With so many sports to choose from in Marin and The Bay Area, there’s no excuse for kids not to be active!
Here’s some information that might help you if you’re just getting started. If you’re new to the kids sport scene in Marin, you may want to read the “Notes” at the bottom of this page.
Please check the website of the organization for updated information as it changes often. If you know of an organization that is not listed, please submit a comment about it and we’ll be sure to look into it. Thanks!
Winter: Basketball, Indoor Soccer
Spring: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Track & Field
Summer: Football, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball
Fall: Volleyball, Soccer, Fall Baseball, Waterpolo
Note: AAU & Travel Leagues are year round. There are also clinics offered by various organizations throughout the year.
Little League K-8 (but check individual sites for information)
Novato Babe Ruth (Age 13-18)
San Anselmo Baseball Association (Ages 9 – 12)
Travel Baseball Teams
Travel teams are for those kids and parents who are committed to the sport as it requires additional time, expenses and dedication as compared to a regular league. As the name implies, travel ball requires players to travel to various locations for tournaments. Players must try out to make the team.
BasketballKids, 2 1/2-7 years
CYO Athletics Marin 3rd – 8th grade girls and boys. Winter season. Tryouts in October. While the CYO organization is associated with Catholic Charities, and teams are associated with Catholic schools, you don’t need to be in the church to join. There are two levels of teams per grade, an “A” team and a “B” team. There may be one or more “B” team per school. The CYO season begins with tryouts in October. Practices usually start in December with optional tournaments. Then, the official season starts in January ending in March.
Legarza Basketball League, San Francisco
Marin Basketball Camp with David Granucci
NBBA (North Bay Basketball Academy) 3rd thru High School boys (some girls). AAU/Club. Tryouts in March. There are select teams and club (developemental) teams. All teams compete in tournaments.
Strictly Hoops 3rd through 8th grade girls AAU/Club. Tryouts in March
Private courses may offer junior programs for members only. Here are local non-member clubs:
Mill Valley Golf Course, Junior program, tournaments, junior rates.
McGinnis Golf Club, San Rafael. Offers summer camps, golf clinics and junior rates.
San Geronimo Golf Course, Fairfax. Junior rates
Peacock Gap Golf Club, San Rafael, Junior rates.
All West Lacrosse, camp
MCAL, Marin County Athletic League
Novato Lacrosse Club for boys and girls ages 7-14
Tenacity 10 5th grade-high school
Aikido of Tamalpais, Corte Madera
Marin Goju Karate Do, Fairfax
Marin Shotokan Karate-Do, San Rafael
Mill Valley Aikido, Mill Valley
Mixed Martial Arts, San Anselmo
Mojo Dojo Karate, Mill Valley
Practical Martial Arts, Corte Madera
San Rafael Martial Arts, San Rafael
The Martial Arts Academy, San Rafael
Toryukai Karate-do, Corte Madera
West America Tae Kwon, Mill Valley
Bolinas Skateboard Park, 55 Mesa Rd, Bolinas
Marin City Art & Skate Park, coming soon!
McInnis Skate Park San Rafael, (415) 499-6387
Mill Valley Skate Park next to Mill Valley Middle School
Novato Skate Park Novato, (415) 493-4753
Proof Lab in Mill Valley
Ramp Rats Bike & Skate Park, Santa Rosa
Sk8 Gym, Corte Madera
Skate Boarding Association, San Francisco
Rec soccer sign ups in the Spring and season generally from early Sept. to first week in November. Teams established based on grade rather than age.
Spring academy, camps and other special clinics offered throughout the year
Competitive soccer - must tryout (most tryouts end of April – early May involving up to 3 days) U9 – U19 Girls and Boys
Competitive Clinics/camps run throughout the season but must be a competitive player on a team to participate. Season length varies depending on age. Depending on the number of skilled players, 1-3 teams established usually Gold, Silver and Bronze. Season generally begins in Sept. Competitive teams require travel usually 3-4 tournaments and local games in Marin County and Sonoma County.
Development Program - a rec player may be invited to train as a development player (no guarantee that he/she will actually play a competitive game). This usually means that the player continues to train & play with his/her rec team while also training with a competitive team.
Little Soccer Club, MLK Park Sausalito (age 2-4 yr. 11 mos)
Central Marin Competitive Soccer (U10-U13)
Dixie Youth Soccer Association (U6 to U19)
Dave Frommer Soccer, ages 5-10
Marin United Spring Academy (U8, U9) Developmental Soccer
Corte Madera Soccer (1st – 4th grade)
Mill Valley Soccer Club U6-U14
Novato Youth Soccer U6-U13
San Anselmo Parks & Rec. (5 – U14)
San Rafael Youth Soccer (U6-U14)
SoccerKiddos, 18 month - 2 1/2 years
SoccerKids, 2 1/2- 7 years
Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Club (U7 – U19)
West Marin Youth Soccer League (U6-U14)
S.T.A.R. Soccer, for children with special needs
Runs January thru March.
Dave Frommer’s Indoor Soccer Players will develop a greater understanding for the game of soccer as they constantly have to stay involved. Ball control is essential and develops footwork, speed, and coordination.
Marin Futsal Registration ends early December. Open to girls and boys U7, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U19.
Marin Swim League Age K-12. Summer league (March – July). 10 teams in Marin. Some swim teams offer year-round swimming.
USA SWIMMING (AAU)
Marlins, Rafael Swim & Racquet Club
Scott Valley Sea Serpents, Mill Valley
SHAQ, Sleepy Hallow Aquatics
Strawberry Seals, Mill Valley
Swimarin, San Rafael
Tidalwaves, Larkspur/Corte Madera
Youth Tennis Programs offered in some after-school programs and thru service organizations. Junior Team Tennis leagues also offered at many club and parks. For more information and help finding a program for your child, contact Michelle Skipwith, USTA NorCal Tennis Service Representative, (415) 279-1973.
Park & Recreation Programs
City of Sausalito, South View Park, Marinship Park & MLK Park
Higgins Tennis, Strawberry Park, Del Mar, City of Tiburon-Belvedere and Mill Valley
Boyle Park Tennis, Mill Valley
Piper Park, Larkspur
Memorial Park/Ross Town Courts, San Anselmo and Ross
Strawberry Tennis, Mill Valley
Scott Valley Swimming & Tennis Club, Mill Valley
Mt. Tam Racquet Club, Larkspur
Bay Club, Ross Valley
Lagunitas Club, (415) 453-8706
Canon Tennis Club, Fairfax
Marin Tennis Club, San Rafael
Marin County Club, Novato
Rolling Hills Country Club, Novato
Giants, Redwood High School
Hawks, Tamalpias High School
Marin Academy, San Rafael
MCAL, Marin County Athletic League
Sharks, Indian Valley
SHAQ, Sleepy Hallow Aquatics
Trojans, Tierra Linda High School
(U12 & U14 Co-ed)
San Francisco Flamethrowers, Ultimate Frisbee
San Francisco Giants (Baseball-starts in spring. In the off season, you can tour AT&T Park (Home of the SF Giants!)
In most sports there are different levels based on varying levels of skill and commitment. Recreational leagues are run through Parks and Rec departments, while club sports are usually private with more emphasis on competition.
AAU leagues are year round leagues that are usually geared for the more competitive player. Travel teams are also more competitive and require not only the commitment of the player, but the parent as well (based on travel time, expenses and extra coaching).
Some leagues use the “U” age groups. For example, if a division is for 12U, this means that the player must not be turning 13 until a specified date (e.g., September 1). Please refer to the individual websites below for specific requirements. Feel free to comment if there are any sports that you’d like to see on the list. Thank you.
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