Youth Sports

Team sports are a great way for children to stay active while developing important social and organizational skills that will benefit them their entire lives.

Grove City Parks and Recreation offers several recreational youth sports programs throughout the year that teach teamwork and sportsmanship with goals of encouraging a healthy lifestyle through fun, safe and positive experiences. All players regardless of skill level are encouraged to participate. All sports are co-rec except basketball which features separate leagues for boys and girls.

To assist with making the life-long lessons learned in sports a reality for children regardless of financial status, Grove City Parks and Recreation offers a Youth Sports Scholarship Program for eligible residents. For more information on the program including how to make a donation or apply for assistance, please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 614-277-3050.

For preschool team sports, Grove City partners with Bally Sports Group who provides basic T-ball, soccer and basketball instruction for ages 3-4 in local parks and schools. Watch for information in the Source  and visit the Bally Sports website for details on their programs including times and registration.

Other preschool sports build-up programs are offered through JumpBunch in the Kingston Center. Check the Source for details and register through Parks and Recreation.

In Grove City, GCKA offers team sports options for school-aged children in soccer, girls’ softball, lacrosse, football and cheerleading. Grove City Buddy Ball offers a baseball experience for youth and adults who face challenges that affect their ability to participate in traditional baseball leagues.

In the spring and summer, boys and girls ages 5 to 17 take to the diamonds in Windsor Park to play Little League® baseball. The community is welcome to come watch the kids play ball. Join us for a special Friday Night Grand Slam community event the night before Opening Day, followed by the start of the season the first Saturday in May.

Windsor Park is also home to the fall youth baseball league, which allows players to continue to play our national past time through the cooler days of late summer and early fall.

Indoor volleyball teams made up of players in grades three through high school stay active serving, spiking, setting and digging at area schools through the fall in local school gyms.

Winter is the time to hit the hardwood for players in kindergarten through grade 12. More than 700 participants stay active through the winter while developing basketball skills and sportsmanship. Games are played in local school district buildings.

For the safety of their children, parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of concussion and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Please review the Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet and Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Lindsay’s Law Information for the Youth Athlete and Parent/Guardian.

Youth participants sign up as individuals and receive uniform shirts. Registration for youth team sports can be completed during the designated registration month in person in the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., and by calling the Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and online (call the office to set up an online registration account) at any time.

Team Sport Month of Registration Age/Grade Season (Practice & Play)*
Little League Baseball February Ages 5-17 Late March/early April through July
Fall Baseball June Ages 5-17 Early August through October
Volleyball August Grades 3-12 Mid-September through November
Basketball October Grades K-12 December through March

* Dates subject to change based on cancellations or postponements due to weather or other unanticipated events.

Grove City Little League Baseball Board

The Grove City Little League is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who facilitate the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department’s goal to provide a positive developmental baseball league for the youth of the community.

Grove City Little League Baseball Board members are expected to attend and participate in board meetings held monthly throughout the year; assist with miscellaneous tasks and special projects as necessary; acknowledge and respect differing points of view and opinions coming from league participants, other Board members and City of Grove City staff; and be present at Windsor Park or Fryer Park a minimum of one evening per week in an official capacity as a board member.

Board members must support the organization’s commitment to the ideals of good sportsmanship, team play, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority. Likewise, board members shall remain sensitive to the physical and emotional well-being of all players in the league.

The City of Grove City periodically accepts applications to fill available board positions. If you have the time and passion to volunteer and support youth baseball for youth in Grove City, please consider joining this board. Completed Grove City Little League Baseball Board applications are accepted during announced submission periods in person, mail or drop box  to the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., or by email.