Wicomico Recreation: Lots of programs coming this spring, summer

This spring and summer, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism is excited to offer some new programs in addition to returning ones. The below programs are now open for registration.

To register for any of the below programs or learn more, visit WicomicoRecandParks.org. Registration is also available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office, located at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run Competitions

Kids can test their softball and baseball skills during Pitch Hit & Run, the official skills competition of Major League Baseball, at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

The softball competition is Friday, April 5, and the baseball competition is Friday, April 12. These events are free and begin at 6 p.m. People can register online or on-site from 5 to 6 p.m.

The competitions are for boys and girls ages 7-14 (age is determined as of July 17, 2019). Participants need to bring a copy of a valid birth document and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form.

The individual pitching, hitting and running champions and the all-around champion in each of the four age divisions at the local competitions will advance to the next level.

WYBL Skills Academy

The inaugural season of the Wicomico Youth Basketball League ended the first weekend of March, but players can continue working on their basketball skills during the WYBL Skills Academy.

This new program is for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. Players of all skill levels can learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun, noncompetitive environment.

Division I is for kids in kindergarten and first grade, Division II is for kids in grades two and three, Division III is for kids in grades four and five, and Division IV is for kids in grades six through eight.

Divisions I and II will meet on Wednesdays from April 10-May 29 and Divisions III and IV will meet Thursdays from April 11 to May 30.

Times are 6 to 7 p.m. for Division I, 6-7:15 p.m. for Division II and 6 to 7:30 p.m. for Divisions III and IV. The program is held at Bennett Middle School, and the fee is $45 per participant.

Adult Kickball

Adults ages 18 and older can sign up a team for the Adult Kickball league. Games are held at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex and start June 5.

In June, games are on Wednesday evenings, and in July, games are on Monday evenings. The recommended team size is 12 to 15 players, and games require a minimum of six fielders and a minimum of three female players.

Registration is $300 per team and open through May 13. If space remains, a $25 late fee is in effect from May 14-20.

Teen/Adult USTA Tennis Lessons

Want to learn the sport of tennis? Take United States Tennis Association-led tennis lessons at WinterPlace Park.

Participants can choose between Tuesday classes and Thursday classes. Session 1 classes run on Tuesdays from June 4-July 16 (no class July 2), and Thursdays from June 6-July 18 (no class July 4). Learn the Game, the class for new and novice players, runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and Play the Game, the class for advanced beginners and intermediate players, runs from 7 to 8 p.m.

The program fee is $66 per session, with a maximum of 10 students per class.

Karate

There have been some changes made to the karate program, starting with the April session that is underway. The May session will be the next to open for registration.

The program is now open to children up to age 15.

Introduction to Karate classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for children ages 4-6 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for children ages 7-15.

Advanced classes are available following completion of the introductory program. The intro classes are $40 per month, and the first uniform is included. A late fee of $10 is in effect once the month’s classes begin.

WYBL Presents Shore Hoops Summer Camp

Continue the basketball fun during the summer when WYBL presents Shore Hoops Summer Camp.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-14, who will be split into two groups. Group 1 is for kids ages 9-11 and Group 2 is for kids ages 12-14.

Participants will learn and develop fundamental skills and age-appropriate game strategies in this day camp. The camp is set for Monday-Friday, July 8-12, and it will be held at Salisbury University’s Maggs Gymnasium.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m.

The program fee is $150 per participant. Need-based scholarships are available; the application deadline is June 21.

Other Wicomico County Recreation & Parks programs open for registration include Kids Klub Summer Escape, Pemberton Park Nature Camp, the Junior Eastern Shore Golf League and the Run to Remember Memorial Day 5K. The free Youth Fishing Derby is coming up June 1.

James Simmons is the Recreation Superintendent for Wicomico County’s Parks & Recreation Department.

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