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.

Urgent Registration – Soon to Close

Jr. NBA/WNBA Youth Basketball League

Register until full.

Iddy Biddy Soccer

Space is limited! Begins November 10.

Baseball / Softball

  • Little League Baseball / Softball Leagues

    April – June | Ages 5-12

    Registration: Begins in January

    Batter up! Learn the fundamentals in our tee ball league and move your way up through major league baseball and 12-and-under softball. Boys and girls enjoy being part of a team and friendly competition.

    Practices and games are held at Lancaster Community Park, Buchanan Park 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.

  • Summer Team Basketball Leagues

    June – August | Boys Grades 3 – 12, Girls Grades 3 – 12

    Registration: Begins in January

    Shoot for the stars! Fine tune your basketball skills during the off season. Players continue to develop in a less competitive environment focused on improvement and fun.

    Games are played outdoors at Brandon and Buchanan Parks.

  • Jr. NBA/WNBA Youth Basketball League

    November – February | Grades 3-6

    Registration: October 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lancaster Recreation Center, Lower Level

    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.

  • 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 / Pep Squad

  • Cheerleading

    July – November | Ages 7 – 14

    Registration: TBD, Lancaster Recreation Center, Lower Level

    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.

  • Pep Squad

    July – November | Ages 5 – 6

    Registration: Begins in March

    A great program to introduce your youngster to cheerleading! Learn the basics of cheerleading, and the skills to move up to Jr. Tornado Cheer Squads.

    Practices are held at an SDoL facility. The Pep Squad cheers with the Jr. Tornado Squads at football home games on weekends during the fall.

  • Cheer Clinic

    March – April | 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 the Lancaster Recreation Center gym.


  • Dance Classes

    September-June | Ages 4+

    Registration: Download forms below and visit our office to complete registration.

    Coed Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop classes for children and teens. Lessons begin the week of August 29 through June 2017 at the Lancaster Rec Center. Dance in the end-of-the-year recital at McCaskey High School!

    Instructors: Miss Eloise Dirk and Ms. Rochelle Williams

    Registration and Contract
    Schedule of Classes
    Important Information
    Required Class Attire

  • Summer Dance Camp

    July-August | Ages 4-12

    Registration: Begins in March

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

Flag Football

  • NFL Flag Football League

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

    Registration: Lancaster Recreation Center

    Boys and girls learn football skills and plays in a non-contact environment. Fun, fast-paced practices and games are held at Reservoir Park fields. NFL jerseys are worn for games.


  • Gymnastics

    September – December | Ages 7 – 14

    Registration: Click Here

    Let’s get ready to tumble! Children learn the basic gymnastics movements including cartwheels, handstands, back bends and more. Our experienced instructor and age-appropriate equipment complete 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 13 – 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: Lancaster Recreation Center

    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: Click Here

    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: Click Here

    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.

Track & Field

  • Track and Field

    May - June |Ages 8 – 14

    Registration: Begins in January

    On your mark…get set…GO! Our coed Red Rose 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.