Athletics

The Department of Recreation and Parks offers a variety of athletic programs for a wide range of ages and abilities.  Check out one of our sports programs today and have fun while staying active!
 

General Sports Programs and Activities

Family Pickleball
For parents and children ages 10+. The sport of pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The game is played on a badminton-sized court with a paddle and plastic whiffle ball. Test your reflexes without the physical stress of traditional racquet sports. Equipment will be provided.
 
Tue, May 3-Aug 30, 6-8 p.m.
HCC Gym. Free with membership (daily fees apply).
 
Intro to Pickleball
For ages 16+. Do you want to learn how to play Pickleball? This introductory workshop will teach the basic rules and strategies for playing the game. No previous experience necessary. Equipment will be provided.
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Sat, June 4, 5-7 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5.
 
Sat, Aug 6, 10 a.m.-noon.
HCC Gym. $5.
 
Intro to Disc Golf
For ages 12+. Ever heard of disc golf? This popular game can be enjoyed by the entire family and is easy to learn.  Join us as we travel to the Dorey Park disc golf course in Varina to learn the   basics of the game. Transportation and equipment will be provided.
 
Sat, June 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Meet at HCC. $5.
 
Intro to Spike Ball
For ages 13+. Check out this new sport that is taking the nation by storm! This new game will test your reflexes and agility much like volleyball and handball. The game can be played with two or four people and is a favorite in backyards and at the beach. Equipment will be provided.
 
Sat, July 23, 10-11 a.m.
HCC Gym. $5.
 
Sat, Aug 6, 2-3 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5.
 
Beginner Tennis
For ages 11-15. Do you want to learn the basics of tennis? This workshop will focus on forehand and backhand technique, positioning, and scoring. Students will learn proper etiquette of the game as well. Equipment will be provided.
 
Fri, July 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
HCC Tennis Courts. $5. Registration ends July 21.
 
Fri, Aug 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
HCC Tennis Courts. $5. Registration ends Aug 4.
 
Intro to Field Hockey
For ages 11-15. Our instructors will cover basic field hockey skills like passing, shooting, dribbling and stick-handling. No previous experience required. Participants must provide their own shin guards-all other equipment will be provided.
 
Sat, July 30, 9-10:30 a.m.
Atwater Soccer Complex. $5. Registration ends July 29.
 
Midnight Basketball
For ages 13-17. This event will feature a free throw contest, three point shooting contest, and three-on-three double elimination tournament. Competition will be divided into age divisions based on the number of registered participants. Refreshment will be provided. Spectators under 18 will not be permitted. A completed registration form must be received in order to participate.
 
Sat, Aug 27, 8 p.m.-midnight.
HCC Gym. Free. Registration ends Aug 26.
 
Archery
For ages 12+. This course will teach the basics of target archery, including range safety and proper technique.  Participants will learn to shoot recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows.  Equipment will be provided.
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Mon, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5. Registration ends May 2.
 
Mon, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5. Registration ends June 13.
 
Mon, July 11, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5. Registration ends July 5.
 
Mon, Aug 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
HCC Gym. $5. Registration ends Aug 1.
 
Coed Futsal Mini Session (Indoor Soccer)
For ages 16+. Recreation and Parks is proud to offer the first ever organized futsal league in Hopewell! Competition will consist of 5v5 competition on a hard court surface using portable goals. Indoor soccer shoes and shin guards are required. Jerseys will be provided.
 
Sun, Aug 7-Sep 18 (no games Sep 4).
HCC. $60/team. Registration ends July 29.
Team captain meeting to be held on August 1 at 6 p.m. at the HCC.

 

Fall Soccer League Information

Fall Soccer Schedule
August 27-Registration deadline (late registration is not guaranteed)
Week of August 29-Player drafts
Week of September 5-Practices begin
September 17-First weekend of games
 
Age Divisions
Preschool (ages 3-4)
U6 (ages 5-6)
U9 (ages 6-9)
U13 (ages 9-13)
*player age is determined as of August 27
 
Equipment Information
Players will be provided jerseys and matching socks.  Players will need to provide their own black shorts, shin guards, and appropriate footwear.  Soccer cleats are recommended but tennis shoes will be permitted.  Only cleats with molded plastic studs will be permitted.  Screw-in cleats and/or metal studs are prohibited for all ages. 
 
Guidelines for player equipment during games:
-Players should have jerseys tucked in at all times during the game.
-Players will not be permitted to wear any jewelry or accessories during games (includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, hair beads, rings, etc.) Exceptions for medical jewelry will be permitted.
-If a player is required to wear a hard cast during a game, the cast must be covered in foam padding and taped.  Inspection by the referee will be required before each match.
-Long sleeve shirts are allowed under jerseys.  Shirts should be black in color and may not have a hood or drawstrings for player safety.
-Long black sweatpants or athletic pants will be permitted instead of shorts for cold days.  Sh0rts are not required above pants. Pant legs will need to be pulled up to show sock color.
-Wire rim frames will not be permitted for participants needing glasses.  Sports frames or plastic frames are required.
 
Location and Scheduling
All games will be played at Atwater Soccer Complex on Saturdays.  Make-up games may be played on weekdays, if necessary.  Practices will take place on weekdays and will vary throughout the season.  Parents and players should be prepared to attend practices any night of the week and games any time during the day on Saturdays.  Parents should notify coaches when a player will be absent from practice or a game. 
 
Atwater Soccer Complex
200 Atwater Road
Hopewell, VA 23860
 
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Football and Cheerleading Contact Information

Football and cheerleading programs in Hopewell are offered by the following organizations:
 
Hopewell Youth Football League
Kimberly Walker
(804) 919-2861
hyfl.us@gmail.com
 
Hope for Youth Athletic Association
Antonio Monroe-Football
Daphanie Monroe-Cheerleading
(804) 551-1120 or (804) 414-4249
hopeforyouthfootball.weebly.com

Volunteer Coaches Needed

Youth sports programs benefit young athletes in a variety of ways. These programs are made possible by the countless volunteer coaches that give thier time and effort throughout the year. Give back to your community today by helping shape the future of young athletes. All volunteer coaches must pass a background check before participating in any league. Volunteer head coaches are entitled to a free annual membership at the Hopewell Community Center.

Criminal History Background Check Consent Form and Application

Background Check Consent and Application

Guidelines for Disqualification

 

Concussion Policy for Youth Sports

If you have a child participating in any of Hopewell Recreation and Parks’ athetlic programs, please take the time to review the concussion policy and tutorials to make sure you are prepared in the event of an injury.

Concussion Policy 

Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
 
*All volunteer coaches are required to complete one of the two concussion tutorials.
 

For additional sports program information, please call (804) 541-2353 or email recsports@hopewellva.gov.