SHELDON—The Sheldon Parks and Recreation Department is offering a new youth activity for its fall sports season.
Annual registration has begun for flag football, and girls in grades one through four will have the chance to play volleyball for the first time since 2017.
Volleyball was started by the department in 2012, but low attendance led to it being discontinued five years later.
But volleyball returns in 2022 for girls.
“We wanted to find something for the girls to do,” said Sheldon recreation director Jake Kerr. “Girls can play flag football if volleyball isn’t their thing. Hopefully we can get a good number of participants for volleyball.
Kerr said since Monday, 20 first- and second-grade girls have signed up for volleyball and another 20 have signed up for the third- and fourth-grade division.
The deadline to register for both divisions of volleyball is Sunday and can be made at sheldoniowa.com/rec. Registration is $30 per participant and there is a discount for volunteer coaches, as the league will rely on parents and volunteers to coach, much like summer baseball and softball teams. The deadline for registration is Sunday, August 14.
Volleyball will take place Thursday nights starting August 25 at the Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center. The league will run until September 22. The first and second year divisions will be from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., with the third and fourth year divisions running from 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Times are subject to change depending on the number of participants.
Sunday, August 14 is also the registration deadline for first- and second-year flag football teams.
Kerr said there were about two dozen kids signed up for the first- and second-grade teams as of Monday.
“Usually there are a lot of last-minute sports sign-ups,” he said.
The Year 1 and 2 Youth Flag Football League runs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning August 30. The program will take place over six weeks, with October 4 serving as the final match. The first three weeks will be training and the last three weeks will be scrums.
The cost is $15 per child.
Registration for flag football for those in grades three through six runs until Sunday, August 21. Entry fee is $25 and jersey fee is $28.50. The Recreation Department is moving away from using NFL jerseys and will instead try to make more of a Sheldon football jersey.
Kerr said 15 are registered for third- and fourth-year football so far and nine are registered for the fifth- and sixth-year division.
Flag football divisions are partnered with the Sheldon High School football team.
Training takes place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for all levels on Mondays from September 12. Games will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on September 24, October 1 and October 8.
The recreation department is looking for parents for volunteer coaches for Saturday games. Coaches are invited to help during practices and will receive a game manual.
The last fall activity available is for adults, as a mixed volleyball league will be held at the LLRC.
The deadline to register is Friday, August 26 at 4 p.m. Entry forms are available online at sheldoniowa.com/rec and the cost is $150 per team. There are cash prizes and members of the league champion receive a T-shirt.
“Last year we had the most team entries, and we were happy with that,” Kerr said. “There were 13 teams last year.”
The fall recreational season comes after a successful summer season of baseball, softball and T-ball, according to Kerr.
“We had a good turnout,” he said. “A lot of people were excited about the batting cages. I’m satisfied with the season as a whole.
Late summer also means the last days of the season for the Sheldon Family Outdoor Aquatic Center.
The last day the pool is open is 1-5pm on Sunday August 21. The pool will also be closed on Saturday August 13 due to a lack of lifeguards.
“We are very grateful as many lifeguards have activities going on and they help out after their workouts to keep the pool open,” Kerr said.
The pool will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays August 14 and 21 and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday August 20.