With a newly remodeled 10,000 square foot indoor gymnasium that opened in January, in addition to an existing 10,000 square foot gymnasium, the City of Clovis’ Recreation Center is now able to offer more programs than ever to adults and youth in the community. The 40,000 square foot Recreation Center, that sits at the northeast corner of Clovis and Dakota avenues, is offering everything from Tiny Tumblers gymnastics to Adult Coed Soccer Leagues.
After suffering cutbacks to youth programs during the recession, City of Clovis Recreation Supervisor Bryan Hines is happy to see the center full again and to see the children excited by all the action-packed possibilities.
“It’s exciting to see them (children) run in and see their eyes light up, like a kid in a candy store,” said Hines, who has been with the department for 20 years. “I’ve been fortunate to help out with a lot of cool things and that’s been fun.”
This spring, three new youth programs are being introduced - Girls Volleyball League, Youth Basketball Camp, and Youth Indoor Soccer Camp.
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“It feels good to be able to offer the community programs that are needed and for the longest time weren’t able to do that,” Hines said. “It’s really a great thing.”
Hines says the value of the city’s recreation department is innumerable.
“It’s a million things, but I think the thing that is most important is physical and social,” Hines said. “There are a million physical benefits to be active and moving - both for youth and adults. I think equally important is the social aspect, both in the youth programs and interacting with kids your age, all the way to adults and the importance of being active with your friends.”
Although the recreation center offers a variety of leagues for the public to join, there are other options for those who can’t commit to a league. Open Gym is free, unsupervised, and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. every day but Wednesday.
“It gives the community an opportunity to participate in a sport in a non-league setting,” Hines said. “It is pretty popular. Sometimes 20-30 people are in here, especially during the summer and winter.”
Drop-In Sports is also an option for a minimal fee of $2 and is supervised (see below for more information).
Drop-In Sports (Adults)
Wednesdays: 3-5 p.m., Pickleball; 8-10 p.m., Ping Pong, Soccer, and Basketball.
Thursdays: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Volleyball.
Cost: $2 per session.
Some of the other programs offered include:
Indoor Soccer Camp
The purpose of the eight-week indoor soccer camp is to teach youth fundamental soccer skills, such as shooting, passing, dribbling, and receiving.
Participants will meet once a week with a qualified recreational leader. There will be two divisions: first through third grade division and fourth through sixth grade division.
Sessions will begin March 28 and will be held 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 7 p.m., March 26.
Cost: $65 per participant. All participants will receive a shirt, certificate and soccer ball.
Youth Basketball Camp
The purpose of this eight-week basketball camp is for youth to develop fundamental basketball skills in a safe, fun environment. Participants will meet once a week and practice progressive drills with a qualified recreational leader.
There will be two divisions: first through third grade division and fourth through sixth grade division. Sessions will begin March 28 and will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 26.
Cost: $65 per participant. All participants will receive a shirt, certificate and basketball.
Girls Volleyball League
This eight-week league will begin March 28 and is divided into two divisions: a third and fourth grade division and a fifth and sixth grade division. Practice will be held two hours a week and games will be held on Saturdays. An official and a scorekeeper will be present at all games. A tournament will be held at the end of the season. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 7 p.m., March 25.
Cost: $115 per person.
Start Smart Baseball
A developmentally appropriate introductory program for children ages 3 to 6. The program prepares children for organized tee ball, baseball and softball in a fun, non-threatening environment. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 1. Program begins April 4.
Costs: $50 per player.
This six week program, which is for children ages 3 to 7, helps participants understand body control and develop essential motor skills. Participants will practice somersaults, rolling and balancing in a safe, fun environment. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m., April 1. Classes begin April 4.
Cost: $50 per participant, includes a shirt.
• 5V5 Women’s Basketball League begins March 25. Individual sign-ups welcome. Cost: $360 per team.
• 5V5 Men’s Basketball Leagues begins March 23. Three leagues available. Individual sign-ups welcome. Cost: $360 per team.
• Adult Inline Hockey League begins March 24. Cost: $60 per player.
• Coed & Men’s Softball: Begins April 12. Cost: $405 per team.
• Adult Coed Indoor Soccer League begins March 26. Cost: $360 per team.
• Adult Men’s Indoor Soccer League begins March 23. Cost: $360 per team.
Details: (559) 324-2780 or cityofclovis.com/recreation.