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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In-House Soccer Program – Coed, Ages 4-8
The Recreation Department will be offering a Spring Soccer Clinic for children in April 2018. Due to the growing number of children interested in the sport of soccer, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Even if you have never played, coached or watched soccer, your participation is vital to this program. In conjunction with the Recreation Department, we will be offering a free Coaches Clinic in order to assist in helping you grow to love the game of soccer.  Not only will you enjoy yourself, the smiles on the children’s faces are worth every minute you put into this program.  Ages 4, 5, and 6 will be coached on one night; ages 7 and 8 will be coached on a different night.  Depending on how many teams are formed, there will be a “Soccer Match” night where one team plays another team in a scrimmage/match. This cannot be successful without your help and volunteer time; contact the Recreation Department at or Please note: The quantity of volunteers will determine how many children will be accepted into this program.
Ages 4-6
Day: Mondays
Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21
June 4 makeup date
Time: 5:30 pm-6:45 pm
Location: Middle School Soccer Field
Fee: $35
Ages 7 & 8 
Day: Wednesdays 
Dates: April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23
May 30 makeup date
Time: 5:30 pm -6:45 pm
Location: Middle School Soccer Field
Fee: $35

2018 Spring Outdoor Youth Soccer

- Fee:  $35.00 (U8- U15)
The District made a change in the Deadline Date to April 1, 2018 for registrations for the Spring program. An email was sent out to the Fall soccer players back on March 29th when we received notification from the district.
The Recreation Department will offer an Outdoor Soccer Program for boys and girls based on current CT Junior Soccer Association age/birth date guidelines (see chart below). Based on enrollment and evaluation results of the respective coaches, teams may be formed in the following age groups:
U-14 Boys and Girls Full sided (11 vs. 11) or Small sided (6 vs. 6) on the playing field
U-12 Boys and Girls Small sided (9 vs. 9) or (11 vs. 11) on the playing field
U-11 Boys and Girls Small sided (9 vs. 9) on the playing field
U-10 Boys and Girls Small sided (7 vs. 7) on the playing field
U-9   Boys and Girls Small sided (7 vs. 7) on the playing field
U-8   Boys and Girls Small sided (4 vs. 4) on the playing field
Placement will be determined by skill level, age compatibility and available roster space. The Recreation Department will make the final determination regarding a players’ placement to a respective age level; a player may attend evaluation clinics at an age group higher than his/her current age, but cannot attend an evaluation clinic at a lower age division. The deadline for players to register in order to retain his/her Fall 2017 roster placement is April 10, 2018(changed to 4/1/18). Registration forms received after that date will be placed in the ‘as available” file until final registrations/two evaluations have been completed. It is important to note that the spring 2018 Season could bring about new age groups and/or placements based on ‘actual enrollment’ as of April 10, 2018(changed to 4/1/18) Since Spring Soccer is considered an off-season sport, roster size and team alignment may be adjusted in order to provide a roster placement for all registrants. If a player wishes to attend an evaluation session in order to (1) qualify for a specific age group/level or, (2) is a new player that was not rostered in the fall of 2017, please make sure that this information is provided on the registration form.
The current Parks & Recreation Commission policy holds the following provision: Players that are selected to travel soccer teams for the fall 2017 season in Division 3, 4 or 5 levels, and who register by the defined deadline for spring soccer 2018, are eligible to return to their existing team for spring soccer, provided that particular team is enrolled in the spring 2018 schedule. Players, where eligible, who wish to receive a rating (spring soccer evaluations) in order to move up a division, must attend a minimum of one spring evaluation. 
Evaluation Dates 
Evaluations will be held at Brookside Park
Monday, April 16th - 6:00 pm-7:15 pm

Boys & Girls Soccer Travel Division Levels
Division 3, 4, 5 U12 - U14
Division 4, 5 U8 - U10
Division 3 Highly Experienced
Division 4 Competitive
Division 5 Recreational
Travel Team Soccer Age Groups for Seasonal Year 
2017 Fall through 2018 Spring
Year of Birth Ages
2008- 2009-2010 8, 9, and 10 year olds
2006-2007 11 and 12 year olds
2003-2004-2005 13, 14 and 15 year olds

Parks & Recreation T-Ball Program

(Boys and Girls Ages 4 -5 years)
Age 4 in 2017 up to those who turned 5 years old before 12/31/2017
Saturday mornings 10:00 am -11:00 am @ Ellington High School Softball/Baseball Fields.
Dates: April 28; May 5, 12, 19; June 2, 9
Cost: $25 per player (includes T-shirt)
CODE: 1217.tball18
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.
A coach’s meeting will be April 25 6:30pm at the Recreation Department


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. Softball Registration dates for new players: Register online 12/01/17
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
Sat. Jan 27th 9 am – Noon Middle School Cafeteria
Sat. Feb. 3rd 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.
League Age & Fees     League Age(As of 12/31/16)     Fee (Plus $25 concession fee & any                                                                                             optional clinic fee)
Rookies                                 6 to 8*                              $65
Minors 9 to 10                              $75
Majors                                   11 to 12                            $85
Seniors                                 13 to 16                            $85
*may be 6 years old if has played at least one year of T-Ball
Contacts: Keith Jarvis @ – Andrew McCoy @

Ellington Little League Baseball     

                                                                     2018 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 1/27/18– 2/28/18
New Players to Little League – Registration Dates  
Dates Time Location
Sat. Jan 27th 9 am – Noon Middle School Cafeteria
Sat. Feb. 3rd 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 $70
Instructional 7-9                              $70
Farm 7-10 $110
Minors 8-11 $120  
Majors             10-12 $120  
Juniors            13-15 $120  
*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
***Note: All fees require an additional $35 per family deposit that is refundable upon signing up for a volunteer shift with our volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers Needed in Many Areas!
– Ellington Little League is looking for volunteers for coaching and Board of Director Positions.  Please contact Derek Baehre– (860) 716-8469 / or any BOD member – BOD members contact information can be found at 
Evaluations-Juniors, Major, Minor, and Farm League tryouts will be held in March 2017 – Dates and locations to be posted on website -
Coaches/Players Clinic(s) –Multiple clinics will be available to both players and coaches over the winter.  Details of these programs will be posted on the Ellington Little League website

Girls & Boys Spring Lacrosse Outdoor Program 

March 12 to June 10, 2018
The Recreation Department will be offering Spring Travel Teams for grades: 1st through 8th.  The registration deadline was January 31, 2018; all registrations going forward will be placed on a wait list/ based on roster availability. Please contact if you have interest in volunteering.
New information!
We anticipate the CT Youth Lacrosse League will move to a U-based system for deciding teams.  The following chart will help determine who is eligible for which team. Birth certificates are required before the start of the season.
CVYL New Birthday range       New USL    Old Grade
Division for 2018 season          age designation based designation
Senior March 1, 2003-Aug 31, 2005 14U 8th & 7th
Junior Sept 1, 2005 – Aug 31, 2007 12U 6th & 5th
Bantam Sept 1, 2007 – Aug 31, 2009 10U 4th & 3rd
Lightning Sept 1, 2009 – Aug 31, 2011 8U 2nd & 1st

Travel Guidelines
2018 playing time guidelines: The boys and girls Lacrosse programs will be considered “travel” programs during the 2018 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 at the Ellington High School Auditorium Date & Time forthcoming, to review details and season expectations, costs, fundraising and rule changes for 2018.  
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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