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Youth Sports Recruitment Videos
Fincastle, VA – The Botetourt County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has recently released two videos designed to get children interested in playing youth sports. The first video features action of current recreation teams and players participating in practices and games in various youth sport leagues, including indoor and outdoor soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading, and flag and tackle football. The second video features interviews from four former participants in the County’s Recreation Sports Leagues who went on to play various sports in college. The second video also provides testimonials to what playing sports as a child meant to each of them.
The videos can be found here: http://www.botetourt.org/recreation/index.php.
According to the Department’s annual report, over 5,000 registrations occurred in sports related activities in 2013, which maintains the trend of continued growth each year since the department began tracking in 2007. The report also shows that participation trends with the type of activities parents are seeking out for their children continue to evolve slightly away from what has traditionally been considered team-sport leagues played in separate distinct playing seasons.
“The total participation with the county’s sponsored youth sport programs remains at an all-time high with elementary age children, although there remains a large segment of the youth population that is not involved,” said Pete Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “We have continued to modify our programs by adding sports such as lacrosse, indoor soccer, flag football, and wrestling. We also have created more opportunities for alternative seasonal play for traditional sports by providing access to fields and hosting various clinic and camp formats that tend to offer more flexibility for busy family schedules. It is a challenge to diversify and not negatively affect the quality of existing programs; although, if we can grow participation by even a handful of children by getting them into some type of physical activity, the effort will be worthwhile. Our goal is that these recruitment videos serve as another tool that will help us get kids active at an early age.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases self-esteem. The CDC and HHS recommends that young people aged 6–17 years should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
The County’s youth recreation leagues are sponsored through seven local youth recreation booster clubs in conjunction with the Department. Players participate with the club associated with their current elementary school district (Blue Ridge [Colonial], Buchanan, Cloverdale, Eagle Rock, Fincastle [Breckinridge], Greenfield, and Troutville), and fees range from $45.00 to $65.00 per child. Scholarships and multi-child discounts are available upon request from the appropriate booster club.
The leagues are designed to be affordable by offering practices and games within each local Botetourt community. The leagues also allow players to enjoy sports with neighbors and classmates and help keep children active and maintain and improve fitness levels while encouraging sportsmanship, teamwork, and other positive healthy lifestyle habits.
For each sport season, each participant will receive approximately 2-3 weeks of practices and instruction followed by 6-8 weeks of 12-16 games. Playing ages for all recreational leagues is determined as of September 30 of the current school year. The Department also offers a wide variety of athletic and non-athletic camps and clinics throughout the year.
Please contact the Department with any questions.
Three convenient ways to register:
- Call Botetourt County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (540) 473-8326
- Register online at www.botetourtva.gov/recreation
- Submit Botetourt County Athletic Registration Form and payment to:
Botetourt County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
16 East Main Street, Box 4
Fincastle VA 24090
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For more information, contact
Pete Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism