SCV Sports and Activities

Tali Cooper, Staff Editor

Whether it’s soccer, basketball, football, or any other sport that you like, these activities are common for kids of various ages to play. Tons of children and teens play a sport after school and have games on the weekends or sometimes during the week, too. Club teams are very popular, however, many people play through a regular organization or through the City of Santa Clarita. The city has basketball, volleyball, and other teams you can join and practice during the week. If you don’t play for the city or a regular organization, though, there are lots of club teams for different sports that you could join.

Boys basketball teams playing at La Mesa – Courtesy of Tali Cooper

Through the city, you can play basketball, volleyball, baseball, and other sports on a team during the week. Typically, you would play a game against other teams in your division on the weekends, as well. From a survey of 42 kids at Rio Norte, basketball was the most popular sport, and most people who put this play through the city or for a popular travel team such as Starting Five or Creators.

According to the City of Santa Clarita Seasons magazine, there are 4 spring, 2 summer, 2 fall, and 1 winter sports for the Youth Sports League. The spring sports are:

  • Baseball 
  • Softball
  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball 

The summer sports are:

  • Basketball
  • T-Ball/Coach Pitch

The fall sports are:

  • Football 
  • Volleyball 

Lastly, the winter sport is:

  • Basketball 

While several kids play these sports on a team, there are classes for many of the same sports and activities. The City of Santa Clarita Seasons magazine shows all the classes including:

  • Archery
  • Fencing
  • Karate
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Gymnastics Olympica
  • Brit West Soccer
  • Paintball
  • Pickleball
  • Self-defense and Safety Awareness
  • Skateboarding and Roller skating
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis: Special Needs
  • Tennis: quick start, beginning 1, 2, 3, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, and advanced
  • Track and Field
  • Youth Evolution Basketball 
  • Ultra Jiu Jitsu
  • Youth Outdoor Adventure

In a group survey of students from Rio Norte, about 81% said they do play a sport, and of the 81%, approximately 20% of them played through the City of Santa Clarita. Others played a sport that wasn’t available through the city, on club teams, or they haven’t played in a while and don’t remember. An 8th grader from Rancho Pico, Naya Brand, plays Hart Softball and had some opinions on the topic. When asked if she has liked the experience with her coaches and teammates, she said, “Yes, I’ve enjoyed my bonding with my team and coach.” After that, she responded, “Yes, I would definitely recommend,” when asked if she thought playing through the city would be good for kids and teens in SCV.

Lots of kids probably feel this way as well, and playing sports or activities through the city can help build friendships, confidence, and memories with others. This, and you can do it all while enjoying your favorite sport!