Parks & Rec

Youth Athletics

Click the link below to sign up for any City sponsored Parks and Recreation activity or program!

Hardship Request/Fee Waiver Application Form

If you need to request a hardship request fee waiver, please complete the attached application and submit the completed application & required documentation to Guidelines are included on the application. 

VMPR Fee Waiver Application Form_20240717

Little League Baseball/Softball (March – May)

Each Little League program is organized within a community. As part of a league’s annual charter it establishes its own boundaries to operate and support, providing children who reside or attend school within those boundaries the opportunity to participate within the league. We are a part of the South Dallas Little League consisting of team from: Adel, Panorama, West Central Valley, and Earlham. A draft will take place to split the teams up. Coaches will be in contact with you in March or Early April. Major and Rookie Games will be played on Tuesday and Friday nights while Minor and Tball games are played on Monday and Thursday nights. Players will be provided a hat and jersey from the league. Each player will need to provide their own pair of baseball pants and cleats. 

Van Meter Youth Tackle Football (August – October)

Van Meter Youth Football is a member of the Central Iowa Youth Football League. The CIYFL also includes the communities of Earlham, West Central Valley, Panorama, Woodward-Granger, Madrid, Atlantic, Harlan, Carroll and Ballard. The CIYFL continues to grow and believes many improvements will be seen in the league this year in the areas of sportsmanship and really focusing on providing an equal opportunity for all players to play and learn the fundamentals of football. We will continue to place the focus on the learning of fundamentals at all levels of play.

Van Meter Youth Flag Football (August – October)

The goal of this program is to create a fun environment for kids where they can learn the basics of football at a reasonable pace. We will be partnering with ADM again for our K – 2nd grade flag football league. Coed teams are created made up of K-1 and then 2nd grade students. Games for K-2nd grades will take place on Monday nights in Van Meter or Adel.

Van Meter Youth Basketball (November – February)

We will be partnering with the cities of Adel and Perry for the league this year. Teams will be split into 3rd – 4th grade teams and also 5th – 6th grade teams. Both boys and girls will begin games on January 18th with practices beginning in the middle of November on the weekends. Our focus will be developing basic skills and understanding of the game at all levels. We use 8ft hoops for 3rd-4th grade teams. We will be using the Van Meter South Gym for practices and home games. 

Van Meter Youth Wrestling (November – February) 

Van Meter Youth Wrestling is open to both boys and girls from Pre-K through 8th grade. Practices are split between grade levels and days/times determined based on availability of the wrestling room. Coaches provide information on various weekend tournaments during the regular season as well as hosting a tournament in Van Meter. There are also a variety of camps and off-season opportunities communicated by the coaches as well. Registration is managed by Van Meter Parks and Recreation. 

Van Meter Youth Soccer (August – October, March – May)

The Van Meter Soccer program is a part of the ISL Level 3 Central League. 

The program is for boys and girls ranging in age from 4 (U-6) to 16 (U-16) years old.

We have 2 seasons: Spring and Fall. Soccer registration for spring occurs in December with team practices (U8 and above) starting in March. Fall registration occurs in June with team practices (U8 and above) starting in August.