Milford Parks and Recreation announces spring sports

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Youth soccer is just one of the sports offered by Parks and Recreation this spring

With the weather heating up,  thoughts naturally turn to outdoor recreation, and Milford Parks and Recreation is ready to help people “spring” into action with their recently announced seasonal sport lineup.

“We will bring back some of our most popular sports,” said Brad Dennehy, director of Parks and Recreation.

Outdoor soccer, flag football and field hockey are always popular, he said.

“Those will return again this year,” he said. “We are even offering a Tiny Tykes session for the little ones this year to introduce them to sporting activities.”

Tiny Tykes begins April 11 and runs through May 9 at the Milford Boys and Girls Club. Designed for children ages 3 and 4, the program teaches basic motor skills that are used in a variety of sports.

Parents also may get some exercise out of this. They are required to be present and active with their children, helping them with preset drills led by an instructor.

The program is offered Thursdays from 5  to 5:45 p.m. and costs $50 per child.

A girl’s basketball league will run from April 8 through May 23. Two leagues are available, one for ages 8 to 12 and another for ages 13 to 17.

The 8 to 12 league practices Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with games held on Wednesdays. The 13 to 17 league practices on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with games on Thursday. The cost is $60 per participant.

The city will expand its pickleball offerings this year.

“Pickleball is quickly growing as one of the country’s most popular sports,” Dennehy said. “Our new pickleball courts in Memorial Park are constantly busy with players.”

A new Milford Pickleball League for those 15 and older will have games on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m  on the Memorial Park courts.  Individual fees are $30 per person while team fees are $60.

Outdoor soccer is one of the largest programs offered by Parks and Recreation with four age group leagues in place. Evaluations will be held Tuesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 7.

On March 5, evaluations for those ages 7-8  as well as ages 9-10 will be from 5 to 6. On March 7, ages 11 to 14 will be evaluated from 5 to 6 p.m.

The season will run from April 9 through June 28 at the Milford Boys and Girls Club.

The cost for outdoor soccer for children ages 5 and 6, whose games are played on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:45 p.m. is $50. This is an instructional league.

The 7- to 8-year-old league play on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $60 per player.

Both leagues play on the small field at Tony Silicato Park.

The 9- and 10-year-old league play on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 11- to 14-year-old league plays on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., both on the large field. The cost for both leagues is $60 per player.

“We are pleased to offer flag football again this year,” Dennehy said. “Clinics are held Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. We do encourage mouth guards for players, and our coaches are well-versed in concussion protocol as a precaution in all of our sports programs.”

The flag football season begins April 11 and runs through May 23. Games are played on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in Marvel Square. The program is designed for children aged 7 to 13. The cost for the program is $75 per child.

Field Hockey runs from April 7 through June 2 with games played at the Milford High School lower turf field. Designed for children aged 7 to 12, the cost is $75.

“Tennis is also getting a lot of attention in Milford these days,” Dennehy said. “For this reason, we are offering two programs, a beginner and an intermediate. We welcome new coaches Jay Johnson and Anne Carroll, who will lead our beginner’s class. This program teaches the fundamentals of the game with a focus on having fun.”

Clinics are held Monday and Wednesdays from May 1 to June 5 from 5 to 6 -p.m. The cost is $60 per person and open to those aged 7 and older. The intermediate tennis clinics run from May 1 to June 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Clinics are held Monday and Wednesday. Both the beginner and intermediate programs are held at Milford High School.

For more information, contact Milford Parks and Recreation at 302-422-6616, extension 6 or go here to register online.

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