BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is offering a variety of programs in the fall. The registration for these activities will be held on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 from 1-6 p.m. each day at the Gibson-Aiken Center. There will be a late fee assessed after Aug. 31. Call the Rec office if you have any questions at 802-254-5808. You may register for the following activities:
Youth Soccer: This program is for those in grades 1-6. The techniques of dribbling, passing and shooting will be taught, and each child will have the opportunity to use these skills in team games. There will be one practice per week and at least one game per week. The program will be organized in separate groups: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, and Grades 5-6. Practices will start the week of Sept. 10 and run through the end of October. The fee is $30 for Brattleboro residents and $45 for non-residents. This fee includes a t-shirt. Volunteer coaches are needed.
Kindergarten Soccer: This program will go from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15. This five-week program (no practice on Oct. 8) will be held at Living Memorial Park's Lower Field and is for all children in kindergarten. There will be a choice between two different time slots that children can register for, 4- 4:45 p.m. or 5-5:45 p.m. There will be a limit of 25 children per group. The fee is $20 for Brattleboro residents and $35 for non-residents. This fee includes a t-shirt. The program will need volunteers to help the Program Coordinator run the program. If interested, contact Adam Middleton as soon as possible at 802-254-5808 x104. Basic soccer skills will be taught in a fun format. Shin guards and sneakers or cleats are recommended.
Pre-K Soccer: This program is for ages 4 and 5 who have not entered kindergarten. Children must 4 by registration. It will run on Wednesdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 12 on the Lower Field at Living Memorial Park from 5-5:45 p.m. There is a limit of 20 participants. The cost of this program is $20 for Brattleboro residents and $35 for non-residents.
Gymnastics Classes: Classes will begin the week of Sept. 4 at the Gibson-Aiken Center. Classes will run for an eight-week session and end on Oct. 29. New this session there will be Parkour and Ninja Classes. Each class must have four participants to run. The cost for an eight-week program will be $80 for Brattleboro residents and $95 for non-residents. Late registrations will be pro-rated. Classes are run Mondays-Saturdays for ages 18 months and up. Pick up a copy of the Fall Activities Flyer for a complete listing of class times. Amanda Montgomery will direct the Gymnastics Program.
NFL Flag Football: This program is in conjunction with the NFL Flag Football and open to those in grades 3-6. The season will start on Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 14 at the Brattleboro Union High School practice field and game field. Practices will be held on Sundays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. and games will immediately follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The BUHS football players will help with both the practices and games under the direction of head coach Chad Pacheco. This is a non-contact sport. The fee is $40 for residents and $55 for non-residents (fee includes secondary player insurance, a belt with flags and a jersey).
Field Hockey: This program is for those in grades 3-6 and will begin Sept. 4. All levels and abilities are welcome, skills will be taught, and games will be played with other towns if there are enough participants. Practices will be held at the West River Park Multipurpose Field on Route 30 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. The cost is $30 for Brattleboro residents and $45 for non-residents. Field hockey sticks are supplied by the Recreation & Parks Department. Please Note: mouth guards and shin guards will be required.
Chess Class: Intermediate Chess Class will begin on Sept. 6. The cost of the eight-week program is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. This class will be held on Fridays at the Gibson-Aiken Center from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Chess helps children develop their problem-solving skills and increase their attention span. The improved ability to focus and concentration gained from playing chess usually transfers to academics. Instruction will introduce basic principles of chess to participants, along with simple strategies and tactics, and provide a venue for them to play practice games. Eric Strickland will be the class instructor. Intermediate: For players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies. Fall session II will begin Nov. 1 for beginners and for advanced players; be sure to pick up a copy of the Rec's Fall/Winter Brochure for those details.