Sports

Sports Programs

Children in climing equipmentAre you looking to get active but not sure how? Thinking of trying a new sport like tennis or martial arts but don't know where? Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers a variety of instructional sport programs for the early beginner and the experienced amateur. Fun and sports go together, whether it's basketball, golf, gymnastics, volleyball or badminton that appeals to you, just get out there and get active!

Please note that some programs may have an additional fee for materials or supplies. Contact the program location for specific details. Unless otherwise noted, all sports programs and activities are co-ed. There are also general interest and sports-related workshops available for children, youth and adults.

Ball Hockey & Floor Hockey

So you're a hockey fanatic but the weather's not right. Or maybe you want to learn the exhilarating sport of hockey but you can't skate very well. Fortunately there's an alternative -- ball/floor hockey! Games are played on the floor with either a puck or a ball, no skating required. Our instructional programs will help beginners and experienced players alike to improve hockey skills such as shooting, stick handling, and passing as well as general hockey concepts and strategies. It's a great way to learn the national sport and have fun! Programs are available for children, youth and adults.

Baseball, Softball & T-Ball

Having three main versions of the same game just goes to show how popular the sport has become with all ages. T-ball or Tee-ball is the introductory version of regular baseball, focusing on developing baseball skills and having fun. Softball is similar to baseball except balls are pitched underhand rather than overhand and a smaller field. Regulation baseball consists of two teams of nine members trying to score runs while preventing the opposing team from scoring. So if you don't find a version of baseball which is suitable for you or your children, try another one! Participants of our programs will be instructed on the fundamentals of Baseball/Softball/T-ball and basic skills, including team strategies, hitting for average and power, and baserunning skills and speed.. During our programs, you will have the opportunity to develop a sense of sportsmanship and team spirit. Play ball!

Basketball

What began as a ball thrown into a literal basket developed into a world-class sport, with people everywhere following their favourite players and teams through various competitions and championships. Now you can join in yourself by grabbing a ball and joining a game! Our instructinoal programs will help you develop basic skills and fundamentals of the game of basketball, such as shooting, passing, and dribbling. You will also learn about the different positions and discover what you're best at. Programs are available for children, youth and adult.

Cycling

Love to bike but can't get the confidence to go on major roads? Learning to bike confidently surrounded by vehicles may seem intimidating, but with CAN-BIKE anyone can bike - anywhere! CAN-BIKE courses will boost your cycling skills, safety and fun. CAN-BIKE and cycling programs are offered in the Spring and Summer seasons only. More information including cycling tips

Golf

The game of golf is one which requires much patience and control. There's more than hitting a small, white ball than meets the eye! Toronto's golf courses are a challenge for players of every skill level, and quality instruction is offered at all five City courses by CPGA golf professionals. Learn the basics, improve skills, and become familiar with the terms drive, approach, chip and putt. Private, semi-private and group lessons are available.

Gymnastics

The sport of gymnastic involves performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility, co-ordination, balance, and grace. Our programs focus on the introduction of all these skills and help set the stage for more advanced programs. Basic moves are also taught, including the use of balance beam, vault, and simple floor exercises. Participants build confidence and have fun learning. Programs are available for children and youth.

Martial Arts

Martial arts are considered to be part art and part science; they are a system of codified practices and traditions of combat. Typical martial arts have similar objectives -- to physically defeat the opponent or protect oneself from harm. Often linked to belief systems such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shinto, martial arts are most commonly assocaited with Asian fighting styles. Variety of martial arts courses from beginner to advanced levels are offered, including Tae Kwon Do and the ever-popular Karate. Programs are available for children, youth and adults.

Racquet Sports

Simply put, raquet sports are played with often two people or four people using raquets to hit a ball or another object. But after that, raquet sports vary far and wide. Probably the most common raquet sport, tennis combines physical strength, agility, endurance, precision, reflexes and balance in order to hit the hollow ball into the opponent's court. Badminton, another popular raquet sport, follows the same objectives as tennis but uses lighter raquets, a shuttlecock, and different strategies. Tennis, badminton and other raquet sports are a great way to meet new people while improving on motor skills. Raquet sport programs are available for beginner and intermediate levels.

Soccer

Soccer is, arguably, the world's most popular sport. The rules are simple enough -- two teams try to kick a ball into the opposing team's net. Most will agree, however, that there is much more to the sport of soccer than just a kick. Our instructional and recreational soccer programs encourage basic skill development including ball handling, passing, and scoring. Teamwork and co-operation among all members is heartily promoted, which helps make soccer fun for all participants. Programs are available for children, youth, and adults.

Volleyball

The sport of volleyball has always been well-liked by all ages and has spun off into the popular beach volleyball. In both cases, teams will compete by attempting to ground the air-filled ball into the opponent's court. Our instructional and recreational volleyball programs help develop basic skills such as ball passing and serves, and also introduce advance techniques including spiking, blocking and setting. Programs are available for children, youth, and adults.


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