As parents, we know that sports can offer our kids more than just physical benefits, but also can help them develop emotionally and build valuable interpersonal skills — discipline, leadership, teamwork. And while the ever-increasing number of programs being offered ensures there is something out there for everyone, it can be a bit daunting to sift through all the choices. Never fear, we’ve done the work for you. Read on for a list of local sports programs for Spring 2019.
REC CENTERS & ORGANIZATIONS
ISLAND REC CENTER
20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org.
Group and individual lessons and swim club for ages 6-18.
- Fast-track tennis:
Lessons for ages 6-14 to be held in February and March at Chaplin Community Park.
Free clinic for boys in December and January. Regular season begins February for boys and girls in grades 2-8.
Ongoing instruction for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade through May.
Youth leagues and clinics for boys ages 8-18, girls ages 7-18 and coed ages 6-7 to be held December to February.
- Roller hockey:
Weekly practices and games for kids ages 7-17 from December to March.
- Flag football:
Sundays starting Jan. 13 at Barker Field for boys and girls ages 8 to 14.
Ongoing practice on Wednesday evenings for boys and girls ages 5 to 12.
BEAUFORT COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION
905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. 843-255-6170 or www.bcsrec.com.
Registration is over. Call 843-255-6170 to be put on the waiting list.
Registration for boys and girls ages 4-16 begins Jan. 1. Season runs March to June, with most games and practices at the Buckwalter field.
- Baseball and softball:
Teams are run by Bluffton Youth Sports.
- Flag football:
Registration for co-ed teams for ages 4 to 18 begins Jan. 1. Games are played at Oscar Frazier Park.
Registration begins Jan. 1; season begins Feb. 11. Open to boys ages 7-13.
Upward Sports Basketball: Weekly practices and games for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Season runs December to February. St. Andrew By-The-Sea, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Bob Rosene, 843-684-1221.
Bluffton Bulls: This youth AAU travel basketball organization is located in Bluffton. Tryouts begin in February for middle school and high school boys and girls. Practices are held at John Paul II Catholic School, with travel games throughout region. Rodney Mayers, 843-368-5762.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL
Bluffton Youth Sports: Offering baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4-15. Registration begins Jan. 1; games are played on Saturdays at Oscar Frazier and MC Riley fields. www.blufftonyouthsports.com or www.bcscrec.com.
Hilton Head Baseball Association: Rec league open to boys and girls ages 5-13. Assessments are in February and the season runs March through May. At least one practice and 1-2 games per week, typically at Crossings Park on Hilton Head. Hilton Head Hurricanes, a travel team, is also available for players ages 8-13. Kerri Wiendl, 843-816-1238, or www.hhba.org.
Travel Lacrosse: Top Left Lacrosse offers summer and fall travel teams and clinics in Savannah for students of all ages. 912-200-3442 or www.topleftlacrosse.com.
FINS Swim Team: Year-round swimming program for kids ages 6 and older. Training groups based on swimmer proficiency and competitiveness. Held at Bluffton Indoor Pool. 843-298-4491.
Energy Gymnastics: Gmnastics and tumbling classes for children ages 2 and older, as well as competitive tumbling teams and self-defense. 84-D Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. 843-686-3496 or www.energygymhhi.com.
Island Gymnastics: Gymnastics and tumbling classes for children ages 3 and older. 379 Browns Cove Road, Ridgeland. 843-645-6957 or www.hiltonheadislandgymnastics.com.