Recreational sports in full swing this summer
Annually, parish kids, adults, seniors and special olympians participate in the organized team sports programs in St. Charles Parish.
Baseball, softball, football, golf, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track, soccer, special olympics and senior citizen sports are available and are overseen by the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation.
The recreation department works together with nine booster clubs to offer recreational opportunities parish wide.
The recreation department provides supplies and safety equipment as well as coaches and uniforms.
An organized team sports committee is made up of representatives of each of the nine clubs and meets regularly to discuss recreation matters.
The spring baseball and softball programs are open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 20, with a softball league as well for girls ages 16 to 18.
Younger boys from ages 7 to 14 will participate in Pony League Baseball.
Older boys play Babe Ruth baseball. The department also has All-Star teams.
Recreation also has a fall baseball league, which had over 200 participants in the past.
Boys between the ages of 7 and 14 are eligible to play football, which last in past seasons attracted nearly 900 players.
Boys and girls ages 6 to 14 participate in basketball, which has attracted nearly 950 players in past seasons.
A new feature that is offered to parish residents is the tennis program.
The program includes nearly 100 teenagers and adults who participate in single and combination matches.
Adult programs include flag football, softball, basketball and volleyball.
Activities for adults are held year round with hundreds of participants. This program is entirely self-funded.
Senior recreational activities include bowling, arts and crafts and various outings.
The annual Senior Olympics are held in the spring at the West Bank Bridge Park.
The recreation department regularly uses 91 fields for its sports during the course of the year.
The West Bank Bridge Park also introduced two new lighted softball fields in recent years, and for the first time in parish history, girls have true softball fields to play on.
The West Bank Bridge Park also includes the Field of Dreams, a t-ball or whiffle ball field for all ages.
The Parks and Recreation Department is directed by Larry Matson.
His staff includes Stacy Crovetto, Robert Brown, and Theresa Theriot.
Fore more information on the programs offered, call 985-783-5090 or visit them online at www.stcharlesgov.net/departments/parks.
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