Youth Programs

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department has many activities for your family to enjoy.

We have programs that fit any child's interest or hobby. We welcome all children no matter their age or skill level.

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Boys & Girls instructional youth basketball (4 years - 2nd grade)

Registration: October 1 - November 30, 2018 (Deadline 12 Noon) 
Saturday mornings at the Ellington Middle School.  Parent Volunteers are needed in order to provide a better Coach to Player ratio.
Dates:  December 8, 15; January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9
Fees: $40/1 child,   $55/2 children,   $67/3 or more children

Times:    2nd graders (as of 12/31/18)……….  8:30 - 9:30 am
               1st graders (as of 12/31/18)………..  9:30 - 10:30 am
                Kindergarten (as of 12/31/18) …….. 10:30 - 11:30 am
                4 year olds (as of 12/31/18) ……….. 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Recreation League Basketball for Grades 3-8

Registration: October 1 - November 30, 2018 (Deadline 12 Noon)
Games played on Saturdays and/or weeknights; times and locations pending final enrollment.
Fees:  $80/1 child,   $120/2 children,   $145/3 or more in family
Recreation League Evaluation Clinic Date is Saturday, December 1, 2018
Boys:  Ellington Middle School (grade & times below)                                     
3rd and 4th grade ..... 8:30 - 9:45 am
5th & 6th grade ...….. 10:00 - 11:15 am
7th & 8th grade ...….. 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Girls: Windermere School (grade & times below)
3rd & 4th grade ……..  8:30 - 9:30 am
5th & 6th grade ……… 9:45 - 10:45 am
7th & 8th grade ……..  11:00 am - 12 Noon

2018-2019 Travel Basketball Evaluations (Boys & Girls Grades 5 to 8)

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Girls Informal Basketball (Grades 5-8)

Monday evenings, September 17, 24; October 1, 15, Ellington Middle School
Grades 5 & 6: 5:30-6:30 pm
Grades 7 & 8: 6:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $15
Min: 12/Max 20

Boys Informal Basketball

Wednesday evenings, September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, Windermere School
Grades 3 & 4: 5:30-6:30 pm
Grades 5 & 6: 6:30-7:30 pm
Grades 7 & 8: 7:30 - 8:45 pm
Fee: $15
Min: 12/Max: 20

Project STEM

STEM is all about cross curricular exploration and integration between the four foundations, and we want to show students how all of these fabulous concepts connect together. The program will be divided in four modules: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Students will perform hands-on experiments to explore everything from Newton's law of motion, programming, simple machines, to learning Math in a creative way.
Tentative Dates/Times: September 26 - December 21 (10 weeks)
3:30 - 5:00 pm at Windermere School
Grades 1-3, Wednesdays                 Grades 4-6, Fridays
Fee: $150 per student - Registration Deadline: September 21

Parks & Recreation T-Ball Program

(Boys and Girls Ages 4 -5 years)
Age 4 in 2018 up to those who turned 5 years old before 12/31/2018
Saturday mornings 10:00 am -11:00 am @ Ellington High School Softball/Baseball Fields.
Cost: $25 per player (includes T-shirt)
Parent Volunteer Coaches are needed for this program. Participants must provide their own glove. NO WOOD OR METAL TBALL BATS ARE ALLOWED FOR THIS PROGRAM.


Register online at
Select “Register Online” tab on left of Home Page. You will also be able to register for player clinics at this time. Online registration begins December 1, 2018.
First time players are required to register in person and provide an original birth certificate. Parent/Guardian must show their driver’s license, at time of registration. Check the website for details.
New Players to Girls Softball League – Registration Dates  
Dates Time Location
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am – Noon,  Middle School Cafeteria
Saturday, February 2, 2019,  9 am – Noon,  Middle School Cafeteria

All Minor and Major League Players will be evaluated at an Evaluation Clinic in March.
Pre-Season Player Clinics will be scheduled in February/March, before the Evaluation Clinic.  All Clinics have limited space; signups will be offered during registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Practices will begin sometime in early April depending on weather/field conditions.
                                                    2019 League Age & Fees
 League                 Age (as of 12/31/18)               Fee 

Rookies                       6 to 8*                                $95
Minors                         9 to 10                               $105
Majors                         11 to 12                             $115
Seniors                        13 to 16                             $115
*may be 6 years old if child has played at least one year of T-Ball
Contacts: Keith Jarvis at
Andrew McCoy at

Ellington Girls Softball League is not affiliated with the Ellington Recreation Department. This program is an all volunteer organization.


Ellington Little League Baseball     

                                                                    2019 Spring Registration Information 
Players Ages 6 – 16 years (as of August 31, 2018) -
Returning Players – Online registration is requested at – registration will be open from 1/20/19– 2/28/19
New Players to Little League – Registration Dates  
Dates Time Location
Sat. Jan 26 -  9 am – Noon,  Middle School Cafeteria
Sat. Feb. 2 -  9 am – Noon,  Middle School Cafeteria
NOTE: FIRST TIME PLAYERS must bring a BIRTH CERTIFICATE to registration (Ages 6 & up)
Division               Ages*                         Fee**
T-Ball                   6-7                             $60
Instructional         7-9                             $60
Farm                    7-10                           $120
Minors                  8-11                           $130  
Majors                 10-12                          $130  
Juniors                13-15                          $130  
*details regarding the evaluation process to determine division of play is posted on the Ellington Little League website at
**$10 family discount for second family member and $30 family discount for three or more family members.
Volunteers Needed in Many Areas!
– Ellington Little League is looking for volunteers for coaching, board positions and general volunteers. Please contact Brian Danforth at or any Board Member, additional contact information regarding Board Members can be found at
Evaluations-Juniors, Major, Minor, and Farm League tryouts will be held in March 2019 – Dates and locations to be posted on website -


Girls & Boys Spring Lacrosse Outdoor Program 

March 18 to June 15, 2019
The Recreation Department will be offering Spring Travel Teams for grades: 1st through 8th.  The registration deadline is January 31, 2019; all registrations going forward will be placed on a wait list/ based on roster availability. Please contact if you have interest in volunteering.
The following chart will help determine who is eligible for which team:
 CVYL Division  NEW Birthday range for
2018 season
NEW USL age designation  OLD Grade based designation 
 Senior 3/1/04 - 8/31/06 14U 8th & 7th
 Junior 9/1/06 - 8/31/08 12U 6th & 5th
 Bantam 9/1/08 - 8/31/10 10U 4th & 3rd
 Lightning 9/1/10 - 8/31/12 8U 2nd & 1st

Travel Guidelines
The boys and girls Lacrosse programs will be considered “travel” programs during the 2019 season.  Current Town policy requires each player to receive a minimum of 25% playing time, per game; however, it is anticipated that every attempt will be made to increase playing time percentage over the course of the regular season.
Evaluation Session: The Recreation Department reserves the right to establish/schedule two evaluation sessions (based on enrollment) in order to provide/select balanced teams and assign teams to the appropriate levels of competition; Bantam, Junior and Senior levels.  It will be required that each player attend at least 1 of the 2 evaluation sessions. Time and location will be determined after registration closes.
Mandatory Parents Meeting: There will be mandatory parents/players meeting in March to review details and season expectations, costs, fundraising and rule changes for 2019. Date & Time TBA.  
Lacrosse Equipment Required:
Girls: Stick, goggles, mouth guard and cleats
Boys: Helmet (black), mouth guard, shoulder & elbow pads, cleats, athletic supporter, gloves and regulation stick.
Season Practice Schedules:
Lightning’s practice 1-2 days per week
Bantams practice 2-3 days per week
Juniors and Seniors practice 3-5 days per week
Fees: Families with 3 or more participants will receive a $10 family discount per child.
Lightning Program: $45
Bantam Program: $95
Junior Program: $105
Seniors Program: $115

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