Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

The time is here: register NOW for fall youth football & cheerleading. Teams are decided by school district in our community-wide league, so bring your school pride and get ready to play hard!  We'll even be playing at Baz...read more
Register now for text message alerts!  VLPRA is introducing text alerts for all of our sports.  The instructions to sign up for alerts are posted below.   We encourage every parent and/or participant to sign up for these alerts, as ...read more
Registration is open now for our adventure-filled summer program for kids!  Summer Safari starts May 26th and runs all summer.  It's available Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 AM -6:00 PM at the South Lowndes Recreation Complex o...read more
Your child will feel like the next Federer or Sharapova when they take the court at our beginner/intermediate tennis camps.  Participants will learn the basics and improve on their skills all while making friends and having fun.  Drop in as...read more
Fail at kickball as a kid?  Now is your chance to redeem yourself this winter in VLPRA's Co-Ed Adult Kickball League. Registration is open NOW!  Register your entire team for $200.  Don't have a team?   Sign up ind...read more
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The time is here: register NOW for fall youth football & cheerleading. Teams are decided by school district in our community-wide league, so bring your school pride and get ready to play hard!  We'll even be playing at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium and Martin Stadium- giving your athlete the chance to feel like a high-school superstar. 


All equipment is provided in the VLPRA Youth Football League.  Helmets, pads, jerseys, pants, and even socks are provided- the only thing you bring is cleats.   Cheerleading uniforms are provided, too!  The program runs through the fall with about 10 games and a post season tournament.  We also have Athletic AND Academic All Star Teams!

Register now online or come to our office to sign up!  

 

DETAILS:

Teams are based on school district, so whichever middle school your child is districted for will be the district your child plays in.  For instance, if you have a first-grader at Lake Park Elementary, then he or she will be on the Lowndes Middle Team since that is where he or she will eventually attend middle school.  Same thing goes for the city.
The breakdown is this:
Westside Elementary & Hahira Elementary---> Register for Hahira Middle Team
Clyattville, Lake Park, & Moulton Branch Elementary----> Register for Lowndes Middle Team
Pine Grove & Dewar Elementary----> Register for Pine Grove Middle Team
WG Nunn, Pinevale, & JL Lomax----> Register for JL Newbern Middle Team
Sallas Mahone & SL Mason Elementary----> Register for Valdosta Middle Team.

Is your child enrolled in a different private school or home-schooled?  Call us and we will be happy to talk to you about your options!

We will do an evaluation and draft if necessary.  Practices will be held at North Lowndes Park in Hahira, South Lowndes in Lake Park, Freedom Park, and Scott Park.  Games run September to November, with play finishing up before Thanksgiving.  Our All-Star program runs through December.  Games will be held at the parks mentioned above and of course at Bazemore-Hyder and Martin Stadiums!

The league is broken up into three age brackets.  Kindergartners and 1st graders will play flag football, 2nd and 3rd graders are paired up for tackle football, and 4th and 5th graders will play tackle ball together.  Cheerleading follows the same brackets. 

Football and cheerleading uniforms as well as helmets and pads are included in the registration fees.   It’s $65 for tackle football and $45 for flag football and cheerleading. Parents can register their children online at www.vlpra.com or at VLPRA’s main office at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.  The league is solely run by VLPRA.  Please do not contact the schools with questions.

VLPRA is holding special combines for all participants at the high school stadiums in July that will include drills, food and a movie.  The combine for participants from Lowndes County Schools is July 18th at LHS’ Martin Stadium; participants from Valdosta City Schools will be at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on July 25th.  The events start at 6:00 PM with the movie beginning around 8:00 PM.  The combines are free for registered participants; parents can sign their children up for the league at the combine as well. 


***We will need coaches!!!!  All coaches must go through a background check prior to holding practice.  The background check is free.  
Click here to go to the background check portal.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUTH FOOTBALL OR YOUTH CHEERLEADING
 

Register now for text message alerts!  VLPRA is introducing text alerts for all of our sports.  The instructions to sign up for alerts are posted below.  

We encourage every parent and/or participant to sign up for these alerts, as they are the fastest way to find out if we are cancelling games or events based on bad weather or other emergencies.  We will only send alerts if it affects a large number of people.  For instance, we will send alerts when games are cancelled or when practices for an entire league or an entire park are cancelled. We will not send text alerts for individual team announcements or cancellations.  If a coach cancels practice, it is up to him or her to alert his/her players.

We do not charge for text alerts and they are optional, but recommended. (Standard text messaging rates do apply, so please check with your carrier to make sure you will not receive charges from your cell phone provider).

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Click here to go to our VLPRA page on www.rainedout.com
    a. Enter your phone number, click the box for “Agree to terms of service”, then click “Start Signup”
    b. Check your phone.  You should get a text message from 844-83.  Inside this text, you will find your validation code.  Enter that code into   
        the space on the rainedout.com website and click “Validate Code”.
    c. The site will then take you to the “Receive Alerts” section.  We have alerts for all of our sports and they are broken down by season.        
    d. Please click “Subscribe” for every set of alerts that applies to you.  For instance, if your child plays spring baseball and you attend our
        tennis clinics, you will want to click both “2015 Spring Youth Baseball & Softball” and “VLPRA Tennis”.  Most of our alerts are seasonal,
         meaning you will only get alerts for the season listed.  If you sign up for alerts for Youth Spring Baseball & Softball this spring, you will
        only get those alerts until the season ends.  If your child plays in the fall or next spring, you will have to sign up again for those season. 
        This prevents parents from receiving unwanted texts season after season.
    e. You can cancel text alerts at any time by replying STOP to the alert.  This only stops the alert for that subscription.  For example, if you
        reply STOP to a youth baseball alert, that will remove you from the youth baseball list.  But if you are still subscribed to tennis alerts, you
         will receive them until you reply STOP to a tennis alert text.

2. If you would like to also register your email address, please go back to the main page (www.rainedout.com) and follow the same instructions
  
  as above, using your email address instead of your cell phone number.

Another way to find us on RainedOut: www.rainedout.com ---> search VLPRA ----> click on the link ----> register for alerts!

Registration is open now for our adventure-filled summer program for kids!  Summer Safari starts May 26th and runs all summer.  It's available Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 AM -6:00 PM at the South Lowndes Recreation Complex or the Mildred Hunter Community Center.  Summer Safari is for 5-12 year olds, including those with mild disabilities.  It's only $65 per week or $25 a day.  The fee includes lunch, a snack, and all field trips. 

We also have a program for kids and young adults with special needs (10-21 years old).  However, space is currently full for this program located at the Craig Center.  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call 229-259-3507.  Request to be added to the Craig Center Summer Safari wait list, leave us your name and number, and we will call if/when space becomes available.  There will be no drop in registration for this program.

 

Your child will feel like the next Federer or Sharapova when they take the court at our beginner/intermediate tennis camps.  Participants will learn the basics and improve on their skills all while making friends and having fun.  Drop in as many days as you want or sign up for the whole week!  All you need is a racquet, a water bottle, and a desire to play!

We have two sessions to choose from: June 1-5, 2015 or July 13-17, 2015.  Sign up for either one or for both!  Each session runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM.  It's $100 per child per week or $20 per day.  There's a weekly discount if you have more than one child playing ($80 per kid per week).  Lunch is provided on Friday and if you sign up for the entire week, your child will get a t-shirt!  

Open to children 5-13 years old.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Fail at kickball as a kid?  Now is your chance to redeem yourself this winter in VLPRA's Co-Ed Adult Kickball League.

Registration is open NOW!  Register your entire team for $200.  Don't have a team?   Sign up individually for $20 and we'll place you on a team as a free agent!  It's a great way to meet people and have fun.

We'll play every Tuesday & Thursday night at Freedom Park, starting at 6:30 PM.  Games begin in June.  

THE NITTY GRITTY:
12-game season with a single elimination tournament
Teams must have 2 girls on the field at all times
Register online (link at the top of this page) or at the VLPRA Adult Athletics Office at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta