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Athletics Program

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

Registration for fall athletic leagues has been postponed to July 13-24 and will be available online through RecLink. Please review our Athletics Know Before You Go guide prior to registering. Youth registration includes flag football, cheerleading, baseball, and softball. Adult registration includes kickball, baseball, and softball.

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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

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.

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Note: All youth registrations are held at local community centers.

Adult Athletics

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

    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

    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

    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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