Youth Programs



Fall Youth     
Recreation Soccer League 

Registration is open between June 1 and Aug 4. Birth Certificates are required. Ages 4- Kindergarten coed, Grades 1-2 coed, Grades 3-4 coed.
Season Dates: Aug 20–Oct 20

Des Moines Fields R/NR
Jun 1–30 $71/$84
Jul 1–Aug 5 $81/$95
Coaches Meeting Information—6:00 pm
Coach Pitch May 22 Field House
T-Ball May 22 Field House
Soccer Aug 7 Field House


Baseball Camp

Hitting—Throwing—Fielding—Games & Scrimmages
This youth baseball camp for children 8–13 years is well suited for all players, from the aspiring to the elite. Instructor Steve Goucher is a former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout. Steve has over 15 years’ experience Instructing baseball at all levels. Many of his students have gone on to play college baseball, with a few in the big leagues. Advanced registration is required.

Mon–Thu              Steven J Underwood Park            R/NR
Jul 16–19              9am–12pm                        $139/$165
Aug 20–23            9am–12pm                        $139/$165

1 on 1 Private Baseball Instruction

Work with instructor Steve Goucher to sharpen individual skills in a one on one setting. Only two 30-minute sessions available each day.
Mon–Thu              Steven J Underwood Park            R/NR
Jun 16–19             12:15–12:45pm                     $35/$42
Jun 16–19             12:45–1:15pm                       $35/$42
Aug 20–23            12:15–12:45pm                     $35/$42
Aug 20–23            12:45–1:15pm                       $35/$42

Basketball Training/Clinic

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is the place to go if you want to develop as a basketball player. Michael and Marv Johnson of the Johnson Boys B-Ball Training, formerly of South Sound Athletics are here to help. They have helped train NBA players like Jamal Crawford, Rodney Stuckey, Nate Robinson, and Isiah Thomas. All levels are welcome, they cover shooting, ball handling, passing, and how to play without the ball in hands. Sign up now and you will become a better player and learn what it takes to get as good as you want.

Thu                     Grade 3-6        Field House          R/NR
Jun 7–Jun 28       5:30–6:45pm                        $130/$156
Jul 5–Aug 2          5:30–6:45pm                        $130/$156
Aug 9–Aug 30      5:30–6:45pm                        $130/$156

UK International Soccer

They are back for an exciting camp! Coaches: UK professionals.

Jul 23–27                                     Field House          R/NR 
Age 4–14            9am–12pm                       $125 half-day 
Age 8–14            9am–3pm                          $175 full-day
Interested in hosting a UK Coach for the week? Contact Stewar t at stewar  or go to for details. The original community camp for the recreation and developmental player within your community. Our “Inspire” curriculum is designed and utilized to not only teach children how to improve as a soccer player, it also helps them to achieve their goals off the field by improving their self-motivation and skill learning behaviors.

Skyhawks Sports Camps

Skyhawks provides a wide variety of fun, safe and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. Our programs are designed to give each child a positive introduction into sports while fostering a lifelong love for an active, healthy lifestyle. Our patient and knowledgeable staff use a variety of skill-building games and activities to give each athlete a complete understanding and overview of the sport. Since 1979 Skyhawks has taught over one million boys and girls life lessons through sports. Please view the website at www. to register for each of the following camps:

Soccer Camp

Developed over 30 years, this is the number one soccer camp for parents looking to introduce their children to the fundamentals of the world’s most popular sport. Using our progressional curriculum, your young athlete will gain the technical skills and sport knowledge required for that next step into soccer.

Aug 6–10                                                       Field House
Ages 5–7              9am–12pm                                  $119
Ages 7–12            9am–3pm                                    $155

Flag Football Camp

Campers learn skills on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching, and defense—all in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the Skyhawks Super Bowl!
Ages 7–12 Field House
Mon–Fri Jul 9–13 9am–12pm $119

Mini-Hawk Camp (Basketball, Soccer, Baseball) 

This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. Basketball, soccer and baseball are taught in a safe, structured environment filled with encouragement and fun. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.
Ages 4–6 Field House
Mon–Fri Aug 13–17 9am–12pm $119


Orange Ball
Players develop their tennis technique, athletic and court coverage skills in order to achieve success in rallying consistency and in point playing on a 60-foot court. A variety of fun and competitive games are used to develop a strong foundation of tennis fundamentals. Players increase their rallying, volley, serve and point playing skills while improving their athleticism and shot consistency. Players will focus on using the proper shot techniques and court coverage skills before moving on to a 78-foot court.

Ages 7-10                                                       Field House
Mon–Thu        Aug 20–23        9am–12pm                 $99

Green Ball
This class emphasizes all aspects of the game and helps improve proper shot technique. Focus is placed on live ball drills that develop rallying and decision-making skills along with proper movement and recovery. Point playing games are used to reinforce the skills learned and to improve the player’s competitive skills. Using teaching progressions that lead to live-ball play is a key element in this program.

Ages 8-12                                                       Field House
Mon–Thu        Aug 20–23        9am–12pm                 $99

Youth Sailing Camp

Designed for kids, this course combines on-the-water experience with dock-side activities and trainings. Focus is on safety on the water, sailing basics nomenclature, wind awareness, rigging, and sailing etiquette. On the water instruction takes place just west of the main breakwater. Instructors accompany students with a chase boat.

Beginning Youth (Ages 11-15) 
Mon-Fri Jul 16-20 1-4pm
Mon-Fri Jul 23-27 5-8pm
Mon-Fri Jul 30- Aug 3 10am-1pm 

Intermediate Youth* (Ages 11-15) 
Mon-Fri Aug 6-10 10am-1pm 
*Must be approved by instructor

Cost for Youth: $60 City of Des Moines Resident, $72 Otherwise