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BPRD spring youth sports registration deadlines coming up


Local youth are invited to participate in the Bend Park and Recreation District’s spring sports leagues.

The deadline to register for the Youth Lacrosse League is Monday, March 4; the deadline to register for Girls Softball League is March 10; and the deadline to register for Bitty Baseball is March 17.

Registration is available at or at district facilities. Financial assistance is available for registration and equipment needs.

Youth Lacrosse League

The Youth Lacrosse League is open to boys and girls in first grade through eighth grade and runs from April 1 to May 31. Registration deadline is March 4. Youth Lacrosse is Bend Park and Recreation District’s most rapidly growing youth team sport. Last season, there was a record number of 680 participants in the league.

The league promotes physical fitness and teaches participants sportsmanship lessons about teamwork and fair play as well as basic lacrosse fundamentals and game play. Teams practice twice a week and play an eight-game schedule.

Helmets, sticks, mouth guards and game jerseys are provided. Participants in the boys’ league need to provide their own gloves, shoulder pads and elbow pads.

Softball League

The Girls Softball League is for ages 6 to 14 and runs from April 8 to June 5. Registration deadline is March 10. Teams practice twice a week and play most games during the week.

Participants are provided with uniform top, pants and socks. Players need to provide their own glove.

Bitty Baseball

Bitty Baseball is for boys and girls ages 4 and 5 and runs from May 4 to June 8. Registration deadline is March 17. Bitty Baseball is an introduction for younger players, focusing on skill development, teamwork and fun.

Teams meet for practice and scrimmages for 60 minutes each Saturday at The Pavilion. Team T-shirt and hat included.

Volunteer coaches

Youth sports leagues also offer opportunities for adults as volunteer coaches . Coaches provide support with program logistics, coaching and mentoring youth.

All volunteer coaches must complete an application, background check, take a concussion training course, enjoy working with youth and be able to create a positive, encouraging recreational environment for all players.

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