game and practice cancellations and postponements, Sign up for TextCaster Text or like our Facebook page.  

 

SOFTBALL CLINICS
Join us in a fun camp that teaches girls the game of softball. Your child will learn much more than just the basics. They will be getting taught these skills from someone who is one the winningest pitchers in the state of Kansas, who has played two years at JUCO and played overseas in Amsterdam representing the USA. She has given private lessons for over six years now. Bring your kids with a good attitude and watch them advance their knowledge and skill in this sport.”
Entry Deadline: September 11
Entry Fee: $40.00 per session
Held on:
Session 1 Fielding: Monday’s
  Sept. 16 – Oct. 21
Session 2: Pitching & Hitting
  Tue.’s – Sept. 17 – Oct. 22
Age and Time: Time A: 8 - 10 - 6:00 – 7:30pm
  Time B: 11 & older – 7:30 – 9:00pm
Location: Dusty Glassman Batting Field/Cage
Instructor: Bailey Brawner
 
HRC SOCCER ACADEMY
Don’t let your skills fade during the offseason.  Individual skill and fundamentals will be taught in a fun, upbeat environment.  Academy will be held on Sunday afternoons at 13th Street Gym.  All participants will receive a T-Shirt.
Entry Deadline: October 23
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on: Sunday’s – November 3 – December 8  WE WILL NOT MEET ON DECEMBER 1
Age and Time: 8 & Under - 2:00 - 3:30pm
12 & Under - 3:30 - 5:00pm
Location: 13th Street Gym
Instructor:  Jeremy Slemp
 
INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL
This program introduces the basics of basketball to youth in grades Kindergarten through Second.  This will be a fun way to learn to dribble, pass, shoot and more.  Second graders will play structured games to prepare them for Biddy Basketball.
Entry Deadline: October 23
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on: Saturday’s – November 2 – December 7  WE WILL NOT MEET ON NOVEMBER 30
Grade and Time:
Kindergarten:  10:00 - 10:50am
First grade:  11:10am - 12:00pm
Second grade:  12:15 - 1:15pm
Location: HRC Gyms
 
SNAG (STARTING NEW AT GOLF)
SNAG® stands for “Starting New at Golf”. It is a FUN game that is EASY to learn and can be played ANYWHERE. SNAG™ contains all the basic elements of golf but in a modified form. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG allows for full shots, pitching, chipping and putting. Its design makes it both safe and portable, allowing instruction, practice and play to take place both inside and outside. Taught by Certified Instructor Kirby Garrison 
Entry Deadline: October 30
Entry Fee: $50.00
Held on: Saturday’s - Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7
Time: 9:30 – 10:30am
Ages: 8 - 12
Location: 13th Street Gym
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 20
 
EARLY START BASKETBALL CAMP
Get an early start to your basketball season!  Come join us before the start of Biddy Basketball to freshen up on your skills.  This camp will reinforce strong fundamentals and drills to start off the basketball season.  
Entry Deadline: November 6
Entry Fee: $20.00
Held on: Mon. and Thurs. - November 11 & 14
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade - Boys & Girls
Location: Recreation Center Gyms
 
BASKETBALL TURKEY SHOOT
Team up with your child and shoot baskets to win your Thanksgiving turkey.  The event will match a parent and child together.  Parents may enter with more than one child but may only win one turkey per family.  Everyone will walk home with a prize. 
Entry Deadline: November 20
Entry Fee: $2.00 per team
$1.00 each additional child
Held on: Thursday, November 21
Grades: 1st – 6th graders w/an adult
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Recreation Center Gyms
 
BIDDY BASKETBALL
Come and be a part of this exciting basketball league.  The size of the balls, the height of the goals, and the distance of the free-throw lines are modified to fit each age division. These simple modifications permit the players to learn the fundamentals of the game and develop their ball-handling skills with regard to their age and physical abilities.  Practices are conducted by volunteer coaches, at the time they choose, two times a week for one hour, and games are played on Saturdays.
Entry Deadline: November 20
Entry Fee: $25.00
Practice begins: The week of December 2
Play will begin: Saturday, January 4
Grade Divisions: 3rd Grade Boys/Girls
4th Grade Boys/Girls
5th Grade Boys/Girls
6th/7th Grade Boys/Girls
Location: Recreation Center Gyms
Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00pm
 
4 V 4 FUTSAL INDOOR SOCCER
The youth Futsal Indoor Soccer program is offered to boys and girls.  This program gives kids the opportunity to work on their soccer skills in the offseason.  NO prior playing experience is necessary.  Kids are divided into teams by a computer program.  There are NO coaches, kids come to play and have a great time!  Adult supervision & officials are provided. 
Entry Deadline: December 18
Entry fee: $25.00
Held on: Sunday’s - January 5 – February 9
Grade Divisions: 5th - 8th, 9th – 12th
Location: HRC 13th Street Gym - 323 W. 13th
Minimum: 20 kids in each age group
 
SPRING VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Make plans to sign up for Youth Volleyball.  This league will be a fun way to learn to play the exciting sport of volleyball.  Games are played on Saturday mornings at the HRC.  Practices are determined by volunteer coaches.
Entry Deadline: February 19
Entry fee: $25.00
Grade levels: 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th
Practices start: Week of March 2
Games start: Saturday, April 4
Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:00pm
 
SPRING SOCCER LEAGUE
The youth soccer leagues focus on fundamental skills, fun and participation, and social interaction through practice and organized games.  These leagues are for the basic soccer player to the advanced soccer player.  The soccer league is offered to boys and girls.  Practices are conducted by volunteer coaches, at the time they choose, two times a week for one hour, and games are played mostly on Saturdays and a few Sundays.
Entry Deadline: February 19
Entry Fee: $25.00
Practice begins: The week of March 2
Play will begin: Saturday, April 4
Age groups: 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10 & 11 – 14
(as of March 1, 2020)
Location: Practice – Pratt Optimist Soccer
Complex – 4th & Milner
Games – Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex
Nex-Tech Wireless Fields – 1376 HWY 40 Bypass
Coaches meeting: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30pm
 
FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The youth flag football leagues focus on fundamental skills, fun and participation, and social interaction through practice and organized games.  Participants will receive their jersey as part of the entry fee.  Practices are conducted by volunteer coaches, at the time they choose, two times a week for one hour, and games are played mostly on Sundays with a few Saturdays.
Entry Deadline: February 19
Entry Fee: $30.00
Age groups: 6 - 8 (COED)
9 - 12 (COED)
(as of March 1, 2020)
Practice begins: The week of March 2
Play begins: Sunday, April 5
Location: Practice – Pratt Optimist Soccer
Complex – 4th & Pine
Games – Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex
Nex-Tech Wireless fields – 1376 HWY 40 Bypass
Coaches Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7:30pm
 
HAYS OPTIMIST CLUB TRI-STAR BASKETBALL CONTEST
Come on out and put your basketball skills through this skills competition.  Individuals will be tested on dribbling, passing and shooting skills.  
Entry Deadline: Register day of the event
Entry Fee: Free
Held on: Saturday, March 7
Times: Girls - 10:00am
Boys - 11:00am
Grades: 2nd - 7th grades
Location: Recreation Center
Awards: All contestants receive a T-shirt,
plus awards to top three in each grade,
and two special awards
Sponsors: Hays Optimist Club and HRC
 
PEE WEE SOCCER
Pee Wee Soccer is a developmentally appropriate introductory soccer program for children and their parents. The program prepares children and their parents for organized soccer in a fun environment.  Parents and their children will learn together on skills like kicking, dribbling, trapping, throw-ins and agility.  This is a great way to learn soccer and spend some quality time with your child.  This is not a league - therefore there are no coaches, practices, etc.  You meet once a week for 45 minutes to learn the basics of soccer!
Entry Deadline: March 25
Entry Fee: $20.00
Held on: Saturday’s – April 4 – May 2
Time: 2:00 - 2:45pm
Ages: 3 & 4 year - w/an adult
(as of March 1, 2020)
Location: Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex
Nex-Tech Wireless fields – 1376 HWY 40 Bypass
 
K-18 BASEBALL LEAGUE
The K-18 Baseball League is a traveling baseball program for boys, ages 13-15, as of May 1, 2020.  Participants will travel to surrounding communities as well as host their own games to play. All practices will be held in Hays.
Entry Deadline: April 8
Entry Fee: $50.00 (Scholarship fee is $15.00)
Practices start: TBD
Games start: TBD
Ages: 13 - 15 (as of May 1, 2020)
 
RECREATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE
Have a summer of fun playing Baseball.  Leagues may have to be altered depending upon registration numbers.
Entry Deadline: April 22
Entry Fee: $30.00
Practices start: Week of May 4
Games start: Week of May 25
Coaches Meeting: Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Ages: 6 - 14 (as of June 1, 2020)
LEAGUES OFFERED: 
6 & 7 yr. old League (Machine Pitch)
8 - 10 yr. old League (Machine Pitch)
11 - 14 yr old League (Player pitch)
*AGE DIVISION SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
 
RECREATIONAL SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Sign up today for a summer of softball and fun!  Leagues may have to be altered depending upon registration numbers.
Entry Deadline: April 22
Entry Fee: $30.00
Practices start: Week of May 4
Games start: Week of May 25
Ages: 6 - 14 (as of June 1, 2020)
Coaches Meeting: Thursday, April 30 at 6:30pm
LEAGUES OFFERED:
6 & 7 yr old League (Pitching Machine)
8 - 10 yr. old League (Pitching Machine)
11 - 14 yr. old League (Player Fast Pitch)
**AGE GROUPS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
 
RECREATIONAL TEE BALL LEAGUE
This program will focus on teaching the correct techniques for fielding, throwing, hitting and base running.  All who register will participate in a learning atmosphere designed to let the kids have fun while learning to play.  Practice is held twice a week.  Volunteer coaches choose their own practice times.  
Entry Deadline: May 6
Entry Fee: $20.00
Age groups: 4 & 5 (as of June 1, 2020)
Practices start: Week of May 11
Games start: Week of May 25
Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00pm