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. Teamwork, dedication and good sportsmanship 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 active and healthy.

Check out our scholarship information.

Please note: programs may be modified, postponed or cancelled due to federal, state or local restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic or at the discretion of Lancaster Rec Administration. Program registration maximums may be reduced due to COVID-19 guidelines, facilities and volunteer limitations. We will notify participants of upcoming changes to our best ability. Please bear with us during this time- we are in this together!

Click here for a copy of our Parent Code of Conduct and Communicable Disease/COVID-19 Waiver.

*Each program will follow a sport specific health and safety plan.

Baseball

  • Tee Ball and Rookie League Baseball

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

    Registration: Winter 2023

    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 2022 Age Chart here.


  • Lancaster Baseball

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

    Registration: Winter 2023

    Lancaster Baseball is for players aged 9 to 14 (determined by league age chart below) and is a partnership with SALSA Baseball and Lancaster Rec Baseball. Players are assessed by skill level to be placed on the appropriate team. .

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

    Important: Players are assessed by skill level and placed on the appropriate team. If a team is not available or there are not enough players, refunds will be processed.

    *Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Age Chart – Coming Soon


  • Baseball Clinic

    July | Ages 5-15

    Registration: June 6 - July 8 or until full - Register in person or online.

    Develop your skills with the McCaskey Varsity Baseball Coach!


  • Softball Clinic

    August | Ages 5-14

    Registration: June 6 - July 22 or until full - Register in person or online.

    Join the McCaskey Varsity Softball Coach and work on your skills during the off season!


Basketball

  • Little Hoopers Basketball

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

    Registration: Summer/Fall 2022

    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: Fall 2022

    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: Winter 2023

    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: April 11 - May 20

    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 2022

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


  • Girls Basketball Clinic

    September – October | Grades 3-6

    Registration: Summer/Fall 2022

    Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun clinic format.

    Clinic is held at a School District of Lancaster Gym.


Cheerleading

  • Jr. Tornado Cheer

    July – November | Ages 5-14* (*must be 6 by September 1)

    Registration: May 17 & June 8

    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 5-14

    Registration: Spring 2023

    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/September – June | Ages 4-18

    Registration: Summer 2022

    Coed Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop classes for children and teens. Dance in the end-of-the-year recital in June 2022!

    Instructors: Miss Eloise Dirk and Miss Chloe Spleen

    Classes are held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Beginner Dance Camp

    June – August | Ages 4-6

    Registration: May 1 - one week before session start date or until full - Register in person or online.

    Special themed dance classes are a fun way to try out dance! Themes include Princess, Superheroes, Moana, Encanto, Circus and Frozen. Classes are one day for two hours.

    Camp is held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


  • Summer Dance Classes

    July – August | Ages 7-12

    Registration: May 9 - July 1 or until full - Register in person or online.

    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.


  • Dance Intensive

    July | Ages 10+

    Registration: May 9 - July 8 or until full - Register in person or online.

    A full-day, week long dance program geared towards experienced and returning dancers. Dancers will learn multiple dance styles and focus on technique, dance steps and choreography, with a showcase event held Friday evening.

    Program is held at the Lancaster Rec Center.


Field Hockey

  • Field Hockey Clinic

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

    Registration: no program at this time

    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: July 18 - August 19 or until full - Register in person or online.

    Be a part of our popular flag football league! Practice 1-2 nights a week depending on age group, with games on Saturdays. Coaches will notify player of practice days/times.

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


  • Flag Football Clinic

    April – May | Ages 6-12

    Registration: Fall 2022

    Get out and active this spring while learning the fundamentals of flag football.

    Clinic is held in Lancaster Rec Center Gym.


Football

  • Jr. Tornado Tackle Football

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

    Registration: May 4 & 26

    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. 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: no program at this time

    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: no program at this time

    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.

    Practice is held at the Lancaster Rec Center Gym.


Soccer

  • Lancaster Soccer

    March – June | August – October | Birth Years 2004-2018 (Use Age Chart)

    Registration: July 5 - 22 or until full - Register in person or online.

    Our youth soccer program focuses on the fundamentals of the world’s most popular sport. Boys and girls of all ability levels enjoy teamwork and good-natured competition. Practice is held 1-2 nights a week depending on age group. Coaches will notify players of practice days/times. Coed and Boys Divisions have games on Saturdays and Girls Divisions have games on Sundays.

    Practices and games are held at Lancaster Community Park.

    Birth Year Chart

    Click here for COVID Health & Safety Plan.


  • Soccer Camp

    June | Ages 8-13

    Registration: May 20 - June 17 or until full - Register in person or online.

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


Swimming

  • Swim Lessons

    April – May | September – October | Ages 3-12

    Registration: July 18 - August 19 or until full - Register in person or online.

    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.

    Ages 3-7 – Beginner – Child cannot swim on own, does not swim underwater alone and cannot swim length of pool unassisted. *Parent must be in water with child.
    Ages 5-10 – Intermediate – Child can float on back unassisted and can “doggy paddle” unassisted.
    Ages 8-12 – Experienced – Child can swim length of pool unassisted and can float on back unassisted.

    Swimmers will be evaluated on first day to place them in the appropriate level.

    Lessons are held at the JP McCaskey High School Pool.


  • Jr. Tornado Swim Club

    September – October | Grades 4-8

    Registration: Fall 2022

    Jr. Tornado Swim Club is an exciting opportunity for youth interested in competitive swimming! Swimmers will learn all four strokes through a stroke drill sequence program. Swimmers will work on starts, turns, race strategy and short drill-focused sets. Must be able to swim front crawl (freestyle) one length of the pool unassisted (25 meters) to register. There will be Saturday morning Inter-Team Meets in October.

    Practice is held at the JP McCaskey High School Pool.


  • Swim Clinic

    February | Ages 8-14

    Registration: Winter 2023

    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.


  • Lifeguard Certification Class

    April | Ages 15+

    Registration: Winter 2023

    Are you looking to be a lifeguard this summer? Upon successful completion of this three-day American Red Cross course, participants will receive Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification that is valid for two years.

    Class is held at the McCaskey Pool.


Tennis

  • Tennis Lessons

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

    Registration: May 16 - July 1 or until full - Register in person or online.

    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: June 13 - July 29 or until full - Register in person or online.

    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.


  • Middle School Tennis Lessons

    April – May | Grades 7-8 (intermediate level players)

    Registration: May 16 - July 1 or until full - Register in person or online.

    Continue to develop your skills with experienced instructors in this new class for intermediate level players who are interested in continuing to play for their schools in the future.

    Lessons are held at the Buchanan Park Tennis Courts.


  • Spring Tennis Fest

    May 4 | All Ages

    Registration: Spring 2023

    Bring your family and friends and learn to play tennis! This FREE one-day event is open to all Lancaster youth and families! There will be tennis activities for all ages and abilities. Tennis Central will provide the racquets, balls, snacks, prizes and fun!


Track & Field/Cross Country

  • Jr. Tornado Track Club

    April – June | Ages 8-14

    Registration: Winter/Spring 2023

    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.


  • Fall Running Club

    September – October | Grades 3-6

    Registration: no program at this time

    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: Fall/Winter 2022-2023

    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 a School District of Lancaster 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.