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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Baseball / Softball

  • Tee Ball and Rookie League Baseball

    March/April – June | Ages 5-8 (Use Age Chart)

    Registration:

    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.

    *Spring 2020 age chart click here.


  • Lancaster Baseball

    February/March – June | August – October | Ages 9-14 (Use Age Chart)

    Registration:

    Lancaster Baseball is for ages 9 to 14. 10U, 12U & 14U players are assessed by skill level and placed on the appropriate team. For more information on Lancaster Baseball, click here.

    Practices and games are held at Lancaster Community Park, Lancaster City Parks and School District of Lancaster Ball Fields.

    Important: Players for 10U, 12U and 14U must attend the mandatory skill assessment and registration. Players are assessed by skill level and placed on the appropriate team.

    *Spring 2020 age chart click here.


  • Lancaster Softball

    March – June | Ages 6-14 (Age as of 1/1/20)

    Registration:

    Lancaster Rec and St. Joe Softball joined forces to create Lancaster Softball. The partnership’s goal is to get more girls involved in softball and ensure that they are playing at the appropriate skill level. All Lancaster Softball teams will play in the Donegal Rheems Girls Softball League. Practices start in March with games twice/week from mid-April through mid-June.


  • Back to Baseball Clinic

    January | Ages 7-14

    Registration:

    Develop your skills & get ready for the season with help from the Lancaster Barnstormers!

    Clinic is held at a School District of Lancaster Gym.


  • Softball Clinic

    January – February | Ages 6-14 (Age as of 1/1/20)

    Registration:

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

    Clinic is held at a School District of Lancaster Gym.


Basketball

  • Little Hoopers Basketball

    February – March | October – November | Grades K-2

    Registration:

    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 at School District of Lancaster Gyms with three Saturday morning scrimmages played at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Jr. NBA/WNBA Youth Basketball League

    November – February | Grades 3-6

    Registration: Begins in September

    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:

    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.

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


  • Hoop For Hope Summer Basketball League

    June – July | Grades 3-12

    Registration:

    Looking for a summer basketball league? Look no further! Teams will be coed. Coaches will notify players of practice days and times.

    Grades 3-6* play Monday games. Grades 7-10* play Tuesday games. Games 11-12* play Wednesday games. Games will be played at Brandon Park.

    *Grade going into Fall 2020

    CJ’s Hoop for Hope is a partnership program and is not operated by Lancaster Rec.


Cheerleading

  • Jr. Tornado Cheer

    July – November | Ages 5-12* (*must be 6 by September 1)

    Registration:

    Participants learn cheer fundamentals while showing their spirit, making friends and having fun. Squads practice during the week and cheer at Jr. Tornado Football games throughout Lancaster County on weekends during the fall.

    Practices are held at Lancaster City/Township Parks or a School District of Lancaster facility.


  • Cheer Clinic

    May | Ages 5-12

    Registration:

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

    Clinic is held at the JP McCaskey Varsity Softball Field.


Dance

  • Dance Classes

    August – June | Ages 4-17

    Registration:

    Coed Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop classes for children and teens. Classes begin the week of August 24 through June 2021. Dance in the end-of-the-year recital at McCaskey High School!

    Instructors: Miss Eloise Dirk and Miss Chloe Spleen

    Classes are held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Winter Dance Classes

    February – June | Ages 5-9

    Registration:

    You can still be in the end-of-year recital! Join now to be a part of the big show!

    Instructors: Miss Eloise Dirk

    Classes are held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Summer Dance Camp

    July – August | Ages 4-18

    Registration:

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

    Camp is held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


Field Hockey

  • Field Hockey Clinic

    April – May | September – October | Grades 3-6

    Registration:

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

    Clinic is held at a School District of Lancaster or Lancaster City Field.


Flag Football

  • NFL Flag Football League

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

    Registration:

    Boys and girls learn football skills and plays in a fun, non-contact, fast-paced environment. NFL jerseys are worn for games.

    Practices and games are held at Lancaster City and/or Township Parks and/or School District of Lancaster Fields.


Football

  • Jr. Tornado Tackle Football

    Begins the first week in August | Ages 7-12 (age as of September 1)

    Registration:

    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. Practices begin the first week of August.

    Practice will be at the McCaskey Practice Football Field, with home games in the McCaskey Stadium.


Gymnastics

  • Gymnastics

    February – March | April – May, September – October | Ages 5-14

    Registration:

    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.

    Practice is held at the Lancaster Rec Center Gym.


Iddy Biddy Sports

  • Iddy Biddy Sports

    January – December | Ages 3-5

    Registration:

    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 are offered.

    Practice is held at the Lancaster Rec Center Gym.


Soccer

  • Lancaster Soccer

    March – June | August – November | Birth Years 2008-2015 (Use Age Chart)

    Registration:

    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. Coed and Boys Divisions play on Saturdays and Girls Divisions play on Sundays.

    Practices and games are held at Lancaster City and/or Township Parks and/or School District of Lancaster Fields.

    Birth Year Chart


  • Soccer Clinic

    January – February | Grades K-5

    Registration:

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

    Clinic is held at a School District of Lancaster Gym.


  • Soccer Camp

    July | Ages 4-14

    Registration: Click here

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

    Camp is held at the Varsity Soccer Field.


Swimming

  • Swim Lessons

    April – May | September – October | Ages 6 months-12 years

    Registration: Click Here

    Get ready for summer! Children will learn this essential life skill while having fun. Lessons are taught by the McCaskey High School Swim Coach and certified lifeguard instructors.

    Lessons are held at the JP McCaskey High School Pool.


  • Swim Clinic

    February | Ages 8-14

    Registration:

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

    Clinic is held at the JP McCaskey High School Pool.


Tennis

  • Tennis Lessons

    April – May | July – August | September – October | Ages 6-17

    Registration:

    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 at the Buchanan Park Tennis Courts.


  • Tennis Camps

    June | August | Ages 6-14

    Registration: Click here

    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.

    Camp is held at the McCaskey High School Tennis Courts.


Track & Field/Cross Country

  • Jr. Tornado Track Club

    April – June | Ages 8-14

    Registration:

    Train like a track star and get fit! Join the Jr. Tornado Track Club to learn the fundamentals of track and field.

    Club is held at the McCaskey High School Track.


  • Running Club

    September – October | Ages 8-13

    Registration: Begins in August

    On your mark…get set…GO! Our coed Running 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.

    Club is held at Buchanan Park.


Volleyball

  • Volleyball Clinic

    January – March | Grades 3-6

    Registration:

    Led by the Franklin and Marshall College coaches and team, players will practice skill fundamentals and learn to work as a team.

    Clinic is held at Lafayette Elementary School Gym.


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.