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Sports Leagues 

 

The Sturgis Recreation Department provides area residents and visitors with the opportunity to participate in clean, safe, and accessible open spaces throughout the city including parks, playgrounds, and athletic facilities. We provide opportunities for youths and adults to satisfy both their active and passive recreation needs. Some of the active sports include softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and floor hockey. Picnic pavilions and playgrounds are available at various parks throughout the city for more passive enjoyment.

Check out our Upcoming Spring & Summer Programs here!

For more information on these programs , email us at recreation@sturgismi.gov

Various leagues, programs, classes, and clinics for all ages are held throughout the year, including:

ADULT PROGRAMS

MEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Mondays & Fridays Games will be played at Spence Field on the designated night. All games will be double-headers! Season will begin the first week of May – weather permitting! Information Packets: Available late March Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 15 Entry Fee: $495 per team if paid by April 15 Late fees will apply if paid after April 15 Non Resident Fee: $8.00 if paid by May 19

CHURCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Tuesdays Games will be played at Spence Field on Tuesday nights. All games will be double-headers! Season will begin the first week of May – weather permitting! Information Packets: Available late March Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 15 Entry Fee: $495 per team if paid by April 15 Late fees will apply if paid after April 15 Non Resident Fee: $8.00 if paid by May 19

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Wednesdays Games will be played at Spence Field on Wednesday nights. All games will be double-headers! Season will begin the first week of May – weather permitting! Information Packets: Available late March Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 15 Entry Fee: $495 per team if paid by April 15 Late fees will apply if paid after April 15 Non Resident Fee: $8.00 if paid by May 19

COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Thursdays Games will be played at Spence Field on Thursday nights. All games will be double-headers! Season will begin the first week of May – weather permitting! Information Packets: Available late March Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 15 Entry Fee: $495 per team if paid by April 15 Late fees will apply if paid after April 15 Non Resident Fee: $8.00 if paid by May 19 10th

ANNUAL ALL NIGHT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

June 17-18 Games will be played at Spence Field beginning at 6pm on Saturday and will be played “All Night” until finished on Sunday afternoon. 3-Game minimum guarantee! ASA Rules & Equipment. Balls will be provided. Entry Deadline: Wednesday, June 14 Cost: $150 per team (no additional umpire fees)

FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUES

The Fall Softball season will begin the first week of September! More information will be available late July! Men’s, Women’s & Coed Divisions will be offered.

SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

Tuesdays Coed 4 on 4. Games will be played on the sand courts located behind the Doyle Center on Tuesday nights. All games will be outdoors – weather permitting! Season will begin the first week of June. Information Packets: Available late April Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 13 Entry Fee: $195 per team Non Resident Fee: $5.00

SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Coed 4 on 4 Saturday, July 15 Tournament will be held outdoors on the sand courts located behind the Doyle Center. 3-game minimum guarantee! Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 5 Cost: $50 per team Coming this Fall…. Fall Softball Coed Volleyball Adult Flag Football Adult Indoor Soccer 5K Run/Walk and more!

 

 

 

 

YOUTH PROGRAMS

TEE BALL

Ages 4-5 Tee Ball Ages 6-7 Coach Pitch Games will be played at Wall School Fields on Saturday mornings. Practices will take place during the week. Games will begin on June 10 and run until July 22 with no games scheduled on July 1. Registration: April 1 – April 30 Registration Deadline: April 30 Cost: $36.00 Program Fee $24.00 Resident Fee $15.00 Additional Children Late registrations may be accepted until May 13 with an additional $10 per child late fee.

6th-8th GRADE BEACH PARTY DANCE

Get ready for summer! Put on your fancy shorts & Hawaiian shirts and join us for an evening of loud music, crazy contests, dancing, and lots of FUN! All 6th-8th graders are welcome. Must show School ID to enter. Date: Friday, May 19 Time: 7:00-9:30pm Location: Doyle Community Center Cost: $5 per person Glow necklaces & bracelets will be available for $1

SUMMER ADVENTURE CLUB

Get off the couch and get into the great outdoors for some exciting activities. This is a great opportunity for children to meet new friends, play new games, make some really cool projects and learn life-long skills. Various activities include: sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips, guest speakers and so much more! Lots of fun for boys & girls! Ages: 6-12 years Days: Monday – Friday Times: #1 9am-Noon or #2 1pm-4pm Dates: June 19 – August 11 Location: Thurston Woods Park Registration: May 15 – June 10 Cost: FREE Funding provided by the St. Joseph County United Way allows us to offer this program free of charge! Late registrations will be accepted but all participants must register at the Doyle Center prior to participating.

SPECIAL EVENTS CHASING THE CURE FOR OVARIAN CANCER

September 16th 9:00am 5K Run and 5K Walk Come join the fun and support a great cause! Great post-race food and entertainment. Pre-Register before Sept. 9 to receive a race shirt. Call: 269-651-5581 or 269-816-4994 for more info. Email: chasingthecure@yahoo.com Website: www.chasingthecure.net Summer Tennis Camp It is recommended that all tennis players wear comfortable athletic clothing and tennis shoes with non-marking soles. Please bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen before each class. Tennis questions should be directed to: George Earl at (269)651-6127 A special Thank You to the Rosemary Thomasma Fund through the Sturgis Area Community Foundation for the generous donation to help lower the cost for all participants. Note: All classes will be held outdoors at Augspurger Tennis Courts, located on S. Lakeview St., just South of Sturgis Hospital.

BEGINNER TENNIS I & II

Ages: 5 yrs. – 3rd grade Days: Mondays thru Thursdays This class is designed for the beginning tennis player or those who are still working to get the ball over the net and into play. Players will be divided by skill level and will learn the basics of the forehand, backhand and volley strokes as well as hand-eye coordination and listening skills. 4 Week Session: June 19-29 & July 10-20 (There will be no sessions July 3-6) Time: 9:00-10:00am Cost: $25 per player 4th-5th

GRADE TENNIS

Ages: 4th-5th grade Days: Mondays thru Thursdays This class is designed for tennis players who have the basic knowledge of the sport and know the basics of the forehand, backhand and volley strokes as well as serving. Simulated game play will be introduced. 4 Week Session: June 19-29 & July 10-20 (There will be no sessions July 3-6) Time: 10:00-11:00am Cost: $25 per player

MIDDLE SCHOOL TENNIS

Ages: 6th-8th grade Days: Mondays thru Thursdays This class is designed for intermediate tennis players with knowledge of the game and can demonstrate the basics of the forehand, backhand and volley strokes as well as serving. Drills, Conditioning and game play will all be included. 4 Week Session: June 19-29 & July 10-20 (There will be no sessions July 3-6) Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Cost: $25 per player

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Ages: 9th-12th grade Days: Mondays thru Thursdays This class is designed for intermediate to advanced tennis players with previous tennis experience. Skill development will continue through drills and game play. 4 Week Session: June 19-29 & July 10-20 (There will be no sessions July 3-6) Time: 1:00-2:30pm Cost: $25 per player Girls Volleyball Camp 3rd-6th Grade Camp Dates: July 18-20 Times: 6-8pm Location: Doyle Community Center Instructor: JVVC Coaches & Players This 3-day Camp will include the basic fundamentals of volleyball including: Passing, Setting, Hitting, and Serving. The camp will include both instruction and game play while incorporating the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Cost: $50 Non-Residents $35 Residents

PEE WEE POWERSPORTS

This introductory level sports program is intended to provide your child a FUN environment to learn the basics of multiple sports. Terminology, fundamentals and strategies will be included while incorporating the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Fun for Boys & Girls!
Ages: 5-8
Days & Times: TBD
Sports Include: Volleyball, Hockey, Basketball, Soccer,
T-Ball & Tennis.
Session: (4 weeks)
#1 November
#2 December
#3 January
#4 February
Cost: per session
Resident Fee: $30.00
Non-Res Fee: $45.00

Hot Shots BB

A great way for players to continue with their skill development. This class will include both instruction and game play and is open to all Boys & Girls!
Ages: 7-10
Days & Times: TBD
Session: (4 weeks)
#1 November
#2 December
#3 January
#4 February
Cost: per session
Resident Fee: $30.00
Non-Res Fee: $45.00

Youth Flag Football League

Please pick up a registration Form at the Doyle Center for more information on this league.
Age Divisions: 11U, 8U – All Coed
*Division breakdown subject to change based on registration numbers per division.
Individual Registration:
Resident Fee: $35.00
Non-Res Fee: $53.00
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 20
Mandatory Group Practice/Evaluation:
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:00pm
It is very important that ALL participants attend the group practice/evaluation as teams will be selected “draft” style by the volunteer coaches after this practice.

TENNIS

Elementary Tennis

Ages: 5 yrs. – 3rd grade
Divided into two levels of play for more appropriate directed instruction for all players. Level 1 players will be beginner players still learning the basics of hitting. Level 2 players will have some experience with the game and be ready to take the next step.
Instructor: George Earl
Day: Mondays
Time: Level 1: 5:00-6:00pm
Level 2: 6:00-7:00pm
*Division of players into Level 1 and 2 will be done at the Instructor’s discretion, in cooperation with the parents and players.
Sessions: 4 weeks
#1 Oct. 19 – Nov. 9
#2 Nov. 16 – Dec. 14
(No class 11/23)
#3 Jan. 5 – Jan. 26
#4 Feb. 2 – Feb. 23
Cost: (per session)
Program Fee: $45.00
Resident Fee: $30.00
Intermediate Tennis
Ages: 4th – 8th grade
Divided into two levels of play for more appropriate directed instruction for all players. Level 1 players will range from complete beginners to players still working on consistently rallying. Level 2 players will have the ability to rally on the move and play out full games.
Instructor: Jennifer Gump
Day: Thursdays
Time: Level 1: 6:00-7:00pm
Level 2: 7:00-8:00pm
*Division of players into Level 1 and 2 will be done at the Instructor’s discretion, in cooperation with the parents and players.
Sessions: 4 weeks
#1 Oct. 22 – Nov. 12
#2 Nov. 19 – Dec. 17
(No class 11/26)
#3 Jan. 7 – Jan. 28
#4 Feb. 4 – Feb. 25
Cost: (per session)
Program Fee: $45.00
Resident Fee: $30.00

High School Tennis

Ages: 9th-12th grade
Players may range from complete beginners to players that have the ability to rally on the move and play out full games.
Instructor: David Vandekopple
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
*One Division this year for the extended time.
Sessions: 4 weeks
#1 Oct. 21 – Nov. 11
#2 Nov. 18 – Dec. 16
(No class 11/25)
#3 Jan. 6 – Jan. 27
#4 Feb. 3 – Feb. 24
Cost: (per session)
Program Fee: $68.00
Resident Fee: $45.00

Special Youth Events

Fall Carnival

Join us for our 1st Annual Doyle Fall Carnival. Lots of food, games, snow cones, bounce house, and much more.
Date: November 18th
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $5 per child
Ages: 3+
For questions please call Benita or Mike at 659-8110.

6th – 8th Grade Dance Party

Join us for our annual teen dance party. All students in grades 6th-8th are welcome.
Ages: All 6th – 8th grade students
Date: November 10
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Location: Doyle Community Center
Cost: $5.00
Glow necklaces & bracelets will be available
for purchase!

Christmas Break Open Gym

Open Gym will be available for ALL Middle & High School students (6th-12th grade) at the Doyle Community Center during Christmas Break. Courts will be set aside for drop-in basketball during the following times…
Days: Weekdays
Times: 9am-Noon
Dates: Dec. 26-29 & Jan. 2-5
Cost: $2 per day

Date with Dad

This is truly the highlight event of the season. You don’t want to miss it! Dad(s) grab you favorite girl(s) and join us for an evening of dancing, games, contests, pictures, snacks and more.
Pre-registration is requested.
Ages: Girls ages 3-12
Date: March 23rd
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $20 per couple
in advance ($30 at the Door)
$30 for Non Residents ($40 at the Door)

Inflatable Fun Day

Hey Kids, are you looking for something FUN and EXCITING to do during Mid-Winter Break? Then join us at the Doyle Center for a day of running, climbing and bouncing on a wide variety of inflatables. Come check out the Giant Obstacle Course, Bounce House, Large Dual Slide and many more.
Concessions will also be available!
All Kids Welcome!
Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: Only $10 per person

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Looking for a place to celebrate your child’s special day? We have several party options available including Inflatables and a variety of sports such as Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Floor Hockey and more!
Inflatable Parties available on:
Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10
Call or stop by the Doyle Center for more details and to make your party reservations!

Saturday Night “Free for All”

In partnering with the St. Joseph County United Way, we are proud to open our doors to all area youth every Saturday night for various “open gym” style activities. Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Dodgeball and Tennis, just to name a few. Come in and play or just hang out and socialize. Various tournaments will be scheduled throughout the winter as well.
Days: Saturdays
Times:
7:00pm-8:45pm 6th-8th graders
9:00pm-Midnight 9th-12th graders
Session: Nov. 4 – Feb. 24
Cost: FREE!