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GENERAL LEAGUE INFORMATION

You are encouraged to check the Rain Out Hotline during inclement weather situations. The hotline is updated at 3 p.m. when weather conditions appear.  Please call (623) 882-7535 for updates.

Youth Sports Philosophy
The City of Goodyear Recreation Division provides an opportunity for all Goodyear youth to learn and play sports. In doing so, we promote the development of each player, provide a safe and controlled environment for kids to play, recruit parents from within the community to volunteer to become quality coaches and assistants, and offer a high level of achievement, sportsmanship, and character development for all players, regardless of skill. We embrace the concept of character education through sports, and strive to demonstrate teamwork, respect, sportsmanship and fun through our actions and ask that both parents and players do as well.

Recreational Leagues

The City of Goodyear offers recreational youth sports leagues with the purpose of developing fundamental sport skills, social confidence, cognitive understanding of the game, opportunity for players to learn to work in a team environment, ALL coaches/parents should focus on the encouragement of players so they have positive experience and successful introduction to youth sports. Expectations by parents should be based on their child having fun, developing skills and wanting to continue playing.

Goal
Our goal is to provide the best possible youth sports experience for players, through experienced and dedicated professional staff, trained instructors/coaches and educated parents who desire and promote a positive youth sports experience for all children.


Youth Sports Handbook

This handbook will help give rookie and veteran youth sports parents some helpful information on the City of Goodyear Youth Sports guidelines, and responsibilities.

Youth Sports - Handbook

 

Team Formation

Equitable team assignments are utilized to promote the Youth Sports Recreational philosophy. Teams are created to be as equal as possible in regard to skills and number of players per team allowing teams to be fair and fun in recreational competition. In order to achieve this:

• Coaches will be able to save only 3 players including their own child
• Special requests and the date of the request (Coach Request, Player/Friend Request, and Practice Time Request)
• Age equality, Teams will be average age across all teams
• Gender Equality
• Closest school/Field

Practices/Games

Fields and courts are assigned for practices to begin at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.. Teams will have an assigned field/court for a of one hour (with no practice lasting more than 1 ½ hours.) Practices at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. are usually reserved for the youngest age groups in the league. All other ages are assigned practices at either 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. time slots.  

Teams are allowed a maximum of two practices per non game week and one practice per game week with practices only being conducted Monday through Friday. For health and safety reasons, practices must include frequent water breaks. Practice time, temperature, and physical strain of the practice should determine the number of breaks during a practice.

Playing Up or Playing Down

Playing up is permitted within 1 calendar year of the seasons game start date and if they meet the minimum required for the sport. Playing down is not permitted unless there is an ADA. The Youngest Divisions don’t allow participants below the min age to play up.

Falsified registration information will result in players being removed from the program without a refund. Leagues are divided according to age groups for safety and balancing the development of cognitive and physical skills.

Equal Play

Individual only registered players may practice or participate in games. All players are required to be given equal playing time. Focus should be given on player development and building confidence. This helps create balanced teams by relying on all players not just a few, it reduces fatigue and the risk of injuries, helps develop friendships by reducing jealousy and competitiveness among teammates, and it promotes fun over a winning mentality.

Waivers/Forms

Code of Conduct

Code of Ethics

Liability Waiver & Media Release