Youth Programs

Youth Soccer

Friday, August 10, 2018

Watauga County Parks and Recreation offers youth soccer to children ages 5 – 15 (age determined as of August 31).  Six levels of play are offered based on age: U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-15.  Whenever possible, teams are formed by geographical location (except for U-15).  Separate boys and girls leagues are created when sufficient numbers exist in any age group.  If numbers do not allow for separate leagues, the leagues will be co-ed.  Teams meet an average of 3 times per week, including 2 games each week.  All participants are required to wear shin guards and team colored soccer socks.  The recreation department will provide each child with a team jersey which is his/hers to keep at the end of the season.  Soccer cleats are not required but are highly recommended.  The registration fee is $35 per participant and must be submitted with the registration application.  All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation no later then 5:00 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Girls 4th/5th/6th Grade Basketball

Friday, October 12, 2018

Watauga County Parks and Recreation offers Mighty Mountaineer Girls Basketball to girls in the 5th and 6th grades.  Participants must attend school in Watauga County and/or be residents of Watauga County to be eligible.  The program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of basketball in a stress free environment.  Teams meet approximately 3 times per week for games and practices.  Games are played Monday – Friday at 5:30 pm & after and Saturdays between at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.  The recreation department will provide each child with a Mighty Mountaineer reversible team jersey with is hers to keep at the end of the season.  The registration fee is $55 per participant and must be submitted with the registration application.  All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation no later then 5:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Boys 4th/5th/6th Grade Basketball

Friday, December 7, 2018

Watauga County Parks and Recreation offers Mighty Mountaineer Boys Basketball to boys in the 5th and 6th grades. Participants must attend school in Watauga County and/or be residents of Watauga County to be eligible. The program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of basketball in a stress free environment. Teams meet approximately 3 times per week for games and practices. Games are played Monday – Friday at 5:30 pm & after and Saturdays between at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The recreation department will provide each child with a Might Mountaineer reversible team jersey which is his to keep at the end of the season.  The season runs from mid-January to mid-March. The registration fee is $55 per participant and must be submitted with the registration application. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation no later then 5:00 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Mighty Mountaineer Football

Friday, August 3, 2018

Mighty Mountaineer Youth Football is offered to 3rd & 4th grade and 5th & 6th grade students in Watauga County.  Two divisions are offered based on school grade.  Mountaineer Youth Football is full contact football with fundamentals and proper techniques emphasized to help insure a safe playing environment.  The Parks and Recreation department provides shoulder pads, helmet and a reversible Appalachian State University game jersey to each player for the season.  Participants keep their game jersey at the end of the season.  Each participant must provide his/her own practice jersey, shoes, socks, football pants, pants pads, and mouthpiece.  The program runs for approximately 8 – 10 weeks.  Teams meet an average of 4 times each week for games and/or practices.  Games start as scrimmages at the beginning of the season and progress to full-contact regulation games.  Teams may play  teams from surrounding counties, so some travel may be required.  Games will be played at ASU Football Stadium and the new WHS turf football field.  The registration fee is $65 per player.  All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by 5:00pm on Friday, August 3, 2018.

Major 1 Baseball

Friday, March 2, 2018

Major I Little League Baseball is for children ages 11 and 12 (age as of 4/30/15). In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are continued to be developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all participants. At the end of the season, an all-star team is formed. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Jr. League Baseball

Friday, March 2, 2018

Junior League Baseball is for children ages 13-15 (age as of 4/30/15). In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are continued to be developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. At the end of the season, an All-Star team is formed. Placement drills are required for all participants. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Girls Machine Pitch Softball

Friday, March 16, 2018

Girls Machine Pitch Softball is designed to teach girls ages 7 & 8 the fundamentals of fast pitch softball. Age is determined as of 12/31 of the previous year. Teams are formed by geographic location. Girls play approximately 10 games during the season and meet approximately 4 times per week for games, practices, and/or clinics. Softball clinics are scheduled weekly for participants in this program. Games will be played on Saturday mornings/early afternoons and weekday evening beginning at 5:30pm. The season will run from mid-April through June. Each player is required to have a glove and athletic shoes.  Ten players play in the field and all participants are in the batting line up.  No score is kept. The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by 5:00pm on the current deadline date.

Girls Fast Pitch Softball

Friday, March 2, 2018

Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball is designed to teach girls age 9 - 12 the fundamentals of fast pitch softball. Age is determined as of 12/31 of the previous year. With sufficient registrations, two separate leagues will be forms - Major 2 for 9 & 10 year old girls and Major 1 for 11 & 12 year old girls. Girls play approximately 12 games during the season. Teams meet approximately 4 times per week for games, practices, and/or clinics. Softball clinics are scheduled weekly for participants in this program. Games will be played on Saturday mornings/early afternoons and weekday evenings beginning at 5:30pm. The season will run from early April through June. At the end of the season, an All Star Team is formed. Each player is required to have a glove, athletic shoes, and white softball game pants. Placement drills are required for all participants in this league. The registration fee is $50 per participant. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by the current registration deadline.

Jr. Tennis Camp

June - July

The Junior Tennis program is for children ages 9 – 15.  Three levels of lessons are offered: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  The beginners start with learning and then mastering the basics of tennis.  The intermediate and advanced players are taught stokes and strategies.  This program allows children to advance at their own pace.  Junior Tennis begins Monday, June 8.  Practices will be held at the Recreation Complex tennis courts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, weather permitting, through July 31.  In addition to lessons and practices, tennis matches for advanced players are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season.  Registration is being accepted now and will continue to be accepted throughout the Junior Tennis Team Season.  The registration fee is $80 per child.

T-Ball - Modified

Friday, March 16, 2018

T-Ball is the first level of co-ed baseball for children ages 5 and 6 (age as of 4/30 of the current year). The T-Ball program is designed to teach children the fundamentals of baseball/softball including as throwing, catching, and batting. The participants will bat off a tee the first part of the season and may bat coach pitch late in the season.  This program also emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. T-ball games consist of 3 innings in which every child gets to bat and plays in the field. No score is kept. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. Teams are formed by geographical location. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks (early April through June). The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current deadline.

Machine Pitch Baseball

Friday, March 16, 2018

Machine Pitch Baseball is a co-ed league for children ages 7 and 8 (as of 4/30 of the current year). The basics and fundamentals of baseball are taught. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. During the game, all players are in the batting order and 10 players play in the field. No score is kept. Teams are formed by geographical location. The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current deadline day.

Major 2 Baseball

Friday, March 16, 2018

Major 2 Baseball is for children ages 9-10 (age as of 4/30 of the current year). This is the first level of kid pitch. In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all players in this league. At the end of the season, an all-star team is formed. The registration fee is $55 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current year deadline date. 

Quick Start Tennis

June - July

Quick Start Tennis is offered to children ages 5 - 8.  In the Quick Start program, equipment and courts are tailored to the size of a young child so that participants can develop skills, learn, and succeed at a faster rate and have fun!  The standard court size for 5 - 8 year old children is 36' X 18' instead of the traditional full size 78' X 27' court.  The traditional tennis ball has also been replaced with a reduced bounce ball to develop proper stroke and technique.  All equipment will be provided as part of the program fee.  To be eligible, participants must be between the ages of 5 and 8 as of June 1 the current year.  Classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June - July from 9:00 am - 10:30 am at the Recreation Complex Tennis Courts beside Watauga County Parks and Recreation office.