The Tallmadge Recreation Department offers many youth sports programs, mostly for those who are beginners. For many programs, the department contracts with Jump Start Sports to offer high-quality sports instruction for youth programs. All of our programs are offered seasonally in the fall, winter and/or spring. Programs are held at Tallmadge Recreation Center.
Ohio's "Return to Play" Bill goes into effect April 26, 2013. The bill is designed to increase concussion awareness and recognition in parents, coaches and officials in youth sports programs. All Tallmadge Recreation Department coaches and youth sports leaders will be certified in concussion awareness and recognition. View the Concussion Information for Parents (PDF).
Together, we can help protect children from more serious concussion related problems!
Why Your Child Should Participate in a Sport
The ten benefits below are most commonly associated with youth sports participation. It is important to note that in order for these benefits to be recognized and appreciated by the athlete, they must be included and emphasized in all practice and game plans.
By participating in youth sports, the young athlete will:
Develop and become proficient at the various sports skills.
Develop skills needed to socialize with their peers as well as adults.
Develop independence and confidence.
Develop a sense of achievement, which helps develop a positive self-image.
Develop leadership skills and qualities.
Learn how to cooperate and compete.
Develop agility, coordination, endurance, flexibility, speed and strength.
Develop the ability to make decisions and accept responsibilities.
Learn to understand and express emotions, imagination, and appreciation for what the body can do.
Develop an interest in continuing sports participation as an adult.