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Athletics Program


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Youth Athletics Adult Athletics Athletic Park & Softball Complex Volunteer Better Sports For Kids Quality Program Provider Designation Field Rentals and Reservations Healthy Snack Plan

In response to the Phase 3 recommendations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel basketball leagues this year. Thank you for continuing to support Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department athletics. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at athletics@raleighnc.gov. We appreciate your continued patience and we hope to see you on the court again soon.

Parks COVID-19 Information

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources offers a variety of athletic teams and leagues that focus on much more than winning they also teach the value of a fair game, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The Athletics Program is dedicated to providing quality athletic competition, instruction, and participation for youth and adults in Raleigh.

Youth Athletics

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The Youth Athletics Program caters toward children ages 5-18 and provides numerous benefits from playing in organized leagues. Youth sports sponsored by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department provide the opportunity for boys and girls to learn good sportsmanship and progressively develop skills.

View Registration Information

Adult Athletics

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The Adult Athletics Program provides a great opportunity to stay active, encourage social interaction and community involvement while providing a safe, fun, family atmosphere. 

    View Registration Information

    Athletic Park & Softball Complex

    Access path between Buffaloe Road Athletic Fields

    Access path between Buffaloe Road Athletic Fields.

    The City owns two large complexes that are suitable for larger sports tournaments and competitions.

    Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
    5900 Buffaloe Rd

    Walnut Creek Athletic Complex
    1201 Sunnybrook Rd

    Volunteer

    Youth Sports Coach

    The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department relies on volunteer coaches for all of our organized youth sports leagues. We are looking for the following coaches: Basketball, Lacrosse, Baseball, Football, Tennis, Swimming and more.
    Contact 919-996-6836

     Youth Volunteer Coaching Application

    Raleigh Parks Volunteer Coaches

    Better Sports For Kids Quality Program Provider Designation

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    Kids playing soccer in at a Raleigh Parks field

    The Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation was awarded to City of Raleigh, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources - Athletics Division for 2018-2019 and 2020-2021.
     The Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation demonstrates the City of Raleigh’s quality, safety, oversight, and commitment to the youth we serve. 

    More information about the designation 

    Field Rentals and Reservations

    Parents, relatives and friends watch teeball game in progress

    Kids get a chance to show friends and family their tee ball skills on the multi-purpose field at Abbotts Creek Park. 

    The Athletics Division handles all the field rentals for the City facilities. We have numerous types of fields (baseball, softball, multipurpose, open spaces and outdoor volleyball) across the entire city. Fees, sizes, setup and lighting vary.

    View Field Rental Information and Lists

    Healthy Snack Plan

    When it’s your turn to bring snacks for the team, it can be tough to decide which options are the best and healthiest. Here are a few tips to help you find tasty and healthy snacks the whole team can enjoy.

    Learn More about Healthy Snack Plan

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    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
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    Parks Programs

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