Winter blues, winter pounds. Here are some sports signups you might want to consider

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VIRGINIA BEACH — Parks & Recreation is encouraging residents to beat the winter blues by preparing for an active spring full of competition.

Registrations for spring youth and adult sports leagues ramp up in January.

The 2019 schedule also includes a new offering for youth softball – co-ed slow pitch.

Here you go:


  • Now through Feb. 17 – 7v7 Football Passing League
    Individual registration is currently available at com/Sports. There is an early registration discount available before Dec. 31.
  • ​Feb. 1-15 – Girls Softball, Girls Fast Pitch, Co-ed Slow Pitch Softball
    Registration is coordinated by various community recreation associations. Association-specific information will be posted on the youth softball page of in mid-January.


Adult sports are organized and offered by VBPR Sports Management and registration is offered on a team basis, with the exception of pickleball.

  • Jan. 2-16 – Pickleball
    Registration for pickleball league is handled on an individual basis. For questions, call Bayside Recreation Center at 757-385-5930.
  • Jan. 28 – February 11 – Co-ed Sand Football
  • Feb. 11 – March 3 – Softball 

The full calendar of registrations and season start dates and signup information by sport can be found at For additional information, contact VBPR sports management at 757-385-0458.

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