Youth Sports Development Programs

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Mission Statement

Active play is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is committed to providing opportunities for the emotional, social and physical literacy of the youth in the City of Hillsboro and Hillsboro School District through athletics. Our mission is for the youth of our community to develop a lifelong love of playing sports.

Program Objectives

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation fundamentally believes a Youth Sports Development Program should:

  • Encourage multi-sport play
  • Make youth sports accessible to all
  • Support busy families by keeping time commitments in each sport low
  • Keep kids playing close to home
  • Provide a path for every player to participate
  • Represent all of the community in regards to ethnicity and income
  • Provide opportunities for kids to be active and have fun in a safe environment
  • Teach the values of sportsmanship and teamwork through youth athletics
  • Help kids develop physical literacy and sport specific skills as well as learning the rules of the sport
  • Provide comprehensive training for coaches in both social and emotional skills as well as sport specific skills
  • Support coaches and equip them with the tools and resources needed to feel confident in coaching
  • Provide sports programming aligned with industry best practices

Find out more about what drives our youth sports programs.

Sports Seasons

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation strives to encourage multi-sport play by providing youth the opportunity to sample a variety of sports throughout the year. Take a look at what is coming up next!

Fall: Volleyball

Winter: Basketball

Spring: Lacrosse

Summer: Track & Field

Registration

Please view our Activities Guide to see what programs are in season. More information on how to register for programs can be found here.

Financial Assistance 

We believe youth sports should be accessible to all. We provide financial assistance up to 50% of registration fees for youth sports programs to those who qualify and might not otherwise be able to participate. For additional information about financial assistance call Parks & Recreation Administration at 503-681-6120.

Volunteer Coaches Needed

Our program depends on support from volunteer coaches. Let us know at registration if you are interested in coaching. New to coaching? No worries! Hillsboro Parks & Recreation supports our coaches with a comprehensive coach education program. All coaches receive coaching and sport specific training as well as in-season support.

Essential Coaching Responsibilities

  • Align coaching to support Hillsboro Parks & Recreation's youth sports program mission and objectives
  • Follow Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Sportsmanship Expectations and other policies regarding safety and behavior
  • Model appropriate behavior toward player, coaches, officials and spectators
  • Supervise players before, during and after practices and games
  • Be at all practices and games early, stay until all players have left of have a parent/guardian present
  • Conduct practices which place emphasis on the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, skill development, learning rules and athlete improvement
  • Provide a supportive environment during practices and games
  • Communicate with Hillsboro Parks & Recreation regarding scheduling changes, behavior issues, and injury incidents
  • Effectively communicate with parents regarding team information, schedule and expectations
  • Complete required certifications and attend coaching related training provided by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation
  • Help promote Hillsboro Parks & Recreation programs and events

Essential Coaching Responsibilities

Coach Education & Resources

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation fundamentally believes a Youth Sports Development Program should provide comprehensive training for coaches in both social and emotional skills as well as the rules of the sport. We believe it is important to support our coaches and equip them with the tools and resources needed to feel confident in coaching.

Coaching Training

Coaching Resources

Outstanding Coach Spotlight

We work with a stellar crew of volunteer coaches! We appreciate everything our coaches put into the season to make the program a fun experience for their players. Meet one of the stellar coaches on our team!

Coach Spotlight Karie Mawer

Sportsmanship Expectations

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation values the culture of sportsmanship in our programs. Players, coaches, parents and spectators are expected to provide positive support and encouragement for all players, coaches, fans and officials in the youth sports program by following this sportsmanship pledge:

  • I will treat all players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game and practice.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of others ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • I will insist on a safe and healthy sports environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
  • I will respect the decisions made by coaches and officials in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will not use offensive language or become angered by those that are around me.
  • I will remember that sports participation is an opportunity for athletes to learn and have fun!
  • I will remember that the game is for you – not for adults.

The consequence for any player, coach, parent, spectator or team disregarding any of the above listed Sportsmanship Expectations may include ejection from the game, suspension, forfeit of the game and/or dismissal from the league as determined by the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

Concussion Statement

Concussions are a risk while playing any youth sports. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation takes the risks of concussion very seriously. All coaches are trained in recognizing concussions and taking the appropriate steps should a concussion occur.

Concussion Policy

  1. All youth sport coaches are required to complete the CDC HEADS UP to Youth Sports Concussion Training.
  2. All parents receive a pre-season HEADS UP fact sheet for youth sport parents. Parents are required to sign the concussion sign off sheet stating they received this flyer before their child can participate in practice or games.
  3. Additional information for parents and athletes on concussions is available through the CDC HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Parent website.
  4. In the event of a head injury during practice or play:
  • Coaches will treat all head injuries, whether in practice or during a game, as if they are concussions.
  • For serious head injury, 911 will be called.
  • Players will be removed from the field of play immediately and not allowed to return the rest of the day.
  • Parents or guardians will be called immediately to inform them of the head injury.

Return to Play Policy

If a possible concussion incident occurs, a player will not be allowed to return to practice or games until they have received written clearance to do so from a qualified medical professional.

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