Our youth sports programs balance fun with valuable instruction. The main focus is on participation and learning, not on competition. We believe in teaching more than sports skills. Good sportsmanship, dedication and respect are all part of the Lancaster Rec youth sports experience. Our youth dance classes strive to balance the mind, body and spirit through positive experiences.

We aim to provide a lifelong motivation and determination to stay fit and healthy.

Check out our scholarship information.

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Little Hoopers


Jr. NBA Basketball

October 17 or until full

Baseball / Softball

  • Baseball

    March/April – June | Ages 5-12

    Registration: Begins in January

    Batter up! Learn the fundamentals and rules of the game in our Little League Tee ball & Rookie leagues and move your way up through Lancaster Baseball 14U. Lancaster Baseball is a partnership between Lancaster Rec, St. Joe and SALSA. 10U, 12U & 14U players are assessed by skill level and placed on the appropriate team. Players enjoy being part of a team and friendly competition. Practices and games are held at Lancaster Community Park, Lancaster City Parks and School District of Lancaster ball fields.
    For more information on Lancaster Baseball, click here.

  • Softball

    March/April-June | Ages 5-12

    Registration: Begins in January

    Step up to the plate! Learn the fundamentals and rules of the game in our Little League Tee ball league and move your way up to 12 & Under softball. 10U & 12U players participate in the Lancaster County Youth Softball League. Players enjoy being part of a team and friendly competition. Practices and games are held at Lancaster Community Park, Lancaster City Parks and School District of Lancaster ball fields.


  • Little Hoopers Basketball

    October – November, January – March | Grades K-2

    Registration: Click Here

    Nothing but net! This fundamental coed program develops a strong skill foundation with appreciation for the game of basketball. Players participate in scrimmages to experience a non-competitive game environment.

    Practices are held in School District of Lancaster gyms with three Saturday morning scrimmages played at the Lancaster Recreation Center.

  • Jr. NBA/WNBA Youth Basketball League

    November – February | Grades 3-6

    Registration: Registration events: Sept. 20 from 5 - 7 p.m., Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Oct. 17 from 5 - 7 p.m.

    It’s a slam dunk! These two leagues offer great fundamental basketball experiences for boys and girls. Players receive equal playing time to create an atmosphere of skill development and sportsmanship.

    Practices and games are held at School District of Lancaster gyms.

  • Jr. NBA Teen League Basketball

    February – May | Grades 7-10

    Registration: Begins in January

    Our basketball league is competitive with the spotlight on learning, improving and having fun. Playing time is balanced so players of all ability levels can develop skills through game play. Coaches encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork.

    Games and practices are held at School District of Lancaster gyms.


  • Cheerleading

    July – November | Ages 5 – 12 (must be 6 by Sept. 1st)

    Registration: Begins in May

    Our cheerleaders support Jr. Tornado Football teams. Participants learn cheer fundamentals while showing their spirit, making friends and having fun.

    Practices are held at an SDoL facility. Squads cheer at football games throughout Lancaster County on weekends during the fall.

  • Cheer Clinic

    May | Ages 5 – 12

    Registration: Begins in January

    Pump it up! Our cheer clinic emphasizes enhancing spirit and basic skills such as cheers, chants and beginner stunting.

    Clinics are held at SDoL facility or the Lancaster Recreation Center gym.


  • Dance Classes

    September-June | Ages 4+

    Registration: Call to check availability. Come in to register.

    Coed Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop classes for children and teens. Lessons begin the last week of August through June 2018 at the Lancaster Rec Center. Dance in the end-of-the-year recital at McCaskey High School!

    Visit our Lancaster Rec Center to register.

    Instructors: Miss Eloise Dirk and Ms. Rochelle Williams

  • Summer Dance Camp

    July-August | Ages 4-12

    Registration: Begins in May

    Want to try a dance class? Want to keep dancing over the summer? This camp is for you. No recital, just have fun!

Field Hockey

  • Field Hockey

    April - May and Sept.- Oct., Grades 3-6

    Registration: Begins in January

    Learn the fundamentals of field hockey as part of our Future Red Tornado Clinics, led by the McCaskey High School coaching staff.

Flag Football

  • NFL Flag Football League

    March – May, September – November | Ages 6 – 12

    Registration: Spring- Begins in January. Fall- Begins in July

    Boys and girls learn football skills and plays in a non-contact environment. Fun, fast-paced practices and games are held at Lancaster City Parks or SDoL facility. NFL jerseys are worn for games.


  • Jr. Tornado Youth Tackle Football

    Begins the first week in August | Ages 7 – 12 (as of Sept. 1)

    Registration: Begins in April

    Be a part of the Lancaster City/Township youth tackle football program. Our emphasis is on learning, playing and enjoying the sport of football safely, while also fostering sportsmanship, teamwork and self-discipline. McCaskey’s football coaching staff will be training our volunteer coaches in accordance with the skills and standards used at the high school level. Our teams will play in the Red Rose Midget Football League in the B, C and D divisions. Practice will be at the McCaskey practice football field, with home games in the McCaskey stadium. Practices begin the first week of August.

    Register in person at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Gymnastics

    September – December | Ages 7 – 14

    Registration: Begins in August

    Let’s get ready to tumble! Children learn the basic gymnastics movements including cartwheels, handstands, back bends and more. Our partnership with Fusion Gymnastics brings experienced instructors and age-appropriate equipment to this great program. We practice in the Lancaster Recreation Center Gym.

Iddy Biddy Sports

  • Iddy Biddy Sports

    October – March | Ages 3 – 5

    Registration: Click Here

    Get off to a great sporting start with your preschooler. This coed program eases your child into the world of sports. Kids and parents work together to get accustomed to an organized practice in a fun, non-threatening environment. Instructors focus on sport-specific skills as well as incorporating hand-eye coordination and agility. 5-week sessions in basketball, baseball, flag football and soccer at the Lancaster Recreation Center gym.

Jr. Game Official Development Program

  • Jr. Game Official Development Program

    April – August | Ages 14 – 16

    Registration: Applicants must apply and be interviewed. Contact Audra at alanders@LancasterRec.org

    A free training program for future basketball referees! Graduates will become Junior Game Officials and receive stipends for officiating youth games.

    • Classroom instruction that includes rules of the game of basketball from a certified official, communication and professional training, and first aid training.
    • Active observation that includes time to observe and learn from your appointed mentor, and learning the rules of basketball and how to enforce them.
    • Supervised on-court experience with practice/scrimmage time before actual games.
    • Official t-shirt, whistle and completion certificate.
    • PA criminal and child abuse clearances.


  • Youth Soccer League

    April – June, September – November | Ages 4-12

    Registration: Spring- Begins in January. Fall- Begins in July

    Our youth soccer program focuses on the fundamentals of the world’s most popular sport. Boys and girls of ability levels enjoy teamwork and good-natured competition.

    Practices and games are held at SDoL fields, Lancaster City or Lancaster Township parks.


  • Swimming Lessons

    January – December | Ages 6 months - 12 years

    Registration: TBD

    Our friendly, patient instructors help children get comfortable in the water. Lessons focus on beginner and intermediate skills and are held indoors at the Phoenix Academy Pool, located at 630 Rockland Street. Classes are held three times a year.


  • Tennis Lessons

    April – October | Ages 6 – 15

    Registration: Begins in January

    Our youth tennis programs emphasize fun and fitness. Learn and refine the skills that make tennis fun and great exercise for a lifetime. Lessons are held outdoors at Buchanan Park.

  • Summer Tennis Camps

    June or August | Ages 6 – 16

    Registration: Begins in May

    Join us for one of our Future Red Tornado Summer Tennis Camps! Learn tennis skill fundamentals led by the McCaskey High School Tennis Team coaching staff along with help from the high school tennis team.

Track & Field

  • Future Red Tornado Running Club

    September - October |Grades 3 - 5

    Registration: Begins in July

    Join the Future Red Tornado Fall Running Club to stay fit and train for the Trick or Trot 5K on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Woodward Hill Cemetery.

    Club is held at Buchanan Park.

  • Track and Field

    May - June |Ages 8 – 14

    Registration: Begins in January

    On your mark…get set…GO! Our coed Jr. Tornado Track Club focuses on teaching the basics of track and field and is a great way to get your child active and healthy. Instructors stress running technique and proper mechanics while building endurance and confidence.

    Practices are held at the McCaskey High School track.

Youth Athletic Scholarship Program

Children ages 18 and under who qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch and live in the City of Lancaster or Lancaster Township are eligible for scholarships to help pay the cost of youth sports and dance program registration fees. Applications are accepted year-round.

To apply, fill out and return the application form and parent survey. Be sure to read the scholarship guidelines.

Scholarship Application and Guidelines Haga clic aquí para la versión en español.

Encouragement, Sportsmanship and Respect

Parents are held to a standard of behavior that provides a positive youth sports environment for all children through encouragement as well as support for volunteer coaches.

Coaches are held to a standard of behavior that provides a positive youth sports environment for players. Focus is placed on a child’s growth and development, sportsmanship, respect, and fundamental skills.