A few local parents, via the We Are Temescal Valley Facebook page, have asked about the availability of youth sports in our community – basketball in particular. But first, a little background on kids’ sports leagues.
Temescal Valley is a fairly new community with many of its homes built after 2000. When national and regional sports organizations are asked to establish a local league, they question how many youngsters will participate, the availability of playing venues and the willingness of parents to be actively involved in creating a board of directors and raising funds to support the league.
Older communities such as Corona and Lake Elsinore have had decades to get those questions answered, and that’s why they have a greater array of youth sports played on their local turf, with boundaries that encompass the Temescal Valley area.
Temescal Valley Little League is an organized youth sport that actually plays its games in Temescal Valley. Years ago – before the local housing boom – it was known as Horsethief Canyon Little League. As the Temescal Valley grew, so did the league. Many parents were willing to take an active role (think of the untold hours dedicated to TVLL by President Greg May, his board, and all the managers and coaches, plus team moms!)
So – bottom line – if you want a youth sport league here, you and other parents need to organize and recruit volunteers to make it happen. In the meantime, here’s a list of programs available to Temescal Valley residents – the majority not located here.
- The BOYS & GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL program offered by the Corona Recreation Services Department is a pretty good deal. It’s for kids 6 to 14 years old, runs October to February and costs $70 if you do not reside within the Corona city limits. (We don’t). The cost to Corona residents is $60 – so why $10 more for nonresidents?
The facility for city-sponsored sports programs (gymnasium, city park, pool or community center), and the cost to build and maintain the facility is paid for by the city’s taxpayers. Most all cities have a policy that requires non-residents to pay more because they do not pay city taxes.
- For Horsethief Canyon Ranch residents, the LAKE ELSINORE RECREATION DEPARTMENT also offers a youth basketball program similar to the one offered by Corona.
- NATIONAL JUNIOR BASKETBALL has a Corona/Norco chapter for youth 1st grade through 12th, and fall leagues begin in November. Games are played at gyms in Corona and Norco.
- If you’re fortunate to live in a community with a homeowner’s association that maintains a full basketball court, have you considered reaching out to other parents to form a couple of local teams? Approach your HOA with the proposition and use the community website or Facebook page to enlist support from other parents. Your HOA probably can do an email blast to solicit parent volunteers and youngsters who want to play.
Another resident on our Facebook page wanted to know if there were swim team programs available. There are a few – again, not in Temescal Valley but within driving distance.
- The CORONA CROCS AQUATICS TEAM is for all ages and abilities – being a USA Swimming team, the goal is to eventually produce swimmers of US Olympic Team caliber. The teams practice year-round at pools located in Corona.
- MESA AQUATICS is a year-round competitive swim program for ages 5 and older. Also a USA Swimming team, members come from Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, Corona and Hemet. The home pool is at Elsinore High School, off the I-15 freeway in Wildomar.
- As stated earlier, TEMESCAL VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE is our sole youth sports organization that plays all games within Temescal Valley. TVLL has a FALL BALL program which now is accepting registrations.
- HORSETHIEF CANYON SOCCER ASSOCIATION, which is local to Temescal Valley, follows guidelines set forth by the California Youth Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer. While games are played on two fields in Horsethief Canyon Ranch, other games are played on fields in the communities of Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Corona and points beyond. Many Temescal Valley families participate in this program.
- Some local residents have kids playing in AYSO REGION 37 which serves Corona/Norco. One Montecito Ranch mom, tired of driving to fields in those areas, is checking into what it would take to create an American Youth Soccer Organization league for Temescal Valley.
- UNITED PREMIER YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE, out of Lake Elsinore, and CORONA KINGS, who use Deleo Regional Sports Park as their home field, also attract Temescal Valley residents. These leagues are for the avid soccer fan – lots of travel involved.
ICE HOCKEY / FIGURE SKATING
- ICETOWN, on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, offers a one-time free lesson weekly for youngsters who have never skated. The lesson introduces kids 3 years and older to ICE HOCKEY and FIGURE SKATING. Each lesson is 30 minutes and registration is not required. Parents of kids who want to stick with the sport can pay for additional group or private lessons. When they become proficient on ice, hockey skaters graduate to in-house programs and travel teams; figure skaters begin competition.
If it’s not so much organized youth sports you’re looking for, but want athletic activities for the kids that provide socialization with other children about the same age, AND you want to stay in Temescal Valley, consider the following:
- TEMESCAL DRIVING RANGE, at the corner of Temescal Canyon and Dawson Canyon roads, offers group golf lessons for youngsters every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Age range is “about 5 to 11-ish,” and each session cost $10. There’s no need to sign up; just show up. 951-277-0400,
- TOP MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING, at 9064 Pulsar Court, Suite C, offers programs for all ages in Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 951-277-9099
RUNNING / WALKING
- The 100 MILE CLUB provides students the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles at school during the school year. It’s a great way for your children to meet new friends while they exercise. Registration fee is $10 which covers the cost of a T-shirt, bracelet and medal. Kids can still run/walk if they don’t pay the fee, but will not receive the goodies nor materials provided for reaching 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile goals. Local schools sent home the registration flier this week.
There are several youth sports programs available to Valley residents – it just depends on how much you’re willing to pay and how far you’re willing to travel. As the Valley grows, so will its local sports offerings.
If you know of other programs to add to this list, post your comment below or on the We Are Temescal Valley Facebook page.