SPORTS

Youth Soccer

Soccer is a great way for young athletes to stay active while learning how to be successful in a team environment. All divisions emphasize individual skill development, sportsmanship, and fun.  Practices will be held on weekday evenings and games will be played on Saturdays. Some competitive leagues will require limited travel to neighboring localities.  Soccer typically requires an eight-week commitment from parents and players. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

FEBRUARY 19

Age Divisions 

 

*Add $10 for children who reside outside of Hopewell

 

Youth Baseball and Softball

Baseball and softball programs are a great way for children to learn valuable lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork, while staying physically active! Baseball and softball divisions are offered for children ages 3-15 and requirements will vary for each division. Please review the information below for additional details for each division. Baseball and softball typically       require an eight-week commitment from parents and players. 

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 

MARCH 11

Please note that Hopewell Recreation and Parks reserves the right to close registration at any time. Available space in each age division is dependent on the number of volunteer coaches.

Instructional Divisions (ages 3-8)

Instructional divisions are designed to focus on fundamentals and basic sport knowledge in a fun and safe environment.  These divisions provide a sound foundation for continued skill development as the player ages. 

 

*Add $10 for children who reside outside of Hopewell

 

Competitive Divisions (ages 9-15)

Competitive divisions will continue to focus on skill development but will also present competitive game situations. Sportsmanship and fun will be emphasized with these age groups. Competitive divisions are franchised with Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball and will require limited travel to neighboring localities during the regular season. Participants must reside within the Hopewell boundary to participate in competitive  divisions. Age is determined as of July 31, 2019 for softball and May 1, 2019 for baseball.

 

*Participants must reside within the Dixie Hopewell Boundary

 

*Participants must reside within the Dixie Hopewell Boundary

Soccer Skills Clinic

For ages 6-12. This clinic will focus on a variety of basic soccer skills to turn any player into the next soccer superstar. Participants will need their own soccer ball and water bottle. Tennis shoes and shin guards are recommended.

 

Saturday, February 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

Hopewell Community Center. Free but registration is required.

Registration ends February 1.

 

Softball Pitching Clinic

For ages 7-14. Participants will be introduced to the proper   mechanics of fast pitch softball pitching.  Coaches and instructors will discuss form, power, accuracy, and pitch types. Participants should bring their own softball glove.  Athletic footwear or cleats are recommended.  

 

Saturday, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Mathis Park. Free but registration is required.

Registration ends March 18.

 

Baseball Pitching Clinic

For ages 7-14. Participants will learn the proper mechanics of baseball pitching.  Coaches will discuss form, accuracy, pitch selection, and keeping young arms healthy. Participants should bring their own baseball glove.  Athletic footwear or cleats are recommended. 

 

Saturday, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Mathis Park. Free but registration is required. 

Registration ends March 18.

 

Baseball/softball Fielding Clinic

For ages 7-14. Participants will be introduced to the proper mechanics for fielding both infield and outfield positions.  Coaches and instructors will highlight positioning, glove placement, and footwork. Participants should bring their own glove.  Cleats are recommended for this clinic.  

 

Saturday, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Mathis Park. Free but registration is required. 

Registration ends March 18. 

Spring Sports Meeting

This meeting provides an opportunity for coaches to learn about important changes impacting spring sports programs. The informal setting will allow ample time for questions and will cover detailed information for baseball, softball, and soccer programs being offered by Hopewell Recreation and Parks. Anyone interested in coaching is encouraged to attend this meeting.

 

Tuesday, February 4.

6-7 p.m. Soccer info.

7-8 p.m. Baseball/Softball info.

Hopewell Community Center

 

Volunteer Opportunities

What better way to support your community than by volunteering with Hopewell Recreation and Parks! We are in search of individuals to assist with the following roles:

   Youth Soccer Coaches

   Youth Baseball and Softball Coaches

   Youth Basketball Coaches

 

*Athletic program registration fees are waived for children of volunteer coaches

 

Officials and Scorekeepers Needed!

Looking to make a little extra income? The department is in search of individuals to assist with the roles listed below. Learn more today by contacting Sherry Leech at sleech@hopewellva.gov.

· Soccer Referees

· Basketball Scorekeepers

· Basketball Clock Operators

VOLUNTEER Coaches Needed! 

Youth sports programs wouldn’t be possible without volunteer coaches. Please consider leading a team this season to ensure all children have a chance to play.  A criminal history background screening is required for all coaches.

 

Helpful Information

Player equipment, season length, practice/game schedules, and locations will vary between age divisions and from sport to sport. Detailed information will be available after player drafts are completed. 

 

Financial Aid

Limited financial aid is available for qualifying families.  An    Authorization of Services form from the Social Services Department must be presented in order to be eligible for fee waiver. Please note that financial fee waivers must be completed in   person at the Hopewell Community Center.  Eligibility paperwork will not be accepted after the registration deadline. 

 

Additional Information:

Sherry Leech, Athletic Programs Supervisor

sleech@hopewellva.gov  (804) 541-2353

 

2019 Dixie  World Series Champions!

 

The Hopewell Majors All-Stars team is comprised of youth athletes, ages 11-12, who participated in Hopewell's regular baseball season.  Coaches select the top 12 players to represent the City as All-Stars to compete in post-season play.  Hopewell is part of the Dixie Youth Baseball league and competes in District 9, which includes Colonial Heights, Prince George, Matoaca, and Dinwiddie. The Hopewell  Majors All-Stars first competed in the Dixie District Tournament played at Mathis Park in Hopewell June 21-June 25.  After winning all of their games, they claimed the district championship and advanced to the Dixie State Tournament held in Victoria, Virginia July 5-11. Hopewell suffered one loss to Prince George but rallied to fight their way back to the championship game where they defeated Prince Edward/Farmville by a score of 7-3.  This is the first Hopewell youth baseball team to claim a state title.  With their success at the state level, they qualified to compete in the Dixie Division 2 World Series being played in Lumberton, North Carolina on July 26.  After suffering only one loss in World Series play, they emerged as the 2019 Dixie World Series Champions after defeating Mississippi 6-1. The team is coached by Clint Gorkiewicz, Ricky Irby, and Joe Kuhns.  Players include Anthony Clark, Camden Hunt, Ryder Hazlitt, Christian Edwards, Colsen McComber, Tavin Tucker, Demetrius Simms, Ethan McComber, Jake Irby, Xavier Taylor, Brian Moore, and Luke Kuhns.  The team is managed by Ashley Gorkiewicz. Hopewell Recreation and Parks would like to thank all of the businesses, community organizations, and individuals who supported the teams World Series trip and helped make this special moment in Hopewell history possible!  

Resources for Parents and Coaches

Concussion Awareness

HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and will help coaches, parents, and players understand the consequences of concussions, recognize signs and symptoms, identify the steps for returning to play, and focus on prevention and preparedness.  This video tutorial is recommended for all parents and required for all volunteer coaches.  Click on the HEADS UP logo to register and start the free tutorial.  

Parent/Player Code of Conduct

Hopewell Recreation and Parks enforces a strict code of conduct for all parents and players.  Violations of the code of conduct may result in suspension or termination of playing privileges.  Please remember to let the players play, let the coaches coach, and let the officials officiate. The focus of all of our programs at every level is to promote healthy lifestyles while having FUN!  

Additional information:

Sherry Leech, Athletic Programs Supervisor

(804) 541-2353

sleech@hopewellva.gov

Hopewell Community Center

100 W. City Point Road

Hopewell, VA 23860

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T: (804) 541-2353

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