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Youth Sports

Research shows that kids who participate in youth sports learn to focus, achieve greater success in school and become leaders.  Check out all of the exciting youth sports opportunities listed to the right.

Baseball – Youth

Phone: 309-681-2866

Take me out to the ballgame… take me out to the crowd!

The Peoria Park District helps your little (and not so little) ones feel the thrill of baseball!

Questions?  Contact Lester Hudson at the phone number or e-mail address listed above.

Basketball – Youth

One word…basketball.

Boxing – Youth

Learn the fundamentals of boxing from a USA licensed boxing professional. Work-outs include the heavy and speed bags, floor exercises, and rope jumping. A chance to compete in competitions is a possibility.

Golf – Youth

At the Peoria Park District, we are very excited to offer many opportunities for your young golfer!  The Peoria Park District’s Golf Learning Center has youth and junior golf lessons, as well as family golf lessons.  The PPD golf courses also offer special junior tee rates to make golf more accessible to youth golfers.

Hockey – Youth

The Peoria Park District is the place to learn how to play hockey… check out our programming below! Follow Owens Center on Facebook for the most up to date information on classes, leagues and programs.

Ice Skating – Youth

Does your youngster love to be on the ice? The Peoria Park District offers numerous skating classes for children of various ages and skill levels! Follow Owens Center on Facebook for the most up to date information on classes, leagues and programs.

***Open Skate schedule and tickets can be found HERE


If you are looking to play a sport that is good exercise and easy to learn, pickleball may be the answer!  The Peoria Park District provides a variety of indoor and outdoor opportunities to learn and play the game. Plus, pickleball is a great social outlet!  Pickleball is offered at Charter Oak Park, Lakeview Recreation Center, Owens Recreation Center (summer months only) and RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center.



Soccer – Youth

Whether your child is 2 or 12, the Peoria Park District has a great soccer program available for them!

Our community’s health is a priority for us. We have put a number of health precautions in place to this seasion to keep you and your children safe. These include:

  • Limits on the number of spectators allowed at practices and scrimmages
  • Each family will have their own socially distant circles to sit in
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own soccer balls, in order to cut down on sharing equipment. (We will have soccer balls available for participants without access to their own.)
  • Coaches will carry hand sanitizer in their coaching bag for players to use. Each player is encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer as well.
  • There will be no “bench” this season. Any players not currently in the game will sit with their families in their socially distant circles.
  • Participants and coaches will be allowed to wear a mask if they choose.
  • Fields will be more spaced out than usual, to support social distancing.
  • We will not be playing games with other teams this fall. Instead, Park District teams will break into smaller “pods” and have scrimmages once each week.
  • Scrimmage times will be staggered and will include a 15-minute window in between sessions to allow teams to exit the field after their game without crossing paths with the incoming team.

Tennis – Youth

If you have a young tennis player, you will love all of the “ace” youth tennis programs offered by the Peoria Park District!

Volleyball – Youth

Bump…Set… Spike.  Volleyball is fun with the Peoria Park District!