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Vipers Baseball and Softball

Franklin Park Vipers Baseball and SoftballFranklin Park Vipers provides a youth baseball and softball program for ages 5 through 17 years old for the residents of Franklin Park and the surrounding communities. The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over fourteen years. We provide an indoor training facility that Vipers players can use for free, once they are registered. The training facility has two batting cages and an open area for throwing and pitching. Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to go outside (April 1st). Our spring/summer season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16 to 18 games. In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, Fall Ball and trips to Cooperstown, New York. Our league is run and managed by volunteers. Every season we look for ways of improving and with volunteer help, we can accomplish those goals. Registration for the 2013 season will be held at the practice facility at 4045 Tugwell Street in Franklin Park.

Registration dates are:
Saturday, January 11, 9 am-1 pm
Friday, January 17, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 18, 11 am - 3 pm

For more information, contact Mark White at 847-800-5574 or Phil Fontanetta 630-272.2473. For more details, please visit www.leaguelineup.com/franklinparkvipers.

 

Thunder Soccer

This year, Thunder Soccer is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a specially designed Anniversary logo on all uniforms. Thirty years is a significant milestone for any youth organization and the Thunder Board is proud to be able to continue to provide a quality recreational youth soccer program for kids in the Leyden community.

The Thunder Soccer Club was established in 1983 and is conducted primarily by parents as volunteers that become coaches and Board Members. Thunder Soccer Club is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. IYSA is associated with US Youth Soccer . In March 2009, Thunder Soccer was recognized by IYSA and its 375 member clubs as the 2008 - State of Illinois, “Youth Soccer Club of the Year.”

Registration for Thunder Soccer’s Fall season will be held on two dates: Saturdays, August 24 and August 31 (10 AM –2 PM) at the FP Community Center. Fall practices will begin on Tuesday, September 10th. The program includes twice-weekly practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at various parks and schools in the Leyden area. Games are played on Sundays at West Leyden H.S., 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake. This season’s first games will be played on Sunday, September 15th. The final games will be played on Sunday, November 3rd.

Participants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013. The program is intended for boys and girls in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Each participant receives a uniform (shirt and socks) participants provide shin guards and black (pull on) gym shorts. Soccer shoes or cleats are not required. Gym shoes are acceptable for practice and game play. Thunder sponsors a “Shoe Exchange” for our players to donate old used soccer shoes to the program and players may “borrow” a pair to use for the season and to return them to the Thunder “Shoe Exchange” at the end of the season. In accordance with IYSA rules, Players must wear protective goggles. Eye glasses are not allowed to be worn in practices or in games.

Registration fee is $65 per player, with discounts for siblings. Your registration fee includes, Two one-hour weekly practices and one game per week (weather permitting), Supplemental Liability Insurance through IYSA, Team Photo package, Game award and Trophies for each player.

Thunder sponsors a group outing to see the Chicago Fire professional soccer team once, each season (spring & fall). These group tickets are sold at a discount to our club members. Dates and details are disclosed to our participants during the season. The “Fall Fire Outing” is Chicago Fire vs. DC United at Toyota Park on Saturday, October 27th at 3:00 PM.

For more information, contact Wayne Bernacki 847.671.0330 or Miguel Valdez at 847.233.9176

Volunteer Coaches

Volunteer Coaches are needed to work with our players on skills development in weekly practices and Sunday games. Training for Coaches is available. An early-season Coaches Clinic will be provided for all volunteer coaches. This is a great opportunity for parents, new to the game of soccer or new to coaching to learn about the game while helping teach skills and conduct drills during weekly practices. Volunteers may contact our Coach Coordinator, Esther Rodriguez 847.260.5733 about coaching opportunities. Parents, don’t miss the chance to enjoy some fun time together with your child.

Thunder Soccer Travel Teams compete against other suburban teams in the area and play in the Young Sportsman’s Soccer League (YSSL) or the Women’s Illinois Soccer League (WISL). For information about the program and tryouts contact Miguel Valdez at 847.233.9176. Tryouts (dates TBA) for the fall traveling teams will be coordinated by Coach Valdez.

Franklin Park Speed Skating Club

The Franklin Park Speed Skating Club trains skaters to compete locally, regionally, and nationally in the exciting sport of Short Track Speed Skating. The club is open to skaters of all ability and experience levels below the age of 21. For more information, call Melissa Koenig at 708-383-0255.

Leyden Bears Football and Cheerleading

Play football or cheerlead for one of the best organizations in the area. Regular season runs from August 1 through October 31. For registration or more information call Bill Otte, 708-562-8323. Visit their website at www.leydenbears.com.

PLS Volleyball League - Polonijna Liga Siatkowki Chicago

Organizes an elite level of amateur competition of local teams. Inaugural season operates from January through April ending the season with an all-star game. Exciting competition can be experienced Sundays, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Community Center.

The league is dedicated to promoting and creating an amateur and competitive sporting atmosphere for volleyball. Activities of the organization include organizing volleyball leagues and tournments. More information can be found on their website at www.plschicago.org.

WSSRA - West Suburban Special Recreation Association

West Suburban Special Recreation AssociationThe mission of the West Suburban Special Recreation Association is to provide superior recreation services for persons with disabilities.

West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St
Franklin Park, Illinois 60131

Phone: (847) 455-2100
Email: wssra@wssra.net
Website: http://www.WSSRA.net

 

WSSRA offers programs for persons with a wide range of disabilities and handicapping conditions.

This includes individuals who have:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism
  • Behavior Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Impairments
  • Physical Impairments
  • Visual Impairments

The variety of programs include:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Games
  • Social Clubs
  • Toy Lending (Lekotek)
  • Bowling
  • Day Camps/Away Camps
  • Music
  • Special Olympics
  • Community Trips
  • Fitness
  • Skill Development
  • Swim
  • Trips

To learn more about the process, services, participation, and WSSRA programs or how to register, visit www.WSSRA.net or call (847) 455-2100.

Click here for the Inclusion Booklet.

Note Minimize

In addition to the many sports programs offered by the Park District of Franklin Park, there are several organizations that coordinate instructional, recreational, and competitive youth programs. Volunteer parents and adults are the backbone of these programs. For more information on Thunder Soccer, Vipers Baseball and Softball or WSSRA, please contact these groups directly.