The Town of Wake Forest offers a robust recreational youth sports program through their Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department (PRCR). They offer athletic programs for boys and girls ages five and older. The youth athletics participant fee for residents is $40 per player (per season) and $80 per player (per season) for non-residents. My children have participated in the basketball and baseball leagues for the past 6 years. We have had a great overall experience. There were seasons where they went undefeated and brought home a league championship trophy and seasons where they barely won a game. During those losing seasons, there was a lot of character building going on. We have been fortunate to have many dedicated coaches give of their time, including my husband. While some of the coaches were better skilled at teaching, other coaches were better at instilling a sense of confidence and fostering a love of the game. Keep in mind these are recreational leagues, the beauty of recreational sports is that the talent ranges from beginner to seasoned players. These kids cheer each other on regardless of skill level and celebrate individual improvements as the season goes on. These kids sure do give it their all.
Be sure to double check registration dates because the leagues fill up. They do maintain wait lists but the odds are against you since demand for spots far exceed openings. The town is limited by the number of fields available — both outdoor fields as well as indoor facility space. The recreational leagues play at various town parks as well as use local school fields. The town just approved a new community facility to be built at E. Carroll Joyner Park on Harris Road. It will include three full-sized basketball courts among other amenities which will be a fantastic and much needed addition to what the town already provides. As the population of Wake Forest increases, so does the need for more athletic fields and facilities for everyone to enjoy! .
Youth athletic league participants register online during specified registration periods. New participants must provide a copy of the birth certificate in order to be eligible for team placement. If you register online, you can mail a copy of the birth certificate to: Wake Forest PRCR 301 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587. If you have any questions about the programs offered contact PRCR Athletic Program Supervisor, Ed Austin. He can be reached at (919) 435-9562.
- PRCR offers leagues for boys and girls ages 5-17.
- Registration is held throughout September of each year.
Spring Baseball & Softball
- PRCR offers T-ball, baseball, and softball leagues, age 5-17.
- Registration for Spring/Summer leagues is held each year throughout the month of February.
- Dream League baseballis offered for participants with special needs for players age 5-21.
- PRCR offers fall baseball and softball leagues for players age 6-16.
- Registration is held throughout June of each year.
- The Girls’ Volleyball League is open to girls ages 9-16
- Registration is held annually throughout the month of April, with teams formed in mid-May.
Track & Field
- PRCR partners with NC Speed Academy to offer an introduction to track and field for youth ages 6-18 (age determined by age on Jan. 1, 2016).
- Registration for Fall sessions is held in July. Registration for Spring sessions is held in March.
- Participants will learn the proper running technique and gain experience in their choice of the following Olympic running events: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000 meters.
- Participants will also have an opportunity to be exposed to hurdles, long jump, shot put, and discus.
- Maximum: 30 participants per session
- For more information go to: http://www.ncspeedacademy.org/
- Leagues, lessons, and clinics are offered by the Wake Forest Area Tennis Association through a partnership agreement with the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department. For league information go to http://www.wfata.usta.com/