As summer moves out and school kicks off, it’s time for the fall sports to begin. Help the kiddos expend that lingering summer vacation excitement and energy, and keep them entertained all year with the best fall sports leagues in Minnesota. Get everyone readjusted to the routines with fun, exciting leagues perfect for any family.
RevSports-Mini Stars Basketball
2117 W. River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Price: $27.30 resident/$40.95 non-resident/$11.70 supply fee
The RevSports-Mini Stars Basketball I and II leagues for ages 5 to 7 begin the first week of September. Practices take place at the Windom Recreation Center at Windom Park on Saturdays. Children of the Mini Stars league play games and learn basic skills for playing basketball, building confidence and improving interpersonal and motor skills from nationally licensed coach John Richardson. RevSports offers two Mini Stars leagues as well as two Skill Stars Basketball leagues for ages 7 to 10.
Metro Baseball League
1525 E. Highway 13
Burnsville, MN 55337
Price: $85 per player
The MBL offers a fall classic baseball league from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7 for children ages 10 to 18 at the largest independent youth baseball league in the country. The fall program is the informal league of the Metro Baseball League. There are no champions or tryouts, and everyone who joins is placed on a team, though none are required to pay to compete nationally if they don’t want to participate in national competitions.
Minnesota Youth Athletic Services
1011 Osborne Rd.
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
The Gopher State Fall Basketball League claims to be the state’s largest fall basketball league. The difference with this league is that players and participants must form and set up their own teams. The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services does not put the teams together, but will direct players to a team if they do not have one. This league is for boys and girls grades 4 to 12 with fall championships scheduled for Oct. 14.
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Elsie’s Youth Bowlers
Elsie’s Bowling Center
729 Marshall St.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Price: $7 per week/$15 sanction fee/$2.50 PeeWee Division/$5 for two games each week bowled
For a fall sports league with a twist, Elsie’s bowling league offers a fun alternative to the traditional seasonal offerings. Elsie’s Bowling Center in Minneapolis holds youth leagues in the fall for kids all the way up to 20 years of age. Three levels of leagues take place on Saturdays allowing everyone access to this fun, funky sport. If the kids fall in love while playing on these unsanctioned leagues, when they get older, they’re welcome to try their hand at competing with four-person sanctioned league teams.
2001 University Ave., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Boys and girls in grades first through sixth may participate in the Southeast MN FCA Youth Flag Football League, which helps develop football skills, build personal character, and teach teamwork and character themes such as friendship, honesty and patience. The registration deadline for this league is Aug. 31, but late entries are accepted for a slightly higher participation fee of $80 if there is space available. Athletes need football cleats or athletic shoes, athletic wear and a water bottle to participate.
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