Quite often it is difficult for parents just starting out in a
particular sport to locate the sports programs or leagues in your community.
There are in fact a number of ways to resolve this problem.
on sports will often appear in your local newspapers. Page ads
throughout the paper or notices in the sports section would be a place
sources are any free monthly youth magazines available in grocery and
elementary schools will distribute flyers containing youth sports
registration information for the community.
or Intermediate schools are less likely to send flyers home. The number
of students is often large and the percentage of students participating
in non-school sports tends to drop off during these middle school years. Once your child
reaches Middle school the information that you receive will be for
school district activities.
sporting goods stores may have bulletin boards containing information
for all sporting activities in the community.
parents are a great source of information since many have already
participated in sporting activities with older children.
telephone directory is another source that may have listings of the
clubs or organizations.
National Web Sites to
Find Sports Organizations.....
youth sports organizations now have websites and voice mail containing
information about their programs.
Listed below are some national sites that may help you
with your research....
Boys & Girls Clubs
find a club page where you can search by city
for a club.
which offers a variety of activities for children of all ages,
allows you to search by zip, city or state for a Y near you on their
site's home page.
national web site now has a league finder
that can help you locate a team in your area.
League's has a "Finding a Local League"
link on the left navigation bar of their website which directs you to
regional centers' contact information. In addition from this site you
can search for individual teams by state.
web site has a Contact|Search for Contacts link where you can
look for your zone. (e.g. South will give you the contact information
for the southern region of the US)
League's web site
League Membership Info page where you can
Legion Baseball's web site has a page
with directory information.
Eteamz also has a
site finder that might help you find
organizations in your area. If an organization has a
site, the site finder can help you find their site. Just
enter your zip code for a list of
volleyball teams or organizations in your
If you are looking for a competitive playing
environment check the
find an event or a
find a team page.
Soccer has a national web site and a
state directory page.
SAY USA Soccer
specializes in recreation soccer.
has a website that can connect your with a local chapter. One the left
hand side of the screen select the "connect with your chapter"
option on the navigation bar.
US field hockey's national website
allows you to search by entering a state code.
The national website for
US Ice Hockey
has a map of the United States on the left side of the screen's
navigation bar with the words "Find Hockey Near You". Click on the
map and then enter your state code.
important thing to remember is to start your research early because with
most sports organizations registration will be months before the sport
begins. In some instances there are try-outs, which again will be
months in advance. Once you hit the season for the sport it is
most likely it is too late to join the team.