Youth Sports

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Running - Fall Cross Country (ages 6-12)  

Photo of kids running a race

Kids running cross country is one of the most basic forms of kids' sports.  Come join Bellevue Youth Sports for outdoor running and workouts, while exploring trails within Bellevue's parks system.  Workouts will be age- and experience-appropriate, and will provide short- and long-distance workouts to improve fitness while having fun.  Please send your runner with a towel for ground exercises and a water bottle each day.  Cross country running for children develops strong mental skills and builds an improved sense of discipline towards running, other sports, and life in general.  Note:  running distances will vary from 1/2 mile to one mile.  There are four cross country meets in the area.  This season, we are racing against Si View, Issaquah and Auburn.  Practices are on Thursdays, and meets are on Sundays with one Friday evening meet. 

  • Fee:  Resident - $20; Non-resident - $22
  • Practices:
         Thursdays, Oct. 12 to Nov. 2, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
         Wilburton Hill Park
  • Register, course 119201

Meet details and dates: 

  • Sunday, Oct. 15, noon - Philip Arnold Park, 720 Jones Avenue S, Renton (you can access the park from two sides)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, noon - Tollgate Farm Park, 1300 West North Bend Way, Issaquah
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. - Tibbetts Valley Park, 965 12th Avenue NW, Issaquah
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, noon - Wilburton Hill Park, 12400 Main Street, Bellevue

Youth Sports Fall Programs Brochure

The goal of Bellevue's Youth Sports and Fitness programs is to provide quality programming with responsible leaders so youth have the opportunity to grow and learn. Our program offers opportunities for participation for all who enter, regardless of skill and ability.  We strive to provide youth with fun learning experiences and the opportunity to develop lifetime sports and fitness skills.

Scholarship Application
Child Information Form
Medication and EpiPen Form 
Coach Code of Conduct

Connections - Recreation Program Brochure (Class catalog)

NOTICE: If the Bellevue School District is closed due to inclement weather, all Bellevue Parks registered classes and programs are cancelled. However, select facilities may be open for drop-in activities at a modified level.  Please call the facility or program area for additional information and weekend Link to Youth Sports Fall Programs brochure

Soccer (ages 5-9)

Youth Soccer Leagues - Our soccer leagues are specially designed to help children understand the team concept of soccer while enhancing their dribbling, passing, scoring and defense skills.  The values of teamwork and strategy, along with understanding the importance of sportsmanship, create an environment that promotes positive developmental assets among our youth. 

  • League Structure:  The first two weeks are practice, followed by five weeks of games.  This league is a one-day-per-week commitment, always the same location and time.
  • Uniforms:  Jersey is included in the registration fee and will be issued on the first game day.
  • Shin guards are required for all soccer leagues.
  • Inclement Weather Policy:  Cancellations due to inclement weather will be made by the recreation coordinator at the field.  Coaches and players must report to the field.  Soccer is an all-weather sports.  Come prepared to play in all weather!
  • Volunteer coaches needed - Call 425-452-4627 for more information and to receive a $20 discount towards your child's registration fee.  Background check is required, and you must attend the mandatory coaching clinic to receive the discount.
  • Participants will be assigned to teams based on the following: 
    • Special request for coach.
    • Special request for ONE teammate.  Additional requests for teammates will not be considered.
    • Age and gender of participant.
    • Please note that there are no guarantees regarding requests or team assignments. 
    • All requests must be made before September 12 by email to sgonzales@bellevuewa.gov
  • I've signed my child up for soccer... now what do I do?  We will contact you by email prior to the league start date.  This email will include your team and parent packet.  

Mighty Mites Soccer League (ages 5-6)
This 5-6 year-old coed league is a great way for your little star to begin team play, with emphasis on participation, fun, and skill development in an instructional setting.  This seven-week league will give your child the basic instruction in dribbling, passing, scoring, and teamwork!  We will begin with two weeks of team practice, followed by five weeks of games. Maximum of six players per team.  We need volunteer coaches for this league. 

Youth Soccer League (ages 7-9)
This 7-9 year-old coed instructional league is a great way to further develop and enhance your child's basic soccer knowledge and skills.  This seven-week league will emphasize position sportsmanship and team play while having fun!  We will begin with two weeks of team practice, followed by five weeks of games.  Come and join the fun!  Maximum seven players per team.  We need volunteer coaches for this league. 

Baseball (ages 8-13)

Fall Ball Baseball Class (ages 8-13) - This course offers quality baseball instruction - hitting, throwing, fielding, games, and scrimmages. This fall baseball class is well suited for all players from the aspiring to the elite, taught by Steve Goucher.  Steve, a former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout, has coached baseball at all levels.  Don't miss out on the fun!

  • Wednesdays, September 13-October 18
    1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hidden Valley Sports Park (Baseball Field #1)
  • Resident - $129; Non-resident - $140
  • Register, course 118785

Basketball (ages 5-13)

Pre-Season Basketball Clinics - Want to improve your basketball skills and fundamentals?  These pre-season clinics create an opportunity for coed players to participate and learn the concepts of basketball, develop their games, and prepare for the upcoming basketball season.  Clinics focus on helping athletes improve their skills and develop their talent by learning basic practice drills and emphasizing fundamentals such as dribbling, shooting, defense, and passing!  

  • Tyee Community Gym
  • Minimum 10/Maximum 3
  • Resident - $60; Non-resident - $66
  • Ages 5-6
         Mondays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 
         November 6-December 11
         (No class November 20)
         Register, course 118634
  • Ages 7-8
         Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
         November 7-December 12
         (No class November 21)
         Register, course 118635
  • Ages 9-10
         Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
         November 8-December 13
         (No class November 22)
         Register, course 118636
  • Ages 11-13
         Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
         November 9-December 14 
         (No class November 23)
         Register, course 118637

Biddy Multi-Sport (ages 3-4)

Biddy Multi-Sport - Come join the NEW Biddy Multi-Sport class!  This four-week parent/guardian participation required program will cover three sports - basketball, soccer, and t-ball.  Each class is 45 minutes long and encompasses developmental sports lessons along with activities proven to build and mature a child's motor development, hand-eye coordination, and cardiovascular fitness.  The result of our action-packed curriculum is a program which allows all children to build skills at their own pace within a non-competitive, learning-based environment that emphasizes patience, teamwork, and self-confidence.  Minimum 6/Maximum 12

Tyee Community Gym:

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Resident - $45; Non-resident - $54
  • September 16-October 7
         Register, course 111927
  • October 14-November 4
         Register, course 111928
  • November 11-December 9 (no class November 25)
         Register, course 111932

South Bellevue Community Center:

  • Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Resident - $45;Non-resident - $54
  • September 14-October 5
         Register, course 111930
  • October 12-November 2 
         Register, course 111931

Indoor Soccer Lessons with Michael Smith (ages 4-6)

Indoor Soccer Lessons with Michael Smith - come and learn the fun game of soccer!  Each session, our theme will focus on one soccer technique:  dribbling, passing or scoring goals.  Participants will also actually play small-sided soccer games.  Children will learn to play with teammates and develop balance/coordination while learning good habits of staying on task and improving their listening skills. 

South Bellevue Community Center:

  • Resident - $65; Non-resident - $77
  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • September 19-October 24
         Register, course 112693
  • October 31-December 5
         Register, course 112665

Highland Community Center:

  • Resident - $65; Non-resident - $77
  • Wednesdays
  • September 20-October 25
         1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Register, course 112681
         2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Register, course 112679
  • November 1-December 6
         1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Register, course 112682
         2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Register, course 112685
        

SuperStix Girls Lacrosse Clinic (ages 6-14)

SuperStix Girls Lacrosse Clinic - Bellevue Parks & Community Services, in partnership with Seattle SuperStix Lacrosse Club, is excited to offer SuperStix Junior Lacrosse for girls ages 6-14.  Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation.  Consistent training is the main aspect that helps to greatly accelerate learning and retention for young players.  The program will be run by US Lacrosse accredited coaching staff and high school girls lacrosse players.  In a fun, friendly environment, participants will develop skills such as:  agility and evasive running, ball handling, cradling, catching and shooting.  Teamwork and sportsmanship are fundamental to this program.  Players of ALL skill levels are welcome and will be grouped accordingly.  The emphasis will be on safety and fun at all times, and physical contact is limited.  Minimum 8/Maximum 30

Equipment needed:  mouth guard, lacrosse goggles, lacrosse stick, cleats recommended.  Some goggles and sticks will be available to borrow or available at cost from SuperStix. 

  • Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • September 21-October 26
  • Robinswood Park
  • Resident - $125; Non-resident - $150
  • Register, course 115435

Martial Arts

Beginning Kendo (ages 8 and older)
Kendo is a coed martial arts sport based on Samurai traditions requiring both mental and physical discipline.  Participants use a bokken (oak sword) for weeks 1-4.  At week 5, a shinai (bamboo sword) is also required ($25).  Participants must purchase a bokken either before or at the first class ($25, check or cash).  Beginning students should arrive at least 20 minutes early for the first class and should wear loose-fitting clothes. The beginning class focuses on learning basic footwork and sword handling.  Upon completion of the beginning class, continuing students enroll in the intermediate class.  Prospective students should make an effort to research kendo prior to signing up for the class.  Minimum 10/Maximum 25

  • Highland Community Center
  • Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., September 15-December 15 (no class on November 10 and November 24)
  • Resident - $84; Non-resident - $100
  • Register, course 112182

Intermediate Kendo (ages 8 and older)
Prerequisite - complete Beginning Kendo class or equivalent  
Intermediate Kendo continues the student's progression to actually striking live targets.  Once students have progressed in skill, they will be able to move into wearing armor and engaging in bouts with other students.  Students remain in the intermediate class until they have transitioned to armor.  During intermediate kendo, students generally purchase uniforms which are required for advanced kendo.  All students in armor are in the advanced class.  

  • Highland Community Center
  • Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., September 15-December 15 (no class on November 10 and November 24)
  • Resident - $84; Non-resident - $100
  • Register, course 112552

Advanced Kendo (ages 8 and older)
Prerequisite - Intermediate Kendo class or permission from instructors
Advanced Kendo is for students who have completed beginning and intermediate kendo and are in armor (bogu).  Individuals with previous experience must contact the teacher for approval to enroll in the advanced class.

  • Highland Community Center
  • Fridays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., September 15-December 15 (no class on November 10 and November 24)
  • Resident - $84; Non-resident - $100
  • Register, course 112562

Self-Defense/Hapkido (Little Warriors and/or beginners) (ages 5-12)
This coed course helps young people develop coordination, balance, focus, strength, self-esteem, group interaction, communication skills and discipline, while teaching personal safety/self-defense in a safe, friendly environment.  In addition to conditioning exercises, students will learn basic kicks, strikes, throws, evasions, grappling and weapons.  A uniform is required and will be available at class for a fee.  Taught by https://conquerorhapkido.com/.  Minimum 10/Maximum 30

  • North Bellevue Community Center
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Resident - $50; Non-resident - $60
  • August 30 - September 27 (no class September 4)
         Register, course 112751
  • October 2 - October 25
         Register, course 112752
  • October 30 - November 22
         Register, course 112753
  • November 27 - December 20 
         Register, course 112754

Self-Defense/Hapkido (Warriors and/or intermediate to advanced students) (ages 13 and older)
Prerequisite - graduation from the beginning class, or age 13 and older.  Instructor permission is required to attend.
This coed course builds on skills introduced in the beginning class and helps young people and adults successfully face physically confronting issues.  With a blend of traditional and real-world scenarios, students learn to identify, avoid and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations.  While refining skills learned from the beginning class, students will start learning joint locks, pressure points (adults only), and weapons.  Full sparring gear is mandatory for this class, or student will not be allowed to participate in sparring session, which as an essential requirement for their progress in Hapkido.  Classes are taught by a certified World Hapkido Association instructor.  Minimum 10/Maximum 30 

  • North Bellevue Community Center
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Resident - $50; Non-resident - $60
  • August 30 - September 27 (no class on September 4)
         Register, course 112792
  • October 2 - October 25
         Register, course 112793
  • October 30 - November 22
         Register, course 112794
  • November 27 - December 20
         Register, course 112795

Cheerleading and Tumbling

Basketball Cheer Squad (ages 5-13)
Come learn to cheer!  This is the beginning-level cheer squad that cheers for the Bellevue Parks Youth Basketball League.  We practice once a week from September to December, then cheer for our teams in weekly games from January to March, in real cheerleading uniforms!  Come join the fun!  There is a mandatory parent and cheerleader meeting and uniform fitting on the first day of practice, September 28, 4:15 p.m., at Highland Community Center.  Addition uniform costs will be incurred for this class.  Both Fall and Winter sessions are included in the registration fee. 

  • Highland Community Center
  • Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., September 28-December 14 (no class on November 23)
  • Resident - $169; Non-resident - $179
  • Games will be on Tuesdays, January through March, times/dates TBA
  • Register, course 118646

Dream Team Cheer Squad (ages 7-18)
Be a part of the Bellevue Parks beginning-to-intermediate level cheer squad!  You'll learn dances, cheers, and beginning tumbling.  There will be opportunities to perform, too.  Dream Team has performed at halftime for the Seattle Storm and University of Washington basketball games, and at numerous community events.  Previous experience is not required - contact the instructor with questions.  Dream Team is offered on either Wednesdays or Fridays.  Some extra costs may be incurred for this class.

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $85; Non-resident - $92
  • Six classes
  • Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 20-October 25
         Register, course 112712
  • Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., November 1-December 13 (no class on November 22)
         Register, course 112713
  • Fridays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 15-October 20
         Register, course 112710
  • Fridays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., October 27-December 15 (no class on November 10 or 24)
         Register, course 112711

Dance/Drill Team (ages 11-18)
Be a part of the Bellevue Parks Dance Team!  Do you want to learn to dance, or improve your technique?  Are you thinking about trying out for your high school dance team, drill team or cheerleading squad?  This team works on beginning-to-intermediate level spirit-style dance technique, focusing on hip-hop, precision and pom style.  There will be opportunities to perform, too.  Dream Team has performed at halftime for the Seattle Storm, University of Washington basketball and numerous community events.  Previous cheer or dance experience is recommended but not required - contact the instructor with questions.  Some extra costs may be incurred for this class.

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $85; Non-resident - $92
  • Six classes
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., September 21-October 26
         Register, course 112727
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., November 2-December 14 (no class on November 23)
         Register, course 112728

Power Squad (ages 8-18)
This intermediate-level cheer class is for those who want a more intense program without being on a competitive team.  This team focuses on stunting and tumbling, with some dance as well.  Pre-requisite:  a minimum of one session on Dream Team or Dance/Drill Team, and instructor permission.  Some extra costs may be incurred for this class.

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $85; Non-resident - $92
  • Six classes
  • Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 20-October 25
         Register, course 112730
  • Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 1-December 13 (no class on November 22)
         Register, course 112731

Beginning Tumbling Class (ages 7-18)
This is a great class for starting and improving your tumbling skills.  We use a series of progressions to work from, doing bridges and cartwheels up to back handsprings and back tucks.  This small class is specifically geared towards tumbling for cheerleading. 

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $62; Non-resident - $74
  • Six classes
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., September 21-October 26
         Register, course 112740
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., November 2-December 14 (no class on November 23)
         Register, course 118651

Beginning/Intermediate Tumbling Class (ages 7-18)
This is a great class for starting and improving your tumbling skills.  We use a series of progressions to work from doing bridges and cartwheels up to back handsprings and back tucks.  This small class is specifically geared towards tumbling for cheerleading. 

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $62; Non-resident - $74
  • Six classes
  • Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., September 21-October 26
         Register, course 112738
  • Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., November 2-December 14 (no class on November 23)
         Register, course 112739

Cheerleading and Crowd Leading Workshop (ages 7-18)
This cheerleading workshop is aimed at those who want to improve their sideline cheer skills.  The focus is on effectively leading the crowd, jumps, tumbling and cheer basics.  This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your skills!  Please bring a snack, sack lunch and a water bottle.  Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

  • Highland Community Center
  • Resident - $39; Non-resident - $49
  • Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., November 18
  • Register, course 118652

Skateboarding

 Please see the Skatepark web page for more information.

About Youth Sports

Bellevue's Youth Sports and Fitness programs seek to make the sports experience safe, fun and healthy for all children.  In addition, these programs promote the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth.  Participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and lifelong values. Participation is provided to all those who enter, regardless of skill and ability.

  • Get active:  Programs are held year-round and city-wide for youth ages 3 to 12 years. Clinics and Leagues are held during the school year, and a full spectrum of day camps and clinics are held during school breaks and the summer.
  • Sports and Fitness = Fun!  Youth have a FUN learning experience and the opportunity to develop lifelong sports and fitness skills.

The goal of Bellevue's Youth Sports and Fitness programs is to provide quality programming with responsible leaders so youth have the opportunity to grow and learn. This program serves all youth, regardless of skill and ability, and provides fun learning experiences with the opportunity to develop lifetime sports and fitness skills.

Some of the programs offered include:

  • Traditional/Seasonal Sports Leagues: basketball, soccer, baseball, and track and field 
  • School Break Youth Sports Day Camps
  • Youth Martial Arts
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Special Events
  • Fitness/Self Improvement
  • Skateboard Park

Bellevue's sports leagues are generously supported by Land o' Frost Lunch Meats. See sponsor website for special savings for youth sports league participants.

Land O'Frost logo - youth sports

Zachery Lystedt Law

This law was passed in Washington state in 2009. It prohibits youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion from returning to play without a licensed healthcare provider's approval. The law will directly affect youth sports, head injury policies and future City of Bellevue youth participants.

To help parents and children stay informed, Bellevue will help distribute information about this new law. Before any child is allowed to participate in a City of Bellevue Youth Sports program, the documents listed below must be read, signed and turned in prior to participation. These documents are also included in the informational packets for parents and coaches.

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Contact

Steve GonzalesBellevue Parks & Community Services450 110th Avenue NE or PO Box 90012Bellevue, WA 98009-9012

Telephone

425-452-4627

Email

sgonzales@bellevuewa.gov
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