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Kick spring off right with these super sports!

Wed March 31, 2021

Have you ever wanted to wield a sword? No really.

Or learn to hug the pipe? Well look no further.

Children missed out on a host of fabulous activities and sports last spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. This year, registration is underway for an array of awesome activities to help you and your children kick spring off right.

“The kids missed it. I have classes that are full that never have been full before,” Athletic Supervisor Nathaniel Jarosz said. “The return to play is happening. Jump on the wagon.”

Registration is open for more than three dozen athletic programs and leagues. Some sports programs begin next week, while others begin later this month or in May.

A new Adult Softball League features games on Wednesday evenings. The deadline to register for this league is April 26. Also new this spring is the Lil Laxers Lacrosse, designed to teach 5- to 8-year-olds the basic fundamentals. Hug the pipe, by the way, refers to when the goalkeeper allows no space between his or her body and the goalpost that is closest to the shooter. There is no registration deadline for lacrosse.

Beginner and advanced Fencing programs pair perfectly with the pandemic because fencing naturally is a socially distanced sport! Who couldn’t use a little swordplay right about now? Also new this spring is the Ultimate Frisbee Clinic for youths ages 8 through 13. There is no registration deadline for fencing or Frisbee.

These spring sports programs can help children become more social again after a year of restricted socialization. Additionally, parents can gain some free time after this hectic year of juggling home, work and at-home learning, confident that our COVID-19 protocols are designed to keep everyone safer while playing together.

“They’ve been cooped up for the past year. People were going ‘cabin fever,’” Jarosz said. “It’s better for everybody’s mental health. These sports programs provide much-needed mental health breaks. Everybody needs a break.”

To register or for more information on our Batavia Park District programs and events, call (630) 879-5235 or visit bataviaparks.org.