The City of Sunrise offers a wide variety of programs designed to encourage involvement in youth sports. Our athletics programs promote the participation of children of all age groups and levels of experience. Athletics are integral to learning the importance of good sportsmanship and cooperation. In addition, youth sports provide families with opportunities to foster common interests.
We understand that there are many factors that families must consider before enrolling a child in any extracuricular program. In order to help parents make informed decisions regarding their child's involvement in youth athletics, we have compiled overviews which include program descriptions, target registration population, estimated time commitments and sports' seasons.
Access the online registration system. If additional information is required, please call the Leisure Services Department at (954) 747-4600.
Recreation Programs. The recreation youth athletic program is designed for the child that wants to have fun, while participating in an activity for the enjoyment and pleasure of the experience. The children are placed through a blind draft system that attempts to create balanced teams. There are mandatory play rules in place for each of these programs. Time commitment includes three practices and/or games a week for a specified period of time, usually no more than 4 months. Games and practices are all held at parks and facilities within Sunrise. A practice schedule is available.
February - May
June - August
August - October
League Games, Schedules and Standings.
An online source for all league information is provided here
The travel athletic program is a more competitive environment. Children must try out to be selected to play on these teams. The team members are selected by the volunteer coaches for each team. There is no "must play" rule. Time commitment for this program can be up to five days a week and can run year 'round. Travel outside the Sunrise area may be required for games and tournaments.
Other Athletic Programs.
July - November
The City of Sunrise also offers a variety of other youth athletic programs which include but are not limited to:
• Start Smart Soccer
• Start Smart Baseball
• Start Smart Basketball
• MLB Pitch, Hit and Run
• NFL Punt, Pass and Kick
• NBA Dribble, Dash and Swish
• Basketball Clinics and Camps
• Soccer Camp
Leisure Services encourages the friends and families of our players to attend sporting events and cheer on the teams. All spectators are asked to comply with the Spectator's Code of Conduct. Attendance at the events and adherence to the Code will ensure that everyone involved will have a memorable and positive experience.
The start of each new sports season brings with it the need for volunteer coaches in all age divisions. We are often faced with having more children that want to play a sport than adults who are willing to volunteer to coach them. The support and encouragement that volunteer coaches provide benefit all of the players on a team. If you have never coached before, we will be happy to provide you with instructional materials to help and support you. Another alternative is to volunteer as an assistant coach. Coaches will be selected immediately following the registration deadline. All coaches are required to be fingerprinted, undergo a criminal background check, and complete a free CPR/AED certification course.
If you are interested in serving as a coach, please complete the application for Youth Athletics volunteers and return it to the Leisure Services Department for processing. Thank you for your involvement.
Youth Athletics Sponsorship
Show your community spirit by sponsoring the youth athletics program in Sunrise. Your business will benefit from name visibility and recognition, and you'll demonstrate your commitment to and support of the youth of our City. Two sponsorship options are available:
Banner. For a sponsorship fee of $150, your organization's name (or one-color logo) will be printed on a 3' x 6' banner, to be placed at your choice of a variety of highly-utilized athletic fields/facilities for the duration of one sport season.
Team Jerseys. For a sponsorship fee of $250, your orgainzation's name will be imprinted on the jerseys of one team for the duration of one sport season.
To become a youth athletics sponsor please review our Youth Athletics Sponsorship Program packet. The packet covers the program's policies and guidelines, and includes the sponsorship application and payment information.
"Sunrise Shares" Program
Game and Practice Cancelations
City of Sunrise Leisure Services staff is collecting clean, gently-used athletic equipment. This equipment will be distributed to children who want to participate in a youth athletic program, but do not have the equipment necessary to play. For donation guidelines - as well as an application to request equipment - please view our "Sunrise Shares" Information Packet.
Rule Books for Youth Sports
Are you new to youth athletics? Do you need a quick refresher course of game rules? Our online regulation manuals can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate sport listed below. Please select from the sports listed below for general information and rules that govern each program offering.
There are times when inclement weather will require the cancelation of a scheduled game or team practice. If this is the case, coaches will notify their players of the cancelation. Parents are encouraged to make certain your child's coach has up-to-date contact information. Email and text alerts regarding youth athletic programs can be obtained by opting in at Simplified Alerts
For additional information about any of the topics listed above, please call the Leisure Services Department at (954) 747-4600.