Lakewood Youth Sports (LYS) kids are about to hit the baselines and new volunteer coaches are needed to help keep alive a tradition dating back to 1957. Volunteers were instrumental in making early Lakewood's parks programs a reality.
Not much has changed since the 1950s. For youth sports players, participation is still a chance to experience fun competition and learn new skills in a supportive, safe environment. Volunteer coaches help make that possible.
Recognizing their efforts was a part of Sport Illustrated’s recognition of Lakewood as a Sportstown USA city in 2004, and two recent Ka-Boom designations of Lakewood as a “Playful City, USA.”
Throughout the year the LYS program organizes coached teams and league play in youth baseball, softball, football, basketball, and volley tennis. Information about LYS and the other youth programs is found in the city's recreation catalog and online at www.lakewoodcity.org/volunteering.
Currently, volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball and T-ball teams for the summer season at all Lakewood parks. Although moms and dads of players make great coaches, it’s not necessary to have a child playing to enjoy the volunteer experience.
No coaching experience is necessary. Just being there makes a difference. City staff will provide the appropriate training. Inquire at any Lakewood park for complete details or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.