Thunder Soccer Club

Thunder Soccer has provided a quality youth soccer program for the Leyden Community for the past 35 years. Thunder is not a Park District program but a Sports Affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park. Thunder is an all-volunteer program with parents & relatives becoming coaches and Board Members. Thunder Soccer is a proud member of the IYSA, Illinois Youth Soccer Association, and was recognized in 2009 as the Top Recreational Youth Soccer Club in the State of Illinois.

Thunder Soccer conducts three soccer seasons, a fall, winter/indoor and spring seasons for boys and girls from Kindergarten (Age 5 by first game) through Eighth grade. Conventional Program includes 8 matches per season. Fall & Spring seasons feature two weekly one-hour training sessions at local parks and schools in the Leyden Area. Siblings guaranteed to train at the same fields. New to Thunder Soccer is our little Lightening program. An introduction to soccer for our Pre-K and K players. 

NOTE: Thunder Soccer will operate in accordance with the guidelines provided by Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA).  State of Illinois mandated health restrictions will be followed at all times during the season. Health restrictions may limit match play. 

 For information about the 2022 Spring Outdoor program contact Eric Krueger at (630) 337-9637 or visit

Vipers Baseball & Softball

Looking for an opportunity for your child to experience a unique team sport with excellent coaches and making new friends? Franklin Park Vipers provides a youth t-ball, baseball and softball program for ages 4 through 16 years old for residents of Franklin Park and all surrounding communities. 

The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over fifteen years. Our players have a partnership with Leyden Athletics that provides our players with a unique opportunity for professional coaching, indoor training space and so much more. Our training focuses on building and enhancing key skills. Experienced players can focus on enhancing their pitching, hitting and game knowledge while newer players can focus on fundamentals.

Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to practice outside (April 1st).  Our season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16-18 games. In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, and Fall Ball. Our teams have won 1st – 3rd place in several divisions as well as placing 1st-3rd in local summer tournaments.

Our league is strengthened by our volunteers. Every season we look for ways of improving and with volunteer help, we can accomplish those goals. Registration for the 2023 season will be held online in November 2022.

For more information, contact Frank Bavone at (708) 668-6673. or visit

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