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.

Baseball / Softball

  • Tee Ball and Rookie League Baseball

    March/April – June | Ages 5-8

    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

    Spring: March/April – June, Fall: August – October | Ages 9-14

    Registration: Spring: Mandatory skill assessment and registration: January 2019 - TBD, Fall: Open Now - Register by July 27, 2018

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

    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.

    View the age chart here.

    Fall Baseball 2018 – Ages 9-14 (use age chart) – Register by July 27, 2018. For more information, 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 through 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, February – March | Grades K-2

    Registration: Begins in August

    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: 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: 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 September 1)

    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

    August – June | Ages 4-17

    Registration: Begins in July

    Coed Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop classes for children and teens. Classes begin the last week of August through June 2019 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: Click Here

    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, September – October | Grades 3-6

    Registration: Click Here

    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: Register in person at Rec Center. Spring- Begins in January. Fall- Begins in May.

    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 (age as of September 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.


  • Gymnastics

    September – December, February – March | Ages 7-14

    Registration: Begins in July

    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.


  • Youth Soccer League

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

    Registration: Register in person at Rec Center. Spring: Begins in January. Fall: Begins in May.

    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.

    To register for the Summer Soccer Clinic, click here.


  • Swimming Lessons

    January – December | Ages 6 months-12 years

    Registration: No classes at this time

    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.

  • Summer Tennis Camps

    June or August | Ages 6-16

    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.

Track & Field/Cross Country

  • 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.