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A new look for our winter youth basketball leagues

By Bobbie Cantu, Athletics Supervisor

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink and create new ways to safely enjoy and play sports. With the arrival of November, you may wonder what the City of College Station’s winter youth basketball season will look like.

Youth basketball provides boys and girls in two age divisions — 8-10 and 10-12-year olds — a chance to learn basic skills such as strategy, teamwork, and leadership. The program will be slightly different this year due to facility restrictions and safety procedures at the Lincoln Recreation Center

Rest assured that the Parks and Recreation Department follows CDC and local guidelines regarding COVID-19 and youth sports. Specific safety protocols include:

  • You must cover both the nose and mouth to enter and stay on the premises unless you are actively participating. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the LRC.
  • On-site staff members are subject to a verbal wellness screening when they arrive and will be required to wear appropriate PPE during their shifts.
  • The facility is thoroughly sanitized before and after each practice or game with EPA-approved products.
  • Participants and coaches are allowed to bring only one spectator inside the facility for each game or practice.

Registration runs through Jan. 3 and is limited to 160 participants for each division to ensure safe social distancing. You are encouraged to sign up early. The league runs from Jan. 11-March 11, with age divisions assigned based on players’ ages as of Jan. 1. 

Register online or by calling 979-764-3486 or stopping by the Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. The cost is $70 per participant.

Games are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6:30-9:30 p.m. Practices are on Saturdays between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Times are subject to change based on the final number of teams. Practices and games will take place at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Each player accumulates at least two quarters of playing time for each game they play.

Volunteer Coaches Needed 

Parents are their kids’ greatest fans, and we encourage you to get involved as a volunteer coach. Without dedicated volunteers, our programs can’t grow and prosper. We need coaches for every age division. No experience is required, and we provide you with the help and resources you need for a fun and successful season

To apply as a volunteer coach, complete the form at Volunteers must also complete a background check.


About the Blogger Athletics Supervisor Bobbie Cantu is in her third year with the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of Weslaco, she earned bachelor’s (2017) and master’s (2019) degrees in Sport Management from Texas A&M.

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Youth hoops leagues focus on fun and fundamentals

By Bobbie Cantu, Athletics Supervisor           

If you’re looking for a way to keep your kids active during the colder months, winter youth basketball leagues are a great option. The City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing every kid the opportunity to play basketball regardless of their skill level.

Youth basketball provides players with a fun and exciting way to learn basic skills, teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship. The goal is to foster positive, child-oriented attitudes by keeping winning in perspective, having fun, and improving physical fitness. Coaches focus on creating an exciting but relaxed atmosphere while focusing on fundamentals.

We offer four age divisions, which are determined by the player’s age as of March 1: 6-7 Coed (6-7 years), 10U Boys/Girls (8-10 years), 12U Boys/Girls (10-12 years), 14U Coed (12-14 years).

Registration ends Dec. 14, and the league will run from Jan. 7-March 7. You can register online at, by calling 979-764-3486, or stopping by our Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. The cost is $60 per participant, which includes a team jersey. Players are charged a $10 reorder fee for ordering the incorrect size.

Players can register for Monday/Wednesday/Saturday or Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday practices. Games are played on weeknights between 6-9 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All practices and games are at College Station Independent School District gyms and the Lincoln Recreation Center. Gym locations vary depending on age and availability, and participants can’t request a specific location.

The format of the league is an eight-game, round-robin schedule. Each player accumulates a minimum of two quarters of playing time for each game they participate.

Volunteer to coach

Parents are their kids’ greatest fans, and we encourage them to get involved as volunteer coaches. Without dedicated volunteers, our programs can’t grow and prosper. We need coaches for every age division. No experience is required, and we provide you with the help and resources you need for a fun and successful season.

If you’re interested in applying to be a volunteer coach, go to and fill out the form. Volunteer must complete a background check.


About the Blogger

Athletics Supervisor Bobbie Cantu is in her second year with the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of Weslaco, she earned a sports management degree from Texas A&M in 2017 and is pursuing a master’s in sport and fitness administration.


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New programs help teens discover their passions

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

The teen years can be rough. It’s all about self-discovery and trying out new things.

Positive, stress-free activities at the end of the school day can help teens discover their interests and passions. Two new programs offered by the College Station Parks and Recreation Department can lend a hand.

Teen Night After School at the Lincoln Recreation Center provides an all-inclusive, safe space for teens 14-18 years old to spend time with friends, get help with homework, and enjoy sports, board games, foosball, pool, and video games. Computers and free wi-fi are also available.

Teen Nights are every Monday-Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 20. Membership is $45 a semester.

The fun continues on Fridays from 10 p.m.-midnight with 5th Quarter when teens can gather at the Lincoln Recreation Center to play basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, board games, ping pong, foosball, or pool. Light refreshments are also available at no charge.

Scheduled dates for the 5th Quarter are Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2.  The cost is $3 per night or free with an after-school membership.

These new programs will encourage teens to interact in a safe and supervised social environment that promotes healthy lifestyle skills.

For more information, visit or call 979.764.3779.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


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Youth sports programs offer volunteer opportunities

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Without dedicated volunteer coaches, our local youth recreation programs couldn’t grow and prosper. Coaches teach fundamentals and help kids develop skills while instilling the time-tested value of hard work, practice, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

College Station Parks & Recreation offers more than 20 youth sports programs – with over 1,200 participants – throughout the year. If you’ve ever considered coaching, we provide opportunities for you to encourage, guide and train young athletes in flag football, basketball and girls volleyball. (more…)

Tsunamis a gateway to fun, fitness and memories


By Melissa S. Daigneault, College Station Tsunamis Coach

In 2013, my two oldest kids became eligible to join the College Station Tsunamis summer swim team. But until I attended the parent meeting, I didn’t realize I’d been waiting 30 years for this to happen.

It wasn’t as if my life has been built around competitive swimming. Except for one year in high school, I was a summer league swimmer myself for only six years. If you asked people back then, most probably didn’t even know it.

Still, from the time I was four years old until the summer I turned 11, the best thing about the end of the school year was the beginning of summer league swimming.

The first swim meet of the season was always the first Saturday after the last day of school. The night before, I’d diligently pack my duffle bag with goggles, towels, books, playing cards, and especially the 1980s version of a Game Boy that featured Snoopy and Woodstock. I’d lay out my team suit, team t-shirt and flip flops, then crawl into bed anxious and excited.


I don’t remember any of my race times or where I placed, but I do remember competing and wanting to improve. Sometimes I tasted the sweetness of victory, and sometimes I faced a disappointing outcome.

When I was old enough, I’d ride my bike to swim practice feeling very grown up. I’d laugh and giggle with my friends while the large pace clock on the deck taunted and encouraged us to work harder. Every week, the coaches would tell us the next meet was the biggest of the season, and we all had to swim our best. We always believed it, too.

When I wasn’t competing, I’d sit with my friends under a team tent, learning card games and cheering on the other swimmers. Through all the laughter, I made friends I wouldn’t have met otherwise — older and younger kids as well as those from different neighborhoods and schools. I was an introvert, and being part of the team helped me learn to develop friendships.

We had plenty of playdates, sleepovers, and parties with snow cones and popsicles. I also got to know many of my friends’ parents, who were always volunteering to work the meets and helped make those Saturdays so magical.

While I have only vague memories of the summer league races, I vividly recall the fun and my friends. We’ve all grown up and live in different places, but I still stay in touch with many of my former teammates.


From the time I was 11 until I was in my 30s, swimming wasn’t a big part of my life. But as I reflect on my summer swim team days while watching my kids participate, I realize how often I apply the lessons I learned. Summer league swimming has changed, but the things that matter — friendships, fun, family involvement, and fitness — have stayed the same.

My summer swim team experience taught me about dedication and hard work, and to enjoy swimming as a sport and a way to keep fit. I also learned how to win and lose gracefully and to appreciate the amazing energy teams can create — something better than the individual parts.

Every day, I saw parents, families and communities working together to help kids grow, relate, dream and achieve. Without consciously realizing it, I’d yearned for my children to enjoy the same experience.

That’s why I’m honored to be part of the College Station Tsunamis team as a coach this summer. With the 2016 season just around the corner, my goal is for every swimmer to have a positive and memorable experience.


Registration is underway and runs through July 8. The cost is $125 per person. Swimmers between the ages of 5-18 who can swim one lap (25 meters) unassisted are invited to participate.

To register, go to or drop by the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd. For more information, visit or call 979.764.3486.


058a1bbAbout the Author

Melissa Daigneault is in her first year to volunteer as Tsunami swim team coach. She is vice president of business and legal affairs at Lockard & White in College Station and was previously a lecturer and undergraduate program coordinator at Texas A&M. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 1999 and graduated from the Wake Forest School of Law in 2003.


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Community programs help all ages expand horizons

By Dana Albrecht, Southwood Community Center Recreation Supervisor

6261317927_b8b671c4cf_bEvery day offers us a fresh opportunity to discover and learn.

That’s the appeal of a new series of Community Programs for all ages offered this spring by College Station Parks & Recreation Department. We’ve created a full range of creative and educational activities for the young — and the young at heart.

Preschool adventures

The building blocks of learning begin by experiencing the world first hand. Our Preschool Science Adventure Series introduces young children ages 3-5 (with parents) to the marvels of the world of science.