Try, Learn, Play
The goal of SPARC Sports is to provide a fun, positive, safe, and affordable learning experience for everyone involved. SPARC sports is often the start for many to discover a new sport and the benefits that they'll carry with them throughout their lives. Our recreational sports leagues are designed to help players learn about staying active, gaining confidence, and developing positive character traits such as teamwork and sportsmanship.
Coach ContactYou will either be contacted by your coach or SPARC by the Friday prior to the first week of practices.
Practice TimesAll practice times are chosen by our volunteer coaches on our training day after all registrations have come in. If you are unable to make the practice time that your volunteer coach has scheduled, please contact the SPARC office and we will try and accommodate your request and move your child to a different team if possible.
At Game TimePlease arrive with plenty of time for parking and locating the correct field/court. Games will start at the time listed on the game schedule.
Parent ExpectationsOur goal is to provide an enjoyable experience for all participants, and our sport leagues are designed to help children develop and grow in a positive manner. Behavior that is unsportsmanlike, unruly or interferes with the progress of the game is unacceptable and will be addressed accordingly. In the event that you are unable to abide by these expectations, you will be asked to leave. Please help us be strong role models for all the children involved.
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Weather & Make-up GamesFor practice cancellations due to inclement weather, please contact your coach. If games are cancelled due to inclement weather, SPARC will contact head coaches and the coach should contact their players. If you do not hear from your coach, you may also call the SPARC Sports Hotline at 837-5737 for an update. The hotline will be updated at least one hour before the start of the first games. If there is not a current message, games are still running as scheduled. Make-up games may be either scheduled on following Saturdays, as double-headers, or on week nights. Information about make-up games will be delivered to team coaches. Please note, while SPARC operates on a 6 games per season scheduled, only 5 games will be guaranteed to all teams.
What You’ll NeedBasketball
- Tennis Shoes
- Athletic Shorts/Pants
- Cleats (preferred)
- Shin Guards (must be worn at all games)
- Soccer Ball
- Tennis Shoes
- Knee Pads (not required)
Team FormationTeams are put together by our sports specialists. They will be constructed primarily based upon school attending while accommodating coach and player requests when possible.
SPARC Youth Sports
A fun, safe and affordable experience where players learn basic soccer skills and positive life skills. Games are on Saturdays and practices are scheduled by volunteer coaches on weekday evenings. SPARC Office 837-5737
Fall: Registration opens July 1, register by July 28.
Age: 3 yrs.-6th Grade Date: Sat., Aug. 17-Sept. 21 Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: Truman & Harrison Elementary School Fee: $45/Child
Spring: Register by April 5.
Age: 3 yrs.-6th Grade Date: Sat., April 25-May 23 (no games April 20) Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: Truman & Harrison Elementary School Fee: $45/Child
REGISTER ONLINE PARENT INFO
A fun, safe and affordable experience where players learn basic basketball skills and positive life skills. Games are on Saturdays and practices are scheduled by volunteer coaches on weekday evenings. SPARC Office 837-5737
Winter Session 1: Register by Oct. 20.
Age: K-6th Grade Date: Nov. 9-Dec.14 Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: Hickory Hills Fee: $45/Child
Winter Session 2: Register by Dec. 29.
Age: PreK-6th Grade Date: Jan. 18-Feb. 15 Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: Harrison, McBride and Wilson's Creek Fee: $45/Child
SPARC Girls' Volleyball
A fun, safe, and affordable experience where players learn basic volleyball skills and positive life skills. Practices scheduled by volunteer coaches on weekday evenings. SPARC Office 837-5737
Fall: Register by Sept. 8.
Age: 3rd-8th Grade Date: Sept. 28-Nov. 2 Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: O’Reilly Tefft Gymnasium Fee: $45/Child
Spring: Register by Feb. 16.
Age: 3rd-8th Grade Date: March 7-April 4 Time: Game times vary, call for details Location: Parkview Fee: $45/Child
REGISTER ONLINE PARENT INFO
SPARC offers various sports clinics throughout the school year including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. These are an opportunity after school to meet and attend a short clinic to work on sport specific skills. After the clinic, participants are transported by SPARC, and get to attend an athletic match at MSU that same evening. Clinics for each sport are only offered at specific times and space is limited. Please call (417)837-5737 or email us for more info.
The success of SPARC Sports relies on the generous support of our volunteer coaches. We are always looking for enthusiastic parents to volunteer their time and knowledge to help coach a team. For a fun and rewarding experience, please consider coaching your child’s team. For the safety of the participants, all of our volunteer coaches must go through a background check, complete video training sessions, and are given ID badges to wear at practices and games.
SPARC has developed extensive practice guides that include drills and games for each sport that are appropriate for all different age groups and skill levels. If you would like access to these to help plan meaningful practices, please email us.
SportsmanshipGreat sportsmanship is something that SPARC Sports hopes to instill in all our participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators. Sportsmanship is a key virtue that can help youth in not only sports, but in school and life as well. We are here strictly for the kids to have fun. We want to make sure our emotions and desire to win do not impede on their ability to have a happy and positive playing environment.
According to the National Alliance of Youth Sports, 70% of kids quit playing youth sports by the time they are 13 because they do not feel it is fun anymore. SPARC Sports wants to change that, but we can’t do it alone. We ask that everyone, including participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators to play an active role in keeping the game while demonstrating great examples of sportsmanship.
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