Recreation Association Steering Committee

​​​​​​​kids with basketballThe Recreation Association Steering Committee (RASC) was formed to provide guidance and leadership to the Department of Parks & Recreation and the youth athletic leagues, during the proposed transition of the under age 10 "farm leagues" from the Community Recreation Associations to City-Wide Athletics.

​RASC is comprised of dedicated volunteers in our Community Recreation Associations as well as staff from City-Wide Athletics. The goal is to establish a youth sports program based on child/youth development, using the National Standards for Youth Sports and Recommendations for Communities (from the National Alliance for Youth Sports) as the foundation. Ultimately, the aim is to provide a safe, positive and fun sports experience for all participants.

A vote for the proposed program structure in July 2017 resulted in the Area Recreation Associations electing to maintain the current system where Parks & Recreation manages the 10 and above age groups and recreation associations coordinate under-10 age groups.  Full statement​

Three universal standards were agreed upon to guide future Sports Management offerings:

  1. The National Standards for Youth Sports and Recommendations for Communities, as established by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) will be used as a guideline for all City of Virginia Beach, Parks and Recreation Youth Programs.
  2. Age groups (when programmatically possible) will be in two-year increments using the “U” model (6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U).
  3. A standard birthdate will be used for all programs, which aligns with the standard birthdate used by Virginia Beach City Public Schools to determine school enrollment. League age for the season will be the child’s age based on September 30 of that calendar year. This standard date was implemented with the Winter 2017-18 Youth Basketball Program.​​

Meeting minutes and related documents are posted below​. ​

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