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Youth Sports sign-ups at city parks through Sept. 25

Youth Sports sign-ups at city parks through Sept. 25

The award-winning Lakewood Youth Sports (LYS) program is offering a modified season of Flag Football and Girls Volleyball/Volleytennis this fall.

Register online from Sept. 11-25 at www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog. Click on the “activities” tab, then follow the link for “sports league.”

Players must bring a birth certificate prior to their first practice. There is no fee for Lakewood residents, and a $20 registration fee for non-resident participants.

Flag Football will offer competitive divisions for youth ages 8-15, and non-competitive divisions for children ages 4-7. Rookie Division, for ages 4-5, offers boys and girls a fun introduction to flag football fundamentals using a Nerf football and modified rules. Smurf Division, for ages 6-7, offers boys and girls a non-competitive league that will help transition from Smurf to competitive play.

Girls Volleytennis is a fast-moving game played like volleyball with a modified format, and will be offered for girls ages 8-9. Girls Volleyball will be offered for participants ages 10-17. 

Teams in the Flag Football, Volleytennis and Volleyball programs practice and play on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Volleyball teams will practice and play games at Lakewood parks and the Hoover Middle School gymnasium.

Currently, games are scheduled to take place on Thursdays and Saturdays for all age divisions, but imay change depending on registration.

Practices begin the week of Oct. 4, and league games will be played Oct. 16 to Dec.11. 

COVID testing protocols

In accordance with the L.A. County Department of Public Health protocols for youth sports:

  • Outdoor sports participants (Flag Football) age 11 years and younger are not required to test weekly for COVID. 
  • Indoor sports participants (Volleyball) of any age will be required to submit a weekly negative test.
  • Participants 12 years and older, volunteers and staff who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test on a weekly basis. Free testing will be available at six City of Long Beach testing sites. Details will be provided prior to the season kickoff.