Welcome to the A- League

Sports leagues for boys and girls, ages 4-14, committed to providing a high quality youth sports experience for our participants, parents, coaches and spectators.

More than 2,000 youth took to the fields, courts, and diamonds in our A-Leagues in 2023. As we witnessed the sportsmanship and development through each season, we couldn’t have been more proud. We are excited to offer these outstanding developmental leagues, providing the youth in our community with opportunities to participate in activities aligned with Appleton Parks and Recreation’s core values (outlined below). Come and experience the difference at the A-League where we are building a healthier community.

A-League Philosophy 

All of our youth sports leagues are driven by a clear set of core values:

Regardless of a child’s background or level of skill, there is a place for them here!  We seek to remove barriers to participation, including talent barriers, financial barriers and / or social barriers.  Everyone in our programs is appreciated for the unique traits and talents they bring to their team, and to our leagues.  From our most skilled athletes, down to our beginners who are experiencing the game for the first time, we believe that our diversity makes us ALL better by providing opportunity to develop our skill as well as our leadership, compassion and tolerance.

We provide structured, progressive lesson planning and coach training for every grade level in our program so that each child’s experience is valuable and consistent.  We are committed to providing all kids with a strong, fundamental set of skills and strategies that will prepare them with the ability and confidence to pursue a sport competitively, or recreationally, as they choose!

Every program we offer features reasonable time commitments that allow kids to be kids, explore other interests, make time for free play, and enjoy a well-rounded life.  Our leagues have reasonable financial commitments that don’t artificially increase pressure or expectations of performance, and a season length that allows a child to pursue other interests and other activities without guilt.

We want the league experience to be so positive and so encouraging, that every child will want to stay engaged in the sport/activity for life, regardless of whether they pursue it competitively or not.  We reject the idea that sports are only worth playing if they can be played at a high level… we strive to develop physically literate kids who are compelled to play in their free time, who are equipped to succeed at the competitive level if they choose, and who are inspired to teach and coach the next generation when their opportunity arrives.

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