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Local Youth Sports Programming

The Shaker Heights High School Athletics Department shares this list of Local Youth Sports Programs so that families can learn more about sports and fitness opportunities for children.


All of the information in the list has been submitted by local teams and programs and does not indicate endorsement, recommendation or favoring by Shaker Heights Schools or its Athletics programs.


Local sports programs that wish to be included in this list should complete this Sports Programming Information Form. All responses will be reviewed by the Athletic Department. 


Level the Playing Field Scholarships through the Shaker Schools Foundation provide financial assistance to students in grades 1-12 to participate in youth team sports affiliated with the Shaker Heights Recreation Department and Shaker Youth Sports. Learn more here.  

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive Sports Ohio
www.AdaptiveSportsOhio.org
At Adaptive Sports Ohio, we remove barriers to ensure that individuals with physical disabilities have a chance to play, and utilize sport to elevate ability and empower futures.
Contact: Lizzie Goldsmith
216-410-6627
lizzie.goldsmith@adaptivesportsohio.org

Baseball

Shaker Youth Baseball League (SYBL)
www.sybl.com
Shaker Youth Baseball League (S.Y.B.L.) is a non-profit, community based recreational program in Shaker Heights, targeting boys and girls in grades three through eleven. S.Y.B.L has been a volunteer led organization for over 30 years, providing an inclusive and affordable opportunity for community-based baseball that operates in tandem with the goals, philosophy, and values of our local schools and recreation department.  
Contact: Steve Baker
216-978-2680
info@sybl.com


DNA Travel Baseball
www.dnasportsonline.com
DNA Travel Baseball is a non-profit, cost-covering, community-based baseball program offering a multi-dimensional off-season and summer baseball experience targeting Shaker residents. We provide an inclusive and affordable opportunity for competitive baseball that operates in tandem with the philosophies and best practices of our local schools regarding youth athletics. Our mission is to use youth athletics as a vehicle for unifying diverse populations and binding community members together.
Contact: Andrew Pohl
773-398-6531
andrewfpohl@gmail.com

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers baseball programs during the spring and summer including Tiny T-Ball (age 4), T-Ball (ages 5-6), and Coach Pitch (ages 7-8). The department also offers a Hitting and Fielding camp over the summer.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599 
james.garrett@shakeronline.com

Basketball

Resilient AAU Travel Basketball
Resilient AAU Travel Basketball is a program that allows athletes to compete across Northeast Ohio and at times out of state against other AAU organizations. The tournaments start in March and run through the beginning of June. More advanced teams may play and compete into the months of June and July.
Contact: Danny Young
216-295-4213
hdannyyoung42@gmail.com

Shaker Raider Travel Basketball
Shaker Raider Travel Basketball is a program for boys in Grades 3-6.
Contact: Danny Young
216-295-4213
hdannyyoung42@gmail.com

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers year-round basketball programs for all children including Bitty Basketball (age 4), the Junior Raider Pee Wee Instruction Program (ages 5-8), and the Junior Raider Basketball League and travel team for girls in Grades 5 & 6. The department also offers 3v3 basketball for girls and boys in Grades 3-6, as well as multiple weeks of basketball camp during the summer for Grades 1-7.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599
james.garrett@shakeronline.com 

Field Hockey

Shaker Field Hockey Association
Shaker Field Hockey Association (SFHA) is a community-based recreational program in Shaker Heights, targeting athletes in grades 2-12. SFHA offers clinics, camps, small group and 1:1 coaching opportunities to develop athletes in the Cleveland community. Programs focus on development of athlete skill fundamentals, tactical thinking and game play. 
Contact: 
Olivia Hamilton, 216.704.0657

Field Hockey Life (FHL) 
Field Hockey Life's nationally recognized training program has opportunities for U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 athletes of all levels in Cleveland, OH. As Ohio’s premier field hockey club, FHL provides high quality training opportunities, and develops confident athletes that can compete on the field with respect and honor, teaching life lessons that reach beyond the pitch. Throughout the year FHL offers a variety of options for players of all skill levels and interests. 
Contact: 
Hannah Lipton, 502.727.8555 

Happy Hockey (HH) 
Happy Hockey is a community-based field hockey program that uses the sport to inspire our youth to be more confident, be strong teammates, and instill a variety of leadership qualities using an experience-based curriculum. Shaker is a host site for Happy Hockey, offering clinics throughout the year.  At Happy Hockey, athletes will learn basic field hockey skills, participate in small-sided games, learn positive life lessons, and have tons of fun!   
Contact: 
Keli Smith Puzo, 240.603.5948 

Flag Football

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers a Junior Raider Flag Football program for grades 1-6 in the spring and fall. The department also offers a flag football camp during the summer.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599 
james.garrett@shakeronline.com

Football

Shaker Raiders Youth Football
We provide youth Tackle Football and Flag Football for ages 5-12 yrs old.
Contact: Kelley Mickler, 216-314-6287

Hockey

Shaker Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) 
SYHA is a non-profit that works in partnership with Shaker Heights Recreation Department to support the youth hockey program for skaters from ages 5-14. We provide support to ensure an affordable and inclusive opportunity for all interested. The City program includes year-round skating and skills development, team competition, and other hockey-related activities. This program emphasizes the development of athletes of all abilities and promotes community and sportsmanship. Come and make lifelong friends playing the coolest game on Earth.   
Contact: Michael Berg, City of Shaker Heights, Hockey Program Coordinator
216-491-1295 

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers year-round opportunities for future and current hockey players ages 5-14. Beginning skaters can participate in Learn to Skate classes, including Hockey 1-4 classes which are tailored specifically to future hockey players. Youth teams, which participate in the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League, are offered at the Mighty Mite through Bantam age levels. The youth hockey season runs through the fall and winter, and in the spring and summer players have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hockey clinics and camps.
Contact: Michael Berg, City of Shaker Heights, Hockey Program Coordinator
216.491.1295
michael.berg@shakeronline.com


Ice Skating

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers year-round Learn to Skate classes for children of all ages and skill levels. Snowplow Sam classes are tailored to ages 3-5, and Basic Skills classes are suitable for ages 6 and older. The department also offers multiple weeks of the Glide and Slide ice skating camp over the summer.
Contact: Katie DiFranco, City of Shaker Heights, Skating Programs Coordinator
216.536.1222 
kaitlin.difranco@shakeronline.com

Lacrosse (Boys)

Shaker Raider Youth Lacrosse (Boys) 
This is a great opportunity for beginners to be exposed to and learn the game of lacrosse. The club currently fields two bantam (3/4 grade) teams and one or two youth (5/6 grade) teams each season. Coaches provide a safe and encouraging environment for players of all experience. The teams compete in games against other clubs in the area and usually participate in at least 2 tournaments. The season begins April 6, 2021 and will end Memorial Day weekend.  
Contact: John Huff, 216-906-9451 

Shaker Rec Programs

The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers a wide variety of opportunities for school-age children to learn a new sport, refine their skills, and prepare for team, league, or club participation. Many programs are offered year-round, and a variety of sports specialty camps are offered during the summer. Shaker Heights school district families receive resident pricing for all programs. 

The department offers recreational programs for the following sports: 

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Flag Football

  • Hockey

  • Ice Skating

  • Soccer

  • Softball

  • Swimming

  • Tennis

Please visit the drop-down for each specific sport for additional information about program offerings. For more information about the Recreation Department, visit www.shakeronline.com/recreation or call 216.491.1295. 

Soccer

Shaker Youth Soccer Association (SYSA)
www.shakeryouthsoccer.org
As Shaker’s premier soccer club, SYSA provides year round, developmentally appropriate soccer programs from introductory skills to premier level, starting at 4 years old and extending through high school. Our Recreation program encourages skill and tactical development and includes one practice per week and games. Our Competitive Travel League includes twice weekly practices and league games; all teams are assigned a Professional Coach. We also offer skills training clinics and Summer Camps.
Contact: Kristin MacPhail
216-926-5657
kristin.macphail@shakeryouthsoccer.org

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers soccer programs during the spring and summer including Micro Soccer (ages 4-5), Mini Kickers (ages 4-5), Intro Skills (Grades K-2), and Mighty Kickers (Grades 1-2). Mini Kickers and Mighty Kickers are offered in partnership with the Shaker Youth Soccer Association.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599
james.garrett@shakeronline.com

Softball

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers softball league play during the summer and skills development during the off-season.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599
james.garrett@shakeronline.com

Swimming

Shaker Sharks Swimming Team
www.shakerswimming.org
Shaker Sharks is a year-round competitive swim program. We teach competitive swimming skills to swimmers grade 1-12. Practices are generally in the evenings. Contact the swim team office to schedule a try-out. Swimmers must be able to complete a 25 yard length of the pool freestyle and a 25 yard length of the pool backstroke for the try-out without stopping. We feel we have a great program and would love to have you join us!
Contact: Eric Peterson
216-295-4163
swimteamoffice@shakerswimming.org

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers American Red Cross swim lessons year-round for children in grades K-6. Summer classes are held at the Thornton Park pool, and fall, winter, and spring classes are held at the Woodbury Elementary School pool.
Contact: Venetia Belk, City of Shaker Heights, Pool Coordinator
216.536.1505 
venetia.belk@shakeronline.com

Tennis

Shaker Heights Recreation Department
www.shakeronline.com/recreation 
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers tennis programs during the spring, summer, and fall including Tennis for Two with Parent (ages 4-7), Starter Tennis (grades 1-3), and Youth Lessons (grades 3-6). The department also offers multiple weeks of beginner tennis camp over the summer.
Contact: James Garrett, City of Shaker Heights, Sports Program Coordinator
216.491.2599
james.garrett@shakeronline.com 

Wrestling

Beat The Streets Cleveland
www.btscle.org
Nonprofit organization that targets Cleveland’s inner city youth with the hopes of positively altering life’s trajectory for these athletes through access to youth development, mentors and the sport of wrestling.
Contact: Demetrius Williams
216-375-6411
Dwilliams@btscle.org
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