The City of Lapeer Parks & Recreation department offers a variety of different recreation opportunities for both youth and adults. No matter the season there is an exciting option to enjoy! See the current activity brochure for details on exact dates and registration information. View below for a description on the sport/program of your interest, don't miss out! Not all the activities/programs listed below are offered year around.
The purpose of the City of Lapeer Parks & Recreation department youth sports programs is to introduce and guide participants - boys and girls - through an organized program that stresses FUNdamentals, teamwork, sportsmanship and game play. The most important goal at the end of every program is for participants to have an enjoyable experience and parents satisfied with what their kid's have learned!
›Soccer ~ Offered both in the spring & fall for children in grades 1 - 8. Separate boy & girl teams are offered at most grade levels; with the exception of the 7/8 grade division, teams are coed. Teams will play 7 games and practice at least one day per week. Registration begins in February for the spring season and in August for the fall season. Spring season generally runs April - May, while the fall season generally runs September - October.
›Flag Football ~ Offered in the fall for grades 6 & 7. Teams are split up or kept together for practice purposes based on participation numbers that given year. Teams will be very small, only 8-12 kids per team so everyone gets a lot of play time. League play will be 7-on-7 and they will play two weekday games per week. Registration begins in August with the season beginning in early September and continuing into early November.
›Basketball ~ Leagues are offered during the winter months for boys and girls in grades 3 - 8. Registration begins in October for grades 5 & 6 and November for all other grades. Grades 3 - 4 play half court 3-on-3 games and Grades 5 - 8 play full court 5-on-5. Teams will practice twice per week at local elementary schools and play games at one of the middle or high schools on Saturday mornings. Grades 1 & 2 can participate in a Basketball clinic on Saturday afternoon at a local Middle School for 7 weeks. The clinic will stress fundamentals of the game and lots fun! Registration begins in November. Practices begin in December for grades 5 - 6, January for grades 3 - 4 and 7 - 8; clinic and games begin in January and run through Mid-March.
›Volleyball ~ League is offered in the spring for boys and girls in grades 4 - 8. Separate divisions are offered for grades 4 - 6 and 7 - 8. Teams will meet twice during the week generally Monday and Wednesday for an hour at a local middle school. Teams will start out by meeting for practices, then conclude the season by playing a 7 games schedule. Registration begins in February with the season beginning in mid-March and continues through the first week of May.
›Baseball/Softball/Tee-Ball ~ Leagues are offered in the spring for boys and girls ages 7 - 14. Practices will be held at local city parks in Lapeer, on the other hand travel is involved for some games. Travel may be required for Baseball & Softball teams to Dryden, Hadley, Metamora, Ortinville-Brandon, and Oxford. Registration begins in February with the season beginning sometime in April after spring break and continues through the end of June.
›Lacrosse ~ Coed teams will be formed for 4th/5th graders (U11) and for 6th-8th graders(U14). This program will be in cooperation wiht Lapeer High School Lacrosse. Rules of the game and skill development will be stressed. Pracitices/Home Games will take place at the former Lapeer East H.S. Football Field. Some travel for away games will be required. This is a Spring sport. Registration begins in February.
›Tennis ~ Lessons are offered to children ages 5 - 17. Program begins the week after school gets out in June and run through Late July. Will meet twice per week: either Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday depending on the child's age and division they sign up for. Registration begins in May.
›Sport Camps: Volleyball & Basketball ~ Sport camps are offered every summer but vary year to year depending on what the schools are doing. Please see the Summer Brochure for more information.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES & OTHER PROGRAMS
›Kids Night Out ~ Offered 4 times throughout the school year (see brochure for exact dates)
›Karate ~ Little Ninjas Karate (ages 4 & 5): This program is an introductory karate class specifically designed to focus teaching children eight important life skills: focus, memory, teamwork, discipline, self-control, fitness, balance and coordination. This is achieved through fun game and activities. Kids Power Karate (ages 6 - 12): Martial arts training emphasizing self-defense, physical fitness, conflict resolution, teamwork and anti-kidnapping techniques. Designed specifically for children, teaching prevention first. Teaches children to respect themselves, others and the skills they learn. This introductory program to traditional Tang Soo Do has been commended by many communities and parents for it's positive impact on children.
›Gymnastics ~ Classes are for beginner students who want to gain basic knowledge in gymnastics. All basic body positions, movement, vocabulary, gym etiquette and safety will be taught. Students will do basic skill work on balance beams and floor.
›Basketball, Men's 4-on-4 Sunday Night League ~ Games takes place on Sunday evenings at the Community Center beginning in November and continuing into March.
›Volleyball, Coed Friday Night League ~ Matches take place on Friday evenings at the Community center beginning in October and continuing through February.
›Racquetball Leagues ~ Separate Men's and Women's Leagues will be offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Fall, Winter and Spring Leagues will be available.
›Pickleball ~ Pickleball is a racket sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racket sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. One of the fastest growing sports in North America, Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a game fun for players of all skill levels. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Drop in on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. Single visit pass rates apply. Equipment is provided.
›Racquetball & Walleyball Courts ~ Two official-size racquetball courts. Participants provide their own racquetball equipment. Protective eyewear recommended. Walleyball equipment is available at the front desk. Courts available on the half hour for a maximum use of 30 consecutive munutes at no addtional charge. Sign-up at the front desk. Reservations can be scheduled on the hour (two hour maximum). Passholders can reserve up to two day in advance; all others one day. Reservations held for 10 minutes past scheduled time. Hourly reservaton fee: $7
ADULT ACTIVITIES & OTHER PROGRAMS
›Stitch & Dish ~ Afternoon get together to share tips and techniques...Must know the basics of knitting, crochet or whatever needlework you do (not an instructional class).
›Triathlon Tune-Up ~ Prepare for upcoming triathlons. We can help tune-up your freestyle, improve your flip turn and increase your speed and endurance.
›Indoor Mini Triathlon ~ Guidelines have been adapted to fit an indoor atmosphere for the chilly winter months. Swim, bike and run 20 minutes each. Shirt given to all participants and awards to top finishers. Pick up detailed information from the Community Center in January. The Triathlon is generally held in mid March.