Links for general rules and rules for each sport can be found by visiting the Department Rules and Policies page.
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After the registration deadline ends, depending on age and sport there may be a coaches' draft or skills evaluation which must be completed before teams are assembled. Also, if there are not enough participants registered, staff may extend the registration deadline or open up a registration waitlist for additional participants. Please be patient. Teams must be assembled and coaches assigned and it could take up to 4 weeks after registration closes. You will be contacted by a coach regarding the first practice and practice schedule - coaches set their own practice schedules. If you are not contacted by 2 weeks before the season begins, please call 757-382-6411.
If you missed the registration deadline, go to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Sports home page and look for an announcement that the deadline has been extended or a waitlist has been created, or you may call 757-382-6411 for information. If openings become available, waitlist participants will be contacted by the athletic staff in the order that they registered on the waitlist. Late registrations will be addressed within the youth team assignment deadline periods. Additional players will not be accepted after the registration deadline unless there is a deadline extension or waitlist.
If they are in the same league and age group and meet all criteria, athletic staff will try to accommodate requests.
Players will not be placed on teams or switched to another team for carpool, transportation, schedule, or other reasons.
Specific team placement requests will not be granted for any reason.
Specific team placement or schedule requests will not be granted. Players will not be placed on teams or switched to another team for carpool, transportation, schedule, or other reasons.
The registration fee typically includes a game jersey and other required equipment for the sport such as a helmet and pads for tackle football. Additional equipment may be recommended for players to wear or bring on their own. Cheer uniforms are not included in the registration fee. Cheer coaches will inform parents about the uniforms (ordering, fees, etc.). For more detailed information, please go to the Youth Sports registration information page and select each specific sport.
Evaluation dates and times will be posted on our website, so look for sport-specific links on the Youth Game and Evaluation Schedules page. Evaluations are only for children 9 years and older, and for players who have actually registered and paid.
Registration for Tackle football can be completed either in person or online, but due to weight requirements, the player must be weighed in person. For in-person registration, Parent/Guardian and child must be present at registration and weigh-in. For online registration, the player will need to be weighed in person (and accompanied by Parent/Guardian) on a date determined by Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Department staff. Review age and weight eligibility chart and policies (PDF).
No. All participants must meet the specific age criteria listed for each sport on the Youth Sports registration page. Visit the Youth Sports home page and then select the specific sport for age and birthday deadlines. A birth certificate or legal proof of age must be presented at registration.
A designated number of "outings" per week are permitted depending on age and sport according to the athletic rules. These "outings" will usually consist of one or two practices during the week and one game, although occasionally there might be two games and only one or no practice.
Games are usually on Saturdays, but depending on how many teams there are and availability of fields/facilities, games may have to be scheduled during the week.
The coaches set the practice schedules and will provide both practice and game schedules to parents. Game schedules will also be posted online prior to the first game. Visit the Youth Game and Evaluation Schedules page to see schedules for each sport once they are posted.
No. All practices and games will be held in Chesapeake. In addition, we make every effort to schedule practices within the area you signed your child up in, however, occasionally facility limitations might make it necessary to schedule practices and/or games outside of your area.
For daily game cancellation information, please call the Athletics Hotline after 4:30 p.m. at 757-382-6400 and press 1.
We have posted a number of private association links and contact information for sports such as youth baseball, girl's fast-pitch softball, tennis, and soccer as well as sports clubs/commissions.
The registration fee refund policy is as follows: A parent must request a refund by contacting the Athletic Office at 757-382-6411 prior to skills evaluation day. No refunds will be made after the skills evaluation date for each sport. Refunds may be partially approved due to special circumstances of injury, illness, or family relocation, however, no refunds will be considered after the first day of a particular sport season. A $10 processing fee will be applied to all refund requests for activities not canceled by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Refunds will be processed if there is no team or league due to insufficient registrations. Refunds may take 3 to 4 weeks to process after request. (No refunds of any credit card fees or internet processing fees, if paid online.)
The first contact person should always be the coach, who is expected to address concerns and pass along any feedback received. If you would like to speak directly to athletic staff, they may be contacted at 757-382-6411.
For more information and volunteer coaches forms, see our Volunteer Coaches Information page.
All coaches will initially be required to submit to fingerprinting conducted by athletic staff in order to obtain criminal history record information through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and to submit to a search of the Virginia State Department of Social Service Child Protective Services Central Registry. Returning coaches who have been initially screened by the National FBI Central Criminal Records Exchange will receive an annual criminal history records search through the Virginia State Police. All coaches must have completed results from the FBI search on file to return to coach.
Yes, as long as you are coaching in their league and age group, and they meet all criteria. Although rarely requested, we can also accommodate any desire for your child to be placed on a team other than the one you are coaching.