Sunday, September 19, 2021

Volunteer at the Flag Football Opening Weekend!

Calling all sports lovers and volunteer superheroes!

There is a fantastic opportunity to earn up to 4.5 volunteer hours in one day helping our Athletics Department during Flag Football Opening Weekend.

If you love sports and giving back to your community, this is the opportunity for you! We are looking for 10 volunteers to help us kick off Flag Football during our Opening Weekend on Saturday, September 18, from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm at North Park. Volunteers will help the coaches by handing out jerseys, working at the concession stands, and performing other tasks as needed.

You must be registered on Volunteer Southlake and have gone through our Community Services Department Virtual Orientation to register. Learn more about how to volunteer here.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Flag Football Opening Weekend, please email Milenka Lopez by September 17 at 3:00 pm. Positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to give back to local athletes while earning volunteer hours!

Our Flag Football season runs until November 13, and there are volunteer opportunities available each Saturday.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Falling into Jiu-Jitsu: Sign up for Adult Jiu-Jitsu this Fall

The summer celebrations came and went, and now is the perfect time to fall into a new routine!

Adult Jiu-Jitsu is back in September and October, and if you’ve been waiting for a sign to start a new hobby, this is it! Our Adult Jiu-Jitsu class is designed for beginners with little or no experience. In this class, you will learn basic moves, positions, and the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. Alongside our experienced instructor, you will learn step-by-step techniques and build a strong foundation in jiu-jitsu.

There are many benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, and it’s never too late to start! The physical benefits are similar to those reaped from other martial arts. Due to its highly rigorous nature, it’s no surprise that Jiu-Jitsu helps with physical conditioning. You will get a cardio, stretch, resistance, and breath workout in a typical practice.

In addition to improving strength and condition, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you self-defense after several years of practice. Who doesn’t want to be prepared at all times? If nothing else, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you proper falling techniques to avoid injury. Hopefully, you’ll never have to defend yourself from a bad guy, but at least you’ll be able to show those pesky stairs who’s boss the next time they try to trip you up.

You may already know the physical benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, such as burning calories, improving flexibility, and building strength. However, there are multiple mental health benefits as well. Jiu-jitsu teaches patience and discipline due to the importance of timing and rhythm in the Jiu-Jitsu technique. Jiu-Jitsu also helps reduce stress, which is vital to building patience and discipline.

The benefits of learning Jiu-Jitsu are undeniable. If the physical and mental advantages didn’t convince you, then keep in mind that learning a new skill and perfecting a hobby is fun! If nothing else, give yourself the satisfaction of challenging yourself in new ways. You may even meet some great friends along the way.

Adult Jiu-Jitsu starts on September 8 and runs through October 27. Practices are held on Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Champions Club Premier Studio. Register here.

See you on the mat!

Our Park and Recreation Story: The Athletics Dream Team

July is National Park and Recreation Month. There are many stories to tell about the professionals that dedicate their career to creating life-long memories for your families.

Today, we are featuring the dream team that oversees Athletics here at the City of Southlake. If you have ever signed up for an Athletics program in Southlake, then you’ve benefitted from the work of Leigh Blake and Chelsea Cherry!

Leigh and Chelsea manage the athletics programs you love, such as BaseballTots, Basketball Skills Academy, and the athletic leagues. They share a passion for sports, bringing our community together, and creating world-class experiences for Southlake’s young athletes.

Athletics is a staple division in many Parks and Recreation departments across the country. Not only does participating in athletics promote physical wellness, but communities that value sports are safer, healthier, and more socially bonded than passive communities. For many children, municipality athletic leagues and camps are the first contact they have with sports. That’s why Leigh and Chelsea take their job so seriously. Let’s get to know them a little better.

My Park and Recreation Story: Leigh Blake, Athletics Supervisor
I’m originally from Tennessee and grew up playing soccer and softball. I won a state championship in soccer and was a state champion bowler in high school. I moved to Texas four years ago to pursue a career in athletics. I have worked in various roles and sports, including USA Baseball, junior golf, campus, and community recreation.

The best part of my job is watching kids have fun and learn life lessons playing sports. One of my favorite memories at work comes from my time in junior golf. We hosted a tournament at TPC Sawgrass, and I selected the hole location for our event on the famous island green there!

My Park and Recreation Story: Chelsea Cherry, Athletics Coordinator
I’m from a small town in East Texas. I moved to DFW to attend Dallas Baptist University, where I graduated with a Master’s in Sports Management. I grew up around sports, specifically football, everything shuts down on Friday nights in a small town for the HS football game, and baseball, (my little sister was a collegiate softball player). My true love of sports came from competitive cheerleading.

I started tumbling classes when I was five years old, but I was a shy kid. I didn’t get the courage to join my gym’s cheer team until I was 15. In those few years that I competed, I got to experience winning multiple state and national championships. I also learned how to be confident, come out of my shell, be a part of a team, deal with wins and losses, and many other critical life skills that come with sports. This is what drew me into a career in athletics!

My favorite part of my job is working with our staff to help them learn skills and build character traits that will carry them far beyond their time with the City. The best memories at work are always on the first game night of each season. All the stress, hard work, time, and effort spent preparing come together to create an environment full of excitement and fun for the kids and families!

Thank you, Leigh and Chelsea, for being a part of our winning Park and Recreation Team!

Let the Games Begin! Spring Athletics is in Full Swing

Spring Athletics is in full swing at the Community Services Department, and the competition is heating up!

Athletic programs are a staple of any good Parks and Recreation department, and ours is no exception. Every season, Southlake residents can sign up for a myriad of leagues, classes, and camps to compete, play and perfect their favorite sport. From America’s pastime, basketball, flag football, to volleyball and everything in between, Southlake has it all!

This season, the Athletics Division is upping their game with the Girls’ Volleyball League and Youth Flag Football League. With these two programs growing more than ever, now is the perfect time to work on your athletic mastery. The Girls’ Volleyball League is open to ages 6-12 years old. Youth Flag Football has a league for each grade level from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The growth and success of these programs are indicative of the value our community places on youth sports.

Everyone knows that playing sports is fun, but there are multiple benefits associated with youth athletics. Playing sports improves physical, mental, social, and emotional development in children. For example, playing on a team helps kids learn crucial social skills like teamwork, leadership, and communication. Practicing and seeing visible improvements helps children develop healthy self-esteem and gain confidence while having a blast!

Not only does participating in youth athletics help kids today, but it also sets them up for success in the future. According to Aspen Project Play, physical activity during early childhood can have lasting positive effects throughout adulthood. For example, active children can score up to 40% on tests, are 15% more likely to go to college, and have lower levels of depression and self- derogation.

As adults, active children have 7-8% higher annual earnings, are more productive at work, and have a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. The individual benefits transfer to communities as well. Active communities tend to have higher property values, lower heart disease rates, and higher graduation rates.

There’s no denying that athletics plays a vital role in youth development and the building of healthy and strong communities. We are proud of our robust athletics programming and are looking forward to everything that’s to come. Make sure to keep an eye on our website and register for your favorite sport! Let the games begin!

 

Youth Athletics Now Enrolling for Winter/Spring 2020

Southlake Recreation is proud to offer a vast selection of engaging athletic programs for kids. Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring season. Here’s what’s coming up in early 2020.

Basketball Skills Academy | Ages 6-17
This class is designed to introduce athletes to basketball fundamentals. The goal is to excite young players about the game of basketball!

Session 1: January 6-27
Session 2: February 3-24
Session 3: March 2-30
Session 4: April 6-27
Session 5: May 4-May 18

>>Details and registration.


Volleyball Skills Academy | Ages 8-15
Bowman volleyball is a skill-based class that excites players about volleyball. Players are taught confidence and fundamental skills including serving, passing, setting, and hitting. The program uses games and drills to develop a love of the game while improving technique. Players need athletic shoes and a water bottle.

Session 1: January 7-28
Session 2: February 4-25
Session 3: March 3-31
Session 4: April 7-28
Session 5: May 5-26

>>Details and registration.


Little Dragon Jiu-Jitsu | Ages 5-18
The goal of this program is to teach children: respect, honor, commitment, self-control, physical fitness, coordination, compassion, positive attitude, and most importantly self-confidence. We are a life skills school that emphasizes on key values that will help students enhance their mental toughness to stand for what they believe in and the above goals. Through these values, we create a positive attitude of “Yes I Can!”

Session 1 : January 6 – February 17
Session 2: March 2 – April 15
Session 3: April 20 – June 1

>>Details and registration.


Skyhawks Multi-Sport Clinic | Ages 3-6
Our Multi-Sport clinics are designated to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program we combine 2-3 sports into one fun-filled class. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the class, your child will walk away with knowledge of (2 or 3) new sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Session 1: January 8 – February 26
Session 2: March 25 – May 13

>>Details and registration.


SuperTots Soccer | Ages 3-6
This age division of SoccerTots concentrates on building core soccer skills and personal focus while introducing an element of light competition. The class uses creative games and kid-friendly drills to make the fundamentals of soccer fun and accessible for young children. Instructor-to-student ratio is kept small to maximize individual development and encourage players to get to know their teammates.

Session 1: January 10 – February 28
Session 2: March 27 – May 15

>>Details and registration.


TGA Premier Junior Golf Camp | Ages 6-17
Tee it up at golf class and discover how fun and exciting golf can be with TGA! Maximum student to coach ratio of 10:1 maintains a safe and fun environment. Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, putting, chipping and full-swing. Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, force, and spin through the game. Golf is an individualistic sport so each player progresses through our five level program at their own pace.

February 4 – March 31

>>Details and registration.


 

For a full list of athletic programming, visit experiencesouthlaketexas.com/activenet.
Need help? Go here.

Preview Winter/Spring 2020 Programming in the Experience Southlake Magazine

The Experience Southlake Magazine is your family’s seasonal guide to all the fun things happening in Southlake Community Services including programs, classes, events, and more!

Inside this issue, you’ll find information about our Winter/Spring 2020 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve
  • Cross Timbers Forest Preschool
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events
  • Champions Club memberships
  • Fitness classes and personal training
  • Aquatics and swim lessons
  • Rentals and party packages
  • And more! 

Explore the Experience Southlake Magazine here.

Registration is now open! Get started here.

Program registration is carried out through ACTIVE Net. For step-by-step instructions for creating your ACTIVE Net account, visit this page.

Summer Registration for Southlake Parks and Recreation Opens April 3rd!

Summer is almost here! That means it’s time to start registering for all the great things Southlake Parks and Recreation has planned. In preparation for the opening of The Marq Southlake Champions Club in summer of 2018, Parks and Recreation is changing registration software.

The new software, CSI, will go live Monday, April 3 at 8:00am when summer registration opens. Registration will also be available in-person at Southlake Town Hall in Training Room 3C. City staff will be standing by to assist customers in creating an account in CSI and registering for their favorite summer programs. Take a sneak peek at all the exciting summer activities in the Summer 2017 Southlake Scene.

When participants go to register for programs on April 3rd they will notice the website looks a little different. Now, instead of having to search for an activity, you will be able to select a category to begin the search process.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account. Account information will NOT carry over from Active Network.

What does this mean for me?

Before actually registering for a program, you will be prompted to create a new account. Because CSI will also be used once Champions Club is fully operational, it will look like you are registering for a membership. Don’t worry, when you are asked to select your membership type, simply select the “Patron” membership and Parks and Recreation as the site. This will allow you to register as you normally would.

You will need to create your new account before you are able to register for summer programs like Camp Mania or Basketball, to name a few. Parents, when you are completing the account registration, be sure to list yourself as the “main member” on the account. Other family members, like spouses and children, will become “sub-members” on the account.

We understand change can sometime be confusing. We’re here to help! You can view the step-by-step instructions to help you set up you new CSI account or you can call us at (817) 748-8019.Southlake Parks and Rec CSI Transition 2016

Southlake Parks and Recreation Introducing New Registration Software, CSI

Although it’s still awhile away, Southlake Parks and Recreation has already started to prepare to move into The Marq Southlake Champions Club with a switch in registration software to CSI. The new software will replace the current registration software, Active Network, and is expected to go live in a few months.

When participants go to register for programs they will notice the website looks a little different. Now, instead of having to search for an activity, you will be able to select a category to begin the search process.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account. Account information will NOT carry over from Active Network.

What does this mean for me?
Before actually registering for a program, you will be prompted to create a new account. Because CSI will also be used once Champions Club is fully operational, it will look like you are registering for a membership. Don’t worry, when you are asked to select your membership type, simply select the “Patron” membership and Parks and Recreation as the site. This will allow you to register as you normally would.

For more information about CSI and step-by-step instructions to help you navigate CSI visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call us at (817) 748-8019.

Youth Athletic Leagues Available for Registration!

Just because school starts doesn’t mean your child has to stop being active! Registration for Southlake’s Youth Athletic Leagues for this fall and winter is now open.

Sign your children up for one of Southlake Recreation’s Youth Athletic Leagues and keep them active and happy while playing their favorite sports!  Such as the Under the Lights Flag Football available to kids in grades 1st through 6th. Their season runs from early September to late October and will provide kids with a fun team building experience that will stick with them for the rest of their football careers.
Registration ends August 20th.

Fall Girls Volleyball, which is open to girls ages 6 – 12 is also offered. The volleyball program features practices, an 8 game season, and playoffs, giving your volleyball star the full experience! Jerseys are provided for each player and a set rotation guide is in place to make sure every player receives equal playing time!
Registration ends August 26th.

Don’t forget about Winter Basketball! This program, for kids 6 – 12, will keep your children energized and excited as they play their way through an eight game season with playoffs! An excellent team builder, Winter Basketball ensures that every player gets their chance to play on the court while encouraging friendly competition!
Registration end October 21st.

For more information call (817) 748-8019
or go to SouthlakeParksandRec.com