SPORTS – GRAND RAPIDS AND BEYOND

Little League, soccer, swimming, karate… when it comes to sports around Grand Rapids, there is no shortage of opportunities for your child to get involved. In fact, the number of possibilities make choosing a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to help. Below, you will find a big list of places around greater Grand Rapids that offer sporting programs for kids.

Sports are organized by categories.

Browse through each section below. Whether your child is interested in running around playing soccer or learning new skills through martial arts, our Sports Guide has got you covered!

SPORTS MENU

BASEBALL
BASKETBALL
FENCING
FOOTBALL
HORSEBACK RIDING
JUNIOR GOLF
LACROSSE
MARTIAL ARTS
SOCCER
SPEED AND AGILITY
SWIM
TENNIS
VOLLEYBALL
WINTER SPORTS
Wrestling

SOCCER PROGRAMS

Soccer Grand rapids Kids

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Soccer is one of the most nationally recognized sports. Now that Grand Rapids boasts its very own minor league soccer team, your little goalie will be all the more eager to learn how to play and participate in this easy-to-learn sport. Below you’ll find the best sources for soccer in Grand Rapids.

Rapids FC is a competitive youth select, elite, and premier soccer program. We are a family-focused club, focused on player development, offering both high level soccer, and a positive experience for our players and families. Our Rapids Juniors Development Program is in its fourth year and focuses on introducing young players, ages 3-8, to the game of soccer and teaching basic skills. This is a great way to introduce young athletes to Rapids FC as they develop a love for the game and prepare for future club teams at Rapids. Our Juniors Program runs for five weeks in the fall and five weeks in the spring on Friday evenings. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at [email protected]

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6757 Cascade Road | #252 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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“Rapids FC is a great organization led by dedicated staff who are committed and passionate about the sport.”

Parent of Rapids FC Player

Michigan Futbol Academy offers soccer and futsal programming for boys and girls of all skill levels ages 2.5 – 18. The mission of MFA is to positively impact the lives of children and families by providing educational programs that build Character, develop Capability, and strengthen our Community – ALL through the sports of soccer and futsal.

Join the family who’s going #BeyondTheSport and coaching your child in soccer and life!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5449 28th St Ct SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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The NW Youth Soccer Association (“NWYSA”) is a program that provides life skills and simply a fun time through multiple levels of soccer. NWYSA serves children ages 2-16 in Belmont, Comstock Park, NW Grand Rapids and Walker, as well as surrounding communities.

Contact us today at 616-514-0637!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

PO Box 202 | Comstock Park, MI 49321
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MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAMS

Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do

If you have your own little aspiring Karate Kid, enrollment in a Martial Arts program might be in your future. Check out some local Martial Arts programs below.


MORE PLACES TO DO MARTIAL ARTS

For information on other Martial Arts programs in greater Grand Rapids, please view our Martial Arts Guide.

BASEBALL PROGRAMS

baseball Grand rapids Kids

Did you know Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Lansing all have minor league baseball teams? West Michigan is in love with baseball and has been for years! Whether you’re a Tigers fan or secretly rooting for a different team, love of baseball runs deep through the veins of Michiganders. Many parks throughout Grand Rapids boast a baseball diamond (or four) and on the weekends you might see a few games running. If you’re looking to get your kids in on the action, look no further than the programs we’ve got listed here!

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

This is a beginner level program for both boys and girls in preschool through first grade. Games are played on the Grand Rapids Elementary School field on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
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SWIMMING PROGRAMS

swimming Grand rapids Kids

With as much water as Michigan has, it’s important that every kid knows how to swim. Grand Rapids and the suburbs and cities surrounding are filled with fantastic places for swimming and learning how to swim. Read on to find a great place near you to get lessons or join a club.

With a maximum of four children per instructor and an inviting, playful atmosphere, Goldfish offers the best experience for kids of all skill levels to learn to swim and improve. Our water is kept at 90 degrees and filtered with a state-of-the-art purification system.

Stop by for a tour, or call us to enroll your child!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2845 Thornhills Ave | Suite S | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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“The staff at Goldfish are exceptional, the water is comfortable and the class sizes are small. Within a few lessons, the whole staff addressed Hailey by name, making her feel so special. We will be forever grateful for receiving such high-quality lessons from Goldfish. We recommend Goldfish to all our friends!”

Katie P.

MORE PLACES TO SWIM

For information on other Swim programs in greater Grand Rapids, please view 7 Favorite Places For Swim Lessons in Grand Rapids.

TENNIS PROGRAMS

tennis Grand rapids Kids

Who doesn’t love tennis? Some of us just run around the court chasing the ball, and some of us are actually pretty good. If you’re looking to get your child better at tennis and love what it does for their health, then look no further!

MVP Sports Clubs offer tennis programs for all ages and skill levels. For young athletes, MVP offers USTA 10 and Under programs designed to bring ALL kids into the game by using specialized equipment and shorter courts in a fun and exciting play format. Players will learn basic tennis strokes, correct form, scoring and rally skills and serves.

MVP offers an expansive juniors tennis program (10+) designed to offer opportunities for athletes to build on their knowledge of the game and advance their skills. Junior Programs include Middle School Tennis, MVP Stars, MVP Elite, MVP Tour and High School Tennis.

To help keep athletes skills sharp over the summer, MVP offers Summer Tennis Academy designed to build the person behind the player. Daily instruction consists of work on every aspect of the players game including supervised match play and tournaments challenging players to utilize the skills they have been working on.

All Tennis Pros carry certifications in either US Professional Tennis Association or Professional Tennis Registry.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

MVP Sportsplex | 4035 Burton Street | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
MVP Athletic Club, Crahen |115 Crahen Avenue NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

horseback riding Grand rapids Kids

So many kids beg their parents for a pet horse, but it just isn’t realistic for everyone to own a horse! Getting them riding lessons is the next best thing – all the horse fun a kid could want, but at someone else’s barn.

Enjoy a Human-Horse Connection with our 20 well-trained horses and ponies at our peaceful stables. Any age, level or ability welcome!

Equestrian Vaulting combines gymnastics and dance on a moving horse. Very safe and FUN! Teaches balance, rhythm, confidence, and teamwork. No prior riding or gymnastic experience required. Try it out every Saturday from 12-1 PM. Join one of our existing teams!

Riding Lessons feature a holistic lesson in a small group setting. Includes learning safety, grooming, tacking, riding, and more! Ride English, Western, and bareback in our indoor and outdoor arenas. Young riders, starting at age 2, can have a 30 minute condensed lesson in our KinderPony Program.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

8001 Patterson Ave | Caledonia, MI 49316
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Giddyup!

We asked our readers where we could take kids to ride horses for the day and you gave us answers… so we thought we’d gather that information in one place in case you missed it. Use this list to find out more information on where to take your kids for a day of riding or lessons – plus, each of these locations comes recommended by one of our Facebook fans, you can’t beat that!

BASKETBALL PROGRAMS

basketball Grand rapids Kids

If Grand Rapids Drive has taught us anything, it’s that Grand Rapids is ready to shoot some three-pointers. If your little one is ready to learn how to dribble and shoot just like our very own minor league basketball team, check out what Grand Rapids has to offer below!

 

Michigan Basketball Academy Grand Rapids

At MBA we are passionate about fostering the values and lesson learned through sports. We are focused on three distinct pillars with our athletes through quality coaching in a fun atmosphere: 1) Their fundamental skills, 2) Their physical athleticism, and 3) Their enhancement of life skills. These life skills include self-confidence, leadership, teamwork, hard work, humility, respect, and grit. We expect our athletes to learn and grow in this game and also as young men and women.

Check out some of our program options for K-8th graders looking to start playing the game of basketball!

Future ballers: K-4th Graders
Our future ballers program is for K-4th graders! It includes technique driven clinics and leagues for beginners. Participants will learn fundamental skills from our experienced coaching staff and begin to foster a passion for the game! It is open to boys and girls!

Youth Academy: 4th-8th grade
This program is designed to develop youth athletes and work to master basic skills and techniques, while continuing to foster a passion for the game. Open to boys and girls! Athletes separated on courts by age.

Visit our website for more information.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5435 28th St Court SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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“Even though my son had previous basketball experience, I was amazed at how the coaches at MBA pushed him and challenged him to bring his game to the next level. At summer camp, they also focused on core values like teamwork and integrity in order to grow his character as well.”

Parent of MBA Player

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

Middle school boys (5th-8th) focus on individual skill development, primarily shooting and ball-handling, at our Skills and Drills Clinic. Middle school girls (5th-8th) can hone their skills at our Pre-Season Clinic. In addition, girls and boys in 1st-4th are invited to be part of our teams

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE


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VOLLEYBALL PROGRAMS

volleyball Grand rapids Kids

Does your little one have big Olympic dreams of taking home the gold, like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings? Volleyball programs are the best place to get the Olympic dreams started and Grand Rapids has some great ones!

Michigan Volleyball Academy Grand Rapids

MVA offers year-round volleyball options for athletes as young as Kindergarten! Check out the programming descriptions below to find the right fit for your young athlete.

Participants in all Youth Programs will focus on: Serving, attacking, hand-eye development, footwork and movement patterns, over-the-net drills and skills, movement skills, underhand skill training emphasis, overhand fundamentals, ball movement training, 3 contact same side, small court play.

Check out our programs for kids!

VolleyKids- K-4th Grade
VolleyKids is an introductory clinic designed for our youngest athletes in K-2nd grade and 3rd & 4th grade. Participants will learn basic volleyball techniques and movements and will begin to foster a passion for the game! This clinic is run on a lowered net, with light recreational balls and is open to both boys and girls.

Youth Academy – 5th-6th Grade
Our Youth Academy Program participants train alongside our 12 and under competitive level teams once a week. This program is designed to develop young athletes by introducing and reinforcing basic skills and techniques while continuing to foster a passion for the game. Classes are open to both boys and girls!

Visit our website to get more information!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5435 28th St Ct SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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“My daughters have loved the clinics at MVA. I am amazed what great technique they have learned and they were always eager to go back. The coaches make it fun while focusing on fundamentals. Even my preschooler was able to participate!”

Parent of MVA Player


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FOOTBALL

Being on the Western side of the state, some of us may not agree on whether the Lions rule, or if the Bears are the best, but one thing is for sure, we all love football! Whether you’re looking for traditional football or flag football, you can find it here!

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

We have football for every age: flag football for 4-8 year olds, youth football for 3rd-6th grade, and 7th & 8th grade football. Signups run from May through the beginning of August.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
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MORE PLACES TO PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL

JUNIOR GOLF

Junior Golf Grand Rapids

Golf is a great activity for kids. Junior Golf teaches patience, focus, respect and problem solving–all skills that will benefit them long after they’ve walked off the course. And it’s an activity that you can enjoy together, even after they’re grown. If your child is into golf, they live in the right place! There are many programs for even the youngest Arnold Palmers.

If you’re looking for a place to swing the clubs, check out Maple Hill Golf— a golf course AND retail shop!

Maple Hill Golf has become the #1 golf retailer in Michigan and a local favorite for customers looking to demo the latest golf equipment or enjoy a round on the 18- hole, executive length course. Now featuring Junior Golf and Footgolf, Maple Hill Golf is the hot spot for kids learning to love golf.

CONTACT INFORMATION

5555 Ivanrest Ave SW | Grandville, MI 49418
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WINTER SPORTS

Michigan is a champion of the winter sports scene! From Hockey to skiing to figure skating, there are plenty of places around West Michigan to take lessons or join a winter sports team.

For information on other Skating places in greater Grand Rapids, please view our Skating Guide.

For information on other Skiing, Tubing, and Luge places in greater Grand Rapids, please view our Ski, Tube, or Luge Guide.

WRESTLING

Hulk Hogan, the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin may have influenced how you look at wrestling, but if you’ve ever watched school-aged kids wrestle, you know wrestling is no joke. It takes discipline and practice, and teaches kids how to use their whole body effectively to compete. Below are some places to check out for your aspiring wrestler.

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

GR Christian MYWAY Wrestling Club for elementary and middle school boys (1st-8th) will be starting in November. No previous experience needed.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE

FENCING

Movies like Princess Bride, The Three Musketeers, and Star Wars: A New Hope make sword play look like, well, sword play. However, fencing is serious work, and often called a ‘gentleman’s sport’. Fencing, while not a difficult sport to learn, is a difficult sport to master. It has a very defined set of rules and requires a great deal of discipline. It’s an Olympic sport, and if you watch the sport intently you can see why some people love it more than any other sport.

SPEED & AGILITY

Is your child looking to improve his or her speed and strength? Speed and agility training can do just that. This training can compliment many sports that your child loves and help them to perform at their best.

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

Our Speed, Agility and Quickness Clinic is designed to increase athletes’ game speed, quickness and explosiveness using agility ladders, mini-hurdles and other equipment to maximize the training process applicable to all sports. Clinic is for boys and girls in 5th-8th grade and is held at the GRCHS Weight Room.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE

LACROSSE

Lacrosse has been gaining a lot of popularity in West Michigan. If your kids want to get in on this fast-paced sport, opportunities continue to grow. Check out some great options below!

At MLXA we aim to train those new to lacrosse through our Little LAXers program as well as develop the future college athletes through our travel teams! We focus on individual skill development and provide quality training from a beginning level up to national collegiate exposure.

Check out our programs for PreK-6th Grade!

Little Laxers: PreK-3rd Grade
An introductory clinic for beginners, participants will learn basic techniques and movements and begin to foster a passion for the game! Open to boys and girls. The Youth Training Program will combine instruction & games each week. MLXA will provide all necessary equipment.

Middle School Teams: 4th-8th Grade
With common goals and purpose we hope to bring girls and boys LAX to its next level! We are a multidimensional organization focusing on growing the game of lacrosse at the youth and high school level, through comprehensive high level instruction and off-season playing opportunities. Joining a middle school team will give your player a chance to grow in their knowledge of the game and experience playing with other players.

Check out our website for more information!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5435 28th St Court | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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“My son had shown an interest in lacrosse and I loved that the clinics at MLXA were a fun way to introduce him to Lacrosse. The coaches were energetic and he was able to learn a lot and foster a new passion for this sport.”

Parent of Michigan Lacrosse Academy Player

GR Christian Schools believes very strongly that all athletes regardless of sport or ability level should have fun and improve their skills through quality coaches and instruction. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, excellent athletic experience for all ability levels. All students throughout the greater Grand Rapids community are welcome and encouraged to participate in GR Christian Youth Sports.

Come and learn the fastest growing sport! Bring a friend and learn to play lacrosse. Or, if you know how to play, join anyway to keep practicing your stick skills. Girls lacrosse is for girls in K-6th, and boys lacrosse is for boys in 3rd-8th.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1050 Iroquois Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE

DANCE & GYMNASTICS PROGRAMS

For information on Dance programs in greater Grand Rapids, please view our Music, Dance, Theatre And Arts Guide. For information on Gymnastics programs, please check out our Gymnastics Guide.

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